Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team was out trying to get something done and failing on every front. They wanted to find a way to cure Daisy of Hive’s influence – Nope. They needed the help of a geneticist in order to possibly kill Hive – Nope. They even tried to track Hive down and give him an ass-whoopin’ – Sorry, no deal. This week, it’s another showdown between the teams, this one involving some Kree warriors, straight from space. Scroll on to read the review for ‘Failed Experiments’ below.
We begin with a trip back through time. Hive is relating the tale of how the Kree first came to Earth and how he was chosen to become an Inhuman. He’s telling this all to a group of HYDRA elites along with the promise that they’re going to soon get their rewards for loyalty. What is that reward? They get to be first in line in an experiment to create Inhumans at will. Needless to say, the trial run doesn’t go so well for the lab rats. The problem is, they’re going to need some genuine Kree DNA if they want to do things the right way.
Back with S.H.I.E.L.D., they’re running around in circles trying to find Daisy or Hive or a cure for Hive’s infestation abilities. Fitz and Simmons think they might have a potential cure, but need to test it. Lincoln volunteers, but Coulson says “No Way.” That doesn’t stop him from going rogue though. Unfortunately for everyone, Lincoln endures a bout of the worst flu ever for nothing. The cure doesn’t work.
As far as Daisy and Hive are concerned, S.H.I.E.L.D. finally has a lead. They’ve found Hive’s secret town and plan on taking him down with all the fancy S.H.I.E.L.D. equipment that they can carry. But first May does some intel, tricking the thick-headed James into thinking that she’s a HYDRA agent and learning all about Hive’s plans to create more Inhumans. But S.H.I.E.L.D. may not need to do a thing, as Hive has turned on a beacon so that he can attract some Kree assassins and steal their blood.
Daisy goes after one of the big blue baddies in an effort to capture him while Hive just kicks the living crap out of the other one. S.H.I.E.L.D. gets to watch the Hive battle, hoping and praying that the Kree wins the fight, but no such luck. After launching some useless rockets into their enemy, they run the hell away. Daisy fares well enough against her target and now Radcliffe has the DNA he needs, but Mack shows up to spoil things. After a heart-to-heart with Daisy that ends in tears, he sabotages the Kree body and turns it into ash. Daisy gets seriously pissed and almost kills him, but S.H.I.E.L.D. shows up just in time to save his ass.
So score one for S.H.I.E.L.D. – they stopped Hive from getting the final ingredient in their Inhuman cocktail recipe. Until Daisy realizes that she has pure Kree DNA inside of her courtesy of that resurrection bit Coulson did on her back in season 2. Onward with the mad science!
As usual, S.H.I.E.L.D. had some good moments this week, but you can feel the filler effect starting to clog the system as they work to stretch out the season to 22 episodes. There was really no need for Hive to bust up some Kree baddies. Daisy could easily have given up her blood for the project without another fight scene. Nor was there a reason for another confrontation involving Daisy and someone trying to save her from Hive’s influence. Lincoln had his chance. Fitz had his. I guess the third time’s the charm?
It’s not that the episode was put together poorly, or even written poorly. It’s just plain that this was an attempt to buy time before the season finale. Since the finale is a two-parter, it’s likely that the next episode will be much the same. And so we sit and wait for the good stuff while being mildly entertained by some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s more mediocre installments.
On the plus side, I was glad they spent a little time once again debating Hive’s philosophy. He’s not a crazy killer with no agenda but to take over the world. Hive is a collective entity with a set of actual ideals and ethics. Sure, he’ll murder everybody in his way to achieve his goals, but he’s not as two-dimensional as most villains tend to be in super hero shows and movies. Much of that has to do with the writing and the character, but an equal amount of interest can be attributed to the great job that Brett Dalton is doing on the screen.
Another actor who has been shining through recently is Henry Simmons, AKA Mack. With Bobbi and Hunter gone, the show has freed up some screen time and he’s been getting enough of it that we now get to see the personality behind the character. Coulson putting him into the position of second-in-command has also helped bring his strength into the forefront. He has become one of the more interesting characters on the show as a whole and I’m just praying that they aren’t giving him extended screen time just because they’re targeting him as the “WHO. WILL. DIE!?!” marketing bait for the finale. If the show goes on without both Dalton and Simmons (Henry, not the other one), I’ll be much less inclined to tune in come season 4.
Next week, it’s the final episode before the final two-part episode that is the finale. Both teams are setting up for the big battle that will be big. Check out the very vague-looking trailer for ‘Emancipation’ below.