Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Team”

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So, we’re got something a little bit different today: Hanna’s impressions on the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without her talking to real or imaginary people. All the spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A brief recap: Daisy pulls together her team of Inhumans to break the non-Inhumans out of Hive’s evil bunker. Turns out that maybe Hive infected one of the Inhumans, so there’s paranoia, turning against one another and all sorts of shenanigans, but mostly: Fitz and Simmons kiss! Before the roof comes down…

And now some thoughts, in the order they occur to me:

First of all, it was a good episode! A few of those scared me after the midseason break, but this was pretty great. I love Elena and Joey working as a team, and Hive’s ability to threaten the Inhumans is effectively frightening. They’ve done a good job this season highlighting how scary Inhuman villains are for the for those without powers — we saw what happened between May and Giyera last episode for instance. So taking away that superpowered edge for our Agents raised the stakes deliciously.

I’m starting not to hate Lincoln — or Electric Oatmeal — as we Moose occasionally refer to him. The last couple episodes have given him some dimension. I was delighted with the idea of his being controlled by Hive and even more delighted by Daisy setting Lincoln up for her own treachery. Enjoyed both twists.

The final sequence — Daisy walking out of the base and bringing it down behind her — has got to be one of the best uses of powers the show has pulled off.

Neo-Ward as Hive has been fun to watch, but Daisy’s fanatical devotion to Hive is ten times creepier because it’s Ward as well. We already know that Hive retains some of the memories of his host, and when he calls her Skye instead of Daisy I got a shiver. I’m looking forward to seeing that relationship be scary.

Fitz and Simmons are still totally cursed. Their moment was adorable, but it was followed up by the whole “Daisy is bringing the place down” moment. I don’t think I can count it as nice things yet.

Malick’s death was brutal. As was Coulson’s confession about murdering Ward. I’m usually not a Coulson fan, but that was a pretty good moment for him.

I also appreciated the twist of Ward killing Malick through Daisy. It’s a little off from what was established with the prescient Inhuman, but close enough that I’m fine with letting it pass.

I’m not sure I liked the Inhuman’s argument. It was nice for them to fall on different sides, but felt a little fast in the escalation.

Okay. That’s it for this week. Next week Cole is taking over our reviews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Stay tuned!