Tuesday, April 5, 2016

TV REVIEW: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Episode 15, Season 3)



This week, our team was hot on the trail of an Inhuman that can make people see their future when they touch them. The catch is, every time someone touches them, the toucher gets a view of their death. Did you ever wonder what your future would look like? The Inhuman presented in this episode has a power very similar to the one who will revolve around the second Marvel Civil War in the comic books coming out this May, and I can't help but think this episode was somewhat intentional as we get closer to the movie adaptation of "Civil War." This Inhuman's powers are so great that they destroyed his life and he now lives in the streets. 

So of course S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to protect him and HYDRA wants him for their Inhuman army. And of course HYDRA nabs him first.

HYDRA goes to a technology company which created the robotic hand created for Coulson. There is something there specifically that Ward (well now he's Hive) wants. He allows the fortune telling Inhuman to show the execs of this company their futures if they don't give into Hive's demands, and they quickly do. But Hive and Gideon kill them all anyway. Hive gives Gideon a powerful exo-suit which grants him superstrength. Hive wants Gideon to know what absolute power feels like, and it seems like the only thing keeping Gideon alive is this power. I love how Brett Dalton is playing an entirely different character compared to Ward. Ward was rather smug and charismatic in a doltish way. Hive is completely different. He knows his power, he knows what he's capable of, he doesn't need to prove anything to himself or others. I love the complete U-turn Dalton has done in this series.

Coulson goes to save the Inhuman and initially plans to leave Daisy behind, having May go in her stead. Things change quickly when Andrew Garner surrenders himself to S.H.I.E.L.D. This leads to a conversation between May and Garner which allows Garner to try the Inhuman vaccine that Fitz and Jemma have been working on. We don't know the results of it yet, but it leads to a pretty big emotional crescendo that I really dug. All the while Daisy and Lincoln are trying to save this Inhuman. Daisy gets into a pretty brutal fight with Gideon, who has a chance since he's wearing that exo-suit. But with the help of the Inhuman, she lives. Daisy vows to protect Robin, the daughter of the Inhuman. But when her hand falls on his, we see another future in which a woman is in space, and the shuttle blows up. There is a S.H.I.E.L.D. patch on her arm.

I have to say, that after losing Bobbi and Lance to their own spin-off, I don't know if I can quite take Daisy dying. She has become the heart of this show, standing right next to Coulson's soul. This show will be nothing if they keep knocking their best characters down. Of course, now that Daisy knows her future, she can change it like she did in this episode. But will it pan out? Are they willing to kill off one of their best characters?

I don't know if that's a good idea.

 What did everyone else think?

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