It’s finally back! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is here for its third season, despite many people feeling that it didn’t deserve to make it past the first season. But the writers of S.H.I.E.L.D. really stepped up their game during the second run and the show became a favorite for many out there, including myself. When last we left off, the paradise on the mountain that was home to Skye’s mother and many Inhuman potentials went to war with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Things worked out in the end, though not without a few casualties. Poor Simmons got eaten by a bit of Kree technology. Ward decided he was going to become the new head of H.Y.D.R.A. and loads of side characters bit the dust. But we now have a wealth of Inhuman cast members to push things to the next level with S.H.I.E.L.D. Will the season premiere make us proud? Read on to find out.
We begin this week with some devastation. The city is being smashed up by an Inhuman, some poor sap who doesn’t even realize what’s going on. He melts metal simply by touching it and manages to knock down some buildings quite by accident. When the military shows up to stop him, it’s up to Skye… er, sorry, Daisy, and the team to save the day. So they grab metal-melting man and evacuate back to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ. As it turns out, newly formed Inhumans are being snatched up left and right. S.H.I.E.L.D. is busy trying to figure out who’s doing it and they come across an evil lady who appears to lead the military strike force that went after the metal-melter.
From then one, it’s a mash-up of various plot points. Daisy is busy trying to help out the newly captured Inhumans, Coulson and his team are trying to figure out where the alien stuff that was released into the world is going and how to stop it from infecting even more people. And Fitz is off looking for answers regarding the missing Simmons.
Handling the new Inhuman turns out to be a huge pain in the butt, however, so Daisy and Mack go in search of Lincoln. He’s a bit bitter after his time in Afterlife, thinking of his special powers as a curse and not wanting to get involved with anyone who may try to control his actions. Unfortunately, someone is gunning for him. Some crazy dude with dreadlocks from hell and electrical powers of some sort shows up to murder him. The three heroes fight for all they’re worth, but only just manage to drive this new foe away.
Meanwhile, Coulson tracks down the evil lady that runs the anti-Inhuman hit squad. He and Hunter try to have a little chat with her, but they’ve walked right into a trap. From there, Coulson and his new nemesis, Rosalind Price, have a nice talk. But they also both receive an unwelcome surprise. Neither of the teams is actually killing Inhumans. Someone else is out there and it’s likely the same fellow that Daisy, Lincoln and Mack had to face down. Who does he work for? Nobody knows, as of yet.
On the other side of things, Fitz seeks out a special document that may hold clues as to what happened to Simmons. He travels to Morocco, almost gets killed and then finally manages to escape with both his life and the mysterious documents. Upon returning to S.H.I.E.L.D., however, he discovers that the document holds no clues other than the word “death” scrawled across it. So what’s Fitz’s next move? To break into the room with the monolith and bang his fists against it uselessly.
But, as usual with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s more going on under the surface. We’re left with a single, short scene of Simmons. She’s lost on some alien world and running from something as if her life depends on it. What the hell is going on here? That may have to wait for future episodes.
All-in-all, this was an unexpectedly brilliant return to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The introductory scene was a great detail to open with, presenting the consequences of the end of season 2 while at the same time addressing the issues revolving around Daisy and S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to deal with the Inhuman problem in a less-than-fatal way. Combined with some great pacing throughout the entire episode, ‘Laws of Nature’ was a very easy episode to watch and allowed viewers to get back into the swing of things without having to process too many changes or deal with too many new plot arcs. S.H.I.E.L.D. has had some serious pacing issues in the past, but this episode proves that they’ve gotten into the swing of things and know what kind of story they’re telling as well as how they want to tell it.
And though there were plenty of things to enjoy about the season 3 premiere, my favorite had to be the evolution of Fitz. He’s gone mad with grief due to Simmons’ “death” and now he’s out there, risking everything and acting like a serious S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. We see a bigger, better version of Fitz and it’s quite apparent that the actor (Iain De Caestecker) has grown even further into the role. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him in the coming episodes.
And, of course, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has given in to the desire from audiences to see some super-powered action. Whether or not the show will lose its flavor and become just a big brawl-fest, however, only time will tell.
Next week, ‘Purpose in the Machine’ promises more of Simmons’ plight, more S.H.I.E.L.D. versus the unknown enemy and the return of Ward and May. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.