This week’s episode ties in with Civil War. Watch the movie, catch the episode, then read on for the full breakdown!
I honestly believe that Agents of SHIELD has stories and characters engaging and interesting in their own rights, to the point where the show no longer needs those big MCU movie tie-in episodes. Lots of times, they feel forced; the team is currently dealing with a godlike Inhuman bent on transforming the world. Even so, the writers gave us an episode half focused on dealing with Civil War’s Sokovia Accords. While it started out forced and sudden, it became more natural as the episode progressed, addressing some of this season’s recurring themes.
Going further, Talbot’s involvement served as a nice distraction to May and Lincoln’s plan. I’ll be honest, I didn’t see that one coming; I fully believed that Lincoln was doing this all because of his desperation. Had it truly been Lincoln on that Quinjet, though, that would have been the stupidest thing he has ever done in his entire existence. Thankfully, they pulled a nice bait and switch for Hive.
The old Tal-bait and switch.
That surprise present? Lash! I was happy to see him back in a big way; it felt like the whole season was subtly building him up as the secret weapon against Hive, and we just didn’t connect the dots until now. Then, the show stumbled — big time. Instead of the big season payoff of Lash being the one able to kill Hive in the end, his only purpose was to cure Daisy — someone who could easily come under Hive’s control again in the future. And then they kill Lash five minutes after his return? With a heated chain? That’s all it takes after all we saw him go through?
And Hive isn’t even much worse for wear after his encounter with Lash; his only loss is Daisy. Sure, he can’t make any more of his Alpha Primitives (a great nod to the comics), but he’s Hive. It’s a minor speed bump.
While the show stumbled in regards to the team’s upper hand on Hive, the writers succeeded with the more subtle story line of the episode: Mack and Yo-Yo. It was interesting to see a broken Mack, with no hope. It was even greater to see Mack and Yo-Yo reconcile, and have her get him back into the game. Sadly, she had to go and hand him the token of death — that damn cross necklace. Personally, I think it’s a red herring. If it was passed to from Yo-Yo to Mack as a gift of faith, it can surely be gifted again.
Most of this episode seemed to be build-up for next week’s finale, with a little MCU connectivity sprinkled on top. Daisy is back with the team, albeit a little shaken. I have no idea where they go from here in terms of destroying Hive, as any and all of their leads so far have failed. Maybe Daisy has some secret knowledge, seeing as she is probably the first to ever escape his influence. While the stumble in this episode has me worried, I sincerely hope this finale can live up to the momentum that’s currently going on. I’d hate to see another disappointment like the mid-season finale. Here’s to hoping!
Russ is Laser Time’s Marvel show reviewer extraordinaire. Follow him on Twitter if you want to talk SHIELD, Carter, or Jones!