Agents of SHIELD “Failed Experiments” Review

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Aliens! Poison! Death! Watch before you read, because a lot went down this week.

I feel like the general population won’t feel any pity for Lincoln — that they feel what he did was stupid, reckless, and downright silly. And it was, without a doubt. But I’m going to defend him. Throughout the episode, you can see him run into metaphorical walls in his attempts to help, and just rebounding back onto the floor. At every opportunity, he was turned down. Then Lincoln, like any person would in his position, got desperate. So he did the only thing he could.

Lincoln’s whole arc in this episode really adds to his character, and gives him more depth as a person. He is unstable, and when his passionate drive is interrupted, he will do anything he can to push past those roadblocks. In desperation, he’ll do things like testing a toxin with no working antidote. Good thing they didn’t use it on Daisy, huh?  He’s a flawed human – Inhuman – being, in a great and interesting way.

This episode kept the emotional struggle of Daisy’s allegiance alive and strong. This week, the weight landed particularly on Mack. He struggled to believe he could have missed his partner being under Hive’s influence. Their scene together in the garage was powerful, and excellently acted from both sides; SHIELD does a phenomenal job when it comes to fleshing out its characters in overtime. The season’s buildup of Daisy and Mack’s partnership really helped fuel their confrontation… even if it did get into the cliché “I won’t fight back” scenario.

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“I won’t fight back… or press pause.”

As for Daisy herself, Chloe Bennet continues to give a stellar performance. It’s gut-wrenching to watch Daisy genuinely believe she’s in the right, while still retaining core aspects of her personality. Her standout part this week was when she upped her powers — she was close to crushing Mack from the inside out! Is it wrong to hope we see more of this brutal Daisy once she rejoins the good guys?

I will say, the Kree were by far the weakest aspect of the episode. It’s always awesome to have larger-than-life, cosmic races join the fray, but that fun is lessened when they look extremely silly — not only in their costume/make-up situation, but also in how they moved and fought. I find it hard to take them seriously.

I did enjoy the backstory we got from Hive about his creation, and the creation of all Inhumans on earth. It’s strange they gave us all that information, as I’m not sure where the Inhuman family will fit in when they finally become part of the larger MCU. For now though, it was nice to have that lore given to us — even if watching Hive’s experiments in the first half of the episode was a little tedious.

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Chokings are pretty cool, though.

This week’s episode wasn’t as good as last week’s outing, but it still held its ground in the season’s final stretch. And it seems the only way to defeat Hive were those Kree.  Now that they are dead and disposed of, what new method of victory will come to light? Side note: did anyone else notice how useless Hellfire seemed this episode? And that this makes two in a row that feature May giving angry pep talks? I think that by the end of the season, Hive will be defeated by one of those random reoccurring SHIELD agents.

Only kidding of course.

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2 thoughts on “Agents of SHIELD “Failed Experiments” Review

  1. Mixed emotions on the episode. Is Hydra really finally gone this time? This is like the 2nd or 3rd time that has been said. I do love that the show likes to burn through its characters. The death count for the show must be enormous by now.

    I feel like this episode is a turning point for Skye (will never call her Daisy). She was about to kill Mack. She was pissed he killed the Kree and took it out on him. It seems like now she is willing to side with the Inhumans all the way and that means with Hive.

    I also feel like Hive’s back story was interesting but I pretty sure he left a LOT of things out. He alluded to other original Inhumans and Civil War thousands of years ago. Where did those original Inhuman’s go? Are they the ones that banished Hive to the desert planet? That story lines seems to be where we are heading. And, they mention Dethlock but he is a no show? Is he how in space or something?

    However, I feel like by the season’s end S.H.I.E.L.D. as an organization will not exist. I think the show and Colston’s story arc needs to end. It’s been a good run and fleshed out a ton of the Marvel Universe but S.H.I.E.L.D. is not equipped to battle the Inhumans.

  2. Agents of Shield really is a hot mess. These last few episodes almost made me stop watching altogether but the backstory for Hive/Kree/Inhumans won me over enough to maybe watch the rest of the season.

    I think my biggest problem with the show is they keep reusing the same plot line over and over. Someone on the team is a traitor. First it was Ward, a HUGE shock in season 1. Then Mockingbird and Mack plus Jiaying betrays everyone. Then twice in S3: May’s husband and now Skye/Daisy.

    Hate how they changed Skye’s name, I would throw a shit fit if I was asked to change “Ravenbom” and that’s not even what people call me in real life. That’s just a symptom of a bad show. They don’t care about continuity at all or the possibilities of building a following in reruns with a consistent name for main character/audience surrogate in season 1. They made the stupid call to give Fitz brain damage in S2 then in S3 he’s all better/they forgot he had brain damage. Lincoln keeps making very un-doctor like mistakes and choices like they forgot he spent the first 25 years or so of his life trying to be a doctor.
    I’m glad they retconned Fitz and his brain damage, it was a lame subplot but it still seems like they forgot about it rather than decided to leave it behind.
    It also seems odd they chose to use Hive as a villain this season when Arrow had been building up to HIVE since their second season and now we have Marvel and DC Hive vs HIVE for the 2016 TV villains.

    The Winter Soldier really screwed them in the first season by breaking up Shield, which is maybe why the show is a hot mess. They try and make a show to fit in the MCU when they have no idea what is actually happening in the MCU. Then Daredevil and Jessica Jones make shows that fit in any universe, and it just makes Agents of Shield’s flaws that much more apparent.
    Hydra wants to take over the planet and somehow they leave Mr Purple alone, yet they find out about Yo-yo in some remote village and she’s more important to them than Mr Purple who has been controlling people’s minds for at least 20 years.

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