Spacetime

Agents of SHIELD 3×15 “Spacetime” Review

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Official synopsis for Spacetime:

“When Daisy gets a horrifying glimpse of the future, S.H.I.E.L.D. races to prove that fate is not fixed.”

 

I count this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as one of the series’ best, due to a compelling storyline, top-notch action sequences, and a Terminator reference! Whilst the movie reference didn’t add to the episode’s impact, it certainly made me laugh when Lincoln admitted he’d never seen the film, only for Coulson to tell him he’s off the team. As if it were that easy. The real messages of Spacetime came whilst following the team through a race to change the future, and witnessing a shift in power.

Gideon Malick has been in control of a lot during the season, but one thing he is having a hard time controlling is Hive, who premiered his new, rejuvenated look this week. Brett Dalton plays the part unbelievably well, and every time he comes on screen as Hive I’m waiting for something terrifying to happen. This week Hive finally shed some light on the one thing Malick has been craving, true power.

You may remember Coulson’s first robotic hand, cast aside after taking Ward’s life on Maveth. As it turns out, Hive kept it. Hive tells Malick that there’s nothing like actually taking someone’s life, rather than ordering other people to do it. Hive then leads Hydra to the tech company that made a component of Coulson’s robot hand, where they find an exoskeleton that Hive urges Malick to put on. Malick gets super strength, and can finally feel powerful, just like Hive’s Inhuman brethren. It’s a chilling moment seeing Malick gifted with such a weapon.

The storyline this week revolves around the team discovering an Inhuman that can not only see the future, but show that same future to whomever touches him. Daisy is contacted, via a 911 dispatch call, by a man she has never even met. He tells her that the touch of a homeless man, Charles, showed her her arrival, subsequent attack by Hydra, and his own death. As Daisy watches on impotently, Hydra takes Charles, who is clearly Inhuman, just as Daisy tries to save him. She inevitably touches him, triggering a vision of her own future.

What would you do if you saw into your future? Would you think it could it be changed? According to Fitz it can’t be. While Daisy retold the sequence of events in her vision, she decided that she had to try and change it to save Charles from death. Fitz then gave the team a dumbed down explanation of time, basically boiling down to the fact that the future can’t be changed, even if you know what’s coming. This scene reminded me of the much missed team dynamic of season one, and represented one of the few examples of true teamwork seen all season.

The expected turn of events as seen by Daisy did not however show Andrew Garner’s sad return. Garner gave himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. stating that his next transformation into Lash would be permanent. I have a theory: if Lash is going to stick around now, even as a captive, then maybe he’s the one who takes down Hive? We shall see. It was heartbreaking to watch May see Andrew transform one last time. I couldn’t help but think of Star Trek as she put her hand up to the glass, mirroring Andrew on the other side. May’s vulnerable moments in the show are uncommon, and it’s nice to be reminded she can have feelings and feel hurt too.

Fitz’s prediction that the future could not be changed was proven to be correct (I didn’t doubt him for second). The big reveal was that Charles didn’t need saving, Daisy did. When Daisy arrives to the rooftop of the building, Malick attacks her with his new getup only to be save by Charles. Although Charles saves Daisy, he unfortunately still dies after making her promise to protect his daughter, Robin. Something Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does well is humanizing characters even when they aren’t all human. I don’t mention Chloe Bennet’s performance on the show too often but she did an amazing job in Spacetime.

A definite highlight from Spacetime was witnessing the final shift of power in Hydra that’s been teased since Hive entered the picture. We know that Malick is losing control of Hive, and it turns out that a better question to ask would be whether he’s ever been control of Hive at all. In his interactions with SHIELD Malick has been the manipulator, but now it feels like he’s being manipulated. Malick clearly saw something in the future that Charles showed him that not only didn’t he like, but also seemed afraid of.

I’m looking forward to finding out if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can keep up momentum after this week’s episode. Action-packed plus a good story to follow helps me look forward the upcoming weeks. Plus, we need to eventually find out who dies in the spaceship. For now we know it’s been hinted that it’s someone who wears a crucifix, which means it probably won’t turn out to be YoYo. So what did you think of Spacetime, and do you have any predictions for the upcoming weeks? Comment below or hit us up on Twitter to chat!

Edited by Cat MacRae
The Singularity

Agents of SHIELD 3×18 “The Singularity” Promo Material

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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.”

Promo photos are now available in our gallery.

Episode promo now available:

Update 4/22/16: First sneak peek released:

Update 4/25/16: Second sneak peek released:

The Singularity airs 9PM Tuesday, April 26 on ABC

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.

Watchdogs

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