New dynamics for your favorite characters! Deaths! Villains! Be sure to watch the episode before you read on.
Let me just say, the standout parts of this episode absolutely belong to Gideon Malick. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into his past, and that’s somewhere I hadn’t really expected the show to go. While his brother’s fate became quite clear as the episode progressed, it still added a new dimension to Gideon as a character.
After the events of last week, it’s not surprising that Gideon was the center of attention. He saw his own death; his plans have been shattered. While I expected Gideon to make it through the episode, I did not expect Hive to kill his daughter, and in such a taunting and cruel way. I’m intrigued at how Gideon will handle this manipulation and if he will be forced to comply, or try to pull Hive down from his high horse.
Things are getting serious.
Lincoln also gained a new dimension as we delved into his past anger problems. While it’s always good to get more information about our team members, his backstory didn’t resonate as well as Gideon’s — something that overshadowed his whole plot line. I did find this new Afterlife resident to be interesting, however, and I really wanted him to get that crystal. Maybe one day.
While Daisy and Lincoln were off on their own mission, the rest of the team was left to hunt down Ward and deal with Giyera. Last week I mentioned that it was a bit weird that the team causally joked about Grant Ward being back in their lives. The writers seemed to realize that as well, because many of our characters, Coulson in particular, were left to deal with the impact of his re-emergence. Coulson seemed to take it the hardest, and his scene with Fitz in the hallway became a really great moment for the two.
While the team didn’t reach Ward, they did nab their other target… sort of. After an entertaining fight scene with May, Giyera did get thrown into the SHIELD white box. But even after an interrogation attempt by Mack, Giyera didn’t stay locked up for long. I really like that he’s become a minor recurring villain. With most shows, it’s either a one-and-done thug or a big overarching boss. Giyera has been sitting on the sidelines for quite some time now, but it’s fun watching this background player become more prominent — prominent enough to be the Secret Warriors’ first villain!
Oh yes, he’s back.
That’s right. If that last scene in the Quinjet meant anything, it’s that our Secret Warriors are being called in for the first time! Well, officially. And I did appreciate how the show very carefully used the same wording as the Avengers when they were formed: the writers really want this to feel like SHIELD’s Avengers. Either way, next week’s show looks to be bringing us some true Secret Warrior action — action I hope sticks around longer than just one episode.
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