Last night saw the end of one Inhuman while Hive created a new breed of what-in-the-hell-are-those for everyone to freak out over.
Spoilers for “Emancipation”
The Sokovia Accords have been ratified and Steve Rodgers is in hiding (I hope you watched Civil War before watching last night’s Agents of SHIELD). The President felt like it was time for General Talbot to take inventory on what exactly SHIELD has been up to with the Inhumans. To try keep Inhumans off the registration that is inevitably going to follow the Accords, Coulson willingly shows the General the underground base and tells him almost everything going on with Daisy and Hive. Talbot is definitely freaking out about the idea of a super-Inhuman out there wanting to make humans into his slave army. He wants to get the military involved, but Coulson has other plans. He just needs Talbot to trust him.
Meanwhile, Hive and his crew have had to move to another facility after SHIELD found their super-secret town. Not wanting to drain the “golden goose” just yet, Dr. Radcliffe takes plenty of Daisy’s blood to prepare a new test on a group of Watchdogs (remember them?) with whom James and Hive have captured. The test doesn’t go quite as planned. The Watchdogs were not turned into puddles of goo, but they are turned into primitive looking Inhumans that are completely under the control of Hive. Everyone, but Hive is completely freaked out about them. Hive wants to make lots more.
While resting after getting her blood drained, Daisy is working on getting thru all of the blocks Fitz has put up in the SHIELD network to keep her out. For the most part she can break thru the walls easily, but Fitz manages to find new ways to kick her out not long after she regains access. Daisy tells Hive it is to keep an eye on SHIELD, but mostly she is using it to keep an eye on Lincoln which is a good thing because he wants out of his containment box and reunited with her. Daisy hacks the TV feed inside his cell and the two of them make plans to break Lincoln out, but he will go only if it is just her who meets him. No Hive, no SHIELD, just the two of them off the grid.
Daisy promises it will be only her and guides Lincoln to the quint jet bay so she can remote access one of the planes and fly him off the base. After the jet takes off, Daisy lets Hive know Lincoln is on his way and Hive sets out to greet him. Unfortunately for Hive it is not Lincoln who is on the jet, but Lash. May and Lincoln worked out a plan to get Daisy to talk to him and “break him out” so SHIELD can send Lash in his place. Coulson explains to Talbot what we have figured after the arrival of Hive, that Lash was created to kill the crazy Inhuman.
Lash doesn’t kill Hive, but he does seriously wound him. Lash also uses his powers to remove the parasites from Daisy and tells her she “is free.” The two of them start to escape on the jet when James kills Lash with his fiery chain. After getting back to base, Jemma assures everyone that Daisy is free and clear of Hive’s control and Daisy explains what Hive has created. That is the good news, the bad news is if Hive can get the new Terrogen mist in a high enough atmosphere, he will be able to turn a significant majority of the population into the new Inhuman primitives. Talbot makes the news even worse when he reveals that Hive stole a functioning warhead from the ATCU base.
Questions, Thoughts, and Theories:
I’m really disappointed that Lash was not supposed to kill Hive, but to save Daisy. I was hoping for this big battle between the beasts and instead we got a little skirmish. And Lash was taken out by freaking James! His powers are cool and all (the chain is wicked), but in my mind Hellfire is nowhere near the same level as Lash in terms of badassness. It is like some random goon killing the hero of the story. So anti-climactic.
Elena comes back to SHIELD for Talbot to meet some other Inhumans than the locked up Lincoln and Lash. She is also there to give Mack some faith by giving him her cross. You know, the same cross necklace we see floating around the quint jet that explodes with someone wearing a SHIELD uniform onboard. I just knew when she showed up in the beginning of the episode she was going to give Mack the cross before the end. This better be a red herring or there is going to be some serious hell to pay.
Poor May. She thinks it was Andrew who saved Daisy, not Lash and I agree with her. Well, let me rephrase. I think now that Andrew has fully given himself over to Lash, a part of him survived in there so Lash would not just be an Inhuman killing machine. He would be able to make a choice and he chose to save Daisy. Maybe he knew Daisy was supposed to be the one to kill Hive?
I was looking forward to seeing some smaller level reaction to the Accords. Obviously we know how the big screen heroes feel about government control of anyone with powers, but I was curious as to how people in SHIELD would react to it. I love that Coulson is Team Cap (I kinda figured he would be), but I wish we could have seen more of a debate about the Accords from other members of SHIELD.
The death of Peggy Carter and the disappearance of Cap really shook Coulson to the core. The two people were his heroes and their leaving felt like an omen of the end of SHIELD to him.
Best line of the night goes to Talbot with his “who in tarnation names these things?” when talking about Hive and Lash.
Some final thoughts on who is going to be the person on the quint jet. I don’t think Mack will be the one to die because I don’t think the producers would announce a big death like that. When Elena gave him her cross, it was to ramp up tension and remind the audience one of the big cues in the vision is the cross floating in space. I think the big death is going to be May’s. She has lost Andrew for good. Jemma is able to take care of herself more than before. Daisy is back and herself again. Plus, Daisy can pass along the training May has given her to Jemma and other new SHIELD agents. The show has been grooming Daisy as the next big leader which means one of the other leaders will have to go. I don’t think the producers would kill off Coulson since he is the heart of SHIELD. That leaves May.
What did you think of last night’s penultimate episode of Agents of SHIELD? Were you disappointed in the skirmish between Lash and Hive? Are you glad to see Daisy back at SHIELD? Who do you think is going to be on the quint jet? Let me know in the comments section below.