**This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Agents of SHIELD, including last night’s episode, 1x06, “FZZT.”**
Last night's episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD finally started to flesh out two characters I've been very curious about: scientists Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz. And in doing so, the show also seemed to suggest the potential for a love quadrangle involving Simmons, Fitz, Grant Ward, and Skye.
I'm not sure I'm invested enough in or know enough about the characters to have any real 'ship yet, but I'm me, so I'm always on the lookout for something that'll hook me. And I have to say that “FZZT” at the very least succeeded in making me sit up and pay attention to the wonder twins again after a few weeks of slipping interest due to their lack of screen time (seriously, waaaay to much time given to Ward and Skye—I can already tell you I care not at all if they ever hook up). So, what did we learn?
Fitz had some great moments that endeared him to me. I enjoyed his immitation of Ward, and thought it was cute that he's so clearly pining for Skye (even if I'm not sure why, or how she can be so oblivious to it). His squeamishness about Jemma's dissections gave us another glimpse of his obsession with tidiness/cleanliness (that Jemma clearly gets a bit frustrated with: “It's SCIENCE, Fitz, I have to dissect something!”). I LOVED his desperate attempts to stay with Jemma 'til the very end by locking himself in the lab with his infected friend and, later, preparing to jump out of a plane after her. Dude is loyal as all get-out, and I respect the hell out of that.
Simmons ALSO did a fun impression of Ward (she and Fitz really are pretty adorable) and her handling of what she thought was a death sentence was admirable (what a killer scene, her telling Coulson how to tell her parents), especially 'cause she was so obviously terrified. After that last test failed, she very calmly accepted her fate and moved quickly to tie up all the loose ends. The way she later reassured Fitz that he was the hero, not Ward, says a lot about her devotion to her friend, too.
As for FitzSimmons together, there was how the two of them sat back-to-back after her diagnosis, not to mention Fitz's use of her first name (in any show where last names or callsigns are the norm, you start to equate the use of first names with endearments, ya know?) and that “Just try and keep your hands off me” comment. Oh, and there was the first real fight we ever saw between them, which not only went to show there could be sparks between them but had the side benefit of revealing more of their backstory (“You've been beside me the whole damn time”—is it wrong that I find angry Fitz so hot?). So, yeah...there were some moments that definitely made me want to start for sure 'shipping Fitz/Simmons. Probably not least because they reminded me of my favorite Dollhouse couple, Victor/Sierra. Jury's still out, though, maybe because...
On the other hand, there's Simmons/Ward. I mean, guys, Ward did JUMP OUT OF A PLANE to rescue his fellow teammate. For that alone I'll have to give serious consideration to that pairing. And, I mean, Jemma's face after Ward drew his gun and tested its weight again was hilarious—he could probably do with someone like her to keep him honest. Skye wants to BE him, sorta, or at least become a competent field agent under his tutelage, so not sure she could fill that position.
Sidenote: I like this Coulson starting to wonder why he feels different after his death. Certainly made for an interesting Coulson/May scene there at the end (along with “Take off your shirt,” oohh) and is helping us get to know the real Phil a bit more.
In short, things are getting complicated! (I like it.) “FZZT” was easily my favorite episode of the series yet—doubt it's a coincidence it's the most focused on the core team rather than guest stars so far—and I honestly feel that this could be the first step in the show finally kicking into gear. How about you guys? Any change in heart about the show, characters, and/or relationships?
Heather Waters is the site manager for H&H and a 24/7 fangirl. Tweet her @redline_