Beside Still Waters – review

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Every once in a while, you watch a film that sort of stays with you even after you’ve left the theater. When a movie is capable of sparking dialogue between you and those around you, then you know it was worth the price of admission. If you’re still talking about it the morning after, you know it was a damn good movie. I had the pleasure of watching this type of movie at the Atlanta Film Festival in the spring of 2014 from director and co-writer Chris Lowell.

Beside Still Waters
focuses on Daniel, who has just lost his parents and is now losing his family’s lake house. On his last weekend at his childhood home, Daniel invites his oldest friends to join him in saying goodbye to the place they all grew up in. Tensions arise and shenanigans ensue in what is a heartfelt tribute to love, friendship, letting go and moving on.

With an all-star cast that includes The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Brett Dalton, Saturday Night Live‘s Beck Bennett and Veep’s Reid Scott among many more, Beside Still Waters is able to give its audience a realistic portrayal of what it means to grow up and let your childhood go in order to welcome your future.

Beside Still Waters isn’t a “movie” in the sense of spectacles with big Hollywood budgets that can blow sh-t up to keep you entertained for two hours. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I love watching those too. However, it’s a “film” that enlightens its audience, makes you look at your own life and connects with you on a personal and incredibly thought provoking level. You will fall deeply in love with these characters whose journey you’ve been invited to experience.

And while it only takes place during the span of one very long weekend, there is a lifetime of memories spread out throughout the film that will make you feel like you’ve known them for as long as they’ve known each other.

Beside Still Waters successfully played in film festivals across the country before its limited release took place back in 2014. Lowell was able to get his independent film distributed through a very successful Kickstarter project. He was able to raise the bare minimum of what he needed in less than two days.

After personally experiencing this film back in 2014 (I also own the DVD), I still feel that more people need to see it. So whether you’re a fan of one of the cast members, Chris Lowell or even just a fan of really well made independent films, make sure to check out Beside Still Waters. The film is worth every penny. Trust me!

Update: Chris Lowell was able to raise more than $200,000 for his Kickstarter campaign. Beside Still Waters opened in limited release on November 14, 2014 while VOD and iTunes downloads became available on November 18, 2014. You can still download the film on iTunes now.

Agents of SHIELD – Episode 3×06 "Among Us Hide…" promo

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“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.”

Next week, Brett is back as Grant Ward, Director of Hydra, and well aware that all his old friends (and not a few foes) want him dead. It definitely seems that SHIELD is pulling out all the stops to find him, with even a fresh-out-of-rehab Bobbi joining the hunt. Nothing is ever as easy as the team hopes when it comes to Ward though, and it looks as though he knows they’re coming and may well have prepared a surprise or five for the team!

Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesday 9:00PM on ABC

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Undercover Operative – Brett Dalton for AugustMan Malaysia

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Operation Undercover – Brett Dalton for AugustMan Malaysia September 2014

 

Words by Julie Yim. Photographs by Bryan Kong.

 

It was time to turn to a television spin-off series to keep Marvel’s fans satisfied, and this brought the birth of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series directed by Joss Whedon, the same man responsible for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers. Whedon’s vision was to give us a chance to really get to know the characters when he initiated the series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring Agent Phil Coulson who assembles an elite covert team to handle the threats they face after the battle of New York.

One of the characters we really got to know was Agent Grant Ward played by Brett Dalton. Dalton is the epitome of every secret agent – sexy, suave with a hint of mystery and danger. Throw in a sense of humour essential to every Marvel on-screen production and he’s the right man for the job. But there’s more to this agent behind that no nonsense face. A Yale graduate with a Masters in Fine Arts, Dalton first caught the acting bug after auditioning for a production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in high school. “I can still recite most of my six lines,” he divulges. Dalton’s other television credits include an array of acting roles in Blue Bloods, Killing Lincoln, Army Wives, Nurses and Beside Still Waters. He emphasises that he’s not an actor who plays the same role over and over again. “I just want to do something different from my last role. There are a ton of things I’d like to play so at this stage in the game I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s success propelled Dalton to fame, as it made the highest rated drama premiere in over four years and drew in 11.7 million viewers. Dalton’s character Ward is a Level 7 clearance agent working for S.H.I.E.L.D. who is a combat and espionage expert. Luckily for Dalton he tells us that there was no training for the combat. “It’s been one long, at times frightening, experiment learning to do all the stunts and physical stuff. Luckily, the stunt team is amazing. My goal is to just assume I can do a stunt unless they won’t let me or I find out the hard way!” says Dalton. Dealing with people isn’t Ward’s strongest suit and playing his character has its fair share of challenges. For Dalton, it was all the tactical gear he had to put on during his character’s role. “I’m definitely more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy so I don’t know what to do with all those pockets and zippers. I mean, who needs that many?”

Ward’s cool and serious demeanour may have prompted some of the fans to write him off as a no-nonsense unsociable man who is great at his job, but fails miserably when it come to interpersonal relationships. However, Dalton begs to differ that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to his character. “I like to think that there’s two Grant Wards. There’s the ‘specialist with a lack of people skills’ role he was playing for the team and then there’s the ‘real guy’. The troubled soul. Dangerous yet vulnerable. Conflicted and focused. Aggressive and yet guarded,” he clarifies. For Dalton however, he relates to the ‘real guy’ the most. “He’s a bundle of contradictions but he’s true to his own code. He’s like the hero in his own Western,” he says.

His character has also garnered mixed responses from fans, especially after the last few episodes of season one. The words “Hail Hydra” whispered between Senator Stern and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sitwell in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier this year dropped the bomb on fans that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by Hydra. This scene was a tie-in to the television series, particularly in the episode “Turn, Turn, Turn” where Ward revealed himself as a secret member of Hydra. The shocking twist left many fans hurt and confused, as Dalton reveals there’s been a lot of hate since the betrayal. “There are definitely some fans who drank the ‘Haterade’ after I turned Hydra. But there have also been a ton of fans who still believe in Ward’s goodness and a possible redemption in the future, hence the hashtags #standwithward and #ibelieveinward. Whatever the case, I think people are excited about what will happen to Ward in season two, regardless of his good or bad status,” says Dalton. An avid Twitter user himself, Dalton decided to take things up a notch and instead of live-tweeting puns, he performed a little stunt using his Twitter account @IMBrettDalton and changed his entire layout to reflect Hydra at the end of the shocking episode. This resulted in a couple of fans who took the betrayal a little too personally. “After the whole Hydra reveal, some people were like ‘I’d like to punch Brett in the face! How could he?!’ I was like, guys please! I’m not really Hydra, I just play one on television!”

With confirmed plans for season two underway, we can only wait to see if fans and Ward’s team will accept him back into the fold. As for now, Dalton is kept in the dark about the upcoming season. “I hope I’ve regained the ability to speak after May bruised my larynx in the finale or this is going to be a very strange season for me. They haven’t told me much about the next season so there aren’t any beans to spill here. But my guess is I’ll probably develop Hulk-like superpowers. Or steal Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit. I’m fine with either of those scenarios,” Dalton jokes. Working with Joss Whedon on set has also been an honour for Dalton, especially since most of his work has claimed cult status. “Any time you get to work with one of your heroes is such an honour. You can be alternating between learning, working, and just plain geeking out. Joss is such a creative and collaborative force and hopefully through osmosis a little bit of that rubs off on me.” Dalton also mentioned that some of his favourite comic characters include Deadpool, Punisher and Lobo but when it comes down to choosing sides, he has no qualms about being the villain. “They have so much fun! And they always have something to prove. They’re not trying to save the world or protect the people. That’s boring. Villains are people who want the world to feel the pain and anguish they experience. I don’t know why but I get that. I have sympathy for someone who is so hurt that he doesn’t know what to do with it so it comes out in dangerous ways,” says Dalton.

Most Hollywood actors usually stumble into the industry but Dalton’s repertoire in theatre may have given him an advantage on screen. “It gives me confidence that I somewhat know what I’m doing. When you graduate it’s like you have a Ferrari that you know how to drive fast and you’ve been tuning this thing for three years now. So when you’re just starting out and auditioning for a two-line walk-on for Law & Order you know you can do it. That’s just the lap around the track. You’ve been training for the Indy 500,” says Dalton. With classmates like Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’O at Yale, Dalton’s proud of recent accolades his school mates have achieved. Proving himself to be quite a multi-skilled actor, writer and singer, Dalton reveals that he would love to be part of a second instalment of Dr Horrible but that will be in the ‘wishful thinking’ column for now. He also lets us in on a new film he’s currently shooting in Florence, Italy with writer and director Eric Oppenheimer, where he co-stars opposite Stana Katic. “It’s about a tourist who finds himself abroad and discovers ‘Calcio Storico’ or ‘Historical Soccer’. If you haven’t heard of the sport, YouTube it. It’s insane!”

 

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Until Dawn – And Beyond?

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After surpassing all expectations this past summer with the success of their sleeper hit, Supermassive Games is already considering a sequel to Until Dawn. This could either be the best idea of all time, or the worst idea anyone could have ever come up with. It’s no surprise that the studio would want to capitalize on the success of Until Dawn by turning the title into a franchise. The question now would be: where do we go from here?

Talking to Playstation Lifestyle, Executive Producer Pete Samuels teased the possibility of a sequel when talking about the data of sales they’ve been receiving, while discussing what fans can expect from the small studio:

 “I think that you should expect the team to build on what we’ve done with Until Dawn, whether it’s in horror or in other genres. We’re already working on one thing that does that, whilst exploring other avenues for our other teams in anticipation of them finishing their current projects. We do talk internally about what Until Dawn 2 could be, as it clearly can’t be a sequel in the traditional sense, with the same characters facing the same threat, not least of which because in different stories some or all of them are already dead! We’ve investigated other ways we could do Until Dawn 2 but it probably is a little early to be discussing that.”

That doesn’t really tell us much though. He speaks of how it’s being discussed “internally” but doesn’t say that there are any current plans to move forward with Until Dawn 2.

The way Until Dawn was designed makes it seem that they can’t revisit the original game’s story. Most of the characters, if not all, are dead depending on how the game was played.

Will the creators choose one standard ending as a starting point for the sequel and continue from there? Or will they choose to do a prequel instead in order to expand on the mythology already established within the game? Another way that they could come back is to turn this title into an anthology. TV Executive Producer Ryan Murphy has already proved that this can be successfully done with the horror genre after his critically acclaimed TV series, American Horror Story, has been such a smash hit.

Do you think this game should get a sequel? Would you want to see some of the same cast return in a different setting and playing new characters à la American Horror Story? Or do you think a prequel would be the safer choice? One thing’s for sure, like the game’s intricate design of making choices that determine your character’s future, the creators of Until Dawn have a very difficult decision to make that could determine whether or not their game continues to be successful.

 Until Dawn is now available in stores and is only for Playstation 4.

Gavin Stone – Day 15 Production Blog

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“What’s a gaffer?”

That’s a question most TV and movie fans probably won’t know the answer to unless they’ve spent some time on a film set. With Vertical Church Films’ series of Vlogs (Video Blogs), hosted by director Dallas Jenkins, fans are being given a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a movie. This week’s clip was somewhat bittersweet, highlighting the importance of gaffers whilst wrapping on one of the film’s stars as their time on set came to a close.

“Gaffers are in charge of lighting. The DP (Director of Photography) makes the decisions and the gaffer executes them,” Jenkins explains. “They run the whole electrical department.”

Anyone who’s ever watched a film understands the importance of lighting in any given scene. It’s lighting that sets the tone of the story and it also helps us to see the actors on screen. In the scene featured within this clip, we find Gavin arriving at a house where Kelly is standing on the porch. Kelly is seemingly upset with Gavin, so it’s interesting that they chose to have the lighting placed so heavily on Gavin within the scene.

This clip also featured Shawn Michaels’ last day on set. The scene they shot was one where Gavin and Michaels’ character bond in his “man cave”. Jenkins calls Michaels’ last day “sad and bittersweet” but promises that they still have “a great week coming up.”

With fifteen days done and only five days of filming left, it’s down to the wire for the crew of “Gavin Stone”. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the first trailer for this film, but it seems like we probably have five more Vlog entries to enjoy before we’ll be ready for the trailer’s release.

Are you excited for what’s coming next within this series of Vlogs? Are you excited to see more footage of the film? Stay tuned because there is definitely more on the way!

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone will be released in 2016.

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Agents of SHIELD 3×04 'Devils you Know' Review

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[ABC media]

Official synopsis for Devils you Know:

“Having reluctantly agreed to share information with Rosalind and the ATCU, Coulson and the team go in search for the Inhuman who is killing off other Inhumans, and May feels that Hunter’s mission to take down Ward is getting too personal.”

 

We haven’t seen the mysterious Lash since the premiere, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been keeping busy. This week we caught up with the villainous inhuman that both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU have been hunting. But what has he been up to since the last time we saw him? This episode also featured Grant Ward’s return after his brief hiatus last week. Did Hunter and May catch up with the new head of Hydra? Keep reading to find out!

Lash was back with a vengeance, blasting through the apartment of a young inhuman couple right after Alicia (the inhuman with the ability of duplicating herself) showed up undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. After he left everyone dead, Daisy and Mack quickly headed to the tunnels to search for Lash when the ATCU show up as their “unwanted backup”.

Coulson and Rosalind are now working together but for whose advantage? They can’t just be equally working together, so who’ll end up on top? An interesting theory has come up after Lash attacked a truck transporting an inhuman back to ACTU headquarters. Daisy was able to see him transform and from what I saw, it looked like a woman’s shadow. Maybe this is too far out of a theory, but could Rosalind also be Lash? If you have theories on who Lash might be then please share them!

One of the coolest scenes from the entire episode was the gunfight between Lance Hunter and Grant Ward. We saw how formidable Grant’s new HYDRA could be. Although, it is in a starter up stage, Ward’s soldiers were willing to protect their new Director with their lives.

However, Hunter did cross a line in his vendetta to get Ward, which ultimately led to him willingly sacrificing Dr. Andrew Garner, even after May pleaded with him to not go that far. How awkward will it be for May to work with the man who indirectlykilled her ex-husband, especially after it was established that she still had feelings for him.

Ward was smart and cunning, predicting that when the team found him, Andrew would be enough leverage to help him escape a tricky situation. Unfortunately for the team, Hunter has had selfish goals from the start to get revenge for Bobbi. But how will she react when she finds out what he did?

May warned Hunter that he would go too far and ironically he did. Even Bobbi knew that he was in trouble because of his tunnel vision for revenge. We have to wonder now if the team will scold him like they have done with Ward in the past. Hunter literally had no problem letting an innocent man die for his personal gain.

What if Andrew didn’t actually die though? We never did seethe body.

Next week looks like it will focus on Jemma Simmons and her mysterious disappearance but no one is going to complain! We will finally get some answers about what happened when she was trapped on the desolate planet. Now that she dropped a hugebombshell to Fitz that she needs to get back to that place, maybe with both of them working together, it’ll be easier for her to accomplish her goal.

Overall, it is clear that this episode will cause a huge domino effect for the rest of the season going forward. That is something I think we’ve all been waiting for. Will Hunter receive anyconsequences for what he’s done? And who is Lash? If you have any theories or comments about last night’s episode then comment below.

Public Appearance – Ottawa Pop Expo

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Ottawa Pop Expo November 21-22: only one month to go!

Don’t miss Brett’s next highly anticipated public appearance at Ottawa Pop Expo. His schedule for the weekend is yet to be confirmed, but you can buy your tickets now for the weekend of the con here. Brett is one of the featured guests for the weekend and it’s anticipated that he’ll be doing one of his incredibly entertaining Q&A sessions. Don’t miss out if you’re in the area!

Until Dawn – Review

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One of the biggest sleeper hits of late summer-early fall this year was the newly released horror game, Until Dawn. With little to no real promotion, this game has been able to sell so well that it surpassed all expectations. I, myself, had a hard time finding it at my local video game store and walked out with the last copy in the entire place. What is it about this game that has so many gamers, new and old, intrigued? I don’t think there is one solid answer to that question, because I believe it’s a number of different reasons.

For starters, I’m relatively new to “gaming”. I’ve recently been re-introduced to modern day gaming (I used to own a Nintendo 64) and I think that as far as games go, this is a pretty good starting point for other beginners like myself.

 Until Dawn is designed without the ominous “game over” option. That’s actually a really good thing. The purpose of the game is to make decisions that determine who will survive “until dawn”. The beauty is that depending on how you play determines how many survivors you have left standing at the end of the game.

How is this game for beginners? That’s easy; there aren’t any “levels” of gaming skills with this game. It’s as if everyone starts at the same level (beginner) and as the game progresses, so does your level of skill. In the beginning, you’re given the chance to practice your Quick Time Events (QTEs) while climbing over a wall because of a busted fence and then later your aim while playfully sharp shooting with another character. There is no immediate danger during any of these scenes within the game, which means there is no pressure as you play. The deeper you get into the game, however, the more dangerous situations become. By then, your aim can be damn near perfected and you should be able to hit most, if not all, your QTEs.

The plot of Until Dawn may seem a bit divided for some but, for those of us who are actively playing the game, it makes sense. It begins as a very human story, with eight friends returning to a woodsy mansion owned by one of them. They’re returning to this place as a sort of “homage” to a couple of their friends who disappeared in those same mountains a year earlier. Every character is introduced with their own distinct personality and connection to the other characters within the game. The cast performances within the game are all really solid, adding to the game’s appeal.

For example, Mike is the jock in the group, with two of the female characters happening to be fighting over him, while Sam is the “good girl” that doesn’t like to involve herself in the group’s drama. On the surface, each of these characters is a cliché from every horror film you’ve ever seen. Jessica is the “mean girl” while Chris is the “nice guy”. In any horror film, Jessica would likely die while Chris survives. In this game, that classic trope is turned on its head and your choices could determine that Jessica lives while Chris doesn’t make it out alive.

That’s what I found most fun about Until Dawn though. Anything’s possible and, with so many potential endings written into the game, the possibilities really are endless.

When the game moves on from being a “classic slasher” into the more supernatural side of things, it almost feels like you’re playing a completely different game with these very familiar characters. That’s not a bad thing at all though. I actually enjoyed the supernatural side of the game a lot more and found it be much more terrifying than the slasher storyline at the beginning. But without the slasher story at the start, I would not have found myself caring as much about these characters when things really became more dangerous for them.

This game is one of those quiet hits that you likely haven’t heard about before unless it’s been recommended to you by a friend. However, that doesn’t make it any less good. If you are just starting out and still want to get used to holding a controller in your hand, Until Dawn is the perfect training tool. And you can keep practicing as many times as you want because it doesn’t matter how many times you play the whole game through; every time is designed to end differently from the last.

Until Dawn – Will you be the hero of the story?

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Most will have watched Brett Dalton being put through the emotional wringer as Grant Ward on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but you may not yet know that there’s a way you could be the one controlling every move he makes.

Until Dawn, a video game created for the PS4 by developer Supermassive Games, co-stars Brett as Mike Munroe, one of several characters whose every decision rests in your hands as the game progresses. The story is one that will be familiar to anyone who has picked up a teen slasher film – eight friends gather together at an inexplicably isolated ski lodge to commemorate the one year anniversary of their friends’ disappearance. Soon they find that their way off the mountain is no longer accessible as tensions mount, accusations are thrown and the group splinters. Needless to say, this is when everything goes to hell, as a madman stars terrorizing the group. However, as the group finds more and more clues regarding their dangerous situation, they quickly start to realize that nothing is quite as it seems.

Alongside Brett Dalton, in the role of Mike, the horror game also features well known actors Hayden Panettierre (Nashville) and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) along with a slate of very talented up and coming young stars.

Utilising cutting edge technology for motion capture, both of facial expressions and body movement, every scene was filmed multiple times in order to provide seamless gameplay footage. The “Butterfly Effect” principle that rules the game, with player choices altering the fate of each character, also necessitated the shooting of multiple different story arcs in order to account for every eventuality. The decisions you make are far reaching, as the game doesn’t allow you to go back and replay sections until completion. This is a bold move in an age where we’re used to getting an instant do-over, but is also unique in enabling a replay where you author an entirely different story. Although the running time of the game is clocked at around 10 hours, the principal of cause and effect enables multiple replays in order to save (or sacrifice, depending on your mood) an entirely different group on your next attempt.

The game, originally intended for the PS3, was delayed in order to allow its move to the PS4 platform. This led to reshoots, with Brett filming the game over several weekends towards the latter half of the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Until Dawn was released to critical praise in August, performing considerably better than expected. This is almost certainly due to both the attention to detail of the gaming environment, ratcheting up the anxiety and scares as the game progresses, and the way in which the characters are truly brought to life by their actors. Starting off as little more than horror clichés, within an hour of gameplay you find yourself fighting to keep every character alive, no matter how impossible a task that may seem.

Brett’s character, Mike, starts off as little more than the frat-boy jock you’ve seen a million times in horror movies. He’s the one with the cheerleader girlfriend, and he’s more interested in getting laid than getting involved in a serious conversation. In a neat twist though, Mike’s girlfriend is one of the earliest characters to go missing, and his subsequent mission to find her makes him one of the most compelling characters in the game, thus showcasing Brett’s range as an actor. Ultimately, Mike’s point of view is one that you spend a lot of time in as the game progresses, and he’s not above gettin his hands (as well as the rest of him) dirty in his mission to find his missing friends. Playing Until Dawn gives you the sense that maybe, just like Mike, we all have the potential to become the hero of the story.

 

Until Dawn is out now for Playstation 4

A Wanted (Inhu)Man

Agents of SHIELD 3×03 'A wanted (Inhu)man' Review

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[ABC media]

“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.