Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 11, "Bouncing Back" EXPECTATIONS

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight with its midseason premiere, “Bouncing Back” (3x11), at 9:00 PM Eastern/Pacific.  What do we expect from tonight's episode?

What happened in the last episode, “Maveth”?
Coulson followed Fitz and Ward through the portal to Maveth, where they discovered that Will had been killed and IT was inhabiting his body.  Fitz had to kill Will/IT while Coulson killed Ward in revenge for Rosalind’s murder.  Meanwhile, the team invaded the Hydra castle to secure the portal before it opened and to rescue Simmons.  However, Simmons released Andrew/Lash from his confinement so he could save her from Hydra, but he also killed all the Inhumans in Hydra’s collection.  The episode ended with Coulson and Fitz returning to Earth, but they do not realize that Ward was reanimated by IT and made it through the portal.

Episode Synopsis for “Bouncing Back”:
In the aftermath of his trip to Maveth, Coulson is more determined than ever to get to Gideon Malick and put an end to Hydra once and for all. Meanwhile, Daisy and the team encounter more Inhumans who have powers like they’ve never seen before, but will they be friends or enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

No longer able to keep powered people out of the public eye, Daisy and Mack press forward to find more Inhumans, building a team of secret warriors whose mission is to train and protect powered people. However, the growing presence of Inhumans proves to be a polarizing issue, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must face conflicting public opinions and defend their team from groups who have a more extreme ideology.

The divide between those who want to protect Inhumans and those who seek to destroy them is constantly widening, and Hydra, now strengthened by Grant Ward, looms once again. However, Ward is no longer the same villainous traitor that they once knew, and the team faces an all-new enemy, whose motivations, goals and strengths are unclear. Uncertain about who (or what) they are facing, the stakes for S.H.I.E.L.D. and their assembled group of Secret Warriors are higher than ever, bringing some members of the team closer together and driving others apart. Will S.H.I.E.L.D. be able to stop one of the most powerful Inhumans to walk the Earth?

Continuing plot points:

  • Coulson’s new arm—at some point he needs a serious upgrade, especially after leaving his old one on Maveth
  • Skye rebuilding the Inhumans and recruiting her Secret Warriors simultaneously
  • The “Terrigen Bomb—Fish Oil Version”
  • Ward and Malick rebuilding Hydra
  • The Sokovia Accords/Superhuman Civil War

What I am looking for tonight:

  • A whole bunch of new Inhumans, and that means some form of organization
    • I’m guessing this will either be a group of new Inhumans that came together on their own, a group captured by a government, or a group of established Inhumans representing another Inhuman city
  • Daisy’s Secret Warriors team will have started to take shape—more than just Daisy, Lincoln, and Joey
  • Politics, politics, politics
    • President Ellis will be appearing again
    • Does this mean that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting its lead-up to Captain America: Civil War?
  • I am really excited to see Slingshot appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; I hope they go all the way with her powers (the episode is titled “Bouncing Back,” after all)
  • I suspect that SquidWard and Malick will be busy starting to put together a team

What would be awesome but probably won’t happen:
The Sokovia Accords will be name-dropped by either President Ellis or General Talbot, and we’ll get to see Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team’s reactions to the news.

So what are you looking for in tonight’s episode?  What is there that you really want to see but may not see at all?

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