Agents of SHIELD – Prison Break

SHIELD infiltrates a prison to get answers while Simmons helps the Director with a debate.

Spoilers for “Lockup”

Last night’s episode started off with a flashback as to how Lucy and Joe found the Darkhold in the first place. In the basement of the man who killed the former owner (along with some serious Easter Eggs). Inside the book, the two scientists are shown a world of magic and science they never imagined. Flash forward to the present, Mack and Coulson are attempting to get answers from a spiraling Joe. Since Lucy used her Ghost powers to wake Joe, his brain overheated and the overwhelming fear stopped his heart. But not before he tells the two SHIELD agents where he buried the Darkhold.

Since Fury was afraid of the book and he figures Lucy has already beat him to the punch, Coulson and Co. decide to spring the one person alive with answers, Eli Morrow. And the mission has to stay off book because no one trusts Mace with this information yet. (Something that will come back and haunt Mace when Nadeer comes to him with video of his agents going behind his back.) Arriving at the prison, Coulson and May find “Lucy and the whole Peanuts Gang” have already arrived and crazifyed the warden and several guards. Coulson and May barricade themselves in the Warden’s office while Mack, Daisy, Robbie, and a few SHIELD tactical guys go in to retrieve them, Eli, and kill the Ghosts.

After some intense action sequences and a dosage of Ghost Rider revenge on a vato Robbie has issues with, the team finds May and Coulson, rescues Daisy from herself, but loses Eli to Lucy in the confusion and fire. Did anyone else get a kick out of the scary, rioting prisoners freaking out and hiding back in their cells when Ghost Rider came out?

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May attempts a heart-to-heart with Daisy, running away is not going to give her the isolation she wants because Coulson will never give up on her, blah, blah, blah. Daisy, refusing to hear what May is saying, promises she will see the mission through, but will be gone afterwards.

Lucy brings Eli back to Momentum Labs to read the Darkhold for her. In her ghostly form, the book no longer reveals itself to her. She needs him to help her “finish what we started.”

Back at SHIELD headquarters, Simmons is stressing big time over her lie detector test she is to take that day. She is carrying around more secrets than usual this time around and deceitfulness is not the scientist’s forte. When the administrator asks her if she has been told anything the director doesn’t know about, the machine starts to give off a warning. Before Simmons can talk her way out of it, Mace pulls her out of the test. He is about to debate Senator Nadeer on live TV about Inhumans and needs her in his ear to feed him some facts that would sway the public to his side.

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In a scene that mirrors reality a little too closely, Nadeer spouts fear mongering lies while Mace counters with some facts. Nadeer keeps pushing her anti-Inhuman, and now anti-SHIELD, agenda by bringing up SHIELD’s shenanigans at the prison. Something Mace knows nothing about at that moment. He covers nicely with the whole “can’t comment on an ongoing investigation.” Finally, the Senator paints the Director in a corner, forcing him to reveal that he is an Inhuman on live TV and causing his popularity with the public to spike.

After all is said and done with the interview, the Director asks Simmons to retake the polygraph. The results of the one she took that morning didn’t look so good. But Simmons has a plan. She tells Mace that might not be a good idea. “He may ask me what I thought of that story you told on television today. You know, the one about becoming a hero in Vienna? Because if asked, I would have to tell the truth, which we both know you didn’t do.” The vaguely veiled threat works and Simmons is now exempt from all testing in the future.

Questions, Thoughts, and Theories:

Line of the night:
Robbie: “I need to get off this plane now.”
Daisy: “That should put you in… rural Utah. And you think you’re pissed off now…”

Johnny Blaze had the Darkhold before Joe and Lucy found it! Nice reference to him in with the Quentin Carnival poster and leather jacket.

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What is Jeffrey Mace lying about with the bombing in Vienna? He became a hero when he shielded a woman when the blast hit. I’m not seeing how there is a possible lie in there somewhere. Was he actually running away and just happened to save someone in the process? Guess we will find out soon enough.

I think I finally get why the other agents don’t trust Mace. At first I just thought it was because he is new and supplanted Coulson as head of SHIELD, but it really has hit me after the interview. Mace is very much a politician. He uses the facts Simmons feeds him to spin a story people will like and relate to more. When Nadeer attempts to flummox him with information of Coulson and his team at the prison, Mace handles the surprise like a pro. The reveal of his Inhuman transformation is even used as a political strategy. His job is get the public to trust SHIELD, whereas Fury and Coulson never had to deal with that problem. SHIELD was more of a semi-underground, black ops agency then. Mace’s mission can and will force him not to engage in important missions because it might make the agency look unpopular. Hence, Coulson working around him.

Mace’s need to keep SHIELD popular and Coulson’s mistrust now has the Director in the pocket of Nadeer. What do you think she wants from Mace? Does it have something to do with her brother?

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May saw Coulson when she died?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? The #Philinda ships have set sail once again.

I know we are going to get the answers next week, but why do you think Robbie and Gabe were targeted by the gang? Do you think it has anything to do with what is going on at Momentum Labs?

What did you think of last night’s Agents of SHIELD? What secrets do you think the Director is hiding about Vienna? What do you think the Darkhold showed Joe, Lucy, and Eli? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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