Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, time to review another episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and today we’ll be talking about with season 3, episode 3, “A Wanted (Inhu)man“. So how was tonight’s episode? Well read on and find out.
As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.
What I Liked
This was another great episode for me, it kicked off well with Lincoln was on the run from the ATCU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit) in the woods, they almost catch him, but then he grabs some power lines, lights them up and makes an awesome electric light show that leaves behind a waterfall of impassable electricity that allows him to escape. Brilliant. The rest of the episode dealt with characters off in their pairs dealing individual missions like Fitz helping Simmons with her recovery, Hunter and May trying to get into Hydra, Coulson talking with Rosalind and eventually Lincoln and Daisy (more on that later).
Let’s talk about the strongest aspect of this episode and that was Simmons’ return. Man it was so nice to have her back, but clearly she’s not the same lady we know from before. She has to readjust to being back on Earth, is sensitive to certain sounds and can’t even be in her workspace anymore. The girl is a little broken (much like Fitz was last season). Luckily she has Fitz by her side and it was pretty cute to see them holding hands while walking around the lab. But the best moment was when Fitz attempts to take Simmons on that long-awaited date in a restaurant which he’d booked out for months in case she did return, that, that was beautiful and such an awesome thing to do, Fitz is the best boyfriend a lady could ask for. However things turn sour and she starts to break down which pretty much cancels the date indefinitely. Then near the end of the episode Simmons is checking out the remains of the key monolith and reveals to Bobby she has to get back to that desolate planet? What? Does she want to find what was hunting her? Does she like it there? Did she leave something behind? I don’t know, what I do know was this was a solid and heartfelt performance from Elizabeth Henstridge, she handled her material with such care and the right body language too. Also can’t count out Iain De Caestecker who continues to do well as Fitz.
When it comes to the next pair I’d say Clark Gregg and Constance Zimmer were the best as Phil Coulson and Rosalind Price. I love these two together. Both have different agendas and ideals; for Coulson he’s trying to help, monitor and control the Inhuman situation, while Rosalind works for the government who expects results and that puts pressure on her to capture and contain the Inhumans for public safety. And when these two come together oh it is so much fun, they’re opposites, but in that way that makes them such a great potential couple. Whether it be Coulson checking out Rosalind’s car or her making fun of Coulson’s hand, their banter and chemistry is undeniable and Gregg and Zimmer are so awesome on-screen. It was interesting to see how Rosalind had Daisy’s photo and used it as leverage for her to capture Lincoln, but when that backfired Coulson offered his services to help her instead which clearly doesn’t sit well with Daisy and Mack, but it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.
As for Hunter and May their material was great too. It was interesting to see Hunter hang out with an old friend, get drinking (slurring their words in a hilarious manner) and then end up having to fight each other in an underground fight club situation. That was a pretty intense fight with loads of blood and pain, but that ending I didn’t see coming. Hunter killed the dude, damn, that was a little dark yo. But hell it got him into Hydra’s good graces so I guess that’s a win right? As for May she didn’t slack on the action either, some guys attempt to hit on her and she certainly hit back, May messed those dudes up and that line about how she wouldn’t tell anyone about how a small Asian woman kicked their asses was great.
And then there was the whole story with Lincoln, for me I’ve liked Lincoln but he has been a little bland personality-wise and has never done anything significant. However with him now on the run and using his powers a lot more he’s become much more interesting. I liked the fact that he was a fugitive and was on the move, even if he didn’t do a very good job of hiding himself at times, and it was interesting to see how SHIELD had been keeping track of him since Mack had put a tracker on him back in the first episode of this season. But he didn’t want Daisy’s help, not until his one friend saves him, gives him a place to stay, but then turns on him and dies from a heart attack. Again like Hunter’s story it was a little dark but effective because in this case even Lincoln’s abilities couldn’t safe the guy.
What I Disliked
If there’s one thing I know people will complain about, it will probably be that romantic moment between Daisy and Lincoln. In a way it is almost what she did with Ward back in season 1. It was a little cheesy how she was trying to convince him to accept her help, he denied her, then she says she’s worried about him, he says she shouldn’t be and then’s she’s all like I can’t help it and then they’re kissing. Now, I’d like to think that she did that as a means to get him to trust her, but I can’t help but feel like that scene wasn’t written like that and it was genuine emotions. And if that’s the case then I have to ask, where did these feelings come from? Daisy, sure she’s known Lincoln for a bit and he helped her come to terms with her abilities, but since when was there any romantic interest? If there was any then it was never hinted at before and kind of came out of nowhere. As for Lincoln accepting it, well he’s in a troubled place so anyone showing him affection is something he’s probably gonna take and when it’s Chloe Bennet I don’t think any guy who deny her right? 😛
In conclusion “A Wanted (Inhu)man” is another solid episode for this show. It was character-focused but also had some sweet action scenes as well. There were interesting developments for Lincoln, Fitz and Simmons, Coulson and Rosalind, and May and Hunter. Right now AoS is on a good winning streak and I hope that continues into next week. 🙂
So what did you think of “A Wanted (Inhu)man“? Did you enjoy it or were you unimpressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next episode review! 😀