Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team was busy running around in circles desperately trying to find a way to cure the Hive infection so that they could bring their precious Daisy back to the good guys’ team and prevent other Inhumans from joining the dark side. In a dangerous attempt to get some DNA for his experiments, Hive summoned a couple of Kree assassins to his town. And even though S.H.I.E.L.D. thwarted that particular plan, they were left with zero progress by episode’s end. This week, ‘Emancipation’ spends 42 minutes FINALLY rescuing Daisy. Scroll on for all the details.
This week starts with a nod to Captain America: Civil War and a plot complication from the same source. General Talbot shows up to chat with Coulson about the new registration act and demands that the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader put his operatives on the secret list. But convincing Talbot to leave his people alone is just one of Coulson’s problems. Lincoln is still out of commission, Fitz is scrambling around trying to keep S.H.I.E.L.D.’s computers safe from Daisy’s hack-fest and half the team is busted up.
So while Coulson gives Talbot a tour of the place, Lincoln contacts Daisy, has some tender moments with her via his monitor and tries to convince her to bust him out. Also, speedy lady Elena (aka Slingshot) is back and having tender moments with Mack. Coulson and Talbot’s moments, however, aren’t so tender. The general isn’t happy that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s boss is being uncooperative. He’s even less pleased when he finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D. has Lash on lockdown in their compound. And then he goes positively ape-shit when he finds out about Hive and the potential for world destruction he represents.
Speaking of Hive, he’s back with Daisy, draining her blood and preparing to hand it over to Radcliffe for another round of experiments. Of course, first they need some test subjects. And who better to use than those Inhuman-hating bastards known as the Watchdogs? Team Hive rounds up a good half-dozen of them and gets back to work on their Inhuman-making cocktail. This time the results are a little bit better, but not by much.
In the meanwhile, Talbot panics, Coulson tries to calm him down and Daisy makes to bust Lincoln out of his little prison. The last of these is a success. After a few setbacks and a brief encounter with Mack, Lincoln steals a quinjet and heads back to Hive HQ. Or does he?
Turns out the entire escape was a ruse put together by Coulson with only a few people in the loop. Instead of Lincoln, they send back the biggest, baddest, Hive-killinest muthafucka they can find – Lash. Lash was specifically designed to end Inhuman lives and he makes short work of Hive during round one. Unfortunately for the would-be blue hero, James does a “nick of time” maneuver and ends him. But not before Lash can use another of his Inhuman abilities to extract the Hive-mind creatures living in Daisy’s brain. A few minutes later and she’s flying back to S.H.I.E.L.D..
So Daisy is home again and Hive got his ass handed to him, but S.H.I.E.L.D.’s not out of the frying pan yet. Turns out that Hive stole a warhead from the ATCU and has plans to take his new Inhuman juice and spread it across a big chunk of the Earth, creating an army of big, ugly, obedient grunts.
There wasn’t anything truly wrong with this week’s episode, though there was little about it that stood out. I did enjoy the fact that, despite his douchebaggery, General Talbot was included more this week. He is, after all, the leader of the ATCU and Coulson needs to be able to work with him in an efficient way if they hope to defeat the stronger baddies out in the Marvel Universe. I do prefer when he has something more interesting to say and do than just complaining or panicking, but it’s nice to have him present at least, particularly with regard to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s major, full-conflict type decisions.
Of course, the writers used Captain America: Civil War as a window to bring him in. For those of us who don’t plan on rushing out to see Civil War, it was a bit annoying. For the people out there who have neither seen the movie nor read the comic books, it was probably more than a bit confusing. If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plans on doing these tie-ins, they should really wait a couple of weeks to air them so that everyone has a chance to get on the same page. Otherwise we’re left feeling like maybe we missed an episode of the show and didn’t realize it.
I was also a bit upset with the anticlimactic ending given to Lash. They’ve built him up, over and over, throughout the season and then they gave him about 2 minutes to live during his moment of glory. What’s worse is that he was ended by a lucky shot. The creature that hunts Inhumans like the ultimate predator failed when it came to hearing James and an entire group of people walking up behind him. Did something Hive do make him temporarily deaf or just plain stupid? It felt a bit like that when he was snuffed out so easily.
All-in-all, the episode pushed the story along by bringing Daisy back into the fold, but did little else aside from fleshing out Hive’s ultimate plan and the cronies he’ll be trying to use to execute it. One good thing about it is that the filler is over and the real story shall be arriving next week with the two-part finale.
Here it comes folks – the conclusion to season 3 and the final answer to that now-annoying question “WHO. WILL. DIE!?!” The dual attack of ‘Absolution’ and ‘Ascension’ is just a short ways away and from the trailer, it looks like the answer to the death question is more important than anything else in the show, including what will happen to Hive and, yah know, the plot. Check it out below.