The Singularity

Agents of SHIELD 3×18 “The Singularity” Review

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Official synopsis for The Singularity:

“The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is left reeling and decimated as Hive continues to sway Inhumans to his side. But there is a sliver of hope as Agents Fitz and Simmons follow a lead that may be able to stop the maniacal Inhuman once and for all.”

Hive continues his uninterrupted rise to power on this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show recently revealed that his control causes his victims to become addicted to the Inhuman parasite while being blindly loyal to him. It is still a weird concept to wrap my head around, and Daisy was the perfect example of how powerful the addiction can be. After the events of last week, there was anticipation to see how far she would go during this arc, prompting us to ask ourselves – will she be the “Fallen Agent” or will her actions be a direct cause of a fellow agent dying?

What was not so surprising, since I did mention it last week, was that the Kree artifact Daisy took with her is the only thing that can stop Hive. My current theory is that the artifact acts as a prison for Hive, since he was successfully banished from earth once already.

Unfortunately, Coulson and his team got a chance to witness how powerful a group of Inhumans could be if they worked together. S.H.I.E.L.D. was on the mission to figure out how to save Daisy from Hive’s control, but when they tried taking down Alicia (a former inhuman ally), Hive made her shoot one of her “twins”. Remember that Alicia’s inhuman power was revealed last season, and it was the ability to duplicate herself. Now that all her “duplicates” are seemingly dead, where does that leave her though?

This episode had plenty of strong performances to go around but the most noteworthy of the hour came from Iain De Caestecker and Chloe Bennet.

When Daisy first came face to face with Fitz in this episode, she nearly killed him. Of course, she did not cross that line but she did say a few things to him that made me believe there was some “good” left in her. It was still a very dramatic scene because I believed Daisy when she told Fitz that she would kill him next time if he continued getting in her way.

We already knew that Hive could retain the memories of those he has inhabited. What we did not know was if he could tap into his host’s feelings. This question undoubtedly came up when we watched Hive allow Simmons to escape after she shot him. Why did he spare her life? He was strong enough to kill her in that moment but he chose not to. That is something that should be explored in later episodes, especially since he is currently inhabiting Grant Ward’s body and spending so much time around a woman Ward once loved: Daisy.

Shedding light on whether or not Hive can keep the feelings of those he has inhabited could even become a weakness that Coulson and his team can exploit later. This show has certainly continued to push on us that caring about someone and loving them are weaknesses that your enemy can and will use against you.

As we probably expected, Coulson’s attitude of “drop everything because we have to find Daisy” mentality came back full force. He crossed a few lines as Director in this episode. The fact that he made Lincoln wear a “murder” vest led to May having a long overdue serious talk with Coulson, where he finally admitted that Daisy was like a daughter to him. As if we did not already know that, given their father-daughter dynamic from the start.

This episode finally saw the “downfall” of Hydra too. Not surprising, since the Avengers actually took down Hydra in Age of Ultron last summer. This just felt like a convenient plot device the show used to clean up a mess they made by trying to revive Hydra at the start of this season. It is a shame that they could not show us how “their” Hydra was defeated though. Considering the fact that Hydra was “their big bad” for the entire run of the show, their demise was almost blasé. Out of nowhere, Coulson received a phone call from Talbot saying that his forces were successful and Hydra was over. Hydra was “taken down” and we did not even get to see it happen. We should have definitely gotten more about this than the afterthought they seemed to give it.

I was very upset to find that there was no Joey or Elena this week either. Considering their team leader disappeared while being under the control of an evil inhuman parasite, you would think they would be in on the mission of trying to save Daisy. Sadly, because Secret Warriors has been too literal with the term “secret” the fan favorite team members were kept completely out of the loop. I really hope that they return soon.

Fans did get to rejoice at the end of the episode though! The science duo that many of us have been rooting for since the start of the series finally crossed the good ol’ event horizon…. That is code for they had sex. They actually made their sexual encounter sound very scientific comparing it to a “singularity” (the name of the episode by the way). Whether you love this moment or really hate it all depends on how you feel about this pairing. I personally have rooted for them so long that I was happy to see them finally go there.

Another highlight for me this week was finally seeing Hellfire appear on the show, even if his character development was very rushed. He also does not seem to have his comic book counterpart’s fire powers because it looks like Hellfire can only make things go “boom”. His connection to Daisy also seems to be missing but that could change, depending on how things develop with Daisy and Lincoln. Still, he was funny, snarky, and the abilities he does have looked great on screen. My only pet peeve about him was how they decided that he would just be Inhuman to fit into the show. Back in season one they encountered powered people that were not Inhuman, so clearly not every powered person on the show should be Inhuman. This is just another plot device shoehorned into the show because clearly Hive needed more badass Inhumans for his new team. The show is definitely heading toward a huge finale fight where it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. Hive. We will have to wait and see who survives the encounter though.

Now that Hydra is gone “for good”, what is next for Hive? Was this all part of his greater plan? How can Coulson and his team stop him and save Daisy? Let us know what you all thought about this episode in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

Edited by Lily Miranda

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