I’ve been sick this past week, but I didn’t want to skip over the latest Agents of SHIELD episode, as it was both emotional and exciting while also marking a big change to our beloved show. Last week brought General Talbot back into the midst in an effort by the global community to come to a consensus on the Inhuman problem, while also revealing a potential vaccine against Terrigenesis. This week’s episode was a direct follow-up to last week’s, dealing with SHIELD’s pursuit of Gideon Mallick and his attempts to strike a bargain with Russia to further HYDRA’s plans. It was a fun mission, with most of the team working together for a change, but the most important developments of the episode occurred in its final minutes. So let’s jump right into “Parting Shot” written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Michael Zinberg.
Agents of SHIELD is back for season three! We’ve had a long summer, complete with two Marvel Cinematic Universe films, to speculate on the myriad of cliffhangers from last season’s shocking, action-packed finale. We were left with a resolution of sorts to the confrontation with Daisy’s parents and the Inhumans, but also with the promise of plenty more to come as a reunited SHIELD takes a more active role in the Inhuman situation. Coulson lost a hand, May left on vacation, Bobbi was tortured, Ward is the new head of HYDRA, and the Terrigen crystals were lost into the ocean, there to spread into unsuspecting fish oil bottles around the world. Oh yeah, and Simmons was sucked into the mysterious Kree monolith! Our first episode of the fall didn’t resolve all of these mysteries, but it took a first step along SHIELD’s new course, giving us a look at the direction things are heading, introducing new characters and threats, and setting a strong tone out of the gate. So let’s jump right into season three with “Laws of Nature,” written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Vincent Misiano.