Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team found themselves in many unpleasant situations. Coulson was forced to toe the line between protecting those with powers and making deals with Rosalind Price to secure S.H.I.E.L.D.’s future. Daisy was trying to help Lincoln but, thanks to the ATCU, was failing miserably. Hunter and May were worming their way into HYDRA. And, last but not least, Simmons revealed a newfound obsession with trying to get back to the alien planet from which she was rescued. This week things get violent as Lash returns to hunt down more Inhumans and Ward continues his resurrection of the mostly defunct HYDRA. Scroll on to read more about ‘Devils You Know’.
Enter a couple of folks from Afterlife. They’ve been hiding out since the outbreak incident, but even the cleverest of them can’t last forever. Lash figures out who and where they are and makes a house call. S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to the rescue, but they’re a bit too late. Not too late to run into the ATCU, however.
While not happy to be working with Price and her team of Inhuman hunters, it’s a necessary evil that pays off when the team discovers an email virus sent to the Inhuman victims. With a little cross-referencing, Daisy manages to track them back to the source – a man by the name of Dwight Frye. So, naturally, it’s time to pay the guy a visit.
Turns out that this Frye guy has the ability to detect other Inhumans. What’s more, he’s been working with Lash to find them so that the giant blue killing machine can murder them. To make matters even more complicated, Frye claims that Lash is acting with altruistic notions and that his crusade to eradicate those with super powers is indeed a righteous one.
When the ATCU decides they’re going to haul Frye away for some more questioning, Coulson sees the wisdom in sending a couple of his own with them – Daisy and Mack. A good decision it is too, because Lash ambushes the transport vehicle. Unfortunately, he manages to snatch Frye away and murder him. The only upside is that Daisy catches a glimpse of one of Lash’s other powers – that he can transform to look like a normal person.
While all this is going on, Hunter is trying to climb the HYDRA ladder. Too bad for him that ladder leads straight to Ward. Naturally, things go straight to shit and a shoot-out ensues. But Hunter has a friend in May and she shows up to save his ass at the last moment. The consequence of her actions, however, is a less-than happy ending. Ward has been watching her ex-husband, Connor and has his minions bring the good doctor to an untimely end. And, of course, he escapes to fight another day.
But it’s the Simmons story arc that we’ve all been waiting for, so what happened there? While in a therapy session, Simmons lets on that there may be something lurking in the alien world that could have dire consequences for those in the regular Earth world. And when Fitz finally figures out that she’s been studying the monolith and trying to find a way back through the portal, she promises to reveal all of her secrets… next episode.
‘Devils You Know’ did a good job of balancing out the action of the story with the continued development of all the other plots. The tenuous relationship between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Price’s ATCU builds even further, leading to the potential for some very bad things to happen once a major conflict arises. This give-and-take between the two organizations is becoming one of the best elements of the show, adding a little of the political drama that one would expect from a show about a secret government organization. And Rosalind Price’s character, despite having limited screen time, is intriguing enough to keep me interested.
The show is also doing a good job of slowly revealing Lash and his plot to kill the other Inhumans. We get a little bit each week, not so much that it overshadows everything else that’s going on or rushes to a quick conclusion. And Lash is yet another character who is interesting enough that a slow reveal isn’t going to cause audiences to be overcome with boredom and give up on the show.
On the flip side, the May and Connor thing was a boring mess. His character is uninteresting and the only saving grace this episode was that he ended up being removed permanently. I understand that they’re trying to flesh May out a bit more and make her seem more human and less robot, but Connor was a bad choice of mirrors in this case. If they’d dragged the arc out any longer than they did, I would have had to start pulling my hair out.
And the final disappointment was the quick and dirty resolution of Hunter’s infiltration of HYDRA. It could have provided so much material and given viewers a chance to see the inner workings of HYDRA as it rebuilt, but then it transformed into what seems to be a two-episode excuse to kill off Doctor Connor and create conflict between May and Hunter. Let’s hope that she’s smart enough to not turn this into some long-running issue that will affect the show in annoying ways.
Next week, ‘4,722 Hours’ gives us a look at what we’ve been waiting for – the story of Simmons and her journey through the alien world. What secrets will finally unfold? I guess we’re going to have to wait and see. Until then, enjoy this potentially useless trailer: