By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
First, let’s get the big twist out of the way. I did not see this coming, and I’m guessing most others did not either. Plenty of things have been spoiled for me over the years, either because I figured them out or someone else did. I’m totally fine with that; spoilers do not bother me (but I still try to avoid them). This is something that definitely came as a shock to me. It’s something that makes me want to go back and watch every single scene with Dr. Andrew Garner to see if there were any clues or if the writers are just pulling a fast one on us. I suspect it’s a little bit of the latter, but that’s alright. Not every character development has to be mapped out from day one. It just has to make sense when a character’s story takes a twist. This is a perfect example. There’s nothing in previous episodes hinting towards Andrew being an Inhuman (I assume), but that doesn’t mean he isn’t one. It’s all fine as long as what the writers do next makes sense. That being said, I’m guessing now that Lash let Daisy live two weeks ago because Andrew likes her. That’s a little less exciting than my theory that he let her live because she’s worthy of being an Inhuman, but whatever, I’ll take it (worthiness can still be a significant factor).
May is back to kicking ass, and it was great to watch. One of my biggest worries coming into this episode was that May’s development from cold and uninteresting to complex would be undone. It wasn’t. She’s more focused now, but she’s still growing as a character. The old May would have grabbed her “go bag” and ran off after Ward herself. This May immediately grabbed Bobbi and formed a two-woman posse to take Ward down. Now she’s at another crossroads. The man she once loved, and was trying to trust again, is not only an Inhuman, but a killer. This is another thing that could make May regress, but I think we’re well past that now. She’s going to entrench herself more in SHIELD, but she’s not going to shut anyone out. This May is a team player.
The Upcoming Rift Between Daisy and Coulson
We finally got a look inside the ATCU facility, and it was not pretty. I’m not sure how I feel about this plot development. On one hand, Rosalind’s intentions are certainly noble (assuming they’re truthful), but on the other hand, something just feels wrong about it. I don’t know if this was intentional on the writers’ part, but I don’t think she said anything about these people consenting to being put into suspended animation. She said they were afraid, and they were trying to hurt themselves or loved ones, but she never actually said they volunteered for this procedure. Maybe I’m just nitpicking, but it would make me feel better about the ATCU’s intentions, but then again, maybe the point is that we’re not supposed to feel good about them right now.
One person who definitely does not trust the ATCU is Daisy, and I’m can’t blame her. She’s an Inhuman now, and these are her people. As she was sitting in that van watching all this unfold, I imagine Daisy was probably seeing the value in her mother’s words about not trusting non-Inhumans. I don’t think this will cause a full-blown rift between her and Coulson, but there has been some tension between those two boiling under the surface, and this might be the thing that makes that tension erupt.
By far, the reveal of Andrew as Lash. As I wrote already, I did not see that coming. Watching it unfold onscreen was chilling. This was a mid-season finale-level twist, at least. Having it happen in episode six just means I don’t have to wait two months to find out what happens next.
Thanks for reading!