By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Even though Coulson seems to be getting less screen time this season, I love how Clark Gregg is able to own every scene he’s in. There’s so many storylines going on now, but Coulson is able to serve as the glue that ties them all together, much like he did in Phase One of the MCU. His scene on the beach with Rosalind, even though it featured no action, was one of the more exciting Coulson scenes. That’s what I love about Gregg; he’s able to build tension and move the story along with the way he delivers his lines. That’s who Coulson is. While he can hold his own in a fight, he’s a more diplomatic director. While Nick Fury may have told Rosalind to go to hell, Coulson offered himself up to save Daisy. No matter how much attention is shown to other characters, this is still Phil Coulson’s show, and we found out tonight that still holds true.
Advanced Threat Containment Unit
We saw more action tonight from the ATCU as they hunted down Lincoln. This adds an interesting dynamic to the show because the ATCU, to me at least, is still straddling the line between good guys and bad guys. We want to believe Rosalind when she says the ACTU isn’t Hydra (they’re not, but they could be like Hydra), and we want to believe that the Inhumans they apprehend will be safe, but we just don’t know. Like Lincoln, the ATCU is operating in panic mode right now. Their whole existence is borne out of a reaction from the fear of the Inhumans. The ATCU might discover that the Inhumans, along with SHIELD, can be co-opted, but that potential could be wasted if the ATCU starts using draconian measures to hunt down any superhumans.
Rosalind partnering with Coulson is a step in the right narrative direction. As he told Daisy, Coulson is tired of fighting potential allies (Talbot, the other SHIELD, etc.). I think Coulson was probably acting as a mouthpiece for the writers there. It was a message to the audience that this won’t be the same SHIELD vs. the non-bad world storyline that we’ve already seen played out.
Does anyone else feel like Lincoln is being setup as a potential villain? He’s a desperate man, and he was just sold out by people he was already having a difficult time trusting. I don’t think he would turn into a traditional comic book villain, but I can definitely see him becoming an enemy of SHIELD. This is an unexpected twist as I think many of us assumed after last season that he would be a part of the upcoming Secret Warriors team.
Often times, the special effects on television shows leaves plenty to be desired. That was not the case tonight. While it was not quite up to par with a big-budget film, I liked the look of Lincoln’s powers. The wall of electricity he made to shield himself from the ATCU was particularly good, as was every other time he used his lightning powers. While I’m always prepared to look past the more chintzy effects we see in superhero television shows, tonight made me excited to see what the powers of other Inhumans will look like.
May and Hunter
First, I had to re-watch the bar scene because I laughed too much at the sub-titles the first time around. That was some of the best comic-relief we’ve seen in the whole series. The rest of their story was pretty basic. Hunter partook in a fight club to get closer to Hydra, and May showed three guys that she’s not to be messed with. Hunter accomplished his goal as he seems set to meet Hydra’s new leader (Ward, unbeknownst to Hunter). If Hunter comes face-to-face with Ward next week, I think this storyline will either end or change dramatically.
We learned that Simmons is having a difficult time re-acclimating to earth and is especially sensitive to sounds right now. We also learned that she was definitely being hunted by something on that planet. The final twist of the episode is that she desperately wants to go back. I’m excited to see where this goes. I doubt she has some unfinished business to attend to, so I’m guessing she feels like she isn’t herself anymore. Being on that planet changed her, both physically and mentally. Is it possible that Simmons doesn’t even feel like a human anymore?
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