This isn’t a particularly long review, but at least it’s going up about 12 hours after the episode aired! I really enjoyed this episode, and particularly how it starts to put things into place for what I assume is the conclusion of this story arc. We are already five episodes into the “LMD” arc, and there’s still one more to come this episode, so I expect this arc to last another 3 episodes before AoS goes on break for a month or so. That would let them return in April for a third arc that can connect in some way to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (again, I expect something thematic, not direct).
Regardless, on to the episode at hand.
- Mace is sidelined because the serum could kill him. I like that they are showing consequences for the serum (even though the military thought it was safe). This also has a major impact on Mace’s character as his role on the team is constantly changing. This sets up his sacrifice at the end of the episode very well.
- I’m not sure which is more surprising, Nadeer turning out to not be Inhuman or the Watchdog leader (Tucker Shockley) turning out to be one! I was fully expecting Nadeer to transform, ever since Vijay was revealed to be an Inhuman; that she did not transform is rather surprising, considering that they are siblings. That Shockley is Inhuman was a huge… shock, but in retrospect it is something of an expected trope for those who vehemently oppose a certain group to discover that they are in fact part of that group (Hitler maybe being a Jew, for example).
- Coulson is having a very dark turn trying to find May. Part of me wants to call his decision to force Agnes a “negative,” but it is so unexpected for his character that it really sheds light on his emotional state with May gone, as well as on their relationship. At the same time, the fact that he did not force her but instead used persuasion was even better: it’s interesting seeing a man do everything to save the woman he loves; it’s better seeing a man living the way she would want him to.
- Nadeer is dead? To some extent that makes sense, but I’m surprised they couldn’t do any more with her. Also, I’m very curious to know if they are going to give any scientific explanation for Nadeer not being an Inhuman.
- I thought the containment pods were supposed to counteract the Inhumans’ powers; why did it not work on Shockley? I would guess that the pod needed to be calibrated first, and Simmons did not have enough time for that.
Things to Look for:
- How will Shockley’s new state as an Inhuman affect his anti-Inhuman stance? Not at all so far, but that could change now that he is in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
- How will knowing that she was based on someone Radcliffe loved going to affect AIDA moving forward? I suspect this will lead into the upcoming "LMD Uprising."
- Is it necessarily a bad thing for Agnes to “live forever” in the Framework? Since she is willing it was her choice; for May, she did not have a choice in the matter. Maybe the option should be available, but only to those who are willing.
- At some point Ivanov will realize that Mace isn’t an Inhuman; how will he react to that little bombshell?
- Here’s my prediction: next week’s episode will be on Valentine’s Day, so Coulson is going to rescue May and they will kiss.
That’s all I have for this episode. It was a lot of fun and shed a lot of light on both Coulson and Mace’s characters as they adjust to what is going on now. I can’t wait for next week to find out what’s happening to Mace (and whether they will rescue May).
What did you think of this episode? Let me know in the comments!