By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
I absolutely love what the writers have done with this season with Ward. Leading up to the mid-season finale I thought the character was getting stale. There were only so many times I could have him come up with another evil mustache-twirling scheme to go after Coulson and May. The whole Hydra angle was getting dull too. Just like Ward, the organization, which was defeated and then came back before being defeated and resurrected again, was bordering on silly James Bond-style villain. It all changed this season when Hydra’s history was re-written to make it a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the a return of a powerful Inhuman while Ward was killed off and Brett Dalton was essentially re-casted as Hive. The new life that was breathed into these characters was game-changing for the show, especially Ward. I’ve liked Brett Dalton from the beginning of this series and thought the writers were beginning to do him a disservice by keeping him around when it was painfully obvious that Ward’s story was so far past its expiration date that it was beginning to smell funny. Making him Hive, who had a particularly interesting backstory in the comics, keeps Dalton around and allows him to show off his diversity even more. It’s a win for everyone.
Lash and the Inhumans
This is the second or third episode in which Lincoln talked about the Inhumans’ powers manifesting in a way to fill in the evolutionary gaps of his people. The first time he mentioned it I figured it was to add a little more substance to the Inhuman story arc. Now that it’s been brought up again I think it’s going to play a significant part in the story this season. The first time Lincoln mentioned it was around the time Fitz and Simmons discovered that Carl Creel had an immunity to Terrigen Mist; now it’s been brought up in the same episode that saw the return of Lash. I don’t think this is a coincidence. If the Terrigen Mist gives Inhumans their powers based on the needs of the community (i.e. it’s not just random), then it follows that Lash was given his powers for the same reason. We’ve seen plenty of people gain their powers by accident this season. What if Lash is just the next Inhuman to fill an evolutionary gap and that gap is overfull with new Inhumans? There’s no other reason that I could think of for an Inhuman to be created with an insatiable need to hunt other Inhumans.
May training to storm the Hydra building was good. This show does a great job of balancing the seriousness of the story with a heaping dose of levity and this was a great example of that. The scene with Fitz teaching the team about space-time had me wishing Neil deGrasse Tyson was with me to explain everything, so following that up with the May training was a good move on the writer’s part. Plus there was the whole deal of thinking Daisy would inevitably die in this episode. Yes, we needed some laughs thrown in there.
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