Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left off with a lot of moving pieces last year, some with stronger momentum than others. There was a lot for us to catch up on and, perhaps out of a sense of fear that comes with lots of exposition, the showrunners front-loaded the action in the episode. “Remember why this show is so fun?”
A new threat arises right off the bat and our heroes waste no time in addressing it. This threat is “Yo-Yo” (or “Slingshot,” as she is referred to in the comics), a character who can, essentially, teleport somewhere nearby before springing back in a heartbeat. While posited as an enemy, it’s clear that she is going to play a bigger role down the line, as her character is not one born of malice. Sure, she butts heads with the team at first, but they win her over through the course of the episode. Oh, and her power doesn’t require a heck of a lot of intense CGI, so I’m sure the showrunners are happy about that.
Coulson also reminds us that Rosalind was A) a character that B) he loved before C) she was murdered. A quick stroll through her apartment with the team brought that plotline rushing back, which is good, because those events motivate Coulson for the rest of the episode: it’s time to get Malick.
Malick, by the way, has picked up Grant Ward and brought him back to Hydra HQ. We know right away, as does Malick, that this is not Grant Ward, but a creature known as Hive. Ward was killed by Coulson in the mid-season finale (which was awesome) and the shapeshifting creature on the planet took over Ward’s body because ABC still has Brett Dalton under contract. Hive is soft-spoken and calm, most likely planning some master maneuver to become Ultra-Hive or something by the end of the season.
As is customary for the show, Bobbi and Lance dominated the screen as their charisma and chemistry made their plotline the most engaging of the show. They faced off against a petrifying Inhuman on an off-mission regarding stolen police goods or something like that? The specifics of their quest weren’t the strongest, so it really speaks to the abilities of the actors that they still stole the show. That is, in fact, a nice little analogy for the show. While the specifics of the story are shaky at times, it’s the characters that keep things moving.
Also there was some crap with Lincoln but I don’t think even Luke Mitchell cares about him.
Odds and Ends
- I’m not addressing FitzSimmons because THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE SHOW WANTS ME TO DO.
- Mack is so often the voice of reason that his character can be dull at times. Give that man a little extra dash of personality!
- Coulson has a spiffy new hand that actually looks like a hand, not a plastic prosthesis. Cool stuff.
- Strucker von Junior came back and got a little does of T.A.H.I.T.I. But is that the same procedure that Coulson had? I don’t think so…
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