Okay so the past two episodes weren’t the most complicated (or exciting) in AoS’s history. After its strong beginning a few weeks ago, this episode felt a little stagnant in terms of plot, but knowing Marvel, it’s laying down the pieces of the bigger story (I hope?)
The episode lights up on Lincoln, Daisy’s main Inhuman squeeze, being chased by armed forces, which we assume are part of Rosalind Pike’s ATCU. The attention of the government is on “alien forces”–and Lincoln quickly becomes one of the country’s most wanted after frying a few power lines in front of ACTU agents. Coulson admits that it might be time to bring Lincoln in, having left him on his own due to Daisy’s insistence. Now, it’s a race between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ACTU to find Lincoln first, and only one of the groups won’t treat the Inhuman like a lab rat.
After her trans-dimensional trip, Simmons is having a hard time adjusting back to life on planet Earth. The entire team is keeping a close eye on her, with Fitz never really leaving Jemma’s side. Regardless, no one seems to notice that there’s something a little off about Jemma: mainly, how obsessed she is with the place she just escaped. Everyone on the team tries to talk to her, even Daisy, but nothing seems to work. Bobbi encourages Fitz to take Jemma away from the lab, and they go on the most adorable dinner date that’s been seen onscreen since Lady and the Tramp shared spaghetti. One can almost hear the imaginary accordeon playing “Bella Notte” in the background.
Meanwhile Melinda and Hunter are looking for Ward, and therefore Hydra. After meeting with a…questionable…contact of Hunter’s, the two agents end up in Fight Club.
Which, the first rule dictates that I can’t say anything about that scene.
However, I can say that Melinda May in a Blondie shirt, leather jacket, and smudged eyeliner made me swoon. And then she kicks a bunch of ass, which feels too obvious a reminder that Melinda May is one of the deadliest S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. It seemed an unwarranted use of two minutes of the 42 minute episode, as the asses she kicked were thugs and not any antagonists that would give us more of the bigger picture.
Their stint in Fight Club pays off, however, as Hunter is escorted into Hydra headquarters and all but given the keys to the kingdom. Methinks Hydra should have a more conclusive background check for their new recruits. Ever heard of LinkedIn, Ward?
While May and Hunter are off playing Fight Club, Coulson meets with the head of the ACTU–Rosalind Pike–to reach an agreement about Lincoln. While he doesn’t particularly want to hand the Inhuman over to the other group, he’s given a difficult choice between handing over Daisy or Lincoln. His deal with the devil is thwarted by Lincoln, who decides that he’s not going to go with either group quietly. He has a searing liplock with Daisy, and then hits the road before either S.H.I.E.L.D. or the ACTU can catch him. Worried that the ACTU will take Daisy, Coulson makes another deal with the ACTU wherein he gives them…himself?
Yeah, I didn’t understand how that worked either.
Where We’re Headed
This episode was a lot of set-up for the rest of the season, but there were three important things that happened.
- Daisy and Lincoln have a ‘thing.’ Can we say doomed relationship? I like Lincoln, but the two are on different sides of the law, and I think that their Inhuman powers will be the source of a lot of tension between the two. And I’m not just talking about the sexual kind.
- Hunter is undercover with Hydra. Hydra is like the Daleks of AoS–no matter how many times you kill them and reset the timeline, they always come back. We can expect that Hunter’s stint with the multi-headed beast is going to lay down some groundwork for Hydra to reappear in other parts of the MCU *cough*Civil War*cough*.
- Speaking of Civil War, Coulson working with the ACTU pretty much guarantees we’ll be seeing the Superhuman Registration Act sometime in the near future. Might we expect a new S.H.I.E.L.D. director soon as well? *cough*Tony*cough