“Daisy, Mack and Coulson race to protect Lincoln as Rosalind’s team hunts down the Inhuman in their quest for powered people. Meanwhile, Hunter proves that there is no line that he will not cross to exact his revenge against Ward and Hydra.”
Simmons is back and wants to return to the weird alien planet? Lincoln was on the run from the ATCU while Hunter was getting his ass kicked in fight club? This episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. felt a lot like a “filler episode” with only a few important plot points, such as Simmons mysteriously wanting to go back to the desolate planet.
I am just speculating but could Simmons be interested in getting back a major scientific find? I’m not so secretly holding out hope that she found Star-Lord and is keeping him prisoner. If only that could be true…
But what is true is that we saw the aftermath what being on an alien planet has done to her, and the understandable emergence of what appears to be PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). What we weren’t expecting is her wanting to go back. So what’s so important that she needs to?
Another nice beat from the episode was Fitzsimmons finally going on their dinner date. You could almost hear the fan uproar of excitement, only to have their hearts shattered when she broke down in front of him. Something we have learned in this series is that it’s always a mistake to hide how you really feel.
A theme that I’ve come to accept this season is the team heading toward a major divide because of conflicting ideals. While Lincoln was on the run from the ATCU, Daisy stuck out her neck for him, initially trying to convince him to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to protect him. The ATCU manhunt led to Coulson and Price meeting, both of them agreeing to an exchange: keep Daisy’s identity private and out of the hands of the ATCU… in return for Lincoln.
I can’t help but thinking that Price’s actions are going to result in the beginning of the Superhuman Registration Act (SRA) so I’m hoping that this is the show’s version of hinting to that connection in the larger MCU. I’m convinced that Price will regret the way she’s handling this issue.
What I’m not completely convinced by is the obvious set up for a Daisy and Lincoln romance. We might have gotten hints from it last season but doesn’t it seem a little contrived? When she snuck in a kiss, I couldn’t help but feel like it was. Maybe it was a “necessary” romantic subplot in order for Daisy to feel more betrayed by Coulson when she found out the deal he had made. It did not, however, seem like a particularly organic development from what we’ve seen on screen.
We’ve always known that his familial bond with Daisy is precious to Coulson but does that justify him sacrificing someone else?
Daisy was not very happy with Coulson after finding out what he had done. I’m not surprised at the lengths he’s gone to in order to protect her, but I have a feeling it will end badly for someone on their team. I still strongly believe there will be a major character death this season and, just a theory, it may be a direct result of Coulson’s actions. Ultimately, Lincoln didn’t go with the ATCU and I wonder how awkward it’ll be with Daisy and Coulson back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters after the events of this episode.
Hunter did get to throw down this week but my favorite part was seeing May also go up against a few baddies. The fight stunt choreography is always something to look forward to on this show.
What is unnecessary and hypocritical about his entire arc, however, is Hunter’s hunt (see what I did there?) for Ward. Grant Ward was always persecuted as the “villain” for his “murderous” ways but what makes Hunter so different after this episode? In fact, what’s keeping a lot of other characters from being called that exact same thing in the series?
Hunter and May’s search for Ward led them to a makeshift fight club and Hunter stepped into the “ring” while May observed from the sidelines. The fight resulted in his opponent, apparently a friend of his, being killed so Hunter could get what he wanted… a direct link to the new head of Hydra, Ward. I guess throwing out your morals is easy for Hunter. I wonder how Bobbi would feel about what he had to do, which was literally beating a man to death.
My gripe with what Hunter is doing stems from the persecution Grant Ward received in previous seasons. Although the situations are somewhat different, you cannot help but ignore the similarities that are a tad hypocritical within the narrative of the series.
The major take away from the episode is still the ongoing question of what happened to Simmons while she was gone. Why does she want to go back? We also know that Price’s connection to the government is deep and scary so Coulson should probably be careful.
Bobbi seems to be the only level headed person on the team right now, since Mack hasn’t quite claimed a larger role in this season yet. I’m looking forward to discovering more newly transformed Inhumans throughout the rest of the season and I’m holding onto a theory that Daisy will eventually leave S.H.I.E.L.D. with her Inhuman allies by the end of the season. Secret Warriors… please?
“A Wanted Inhu(man)” was an episode purely used for set up and I did enjoy most of it, other than Hunter’s entire arc. What did you think about the episode? Any theories or predictions on what Simmons will reveal to us about her time on that desolate planet? From the preview we got at the end of the episode, it seems Lash will be back and hopefully we can get more answers pertaining to what he wants next.