Hey look, it’s that episode ABC would like us all to know we’ve all been waiting for! ABC saw thew excitement on Twitter when they first announced a third spin-off of SHIELD, and many assumed it would be based on Daisy’s new team, and the comic series The Secret Warriors. (They also saw the massive disappointment when it was revealed to be Marvel’s Hart to Hart instead, nearly scuttling their spin-off.) So it’s not that surprising that now that we’re having our first episode to bring Daisy’s team together to save our regularly scheduled Marvel heroes, ABC is touting it as the episode WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.
YoYo: What is…Hydra?
Daisy: Kidnapping inhumans, global terrorism, all around bad dudes.
But of course, it’s not always that simple. Hive, as we know, is a parasite. And ABC’s marketing department turns out to be pretty damn talented at misdirection. And for once, that talent actually worked in the show’s favor, instead of against it.
But before we get to THAT BIG DAMN TWIST, and all the very interesting avenues it opens up, let us take this time above the fold to appreciate Powers Boothe. His Gideon Malick was a gravely voiced, silver-haired menace, the sort of old school entrenched power of Hydra that a show like this plays to the clichéd hilt. And though there were certainly times when that was his role, his performance was always riveting on-screen. Furthermore, they gave him a fantastic scene to go out on. It couldn’t last–Gideon Malick, Agent of SHIELD? A fun idea to toy with, but not one they could allow to play out. But still, the interrogation room one on one scene with Clark Gregg was a reminder of how great a performance both them can turn in when given the material and the talent to work with. And for just a short moment, the two of them found common ground together. It could have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Simmons: Dead-ish! There’s some sort of metabolic activity. Fascinating.
Fitz: Not fascinating. Quarantine!
But like many things this week, it was cut short. As was Daisy’s Secret Warriors. As was Daisy’s relationship with Lincoln (I think we might all be rather appreciative of that one.) As was all of it, when the major twist for the second half of the second was revealed–Hive has infected Daisy.
I want to say, the show did a great job with this episode. I didn’t see that coming. I thought it might be Elena, with her mysterious leg cut. I thought it might be Joey, with his random disappearances. I also thought either answer was a cheat, since these are not characters we are all that invested in. (Also, I love that their scenes together are totally done in Spanish. I mean, it’s doesn’t get more diverse than a show that’s performed bilingually. if anything I would love to see them get put front and center so we could have an episode that was fully half and half, language-wise.) I was actually quite pleased with the idea that it was Lincoln, and that he’d been infected for several episodes now, because it meant it wasn’t those two–plus it put a spike in the relationship with Daisy, and it kinda made sense for the character.
YoYo: Aren’t you a spy? LEARN SPANISH!
But when the final act brought it full circle–that Skye’s original love, Grant Ward, now tricked out as Hive came to Daisy and melded with her to become one….Just the level of call back that’s going to give us going forward for the last four episodes is fantastic. (Note Hive called her Skye too.) And of course, Daisy is the only one of the four who can walk the fuck out of the SHIELD base and get away with it. In the end, Coulson would trust her first, and leave her to be able to escape easiest with the artifact and the crystal collection. It’s not fair, and it’s not right, but it’s the truth. Watching her shatter the SHIELD base, shaking it to the foundations before she walks out to freedom, leaving Coulson buried under a pile of rubble and both teams shattered into pieces was incredibly effective.
But of course, we know it won’t stay that way. Though the trailer for next week promised that “Fallen Agent!” was the theme for our final four weeks of the season, the show has already put the pieces in place to “find a cure,” with Fitz Simmons’ investigation into the dead Inhuman’s brain and the infection contained therein. that it will be the two of them working as a team to find the cure only makes the fact that they finally got together in this episode all the sweeter. Fitz is right–they can’t waste any more time. They’ve run out of roadblocks. It’s time to just let Fitz have all the corny lines: “Who needs space? Cause I’ve got something magnificent right here….a picture of space!” The fact that De Caestecker and Henstridge pull that off as well as they do just makes me love this damn show more.
Fitz: Uuuugh…so, seen any movies lately?
Simmons: You’re asking me to one?
The question it does raise is if Captain America: Civil War will also be a factor. We have five episodes to go in the next four weeks. (The two-part finale airs back to back) Those four weeks will be neatly bisected by the release of Civil War in theaters. Perhaps it’s unfair expectations that the next Marvel movie will directly affect the show–after all, Avengers did not last year. But that was seen as due to Whedon’s irritation over Coulson’s resurrection, whereas the Russos have no such hang ups, since Captain America: Winter Soldier was essential viewing in order to follow the final TV episodes.
But with those involved in the movies claim to know nothing of Inhumans, and the show seemingly focused on Hive (which, you would think since he’s a god from an alien planet, the Avengers would be called in to deal with, no?), perhaps the two different mediums plan to keep themselves separated after all.
Malick: Oh no Mr Coulson–it is a god. It’s just not ours.
So the Secret Warriors is over before it ever really got off the ground, and considering Daisy’s vision of the future, chances are they’ll never be again–at least not with this group. And though the show’s commitment to Bennet in the lead role suggests that Daisy will eventually be cured and returned to the fold, the chances that the supporting cast will be so lucky seems to be dropping at an exponential rate.