Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TV REVIEW: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Episode Eight, Season Three)



Tonight's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was one of the very best episodes of the series so far. I remember when this show started, and it felt like the red-headed stepchild to the greater MCU. It was kind of fun, and when it started, I was probably one of the very few who had any enthusiasm for it. But in the beginning, it felt like an NCIS with superpowers. The show morphed into something so much more, and with each season since, they are constantly changing the game they created from the beginning.

Tonight was the most exciting revelation since we found out Ward was HYDRA. This was a huge episode, huge for the show itself, huge for the possibilities that lay forth in the movies. With everything that was revealed tonight, something about what happened has to overlap into the movies eventually. When Marvel gets around to making "Inhumans," and they will, there has to be some repercussion from what is going on in the show, it has to. That is how big these decisions are, and they are leading to one of the very best seasons of the show.

So let's get something straight, Rosalind Price isn't HYDRA. Yep, the show had me fooled too, especially after her phone call with Gideon Malick last week. But she is not HYDRA. It turns out that Gideon Malick has been influencing ATCU for HYDRA. That is why Rosalind Price was in league with Gideon in the first place. But the show sure does milk the suspense in a heated exchange between Price and Coulson. Coulson's team spends the entire episode trying to get closer to the ATCU and where they keep captured Inhumans, whether through Price's guidance and trust, or not. Bobbi Morse stumbles on something, which makes the audience believe that the ATCU isn't trying to find a cure for the Inhumans, but to physically make them. But Price swears she did not know about this, she really does want to help the Inhumans, its Malick that was the bad guy, and he duped her.

But that wasn't even the most exciting revelation of the episode. Tonight also had a huge focus on Ward, and his entire history of HYDRA was turned upside down. See, HYDRA was not created during WWII, they were around before. Before they were the science and technology division of Nazi Germany, they were a space cult trying to create world domination. One of the ways they tried to gain world domination was through the monolith. Yes, Gideon Malick is in possession of a miniature monolith, the rock that sucked Jemma to another part of the universe earlier in the season. Apparently, whomever started HYDRA was an Inhuman, and he got lost on that distant planet Jemma was on. Ever since HYDRA has been preparing for their leader's arrival, and Malick is creating an army of Inhumans for him to command once he returns. 


Now, I am still trying to wrap my head around HYDRA being born from a space cult. Sure, its not the comic book upbringing, but this is a different universe so that's not a big deal. I am trying to figure out if it connects with the rest of the films, and I guess I will just have to have a massive MCU fest this Thanksgiving. But the more I think about it, the more its kind of cool. Its different, but different doesn't mean bad.

Other highlights of the episode include the fight between Bobbi Morse and Mark "Iron Chef" Dacascos, an Inhuman who works for HYDRA. Lance Hunter had a couple of really funny scenes during the ATCU infiltration and Nick Blood's work since season two is making Hunter become my new favorite character on the show. I also loved that Jemma and Fitz stopped lying to themselves and finally kissed, they belong together, I think everyone can concur on that. But nothing compared to the space cult HYDRA! Now who is this Inhuman leader on the other planet? Could it be Will, the astronaut Jemma met? Could it be Jemma herself? My brain probably won't shut off tonight.

What did everyone else think?

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