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.
“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.
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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