Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team found themselves in a precarious situation. While Daisy and Lincoln were out chasing a lead, the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew tried to imprison a telekinetic Inhuman and got themselves captured. Now, they await whatever fate Grant-monster and the rest of his HYDRA lackeys have in store for them. Their only hope – that Daisy and Lincoln can gather up the super-powered folks that they know and make a rescue attempt. Scroll on to see how ‘The Team’ played out.
With begin with our Inhuman duo, Daisy and Lincoln, as they fly around the world retrieving their allies. They pick up metal-melting guy, Joey, and “Yo-Yo” the fast lady, Elena. And then they’re off to bust some HYDRA heads and make sure the rest of team S.H.I.E.L.D. survives the night.
They show up the nick of time, as Coulson and his part of the team are desperately fighting off a HYDRA invasion of their portable HQ. May is down and can’t help and they’ve managed to lock themselves away in a secure room for the time being. When the Inhuman squad shows up, they make short work of everyone they see, blasting their way to their teammates and even murdering old Medusa-eyes in the process.
Finally, S.H.I.E.L.D. makes its escape and they even have Malick as a prisoner. He’s not too happy with his Ward-monster ally, AKA Hive, so Malick is very cooperative when Coulson comes to chat with him. He even shares a little secret – that Hive can infect other Inhumans and has most likely converted one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s own super-powered allies. Coulson sees the big picture and decides that the human members of the team need to get the Inhumans into isolation ASAP.
Naturally, this causes a bit of tension among the gifted S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits. Mack is watching them, but can’t pick up on anything which points to any particular member of the team. Fitz and Simmons try dissecting Medusa-eyes to get a clue on how Hive’s powers work, but to no avail. And finally the shit hits the fan.
The power goes out, Malick ends up murdered and then Coulson and crew have a stand-off with Daisy and the other Inhumans. Daisy ends up convincing her fellow super-powered buddies to follow her lead and then walks them all into a trap. The chief suspect of Hive’s infection is Lincoln, so they knock him out, but all the Inhumans must be locked away until the truth can be discovered.
In the end, Fitz and Simmons finally get the kissy-face moment that fans have been waiting for. And then we see the truth behind Hive’s infiltration. Ward-monster took Daisy and she’s working for the wrong team now. She grabs the strange orb and the Inhuman-making crystals, makes her escape and even manages to devastate a bit of S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ in the process.
This week’s episode was another one this season that was truly captivating. The intro rescue scene seemed short at first, but as the story unfolded it became clearer that the focus was not on a grand battle, but on Hive’s continued execution of his ultimate plan. We got the chance to see some super-powered ass-kicking, but not without some deeper movements in the overall plot.
I also really enjoyed the interaction between Malick and Coulson. If Malick hadn’t been brutally murdered, I would be screaming for more of this. Alas, his time is up. Still, it’s nice when two actors play off of each other so well that a brief conversation can almost steal the entire episode.
The choice to turn Daisy was another surprise. My first guess was that the “infiltrator” was little more than the body of Medusa-eyes and that it would somehow come back to life. But now the writers have taken away one of the main characters and turned her into an enemy. It feels much the same as when, during season 1, we discovered that Ward was a traitor. This time, however, we at least have the hope that Daisy will return to the fold eventually. Then again, you never know what they might decide to do in the long run. Will Daisy be exiting the show for good this season? Or perhaps she’ll become the next host for The Hive?
Oh, and then there was the bit with Fitz and Simmons. We’ve been waiting and waiting and now it has finally begun. Let’s just hope that this isn’t a precursor to one of them being knocked off before season’s end. I’d be pretty pissed if the writers were baiting us just so we’d shed a few tears for their amusement.
All-in-all, a very good episode this week. Next week, ‘The Singularity’ has Daisy walking the line between being one with The Hive and trying to retain her humanity. Her visions of the future may be the key to figuring out exactly what her fate is and there are just 4 more episodes before it all comes to a head. Check out the promo for that below.