Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team came together, dug deep and managed to finally figure out the mystery of the obelisk. This led to Fitz taking the plunge and jumping into the portal to rescue Simmons. While all this was going on, Ward was making moves to bring HYDRA under his control. And the duo of Hunter and May were planning an infiltration into the remaining ranks of HYDRA so that they could cut Ward off at the pass. This time around, ‘A Wanted (Inhu)man’ presents the various team members each trying to get their respective plans underway.
As we begin, Lincoln is in trouble. He’s being chased by Rosalind Price and her Inhuman-hunting team, the ATCU. S.H.I.E.L.D. gets wind of it and plans on extracting him, but not everything is that simple. He still doesn’t want their help and the fact that they planted a tracker on him doesn’t make him any more amenable to their advances.
Unfortunately, Price decides that putting Lincoln’s face on television and announcing that he’s an alien threat is the best way to bring him in. Coulson doesn’t see it quite the same way, so he gives Price a call and they have a short meeting. He wants her to back off and stop creating panic in the general public. She wants an Inhuman of her own to study. So Coulson is forced to make some rather unwholesome deals with her.
While the two leaders chat, Lincoln calls in Daisy as his last resort. She shows up to talk him down from his self-pity ledge and even makes out with him for a bit. But Coulson’s deals involve selling Lincoln to the ATCU in exchange for Daisy’s safety. When Lincoln escapes, Price’s lackeys even try to take Daisy as a consolation prize. Again Coulson steps in to save the day, this time promising S.H.I.E.L.D.’s help to Price and the ATCU in their efforts to battle against Inhumans. Coulson’s decision is not popular, but he’s hoping that he may eventually be able to talk some sense into his rival and teach her how to properly deal with the supposed super-powered threat.
As all this goes down, Hunter and May are trying to find a way into HYDRA’s ranks. They go to meet an old friend of Hunter’s, one that has some sort of connections. But the only way to prove themselves worthy of a meeting with someone important is to win a round at the local Fight Club.
Turns out that Hunter’s supposed friend is the one who wants to brawl. So while Hunter gets his face pounded in, some creepers go after May. Bad news for them, as she promptly hands them their asses. And, fortunately for the entire mission, Hunter figures out that brass knuckles work better than bare fists. He wins his fight and takes the first steps in climbing the HYDRA power structure.
And finally, the story of Fitz and Simmons. She’s having issues adjusting to the regular world, including some physical problems revolving around living on a planet with all sorts of differences to our own. To help her adjust, Fitz takes her out to dinner in a nice, quiet place, but something sets her off. And when Bobbi stumbles upon her messing with the broken pieces of the obelisk, we’re treated to the revelation that she actually wants to go back…
There was little about this week’s episode to truly astound, but given the intensity of the last two, it’s no wonder. ‘A Wanted (Inhu)man’ is a transitional episode that helps establish more character development and move the plot along in a forward direction. Unfortunately, the points in between are essentially filler. We must sit through many conversations and negotiations that end in a change of direction for the show, but the returns are barely worth the time spent getting from point A to point B.
Another thing that ticked me off was the repeat writing. They wanted to make Lincoln feel sad and out of control, so they had him accidentally kill his friend. They wanted to send Hunter down the first steps of what promises to be a dark path into HYDRA, so they had him accidentally kill someone who he considered to be his friend. It was kind of lazy…
Filler episodes are necessary, though it’s tough to appreciate when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started on such a strong note. Let’s hope that they’re leading us somewhere with all of this and it won’t feel wasted in the long run.
Next week, ‘Devil You Know’ promises a couple of new faces along with the return of Lash, the crazy Inhuman who is hunting all the other super-powered beings. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team will have to find their nemesis before he leaves even more bodies in his wake. Check out the trailer for that one below.