Official synopsis for Among Us Hide…:
“The stakes get even higher as Hunter and May continue to go after Ward and Hydra, and Daisy and Coulson begin to suspect that the ATCU may be keeping a big secret from S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Among us hide… a huge secret! This episode celebrated the show’s 50th outing and also revealed a major twist. Considering this was a milestone episode for the series, fans were hoping that it would be an episode that really drew them in. This entire season has felt very inconsistent so far, with Jemma’s filler episode being the most interesting episode we’ve seen. Sadly, this didn’t feel like a worthy enough episode for the big 5-0. Stop here if you have not seen the episode yet. You have been warned.
*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Andrew Garner is alive and he is Lash! How did he become Lash? That’s something we’ll have to wait until the next episode to find out, but for now let’s talk about the overall mess that was “Among Us Hide…”
What the show did well last week was keep things simple and that’s what made the episode remarkable. This week, all the plot lines intertwined into a big mess. Two of the major take-homes were the introduction of Gideon Malick (Powers Booth as a new Hydra bad guy) and Lash’s true identity (a reveal which most had seen coming for weeks), but everything else in the hour was very forgettable.
Bobbi and May’s undercover operation to track down Ward led to finding Werner von Strucker beaten by Ward’s men instead. While Bobbi was trying to get her groove back in the field, May had the chance to ask Werner what happened in the convenience store. Werner then revealed that he wasn’t expecting Dr. Garner to turn into that “thing”. Kudos again to the amazing visual effects team because the flashback to the attack in the store and seeing Andrew transform was fantastic. I’m just disappointed that Strucker met his untimely demise so soon because it all felt lackluster in the end.
While Bobbi and May were on the hunt, Rosalind and Coulson were still sizing each other up. Coulson had been promised that he would get to see the ATCU base but before he could, Rosalind had an emergency house call for an apparent break in at her home. Coulson thought it was all a ploy but after finally arriving at the base, he instead had sympathy for Rosalind. She told him her story about her husband’s death, which apparently is her whole motivation to help the Inhumans. But was Rosalind working Coulson the entire time? It’s a possibility. We did finally see what they’ve been doing with the Inhumans they captured and it all seemed very sci-fi but still creepy.
An additional plot line we had to follow was Daisy, Mack, and Hunter’s mission to unmask Lash. I’ve been mentioning a lot this season that Daisy and Coulson will have a major rift in their relationship eventually. That appears even more likely now after she sees him at the ATCU base with Rosalind, observing what’s being done to the Inhumans. During their side mission, Mack and Daisy did highlight that Hunter has “anger issues” and that he’s been crossing the line. Unfortunately, his issues haven’t really been properly tackled by the team yet, and all of this is rather hypocritical in comparison to the instant condemnation of Ward in season one.
Grant Ward has been set up as this season’s “main villain” but the show has failed to deliver on that in the six episodes that have aired. Sure, his plan to use Dr. Garner was a great one, but it’s hard to think of anything else significant that he’s done this season. The writers are seriously underusing one of their most talented actors in this series but we’re hoping there’s still time to fix all that before it’s too late. Ward’s sole purpose here seemed to be receiving an intimidating phone call that served only to introduce Booth’s character, Gideon, to the viewers.
Malick was one of the important figures seen in the first Avengers film, arguing with Nick Fury. He’s supposed to be one of the “Hydra Heads”, so should we expect a showdown between Malick and Ward at some point? Whether they join forces or work separately, Malick will surely be another formidable villain this season. But how many “big bads” does the show plan to have this season? By my count we’re already up to four.
In the midst of all these diverse plot lines, we also got a small dose of Fitzsimmons, and it turns out that Fitz may also be keeping secrets. Although he seems to be on board with helping Simmons save Will, he’s also doing some solo detective work on the astronaut’s background. Or he could just be letting his jealousy get the best of him. Either way, cyber stalking is not cool, Fitz. Then again, I can’t really blame him for that at all because we’ve probably all been there.
The reveal that Andrew Garner is Lash was the only really good thing about “Among Us Hide…” There were too many plot threads to follow and it all accumulated into a bit of a mess onscreen. I had hoped the show’s simple structure from the previous episode would carry over, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I am looking forward to finding out what happened to Andrew, and how he turned into this literal monster under May’s nose though.
Do you have any theories about what happened to Andrew? What did you think about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s 50th episode? Do you think it was worthy of the milestone they just crossed?
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