Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the story was entirely about Simmons and her journey on the alien planet. Still, we had many things to deal with in the regular world. Lash was running around killing Inhumans and seemed to be doing it for a righteous cause. Coulson had to deal with Rosalind Price and her team in order to make progress in hunting down potentially dangerous Inhumans. And Daisy was caught in the middle of it all, uncovering the mystery of Lash while seeking to protect her fellow super-powered citizens. So what will this week’s episode, ‘Among Us Hide…’, bring? Scroll on to find out.
We begin with May’s boy, Andrew, being wheeled into S.H.I.E.L.D. medical. He managed to survive the attack, albeit barely. He’s conscious enough to tell them that the little Von Strucker boy was responsible for the attack, which sets the team off on another adventure. May, mad at Hunter for what happened to her man, gets him thrown off the Ward-hunting case. In fact, she takes over the task herself. And she brings Bobbi along as back-up.
Back with Ward, we see that he’s upset that the Von Strucker kid may still be out there, alive and willing to spill the beans about him. So he sends some of his goons on a mission to take the poor boy out. Thus begins a race between S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA to find this missing person.
Meanwhile, Daisy figures out that Lash, due to his shape-shifting abilities, has likely infiltrated the ATCU. So she gathers together a team consisting of Mack and Hunter and they go looking for the answers. The first lead sends them after Banks, Rosalind’s second-in-command. Hunter goes aggressive and captures the man and they test him only to find zero Inhuman DNA. What they do get is a lead which they pursue to a secret facility.
That facility happens to be owned by the ATCU. So Daisy’s team sends in a drone to spy on them and see what’s what. They find that the ATCU is locking up Inhumans into suspension chambers and storing them safely away. They also see that Coulson is there observing the entire operation.
Daisy is pissed, but we get a chance to see Coulson’s angle. At first he isn’t happy with the situation, but Rosalind explains the method to her apparent madness. She’s putting the Inhumans on ice in hopes of eventually finding a cure so that they can go back to leading normal lives. It may look harsh, but is it truly the worst solution?
On the other side of things, Bobbi and May travel around the world chasing leads that may eventually land them somewhere close to Ward. They finally manage to track down the baby Von Strucker, but not before he’s been sold out by his ally. Bobbi and May show up just in time to see the young lad being tortured. He bites the bullet, but not before revealing an important bit of information regarding the true identity of Lash…
This week’s episode was exceptional, just as has been most of the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At first I was upset about May’s overreaction to Hunter’s actions which led to Andrew’s almost-death. But it turns out that she’s less emotional about the situation and more manipulative. She gets Hunter thrown off the job so she can take care of business herself and even manages to rope Hunter’s girlfriend into helping her out. How mad is she at Hunter in reality? It’s hard to tell with May…
The episode overall had the great pacing that is quickly becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. standard. They keep the story moving forward while allowing bits and pieces of character development along the way. Ensemble television shows have become incredibly popular these days, but there are so many issues involved that really test the writers and directors of these shows. I feel like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one program that has learned to balance all these issues in a way that may set a future example for other shows.
The biggest issue I had this week was the reaction of virtually everyone to Hunter and his decision to sacrifice Andrew in the name of the greater good. They keep claiming that it was his anger which drove him, but at the same time they’re acting like they’ve never taken part in a S.H.I.E.L.D. operation before. When did saving one agent’s life become more important than cutting the main head off of HYDRA? When did one person become more valuable than the lives of potentially millions? The entire routine came across as childish.
Next week, ‘Chaos Theory’ finally arrives at the confrontation between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the killer known as Lash. May knows who he is and it isn’t likely that the rest of the team will be kept in the dark for too long. Check out the trailer for that one below.