Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Thoughts: Season 3, Episode 8 “Many Heads, One Tale”

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By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD.

Hydra

For weeks I’ve been predicting/hoping that the story of Grant Ward and Hydra would be coming to an end. As it turns out, the story was just building momentum. Rather than having Hydra take a backseat to the Inhumans’ story, the writers were slowing weaving the nefarious organization into this new arc. It’s fitting that Hydra was brought back into the fold this way. Just like the Hydra of the MCU, when we thought it was down and out, it was really just hiding in the shadows waiting to reveal itself yet again.

Everything about this part of the series got interesting again, and it started in the beginning with Ward fending off his would-be assassins and continued until the end when we found out that Hydra is actually a centuries old secret society that has been adapting and thriving in the background. Even if Ward’s story comes to an end, and it still looks like that will happen sooner rather than later, Hydra is here to stay. As long as the writers keep it interesting, then I’m all for that.

Phil Coulson and Rosalind Price

Once again, the writers were able to take Clark Gregg’s biggest strength, his delivery of dialogue, and use it to their advantage. Credit also has to go to Constance Zimmer as Rosalind Price. These two work well with each other, and putting them together in a room and allowing them to just talk built one of the most dramatic scenes of the season. Now that the truth is out with Rosalind, she’s not a Hydra agent, her and Coulson can work together. It’s a shame that we will lose the tension that works so well with these two, but now we get to see what it’s like when they truly do work together.

Melinda May and Lincoln Campbell

As great as Clark Gregg is at talking, Ming-Na Wen is just as good at staying silent. Luke Mitchell did a fantastic job as Lincoln. As May spent much of the episode giving him the silent treatment, Mitchell had to not only convey the thoughts of Lincoln, but he also had to reflect the thoughts of May. When she finally did speak, we learned that she’s not mad at Lincoln, but is sorry for all the friends he’s lost at the hands of Lash. That was a small surprise, but May is full of those. This new and improved May is taking full advantage of the fact that she has someone who sort of understands what she’s going through right now.

FitzSimmons

I don’t have much to say because Fitz and Simmons were a little lost in the background of this episode, but they finally kissed. I would say it’s about time, but I’ve actually enjoyed the awkward will-they-won’t-they moments between these two. Now they can go back to doing all the science-y things that they do so well together.

One of Those Episodes

A couple of times a year, Agents of SHIELD has an episode that is absolutely thrilling to watch. From the fall of SHIELD, to Skye becoming an Inhuman, to last season’s two-part finale, the writers and performers  have a knack for stepping up and hitting a grand slam. Tonight was one of those episodes. It was exciting to watch from the opening scene, and it just kept getting better as the hour went on. This felt like a mid-season finale, only we don’t have to wait two months to find out what happens next.

Favorite Scene

I loved the scene where Gideon Malick explains the history of Hydra to Ward while Fitz shares his discoveries with Coulson and the team. It was a chilling twist, and we got to see just how close Hydra and SHIELD are to figuring each other out.

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