Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episode 11)

TV REVIEW

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

SEASON 3, EPISODE 11- "BOUNCING BACK"
In case you are suffering from a brain-fart, Fitz was taken to Maveth with Grant Ward in order to find the mystical Inhuman that started HYDRA. What they didn't know was that Coulson also slipped into the portal to Maveth and his team destroyed all plans HYDRA was planning for their long lost leader. Coulson and Fitz came back, and Coulson killed Ward out of revenge for killing his new love interest, Rosalind Price. Or we thought Coulson killed Ward. Ward is definitely dead, but the Inhuman leader is now inside Ward's body. He has found Gideon Malick, the new head of HYDRA and Malick has taken him in.

We pick up with Coulson this episode, standing over the very spot that Price died. He has a meeting with President Matthew Ellis. Ellis is proud of the work that Coulson has been doing, trying to grapple the Inhuman threat. Ellis makes a deal with Coulson, Coulson keeps up his work handling the Inhuman threat and in return, Ellis will make sure the public thinks S.H.I.E.L.D. is dead. That's a real quick way to sweep some tension under the rug, but it paves the way for the greater story that this season is telling. I wouldn't want the season to go back and forth between, fighting the United States military, then back to HYDRA, then back to finding and fighting Inhumans.

That is definitely what most of this episode revolves around. There is an Inhuman the team tracks to Bogota, Columbia (funny how the MCU constantly goes back there). This girl is able to move at superhuman speeds between heartbeats, and at first she comes off as a threat because she stealing several guns. It turns out that she is trying to rid her city of the corruption within it and she's trying to use her powers for good. When Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse get captured by the Columbian police (who have their own evil Inhuman in use), Yoyo (as Daisy calls the new Inhuman) is assisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to get their agents back and bring in the evil Inhuman. Sadly, the evil Inhuman is obtained by HYDRA. What kind of drives me nuts though is that Yoyo decides not to stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. and goes back to help her people. I can't stand how slowly the Secret Warriors are taking in order to assemble. I want to see an army of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inhumans already!!

We still don't have a name for whatever this mysterious Inhuman is living in Grant Ward's corpse. Honestly, he doesn't do a whole lot this episode. But there is no doubt that Gideon Malick is afraid of him and bending to his very will with ease. This Inhuman was badly hurt on Maveth and he is taking his time building his strength back. At the end of the episode he is passing some kind of power onto Gideon's subordinate Giyera (the Inhuman we met in the fall played by Mark Dacascos). I don't know if Giyera will be even more powerful next week or if he's dying, but I guess we will see. I am interested to learn more about this Inhuman leader, and I hope this will payoff in a character that is familiar.

I hope in the upcoming weeks we really start to see the Secret Warriors fleshed out more and I am wondering if for the season finale we see this big brawl between S.H.I.E.L.D. Inhumans and HYDRA Inhumans. That could be pretty damn cool if that's what they are setting up. What did the rest of you think?

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