This week on Agents of SHIELD we got some new revelations, major confrontations, and even a possible death, all set up by last week’s “step forward” episode. This episode had a bit of everything, from Inhumans and the ATCU to the reappearance of Lash, to Hunter and May’s quest to stop Ward, to Simmons’ recovery and secret mission. We also have a couple of new mysteries to keep us guessing in the coming weeks! SHIELD is moving along at a pretty quick pace this season, but I think we’re still a little in the dark as to where the season is ultimately heading. But let’s see what we can discover in this week’s SHIELD, “Devils You Know,” written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Ron Underwood.
There was no way this week’s Agents of SHIELD episode could live up to last week’s emotional, surprising, and intense level. Rather than try to top it, the writers this week wisely gave us one of those “Everyone take one step forward” episodes, in which almost every storyline established thus far this season saw some advancement. In addition to dealing with the fallout from last week’s dramatic events, we saw more of Hunter and May’s quest to hunt down Ward, we caught up with Lincoln, now on the run, Coulson and his team had another run-in with the ATCU, all with a few twists, surprises, and revelations along the way. So let’s dive in to “A Wanted (Inhu)man”, written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Garry A. Brown.
It’s great when a TV show can surprise you. It’s even better when a show can surprise you with the very plot development you knew was inevitable, simply by the way the story was told and the timing of events. Agents of SHIELD pulled off just such a surprise this week by giving us something I knew would happen eventually but so soon in week two. Last week we got an early glimpse at some of the ongoing storylines for season three with the introduction of Lash, the ATCU, and Daisy’s search for Inhumans. This week brought back May and Ward, missing from the previous episode, as well as a guest star from season one, all while solving some mysteries only to leave more behind. Throw some major emotions into the mix and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction season 3 is headed. So let’s jump into “Purpose in the Machine”, written by DJ Doyle and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.
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.
I hope you’ve got your lanyards handy, because Agents of SHIELD got serious again this week. Last week’s episode was all fun and action (and Philinda), but this week was drama, suspense, and emotional moments. While last’s week was more of a standalone episode, giving us some small progress but not doing much to advance the plot, this week took some major steps forward. We didn’t get any concrete answers to the show’s main mysteries, but they did shake up the status quo quite a bit. Simmons undercover experience with HYDRA came to a head, and Coulson’s secrets are becoming less secret. We learned more about the Doctor, none of which sounds good, and Raina was put in a tough position. Oh, and there’s Bobbi Morse, who is the best. So let’s dive right into “The Hen in the Wolf House,” written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Holly Dale.
*Update: My full recap of “A Hen in the Wolf House” is now live. Read it here!
Last week’s episode may have had a lot of comedy and action, and was thoroughly fun, but tonight’s episode was all about suspense. Simmons’ undercover storyline came to a head, the team (and the audience) learned a lot more about Skye’s father, and the Obelisk came back into play. We were also introduced to an exciting new character in Bobbi Morse. And all of this was wrapped up together in an hour that had some surprising, dramatic moments and a healthy dose of emotion. Agents of SHIELD is really shining this season, and every episode thus far has been excellent. Read on for my instant reactions to “A Hen in the Wolf House,” and come back tomorrow for my full recap.