Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped a big bomb on us last night, and it would have been an excellent episode if not for the constant interruptions about who won the New York primary.

Misdirection and Interruption

I’m sure Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. put on a complete hour of television last night. It was hard to tell, since both the national AND local ABC outlets felt the need to butt in and tell me the NY primary results that we had all guess two weeks ago. I did watch the parts I missed, but its hard to tell if the episode was rather choppy, or that was a result of my viewing experience.

Anyway, this was a pretty good episode of television, assuming it was as smooth as it should have been. We got a pretty great plot twist(ish) amidst some great action and great drama. It was some great storytelling injected right when the show needed it. Inhumans and Hydra are becoming a bit stale, so the powerful character moments made up the difference and then some.

Let’s work from the end of the episode forward, because I said so. The reveal that Daisy was corrupted by Hive and is working against S.H.I.E.L.D. is a great one, as Daisy has not only grown to be a strong character, but a necessary member of the team. She’s super powerful and knows the ins and outs of the organization, so it’s a big blow to Coulson and company.

The wonkiness of the events leading up to it certainly make clear the purpose of the last few episodes. If you thought that Daisy and Lincoln’s relationship was a bit ham-fisted, you’re not wrong, as it was clearly rushed in order to make this misdirection more shocking and emotionally resonant. Unfortunately, the relationship didn’t quite spark the way the writers had hoped, and as such the reveal was a little predictable.

Speaking of relationships, Fitz and Simmons finally made the Internet happy. This is a much more natural moment for the characters and it speaks to how playing the long game can really elevate character interactions. I worry that their going to rush a Mack and Yo-yo pairing, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that ABC is reading this review and is taking my specific feedback into account. I think we have a pretty good shot.

I’m surprised to say this, too: I’m gonna miss Malick. When he was first introduced, I saw him as another mystery man from the laziest corner of the writer’s room. For the longest time he had no motivation, but last episode teed up his guilt wonderfully, and this episode knocked it out of the park. Or at least got a ground rule double.

Wait, did I just make a sports analogy? Regardless, it was great to see Malick behaving the way he did. The regret was palpable, and it made his death at the hands of an infected Daisy all the more potent.

Though my experience was marred by George Stephanopoulos’s unwanted face, I was impressed by the episode and look forward, for the first time in a while, to seeing what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has in store for us.

Odds and Ends

  • That’s was a pretty visceral autopsy for a prime time Disney show. I can’t remember the last time I saw a cranium get carved to pieces on a channel in the single digits.
  • That was a pretty great “lead-pipe-to-the-chest” maneuver.
  • As much as Hive is working right now, a fourth incarnation of Brett Dalton will try my patience. He’s been S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, and Hive…I don’t think the story can merit keeping this guy around, which is unfortunate because he seems to really like the role.
  • Trump and Hillary won NY, if you didn’t know.

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