Agents of SHIELD May sweeps synopses revealed

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May 3

Official Synopsis for Failed Experiments

“Loyalties are tested and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must seek a decisive resolution to the looming Hive threat.”

May 10

Official synopsis for Emancipation

“In the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War, S.H.I.E.L.D. feels pressure to reveal their involvement with Inhumans. But with the stakes higher than ever and Hive growing stronger, the team is tested in ways they could never anticipate.”

May 17

Official synopsis for the 2 hour Season Finale

It’s a showdown a season in the making as S.H.I.E.L.D. takes on Hive. With Hive’s master plan finally revealed, the team must spring into action. Who will live and who will die?”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday 9PM on ABC

Agents of SHIELD 3×17 “The Team” Promo Material

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Official synopsis for The Team:

“Agent Daisy Johnson brings the Secret Warriors together for an inaugural mission that will leave no member unscathed, and S.H.I.E.L.D. learns more about Hive’s powers, forcing them to question everyone they trust.”

Promo and photos now released:

First sneak peek now available:

Second sneak peek from Clark Gregg’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel:

Third sneak peek from the episode:

The Team airs 9PM, Tuesday April 19 on ABC.


Agents of SHIELD 3×14 “Watchdogs” Review

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Official synopsis for Watchdogs:

“When a radical group called The Watchdogs emerges with plans to eliminate the Inhumans, Agent Mack and his brother become caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, Simmons discovers a powerful chemical compound that could alter the future for Inhumans.”


We bid farewell to Bobbi and Hunter in last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and this week it becomes clear that Mack has taken this loss the hardest. Watchdogs finally took the time to focus on Mack’s long-neglected backstory, revealing much about his character. Although he’s been a part of the team for almost a season now, he’s often been sidelined in service to developing other plots. All we really know of him is his distrust of Inhumans, and dislike of being on the front lines. It was a refreshing change of pace to really follow his story and see the impact that his two close friends’ departure has had on him.

The episode opens with Mack having a much needed vacation, and spending some quality time with his brother Ruben. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always done best when focusing on character-driven stories, and this was a nice glimpse of Mack’s personal life outside of the team. The brothers’ bonding time gets abruptly interrupted when the Watchdogs, a militant group aiming to strike back against Inhumans, comes into play. The name of the group was dropped by Daisy as a set-up last week, so it was no surprise to get an episode shining more light on the situation. As in previous seasons, the show is clearly building towards relevance within the MCU (this year it’s Captain America: Civil War), and we’ve been getting small doses of what seems to be an inevitable clash between the powered and non-powered character. This week’s episode really hammered that home, with the clash in ideals from the non-powered Watchdogs, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

There were a lot of name-drops from the wider MCU this week, from the Avengers to Ultron, but it was a cool link that the technology the Watchdogs used to take down the ATCU building was originated by Howard Stark. Although Hive remained conspicuously absent during Watchdogs, it was interesting to see the return of a familiar face in Felix Blake. Last we saw of Blake was in Season 1, after he suffered a spinal injury at the hands of Deathlok, an even that goes a long way towards explaining his opinions about the superpowered. Coulson apparently attempted to find Blake to join the new S.H.I.E.L.D. at some point, but was unsuccessful. I thought it was rather too easy for Coulson link the Watchdogs to Blake, but clearly it was needed to set-up a conversation where Blake accuses Coulson of also being a ‘freak’.

I’m relieved that Coulson took Lincoln with him to find Blake. I was debating whether or not Coulson was testing Lincoln for the good of the team, or testing whether Lincoln was suitable for Daisy. Lincoln has been so bland and boring to me up to this point, so if he’s sticking around then he needs to stop moping, and the show needs to start making him more than just a love interest. The powerful dialogue that could be had over the choice to have powers or not has been turned into little more than a lovers tiff between him and Daisy, rather than a possible commentary on the events leading up to the Civil War we know is coming. It was nice to see him having a story of his own this week, although rather confusing that his disobeying a command was what led Coulson to believe that he’d obey orders in the future.

Daisy also took it upon herself to disobey direct orders this episode, taking Fitz on an unsanctioned mission to obtain information on the Watchdogs with a view to them down. Although her mission nearly gets Fitz killed, and seems somewhat hypocritical given that when we met Skye she was the definition of vigilante, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is clearly going out of its way to create a divide among the team. If done correctly then in a future episode we should get a mention how Daisy is going too far. She did reflect at the end of the episode with Ruben that she should have been there when Watchdogs attacked Mack and his brother. Sadly there seemed little thought spared for Fitz.

A definite highlight for me the week was Elizabeth Henstridge. She perfectly portrayed Simmons’ guilt following the events of the beginning of the season: Will dying and the aftermath of letting Andrew go. Jemma and May finally have a long-awaited interaction, with the two women discussing the guilt that they feel for their actions every day. Jemma also attempts to offer May the hope that they could use the unfinished vaccination against Terrigenesis to bring Andrew back, but May declines this offer, saying that she refuses to hope for anything.

Overall, Watchdogs seemed very much to be an episode building towards the show’s own version of Marvel’s Civil War, but the character-driven plot and consequences made it one of the more enjoyable of the season. Next week is being promoted as a game changer and, given that we’re two thirds of the way through the season, a sense that the dual storylines of Hive and SHIELD might meet is long overdue. Hive’s back next week, along with visions of the future which will no doubt cause more discord within the team.

What did you think of Watchdogs? Let us know in the comments below or find us on Twitter to chat about the episode.

Edited by Cat MacRae
Parting Shot

Agents of SHIELD 3×13 “Parting Shot” Review

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Official synopsis for Parting Shot:

Bobbi and Hunter become ensnared in an assassination plot after tracking Malick to Russia.


Parting Shot may have been the thirteenth episode in season 3, but felt much more like a back-door pilot for the show’s proposed spin-off, “Marvel’s Most Wanted”. Although enjoyable, showcasing the great dynamic and chemistry between Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Hunter (Nick Blood), this episode did little in terms of furthering the ongoing plot.

The episode opens on Bobbi being interrogated in a Russian prison, showcasing her defiance under pressure, in a scene oddly reminiscent of that in the season 2 finale. The story then shifts to the previous day, with the episode jumping between timelines in a manner that seemed much better utilized in the season 1 episode, Tracks. For a show that seems to adjust its own canon fairly often, there were a remarkable number of references to seasons past this week.

Bobbi and Hunter are shown surveying a Russian compound, waiting for the rest of the team to arrive. In one of the most entertaining moments of the episode, they start to question how much time they have for themselves, versus sacrificing for SHIELD. It dawns on them that they’ve never even taken a vacation together. Hints of their departure started here, and were scattered liberally throughout the episode.

During Parting Shot, Gideon Malick acts the puppet-master once again, and one has to wonder if SHIELD are ever going to gain the upper hand here. As part of his ongoing scheme to set up an Inhuman sanctuary (which the team conclude will be a prison) Malick stages a coup to take down the Russian Prime Minister. What SHIELD isn’t expecting is a Russian General who is an Inhuman, capable of manifesting a “sentient darkforce”. After a resounding beating, the team concludes that this shadow is indestructible. Bobbi ultimately identifies that the only way out is to kill the General himself, pulling the trigger just in time to save Hunter. It is entirely understandable although rather jarring in a show that continues to preach ‘everyone deserves a second chance’.

This episode serves to remind us that Hunter and Bobbi would do anything for the ones they love. Having turned on Bobbi last season for “betraying” SHIELD, Hunter then deliberately walked into a trap to save her, leading to their reconciliation. Hunter then embarked upon a mission to get revenge on Ward, even being prepared to sacrifice Andrew Garner in the process. May confronts Hunter during this mission in a somewhat confusing scene, saying that Hunter isn’t willing to let his friends die for the greater good. Given May’s unwillingness to give up on Andrew earlier in the season, this scene was somewhat jarring.

I’m hoping that in the promised spinoff series, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Hunter’s issues with SHIELD are taken more seriously. As a man who was a soldier and then a mercenary, the secrecy of the spy life would be unsettling, and it would be great to see that conflict explored. The possibility of exploring their pasts is exciting, because the two play beautifully off each other.

Bobbi and Hunter finally conclude that the only way of not exposing SHIELD’s involvement is by the two being disavowed. There are several bizarre sequences with half the characters denying SHIELD’s ongoing existence whilst the rest clearly know it’s still very much around. Ultimately, everyone seems to just have an unspoken agreement that they’ll all pretend SHIELD isn’t a black-ops agency operating without oversight, so long as Bobbi and Hunter leave.

A highlight for me from Parting Shot was the spy’s goodbye. The scene was full of emotion from the and I applaud the actors for their execution of it. The hardest hitting goodbye to witness was Mack’s, although it would have been nice to see some interaction between the three earlier in the episode, given that they had an established relationship prior to joining this version of SHIELD.

The tag scene warrants a quick mention as we meet Malick’s daughter. She appears to be even more committed to Hive’s cause than her father, almost giving off the air of a zealot. What connection does she actually have with the Inhuman? Is she going to play a large role in the show’s mythology of Hydra?

Let us know what you thought about Parting Shot and this farewell to Bobbi and Hunter in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter!

Edited by Cat MacRae
Inside Man

Agents of SHIELD 3×12 “The Inside Man” Review

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Official synopsis for The Inside Man:

Coulson and General Talbot are forced to team up and attend a worldwide symposium on Inhumans, where they suspect Malick has an inside man. As the S.H.I.E.L.D. team gets closer to the truth, an unexpected traitor is revealed.


The death of Grant Ward still shakes me up, but last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Hive’s revival is softening the blow. Hive now has a fully strengthened body and is hopefully ready for a little action. I’m dying to see a look at his powers, even more so to see his powers used against the agents, but clearly that’s going to have to wait. My anticipation is only heightened by the fear from Lucio, the Inhuman who can freeze with a look, as he realizes his powers have close to zero effect on Hive.

What are Hive and Malick really after? The end to the world? Death to all humans? Malick clearly has an agenda, especially with the government influences he’s cultivated. It became clear during The Inside Man that Malick was frustrated by what he perceived as Hive’s ongoing weakness. He finally suggests that an Inhuman be Hive’s next host, leading to the reveal that the host needs to be human. The next horrifying development is Hive demanding five humans be brought to him, proceeding to feed on them until they are skin and bones. Ouch.

In another highlight from last night’s episode, Coulson and Talbot had to work together. As the new head of the ATCU, Talbot was one of the major players at a political symposium to discuss the rapid spread of Inhumans with world delegates. Coulson meets him there and as they are preparing for the summit a familiar face returns: Carl Creel.

Carl Creel is apparently no longer under Hydra’s influence and is now Talbot’s bodyguard. I’m glad to see Creel back on the show, not only because his abilities are awesome to watch, but also Hunter hates him for good reason. It injects some much needed humor to see Hunter’s usual bickering antics aimed towards Creel. It makes me wonder how the show will handle losing Bobbi and Hunter if they don’t do double duty on their new show as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

During the summit, Talbot was revealed as a traitor, and the episode’s titular ‘Inside Man’. After Coulson makes a heroic speech about Inhumans, Talbot reveals Coulson’s true intentions, and that he was spying on the delegates. And it doesn’t stop there – in a jaw-dropping moment Malick walks into the room and points the finger at Coulson, “He’s the leader of Hydra.” For a moment I believed that Talbot was working for Malick, and I even caught myself cursing Talbot’s name, but it turns out, Malick was blackmailing Talbot with his captured son.

Eventually the team manage to escape the situation, even rescuing Talbot’s son from Malick, but there’s one significant message from this entire situation. Gideon Malick is powerful, and I’m not talking superpowers. He’s a master of misdirection, with the show setting him up as something of a puppeteer. Not only is he absurdly wealthy, but he also has influence and reach that goes beyond governments. It’s power that S.H.I.E.L.D. has difficulty matching.

Am I the only one who feels utterly indifferent to whether all Inhumans do live in a ‘sanctuary’ in Russia’s backyard? It seems oddly reminiscent of the now never mentioned Afterlife, a sanctuary set up for Inhumans by Inhumans in the mountains of China… This show has had moments showing a clear connection to the larger MCU, but there is still a question over the relevance of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inhumans in the wider universe. Could there still be a connection if the Inhumans do end up having to live in a sanctuary? Remember there is an Inhumans movie slated to arrive in theaters in 2019.

In another convenient reveal, Creel’s blood might actually be a way to stop Terrigenesis from happening. Again, what could this mean for the larger MCU if the team is successful with the vaccine?

The rest of the season has to maintain a solid momentum seen during The Inside Man. Revelations like Hive’s transformative change and an Inhuman vaccine changes things for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m just hoping the momentum sticks around throughout the rest of the season. What were your thoughts during “The Inside Man”? Any theories for the rest of season three? Comment below or chat with us on Twitter!

Inside Man

Agents of SHIELD “The Inside Man” Sneak Peek

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Official synopsis for The Inside Man:

Coulson and General Talbot are forced to team up and attend a worldwide symposium on Inhumans, where they suspect Malick has an inside man. As the S.H.I.E.L.D. team gets closer to the truth, an unexpected traitor is revealed.

This sneak peek from the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows that Malick is once again collecting Inhumans for Hive. Perhaps the most interesting reveal here is that Hive appears to be immune to the powers of other Inhumans, something that’s sure to play a role in upcoming episodes once the SHIELD agents discover his existence.

We know that the comics version of Hive is able to mind control others and it seems that this might also be a feature in the show. The end of this clip seemingly showing Hive sending out a sandy simulacrum of himself towards Lucio, whilst uttering the words “what are we“. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

“The Inside Man” airs 9:00PM on Tuesday, March 15 on ABC