Agents of SHIELD continues to spin multiple plates each episode, but all of the storylines are still interesting. This time around, the ATCU outs Lincoln as an alien threat on TV, and Daisy and Mack try to go to the rescue. Lincoln reaches out to his AA sponsor for help, and it seems to go okay until the guy turns on his TV. Oops. Lincoln gives him a little zap to knock him out…but it gives his buddy a heart attack. He’s unable to save him, and it leaves our blandest Inhuman standing over a dead body when the ATCU and SHIELD arrive. While this is happening, Coulson meets up with Rosalind, and after a humorous moment where Phil’s caught ogling…her car (get your mind out of the gutter), they get down to brass tacks – Rosalind has pictures of Daisy at the hospital too, but hasn’t released them yet. This leads to some tense moments where Lincoln almost gets handed over to the ATCU, and when that fails, they nearly take off with Daisy. In the end, Coulson trades away something potentially more valuable to Rosalind – his knowledge. This morally gray dealing is a solid build-up to Civil War, and very reminiscent of the SHIELD from the comics.
The next spinning plate is the May and Hunter show. Hunter’s got a buddy with an in to HYDRA, but Lance has to fight in a no-holds-barred fighting tournament. All well and good until his opponent is revealed to be that buddy. Hunter and ‘Spud’ beat each other to a bloody pulp, and Lance is about to lose until he slips on some brass knuckles and unloads on Spud. In a parallel to Lincoln’s story, Spud ends up dead. This apparently is enough to get Hunter an audience with Ward’s second in command. And don’t worry about May, she got to beat the snot out of three guys who tried to corner her to assault her.
The final spinning plate is the Fitz/Simmons saga. Simmons is back but is still jumpy as hell, every bright light and noise setting her on edge. Six months on an alien planet being hunted will do that to you. Fitz tries to get her back to work – after all, that helped him – but comes to realize after a chat with Mockingbird that maybe Simmons needs something different. They go to a nice dinner, and bond over a good cry. So it’s a surprise when Bobbi finds Simmons in the lab, poking and prodding the remnants of the monolith. But Simmons doesn’t want to hear it’s inert – she WANTS to go back!
- Obviously the big questions is, why does Simmons want to go back to the alien world? Is someone else there? Some other discovery? An important artifact? BRUCE BANNER?
- Lincoln still being in the wind is a surprise too – I think most of us assumed he’d be the first ‘Secret Warrior’ recruited.
- I definitely get an Abigail Brand vibe from Rosalind – I’m not sure if she’s available to the MCU since she was created in an X-comic but that’s who I think of when she’s on screen (or the comic version of Maria Hill).
Next week brings back Lash, and sees at least one more new Inhuman appearing.