Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team was all over the place trying to solve the many problems that S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have to deal with. Daisy and her team were trying to find a lead on Lash by checking out the ATCU. In the process, they discovered that Rosalind Price was putting Inhumans on ice. Fitz continued his search for a way back to the alien planet. And May, with the help of Bobbi, went hunting for little Von Strucker in hopes of finding Ward. What they found instead was some information regarding the potential identity of Lash in his human form. This week, May has to confront her ex and the team will be coming along for the ride. Scroll on for more.
We begin with a slight bit of back-story involving May and Andrew. As it turns out, the good doctor was in charge of examining some of the stuff brought back from Afterlife following the conflict there. One item was a ledger containing the names of Afterlife’s residents. It also happened to be booby-trapped with some of that evil dust and it goes right into Andrew’s face. Thus, Lash is born.
Back in the present time, Daisy and Coulson are having moral differences over Rosalind putting Inhumans on ice. Coulson is getting ready to talk to some world leaders about how to deal with the Inhuman issue and decides that having Rosalind in his corner is a good idea. The best way to go about that? Send in Daisy and hope that she can show Rosalind that not all Inhumans are dicks.
In the meanwhile, May comes back from her mission with a new agenda. She starts searching all the records involving Andrew to see if she can confirm her suspicions that he is indeed Lash. While she does that, Andrew is sent off to evaluate Joey once more and see if he’s ready to become part of the team. Joey appears to have his shit under control, but Andrew does not. His control is very tenuous.
Enter May once again. She’s there to confront Andrew about his alter ego. But she gets him angry and then he puts a bullet in her. It’s only a knock-out bullet, of course, and May eventually wakes up, chained up with Andrew lurking over her. He insists on telling his side of the story, but his perspective is a bit out there in crazy town. He is apparently hardwired to hunt Inhumans and kill them. What’s more, he wants May to help him on his quest.
While this is going on, Mack meets up with Lincoln. Lincoln has information that Lash has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. so the two of them go running to Coulson. Given that Andrew and May are missing and there’s evidence to suggest it, they figure that the doctor is indeed Lash. And Andrew drops the bomb that Lash is still in the midst of his transformation and eventually will not be able to revert to human form. So off they go to rescue May.
Coulson shows up and tries to talk to Andrew, convinced that he can convince the good doctor to give up peacefully. But Lincoln is on the warpath and blows the entire operation by attacking. Then all hell breaks loose and it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU versus one bad motherfucker with the ability to resist bullets as well as super powers. Only May’s soothing voice manages to calm Lash long enough to nab him.
Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons continue to search for a way back to the alien planet. Simmons gives Fitz her recordings from the planet in hopes that it will help him and what Fitz discovers is that the lady he’s in love with seems to be in love with him as well. So what do they do to resolve that not-so-small issue? Watch the sunset… FAIL, FITZ! You should have made out with her!
And on the final out, we find Ward chatting with one of HYDRA’s old guard and getting a lesson in what it truly means to be a leader. It’s revealed that they have plans to knock off Coulson and that they have an agent very close to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s leader – Rosalind Price.
One would think that the episode where S.H.I.E.L.D. squared off against Lash would be one of the best, but it was not. It certainly wasn’t a bad episode – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have left those behind this season. But it was a 7 out of 10 at best. I really enjoyed the idea of Lash – an Inhuman designed to kill other Inhumans. It fits with the Kree mythology that they’ve put forth thus far. They used Inhumans to destroy other races, but they also needed a failsafe to eliminate the Inhumans once the job was over.
I see Lash having the potential to become something similar to the creature that existed on the alien planet, albeit with a different set of skills. I can only hope that this is the focus of season 3 and that everything will tie in nicely, complete with mega-super-battle of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inhumans against the eradicating element designed to control them.
I’m also glad they are finally getting the Fitz-Simmons ship out of the way. People have been asking for this since episode 2 and though they’ve taken a long time to get here, it’s been a mostly satisfying ride. I’m eager to see them finally coming together, but also trepadatious that the writers may bring the astronaut into the mix to create some sort of bullshit, cliché love triangle. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how that one pans out.
And, finally, the bad stuff. My only issue with this week was the revelation that Rosalind is working with HYDRA. The show had such a potential to create an interesting foil/love interest for Coulson and instead they went down an already explored path so that the could connect Ward back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and continue that particular conflict. I can only hope that they’ll make something more interesting out of it other than just another “Oh look! A HYDRA spy in S.H.I.E.L.D.!” moment.
Next week, ‘Many Heads, One Tail’ promises a deepening of the Rosalind situation, including a potential reveal of her HYDRA allegiance. It appears as if the ATCU isn’t actually trying to cure their captured Inhumans, but have something more sinister in mind. We should see plenty of S.H.I.E.L.D. versus ATCU action. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.