Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had its regularly scheduled MCU-tie in this episode, and, much like the film it was tied to, had its strengths and weaknesses.
The argument of “should super-powered people be monitored” will always be a topic of discussion so long as we have stories about super-powered people. It’s human nature, so long as we live in a flawed society, to debate oversight. While Civil War discussed this on a macro level, there were ripples of that dilemma here too. Talbot knows that Coulson has a rag-tag group of Inhumans on his team. What he doesn’t know is that one of them is under the control of Hive. Unfortunately, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spends a bit too much time rehashing the debates of Civil War to address the real interesting thing at hand…does Hive have a point?
I mentioned last week that Hive does indeed have a point. I said that humans, if they so choose, should be able to inject themselves with Kree DNA and become Inhumans, especially since Coulson allows Inhumans to work for him. Furthermore, if Coulson fights FOR the anonymity of said Inhumans, then the argument for Hive really holds weight. The only reason why Hive is viewed as a bad guy is because he is sapping the agency of the human race. Didn’t you see the big, scary globe?
That’s the real shortcoming of this episode…the misplaced discussion. Anyone who watched Civil War last week will find the Coulson-Talbot banter to be a rehash of the film. Luckily, the episode had enough strength in its other elements to keep things going. Mack lamented his failure with Daisy, FitzSimmons continued to FitzSimmon, and there was a solid misdirection in the episode.
I’m talking, of course, about the Lincoln/Lash misdirection. The main reason this twist worked so well was because Lincoln sucks as a character. I really hate writing that, but it’s true…because Lincoln was such an ill-defined character, his actions couldn’t seem out of character. I’m not going to pat the show on the back for this, because it’s still a flaw, but hey, the bait and switch worked. I never doubted for a minute that Lincoln wouldn’t run after Daisy against Coulson’s orders, so watching Lash step out of the Quinjet at Fort Hive was a pleasant surprise.
There was some solid action afterwards and Daisy was even freed from Hive’s control. Hooray! That makes this whole Agent Down arc last a solid three episodes. Lash, on the other hand, didn’t make it out alive. I can’t say I’m really broken up about it, but hey, at least the show had the guts to kill a character.
This, of course, being separate from the OTHER character that the show plans to kill off next week in the season finale. After this week, I redact my prediction that it’ll be Lincoln. It’ll be one of the two ancillary Inhumans most likely. Which means we won’t care. The real question will be if Hive makes it out alive. How many seasons did Brett Dalton sign up for again?
Odds and Ends
- Agent May hasn’t had much to do these last few episodes, which is very disappointing.
- I forgot that the Watchdogs were a thing until this episode reminded me that they are, er, were a thing.
- Pour one out for Peggy Carter.
- Ever notice how weird Talbot’s hair is?.
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