Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet, whose Daisy was very much at the fore of this Tuesday’s episode, promised the series’ “biggest game changer” from here on in. How accurate was that forecast?
In my opinion, the final twist and the havoc that ensued certainly “shakes things up” for S.H.I.E.L.D./S.H.I.E.L.D., though I feel the show took a big ol’ shortcut to get there. Because for all this talk of the Secret Warriors assembling (sorry, uniting) for the first real mission, their escapade lasted, what, an act-and-a-half?
I for one was certainly expecting a more-involved rescue mission featuring clever problem-solving by way of Inhuman powers. Instead, Daisy, Lincoln, Joey and Yo-Yo pretty much ran roughshod over Hive’s Hydra heavies upon quaking through the exterior wall, despite the fact that they were going in nearly blind.
Breaching the perimeter, the Warriors split up, with Lincoln coming face-to-face with Malick, while Joey was led to make his first cold-blooded kill, of Lucio aka Mr. Peepers. After exfiltrating their captured friends, reclaiming the Zephyr and returning to the base, Coulson got word from an increasingly disenfranchised/wary Malick (“It is a god, it’s just not ours”) that Hive had planted a mole inside S.H.I.E.L.D., an Inhuman over whom he now has “sway.” Sure, it’s Malick talking, but Coulson must take the warning to heart — especially when after a power outage, Malick’s dead body is blown to bits by one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. grenades.
Fitz and Simmons — who, yes, amidst the chaos/cloud of paranoia reconsider their “start fresh” pact and finally kiss (a lot) — have no way to “test” for the “swayed” Inhuman in their midst, so Coulson does his best to cordon them off from everyone else. As establishment-wary Yo-Yo and Joey grow anxious about the suspicions directed at them, Daisy stages an “escape” for the Secret Warriors… only to actually lead them into a trap, one of the containment pods. There, Coulson ventures forth with a damning finding from the rummaging of the Inhumans’ lockers: the mysterious orb that was procured from the Afterlife castoff last week and represents some sort of threat to Hive was stashed among Lincoln’s things.
Lincoln does his best to rebuff the accusations but ultimately is thrown into confinement, after which Coulson breaks the news to Daisy that the Secret Warriors plan is being scrapped for now, since Hydra has hit them hardest — crippling their trust. That night, Daisy appears outside Lincoln’s window to check in on him… and offer to spring him. Puzzled by Daisy’s haste, Lincoln realizes that she is the one under Hive’s sway. After we gain insight into how and when she was turned — she encountered and got zapped by Hive during the rescue op, and later vibed to death/blew up Malick to cover her tracks — she/it does her/its best to lure Lincoln to the dark side, he just says no.
At episode’s end, Daisy — emboldened and “super-charged” by Hive’s sway — grabs the orb and dozens of Terrigen crystals, slips out of the base, “locks” the door behind her and then begins seeding the mother of all earthquakes, slowly but surely crumbling the walls above, around and on top of Coulson, May and all of the others trapped inside. So whereas the series’ big Season 1 twist revolved around the disbandment of S.H.I.E.L.D., this “game changer” involved the actual physical destruction of it.
What did you think of this week’s episode, “The Team”?