Okay so things are starting to heat up in the SHIELD headquarters. There’s a new big bad Inhuman on the loose, SHIELD is getting professional competition in the form of the ATCU, and tensions are really beginning to rise between humankind and the “enhanced.” So without any ado, let’s talk about what happened in “Among Us Hide” and “Chaos Theory.” Spoilers ahead.
Synopsis “Among Us Hide”
After the unknown fate of Andrew in episode four, we realize that he did survive the explosion purportedly set by young von Strucker, and now May is pissed. After having Hunter benched, May sets off to continue the mission to end Ward, this time with Bobbi Morse at her side.
I’ve been waiting a long time to see them kick ass together.
Together, they follow the trail of von Strucker to the Cayman Islands, and unknowingly are racing against Ward and his Hydra buddies to locate the missing almost-villain. Grant’s men beat May and Morse to the punch (pun intended), but they’re no match for bad ass S.H.I.E.L.D. ladies. May is able to talk to von Strucker before he slips into a coma, and she discovers the real reason Werner ran away. More on that in a minute.
Meanwhile the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is researching a possible lead on the identity of Lash. Daisy has a theory that Lash is actually a member of the ATCU–which would explain why he’s at the same Inhuman scenes as their team. She suspects that Lash is actually one of Rosalind’s inner circle, and with Mack and Hunter, they stake out the ACTU agent. They also discover that the ATCU is putting Inhumans in stasis, suspending animation and storing them in a large facility. One could call it inhumane.
Daisy and co’s observation of the ATCU agent leads to naught. He’s not Lash.
Lash, according to Werner von Strucker, is Andrew.
Synopsis “Chaos Theory”
This episode lights up on a flashback to the Hawaiian vacation that Melinda and Andrew had taken six months earlier, where they promised each other new beginnings. We see Andrew flipping through Jiaying’s ledger, which was rigged with a Terragen crystal, and triggering Andrew’s transformation into Lash.
May and Bobbi return to base as quickly as possible. May, true to form, doesn’t trust von Strucker’s word that Andrew is Lash. She double checks all the locations of Lash’s killings and cross-references them with Andrew’s known locations. Looks like the Hydra twerp is right. Lash is Andrew.
Me: I knew it! Writers: How many Lash puns can we fit into one episode?
Meanwhile Andrew is tasked with reassessing Joey’s rehabilitation while Coulson and friends travel to Colorado to meet with the ATCU and the President. It’s during the flight that Lincoln contacts Mack, and helps Coulson and Daisy to discover Lash’s true identity. Coulson orders the plane to turn around because he (rightly) suspects that May is in danger.
For every Daisy Johnson there’s a Lash, and it’s ignorant for you to think otherwise. -Rosalind Pike
Rosalind’s ATCU agents and Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D team work together to subdue Andrew, or Lash, as they now know him to be. Neither the ATCU or Coulson’s team is able to get the drop on him, and unfortunately for our feels it’s Melinda May who empties a few rounds in his chest to get him into the containment chamber. Coulson asks her how she knew that the shots wouldn’t kill Andrew. Her response? “I didn’t.” It’s also May’s decision to place Andrew in stasis at the ATCU so he can’t hurt anyone else, including her.
In the lab, Fitz is helping Simmons find a way to reopen the portal. He is able to pull all the photos and videos she took on the other planet from her damaged SIM card (he’s less than thrilled at having to look at the face of his competition). Fitz discovers that the patch on Will’s uniform looks eerily similar to a carving in stone from one of Jemma’s photos. Perhaps there is a larger, and older, force at play, one that is very interested in the planet with two moons.
Coulson and Rosalind grow closer after their run-in with Lash, and well, one thing leads to another and they end up having breakfast together. Interdepartmental relations, indeed.
Meanwhile Hydra: Grant is teaming up Gideon Malicks (Powers Boothe). Oh, and Rosalind? She works for Malicks.
Three guesses on how well that’s going to end for Coulson and friends.
Where We’re Headed
Who is Gideon Malick?
Now, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ve seen Powers Boothe before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: he’s on the World Security Council in The Avengers. Now, rumor has it that his prior MCU appearance is not connected to his current AoS character, but I wouldn’t put it past TPTB to be giving us one hell of a ride that will lead up to Captain America 3: Civil War and perhaps even beyond to Avengers: Infinity War. *Spoilers for Comics* In the comics, a character named Malick is the second person to put on the mantle of Red Skull, which, given Gideon Malick’s current affiliation with Hydra, makes a helluva lot of sense. I’m guessing that as the season unfolds, Malick will be revealed as the new big baddie and overlord of Hydra.
In this episode, we had an intersection of season 3’s antagonists: Hydra’s von Strucker revealed Lash, who’s run-in with the ATCU revealed Rosalind’s association with Malick. Now that Lash is in the hands of the ATCU, who knows how that will play out once Rosalind’s darker connections are revealed? It’s also a big hint toward the Superhuman Registration Act–the one issue that we know will be at the heart of the next Captain America film.
I see trouble on the horizon, and I don’t think everyone will make it out alive.
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