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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 3.16 Review – ‘Paradise Lost’

April 13, 2016 | Posted by Wyatt Beougher
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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 3.16 Review – ‘Paradise Lost’  

Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Daisy met an Inhuman named Charles who could see the death of any person that he touched and share that vision with the person in question. Daisy did her best to try to change the vision that Charles showed her, but in the end, it was Charles who was able to prevent Daisy from dying in the way that their shared vision foresaw. Elsewhere, May was reunited with Andrew, who turned himself over to SHIELD before he made his final, permanent transformation into Lash. Also, Hive demonstrated true power to Gideon Malick, only for Malick to get drunk on it and fall victim to one of Charles’ visions.

Season 03, Episode 16: ‘Paradise Lost’

The Recap

A group of cars leaves a roundabout driveway in 1970 and a man talks to a young Gideon Malick, who vows that he and his brother Nathaniel will continue their father’s work. Nathaniel says that it’s time to go see Whitehall, but Gideon says that their father never believed in Whitehall’s Hydra and that he’s not going. Nathaniel gestures to a waiting car and a pair of Hydra goons and says they’re not asking. The brothers get into the car and Gideon looks out the window.

In the present day, Malick pulls up to the same house to find his daughter waiting and he tells her that they need to talk. His daughter talks about a handsome man, and Malick is confused, but his daughter mentions that it is their guest and he has called together the Inner Circle. Hive comes down the stairs and says that he felt it was time, and when Malick asks time for what, Hive says to reveal his true self.

At SHIELD headquarters, Coulson stares at the frozen security footage of Hive-as-Ward and as he clenches his cybernetic fist, it lights up with some type of energy. May joins him and says Coulson told her he killed him. Coulson says he did and May says he didn’t kill him hard enough. He offers May his condolences about Andrew, but she says she doesn’t want to talk about that anymore than Coulson wants to talk about killing Ward. Coulson says he’s killed before, but May says he hasn’t enjoyed it like that. May says he made the right choice and she would’ve done the same thing, saying that on the plus side, maybe she’ll get to kill him too.

In the lab, Daisy looks at one of Hive’s victims, and Mack says that he’s a pain in the ass. Daisy says she doesn’t think Ward’s a guy anymore, and Simmons says that his body was possessed by an “it”. Fitz says it was the ancient creature from the other planet and Mack wants to know if Hive burned the victims. FitzSimmons aren’t sure yet, but Fitz says Hive had all of Will’s memories and they wonder why it hasn’t come after them if it has Ward’s memories. Fitz suggested it isn’t interested in them, which Mack can’t believe, but Simmons points out that it destroyed an entire civilization on Maveth, so there’s no telling what it has planned on Earth. Mack asks “Tremors” if anything from her vision from Charles could help them, but before she can answer, Coulson’s aide tells them that Coulson wants to see all of them for a meeting.

Coulson says that Malick gave “hostile takeover” a whole new meaning and whatever he did there, he was looking for something. If they can find out what Malick was after, it might lead them to Hive, who Mack refers to as Ward. Coulson says it’s not Ward, Daisy says it’s creepy like Ward, but Fitz stares Coulson down and says Ward is dead because he saw it happen. This gives Coulson a momentary pause, but he points out that Transia has a subsidiary in agrochemicals, the aptly named GT Agrochemical, which deals in pesticides and other assorted nasty chemicals. It was taken over by a paramilitary force shortly after Malick’s takeover and equipment has been moved out. May says Zephyr One is wheels up in twenty minutes but a Quinjet will peel off so that Lincoln and Daisy can check out a lead in the Badlands to see if an Inhuman from Afterlife can explain more about Hive. Coulson says they’re not afraid to kill for what they want or take what they want and asks what SHIELD’s advantage is, to which Mack replies that “they’re not afraid”.

Back at Malick’s house, his daughter asks what’s going on. Malick explains that he saw a vision of the future, though he’s reluctant to go into much detail, aside from being torn apart from the inside, like every cell in his body was being destroyed. His daughter tells him to let their guest know because he can help, but Malick admits that Hive was his killer in the vision.

The Malick brothers go to see Whitehall in prison and he tells them that they are of age and they must choose a path forward in Hydra. Whitehall mocks the Malick brothers’ rituals (the same ones from the castle way back in episode two) of choosing the Traveller and he claims that their father only avoided being the Traveller for so long because he could perform a stone-switching parlor trick. Before they can storm off, Whitehall tells them to check out the book Paradise Lost in their father’s study.

Malick’s daughter tries to convince him not to believe that Hive is going to kill him, because he’s been a faithful follower, but Malick is convinced that Hive is going to use him, a loyal follower, to make an example for the less faithful members of the Inner Circle. His daughter continues to argue, but Malick says that Hive sent Giyera away and gathered the Inner Circle behind his back, to prove that he doesn’t need Malick anymore. His daughter reminds him of what he told her when her mother died – man up because Malicks don’t stumble around, they roll up their sleeves and get things done. She tells him to remind Hive how valuable he is and that she’ll have a Scotch waiting for him when he’s done.

A quinjet containing Daisy and Lincoln streaks across the sky, and Daisy relives her vision from Charles. She confronts Lincoln about how they’ve been looking for Inhumans all over the world and he failed to mention another Afterlife Inhuman. Lincoln says he’s only an “almost Inhuman” as he was never given powers because he got caught stealing from Jiaying’s private archives shortly after he got there and was banished. He’s an Australian demolitions expert and an ex-mercenary and he lives off the grid. He made a big scene about the second coming of an Inhuman who could raise the dead, and Lincoln warns her that James could be dangerous.

Aboard Zephyr One, FitzSimmons brief Coulson on what they’ve found in the remains of Hive’s victims – tiny organisms that have eaten the vast majority of the bodies they were found on, all in a remarkably short amount of time. Will believed that one of his fellow astronauts had been burned to death, but Simmons thinks it’s more likely that he was consumed by Hive. The organisms consume human flesh, and Simmons posits that perhaps they’re also used to reanimate dead flesh. She apologizes and says that she can’t believe “that thing” is actually back on Earth. Mack interrupts to tell Coulson that they’re approaching the Agrochemical facility and that Couson was right to go there first because some of the boxes weren’t carried out of the facility, they floated out. Coulson assumes Giyera and Mack confirms with a still from a surveillance video.

At Malick’s house, Malick joins Hive in an expertly manicured garden. Malick talks about playing in the garden with his brother, but Hive says that Malick’s daughter impresses him. It says she’s a true believer and that she’ll play a key role in his plans. Hive says daylight is a trivial thing until you spend centuries in the dark and Malick asks if Hive remembers its times with its hosts. Hive wants to know if Malick wants to know something specific, but when Malick doesn’t say anything, Hive says all will be revealed tonight.

Coulson briefs the team about Giyera and his ability to move anything non-metallic with his mind. Fitz has prepared special guns that will only fire with the proper hand on the grip. Mack seems unimpressed, saying that Giyera will just bludgeon them instead of shooting them. Coulson reminds them that Giyera was well-trained even before gaining his Inhuman abilities. May asks FitzSimmons to tell her about a specific room.

Lincoln and Daisy arrive at “Crazy Town” where James the almost Inhuman lives. He insults Lincoln, and when he and Daisy proceed through the gate toward James’ house, James warns them that one more step will be fatal. Daisy takes another step, only for Lincoln to ascertain that she stepped directly onto a landmine, which seems to amuse James, who says that he did warn them.

Lincoln tries to convince James that they’re not there to fight, but James says he’s been waiting for Jiaying to send out one of her dogs to come and get him, though he said he thought it would be Gordon. Daisy uses her vibrational powers to hold the mine down and get off of it, and then she and Lincoln dive for cover as the mine explodes. Daisy puts her hand to the ground and uses her powers to set off the remaining mines, which surprises James and allows Lincoln to use an electrical burst to send him flying into the side of his trailer.

Malick sits in his study and flashes back to a conversation with his brother that happened in the same study. His brother found a notched white stone in Paradise Lost, which their father used to avoid being selected as the Traveller. Malick convinces his brother that even if their father wasn’t the man they thought he was, they’d be better men and hold the ceremony the right way, vowing to be together to the end. Back in the present, Malick’s daughter joins him and tells him the rest of the Inner Circle have arrived. She tells him to man up and he greets his “friends”. He says it’s been a long time, but they’re not there for a ceremony but for a celebration. They spent their whole lives trying to bring the Hydra god back from exile and people doubted them and doubted Malick, but (Hive says) they were wrong. One of the Inner Circle doesn’t believe that Malick succeeded, but Hive says that they should look and believe, and it reveals its true face, which has multiple tentacle-like appendages and leaves the rest of the room in shock.

At SG Agricultural, the SHIELD strike team moves in to find that most of the files and equipment had been removed and anything that wasn’t removed was destroyed. Mack sees a bunch of dead moths and says there’s nothing sinister about that. At James’ trailer, James continues needling Lincoln until Daisy tells him that Jiaying is dead and Afterlife is in ashes. James is much more cooperative, but he still won’t tell Daisy and Lincoln anything “out of the goodness of his own heart”. Lincoln offers him a Terrigen crystal, but he snatches the box away before James can grab it.

Mack tells Coulson that all of the data was uploaded off-site before it was destroyed and Coulson tells him to work with Fitz to see if they can track it. Coulson examines the dead moths until he gets a warning that Giyera his headed his way. He ducks out into the hallway and shoots two of Giyera’s henchmen with ICER rounds. Giyera flings a propane cylinder at Coulson that blows through a steel fire door. Coulson flees through the destroyed door and Giyera gives chase, only to find himself trapped in an empty room with Melinda May, who chides him about it not being as fun without any toys.

May and Giyera fight, with neither seeming to gain more than a momentary advantage. May runs up a wall and flips over Giyera, but that leaves her open to a kick to the stomach and Giyera is able to grab her by the throat and pin her to the wall. He says he doesn’t normally get his hands dirty, but in her case, she’ll make an exception. She says he shouldn’t bother, then kicks him in the groin and lands a double kick to the stomach that takes him off of his feet. When he tries to stand, she slams his head off of the floor and knocks him out. SHIELD agents transport Giyera via stretcher to a containment pod and Fitz tells Coulson that he tracked the data giyera uploaded to Schoonbeek on the Dutch/German border to an abandoned oil facility. (Coulson: “So Hydra’s in the oil business now? It’s like they’re not even trying to avoid the bad guy stereotypes!”) Before the agents have fully secured Giyera, Coulson notices a tablet and some seat belt buckles lifting into the air, seemingly of their own accord. He orders the SHIELD agents out of the pod and they seal it off, neutralizing Giyera’s powers. Mack says they’ll get him to talk and while Coulson hopes so, he’s also counting on Lincoln and Daisy returning with some actionable intel.

James offers a Kree artifact to Lincoln and Daisy and tells them what he knows about Hive, who was designed to control the Inhuman army. The Inhumans began to fear Hive and had to band with regular humans to drive him out. James says it was their history and Jiaying had no right to keep it from them, but Daisy says that she was trying to keep people from bringing him back. James asks if they’re trying to bring him back and both Lincoln and Daisy say that they aren’t. James again offers the Kree artifact for Lincoln’s Terrigen crystal, but the Inhumans pull a bit of subterfuge and end up with both the artifact and the Crystal, which angers James. Lincoln says Jiaying was right about some people not deserving powers, and James says that now that Lincoln has electricity running through him, he might actually kill somebody. This gives Lincoln pause and he tries to urge Daisy to leave, but they can’t get out before James warns Daisy that Lincoln nearly killed his last

Malick’s daughter pours him a Scotch and he toasts her for reminding him what it means to be a Malick. She says she learned from the best, and he asks what she has there. She says that their guest has taken a liking to her and got her a gift for standing by his side. The gift is a copy of Paradise Lost, which seems to upset Malick. His daughter asks if he’s not still questioning Hive, and Malick says that he’s not, anymore, but that he’s tired

Simmons talks to Coulson about invasive species and that the agrochemical facility was trying to engineer plants and animals to resist them. Coulson wants to know why it would destroy the data and Simmons theorizes that it was trying to use the research and wanted to cover its tracks, or it was afraid of the facility’s results. Coulson tells her to keep analyzing to hopefully find a weakness and he asks if they’ve figured out what it is. Simmons has a theory – the organisms on the bones aren’t being controlled by Hive, they are Hive. Coulson surmises that Hive is a parasite that retains the memories of the host body that it took over, which Simmons says sounds even worse when it’s phrased like that. Coulson walks out into the hall and rests his head against a beam. He flashes back to Maveth and killing Ward and he grips a piece of metal so hard with his cybernetic hand that he severely damages it, prompting an arriving Fitz to ask him if something is wrong. Coulson says Fitz was there and that he saw, and Fitz says they do what they have to do, which were Coulson’s words. Coulson says he doesn’t believe it, though Fitz was left with no choice and did the right thing. Coulson says he crossed a line and Ward deserved to be punished but not killed. Fitz argues that Ward did deserve to have his chest caved in, but Coulson says it was revenge and that’s not what SHIELD does. Fitz asks if they should have just let him go or let him win, but Coulson reminds him that when he killed Ward, Ward (or at least Hive) actually did win. (Coulson: “I knew it would come back to haunt me, I just didn’t think it would actually come back to haunt me.”)

Mack interrogates Giyera and says that Giyera is going to tell them everything he knows, but Giyera just wants to thank SHIELD for bringing Hive home. Mack says he’s drinking the Kool-Aid and says his leader must be really charismatic. Giyera says there is no leader, that they are working towards a common goal, and that those who are worthy will inherit the earth. Mack asks what happens to those that aren’t worthy, but Giyera just looks at him. May informs Mack that they’re entering Dutch airspace and Mack tells Giyera that they’re going to find out what he and Malick are hiding.

Malick opens his father’s copy of Paradise Lost to find his father’s gimmicked white rock missing, and Hive and his daughter enter the room with Hive brandishing the rock in question. Malick looks ashamed and asks his daughter (Stephanie) to leave. She asks what’s going on and he tells Hive that she doesn’t need to see this, but Hive insists. It asks Malick if it was a deliberate deception, and Malick says that it wasn’t. Hive reveals that Malick set his brother up to become the Traveller, and Nate’s memories speak through Ward to talk to Malick. Malick says that he never gave up on Nate coming back and he gave up everything. Hive says he didn’t give up everything because Malick was afraid, just like their father. Malick says that he won’t have his daughter remember him like he remembers his father, that he won’t die a coward. Stephanie tells Hive to do what it must; Hive says it must be made right, but that it still needs a Malick by its side. It kisses Stephanie, and then sends tiny portions of itself into her mouth. As it kills her, Hive tells Malick that he now understands true sacrifice.

Lincoln and Daisy board the Quinjet and Daisy confronts him about Lincoln nearly killing his girlfriend. Lincoln says he didn’t want her to see that side of him and she says he can’t always just show her Mr. Perfect. She says if he doesn’t tell her right now, whatever they are is over. He relents and says that all Inhumans have a feeling where nothing is right. Daisy says she tried to find her parents to fill her void, and Lincoln says he tried to fill his with vodka. He says he couldn’t hold his drink or his temper. Daisy tries to stop him, but Lincoln continues, saying he doesn’t remember why they were fighting, but he got into his car and she got in with him, and he wrapped the car around a pole, nearly killing her. Gordon showed up and said he had been watching Lincoln and the Inhumans brought him to Afterlife and saved his girlfriend. He says he finally felt like that hole could be filled someday and apologizes for not telling her. He says that he doesn’t want anymore secrets, and she says that she doesn’t either. She tells him that Charles’ vision was of someone on their team dying.

Aboard Zephyr One, Giyera is trying his hardest to open his containment pod. He manages to wedge a seat belt buckle between the doors and pry it open. Fitz sees it and ducks for cover, and an alarm goes off alerting the rest of the team. Coulson says that they can’t let Giyera get into their command center, and he races towards the fray. Giyera takes out a SHIELD agent with a well-placed projectile, but Fitz is able to duck in and out of cover to keep Giyera distracted long enough for Mack to grab him. Giyera frees himself and knocks Mack out with Fitz’ flashlight, but instead of going after Fitz, he heads towards the command center. Coulson intercepts him in the hall and hits him with the cybernetic hand, but that only allows Giyera to realize that he can control Coulson’s hand, stopping the director in mid-punch. Giyera says that Coulson can’t stop them and kicks Phil into the wall. He races towards the cockpit, where May meets him. She says he won’t take the plane without a fight, but Giyera says they have no need to fight. He backs away and uses his powers to manipulate the plane’s controls and drop it into a nosedive, sending May crashing through a glass divider. Giyera manages to land the plane (somewhat roughly) and May finds that the impact has left Simmons unconscious. May radios Daisy, but Giyera knocks her out and kills the line before she can complete her transmission.

Daisy panics, saying that their entire team is on that plane, but Lincoln reminds her that it’s not the entire team. He says they put together the Secret Warriors initiative for a reason and that they have to do something. Daisy agrees, and says it’s time to call them in.

A pensive Malick stares into a fire in his fireplace and Hive gives him the good news – that Giyera has captured a SHIELD plane with several prisoners. It tells Malick they should be on their way and that sacrifice is never easy. It says they have balanced the scales and Malick has nothing to fear. Hive puts its hand on Malick’s shoulder and says “together ‘til the end”.


The Letters Page

As you can tell, I’ve opted to change the name of this section to more closely mirror the source material. Now that I’m including full comments instead of just recapping them, it feels like a more apt name. Anyway, there were a lot of great comments last week, so let’s get to them!

trumarvel starts us off this week with a correction: “They did mention Mack. Daisy maid a mention that she was glad Coulson was coming on the mission because with ‘Mack out they could use the extra muscle’. Coulson mentioned that Mack had the extra muscles.

“This was a fun episode that kept you sort of wondering what was going to unfold and left you wondering what Malick saw. My biggest observation was something Andrew said that was along the lines of wanting SHIELD to have Lash and not knowing if they’d need him. I’m almost curious as to if they’ll find a way to use him against HIVE.”

Some Guy replied: “I think they definitely need Lash. Getting to fight shouldn’t be a problem though, just point the pod in the right direction and open the door. The problems will come when works is own agenda too, as well as trying contain him again afterwards, assuming he survives.

“I think Malick finally realized he’s just Ward/Hive’s puppet now, and the things he’s desired / was promised from Hive’s retrieval ain’t gonna happen, kind of like every scifi movie ever with this type of storyline.

“And does anyone else think Daisy is starting to look a little more Black Widowy?”

Well, I can’t speak to the Black Widow comparison, as I don’t think her costume has changed since the start of the season, but I’d say Some Guy is probably right on as it pertains to what Malick saw/realized. There will be some further discussion of what Malick may or may not have seen later in this Letters Page, but I will say that Lash presents a huge risk/reward situation for Coulson and SHIELD – yes, he could potential be the great equalizer when it comes to fighting Hive, but at the same time, Hive has shown that it is capable of recruiting Inhumans to its cause (though it didn’t seem to work on Charles last week), so if it could change Lash’s preconception of Inhumans and turn Lash against SHIELD, that could be devastating for Coulson and company.

Voice of Logic wonders if he comments too much (he doesn’t): “Reading the feedback section wondering: Do I comment to much? Lol.

“Season finale: Lash vs. Ward (Cleaver) 2.0.

Also my humblest of apologies for the minor spoilers on season 2 of Daredevil, I assumed you had already watched it. My bad, fearless reviewer.”

As I mentioned in my reply to Voice of Logic, it feels like that was an amazingly minor spoiler for Daredevil and hardly something I’d be upset about since I already knew Punisher was going to be on season two (since you would’ve had to have lived without internet for the past six to eight months to miss that tidbit), so no worries from my end. And KipSmithers weighed in as well: “VOL, thanks for using my new name for Ward/Hive. However, thinking about it at work(totally while at lunch…promise), it comes across at VERY awkward. With that, I’ve decided that ‘Ward, The Cleaver” will suffice. Of course, the AOS Council has final say.”

I’m just going to stick with Hive, until/unless we see Ward somehow get resurrected, but you guys are more than welcome to call him/it whatever you’d like. I do really like “AOS Council” for this comments section, though.

And KipSmithers had his own comment as well (which better explains the Ward Cleaver 2.0/Ward the Cleaver” stuff: “Due to how bloody the “Ward/Hive” scenes can be, might I propose that we call the character ‘Ward (Cleaver) 2.0’ in the future.

Edit: See response to Voice of Logic.

Concerning Ward, the Cleaver’s look, I want to see him turn out to be the grown version of the baby-squid alien from Men in Black.

Wyatt, I so agree on Coulson’s management technique. Should’ve done a Bookend with good/bad/good…but I doubt he’s the athlete Booker T is.”

I seriously doubted Hive was going to look like anything from Men in Black, at least not purposely, since that property is owned by another comics company and another film studio. Hopefully what we saw tonight wasn’t too much of a disappointment. And, finally, lest we stray too far from this site’s roots, A RARE WRESTLING REFERENCE HAS APPEARED! I’m honestly surprised we don’t get more of them, considering 411’s beginnings as a wrestling-only site.

the Mad Redneck picked up on my not-so-subtle wordplay: “‘Will it shock Lincoln back from the edge?’ I see whatcha did there, buddy.

“I LOVED Coulson’s ‘You’re off the team’ line. That was so cool.

“I think this week’s gutwrencher was Andrew and May. Watching her lose him for the last time, and as much as May tries to put up the ‘I’m such a bad-ass and I have no emotions’ front, this one hurt her. Her question, and Andrew’s answer of if he’d change the past, reminded me of the Garth Brooks song, The Dance. When said he wouldn’t change it. Yes, he could have missed the pain, but he’d have had to miss the dance. Besides, there’s no guarantee that he wouldn’t have changed, whether he knew May, or not. One fish oil pill, and that’s it. But, if we’re to take Lincoln at his word, Lash is necessary. Every InHuman power is what it is, for a reason.

“And FitzSimmons in the snow, as it were, was always going to happen. To borrow Fitz’s example, OK, maybe the 4th dimension is already there, and we can’t perceive it because we’re 3D beings, and all that, but just because the line is already drawn, doesn’t mean it’s a straight line. You’ll still get from here to there, the question is how many turns along the way? We’ll still get to (assumedly) Yo-yo blowing up in space. Question is how.

“On a side note, Wyatt, for someone who doesn’t know about the military, you sure know about the Army’s ‘I know you’re sorry, now when are you gonna apologize?’ I saw that in a wrestling zone post, that I can’t find again, and it amused me. Reminded me of tech school, when the Army instructors would get on the Privates. Brain out of the gutter. They’d get on us Air Force, too, but we picked up the game a little faster than the Army guys. ‘Sorry, Sergeant.’ ‘I know you’re sorry, now when are you gonna apologize?’ ‘I apologize, Sergeant.’ ‘Yeah, why don’t you just beat your face for a while.’ ‘HUA, Sergeant.’ Heard that conversation so often, I have it memorized, 14 years later. God, I’m old.

“Side note, something I wanted to remember when watching the show, and forgot, Edwin Abbott was played by the same actor who played Dawson in A Few Good Men. Holy SHIT, I’m old.”

First off, if you were in tech school fourteen years ago and enlisted right after high school, I’m probably a couple of years older than you, so don’t feel too bad. Due to the nature of my work (environmental remediation), I’ve been all over the country over the past eleven years and I’ve worked with a whole host of characters, so it wouldn’t surprise me if I picked up the “I know you’re sorry, now apologize” thing from a former soldier (or even a current one, considering how often my company works with/for the USACE). As for the show itself, that FitzSimmons scene was outstanding, and the May/Andrew interludes definitely tugged at the ol’ heartstrings. The episode was also action-packed and featured some of Coulson’s trademarked humor, so it really had something for everyone.

Antigomus is wishing for a little more continuity within the television wing of the MCU: “Great episode, kept me hooked from start to finish and I felt emotionally invested, especially since my son and I know watch this together. My only gripe, and it’s actually more of a missed opportunity. The team was in NYC. Given the events of Daredevil in season 2 couldn’t they at least mention something about ‘The Devil of hells kitchen’? ‘Oh yea, NYC. There’s been a lot going on nearby with this guy dressed in red’, etc. or ‘that Castle vigilante’.

“With that said, and with time playing such a huge role in this episode of MAoS, I wonder how long a time this season encompasses? It seems DD s2 spans about 5-6/months from hot summer to cold winter. It’s harder to gauge from MAoS though since they do so much globe trotting. Anyone keeping tabs?”

I don’t remember which week it was, or what exactly was said, but it seems to me that each season is supposed to encompass roughly a year, or at least relate roughly to the time of year that they air. I believe it was something to do with Daisy and how long she’d been working with SHIELD, and that time frame would’ve coincided with the events of the first episode taking place roughly the same amount of time in the past in the MCU as the difference between the air dates of the episodes. That’s just my gut feeling, though, as I’m not sure something definite has been established. And I do agree that it would behoove the MCU if the showrunners for the network shows (MAoS, Agent Carter, and soon, Marvel’s Most Wanted) and the showrunners for the Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, plus The Defenders) were better communicating with one another. The whole interconnected universe thing is still a work in progress, at least in terms of how the relationships between films, television shows, and streaming shows are interconnected, but I have confidence that they’ll eventually figure it out. Also, really, really awesome that you’ve brought your son on board. My daughter loves the MCU films, but hasn’t yet taken my advice and started watching this show.

Shark enjoyed Charles showcasing a darker side of Terrigenesis: “Very enjoyable episode. I liked that we finally saw an Inuman whose powers actually were something of a curse. We’ve seen someone able to see into the future before with Raina, but she embraced her power and she wasn’t only seeing death. Seeing how distressed Charles was at being unable to ever be able to hold his daughter again and being powerless despite having power was very well done. Speaks to the writing of this show that they can draw out emotion like this for characters in a short amount of time.

“Also, we’re likely going to find out what Malick saw when Charles touched him right? I’m figuring he saw his death or his daughters death. Maybe at the hands of Giyera? That’s why he wanted him to be by his side? As for Lincoln, it looked like Giyera and Hive left while Lincoln was still looking at them, though if they want Inhumans, it seems odd that they wouldn’t try to capture Lincoln when they had the perfect chance.”

That perfect chance was the only reason I really wondered if they dragged an unconscious Lincoln out with them. Not only would it make for the kind of surprise reveal that this show tends to thrive on, but, like you said, it didn’t make sense that they wouldn’t just grab him while he was there and unconscious. And while we’re on the subject of Inhumans treating their powers like a curse, this must have been the episode for it, as we saw Andrew show remorse for Lash’s actions for the first time, which really has made him into a more tragic character in the vein of Bruce Banner and the Hulk. And while Shark credited the writing, I think a lot of praise needs to also go to guest star Bjorn Johnson, who was fantastic as Charles Hinton. With a lesser actor, even well-written material could have fallen flat, but Johnson and the writers definitely knocked it out of the park.

Also, I think Malick probably saw Jeffrey Dean Morgan standing in front of him with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat in his vision from Charles, which is why he was so frightened at the end of the episode. Hell, he might have even went to Pee-Pee Pants City for all I know.

SonoftheMountain (who I don’t remember, so if you are new, welcome!): “I loved Coulson’s reaction when Lincoln says he’s never seen the original Termiator”

That was definitely one of the highlights of the episode for me, and I don’t think Clark Gregg’s delivery every really gets the credit it deserves (even from me, since I end up focusing on the more serious aspects of each episode when I’m doing my reviews – I need to work on that).

SCGuy was digging the temporal elements of the episode: “I really enjoyed this episode from start until end! It was fun, it was the bounce back the show needed from the previous two episodes that were emotionally charged, and best of all, the team seems to have adjusted and functioned smoothly, despite losing two of more combat based agents.

“I like how the episode focused on changing the future, without so much time travelling as we are seeing in several other shows at the moment. In the end, the future happened exactly the way it was suppose to, but again we were given a glimpse into the future once again with the whole quinjet explosion in space, seemingly by a shield agent. The last time we saw the necklace was on yo-yo (whose name I can’t recall) but I began thinking, that she might be Charles daughter or related in some way, but I don’t believe she is and the daughter is most likely still a kid.

“I also don’t by that it may be a true agent on the quinjet and maybe Hive, having somehow infiltrated them and kills someone that way, while of course it would survive, though his body may not or maybe it can now (I do not know that much about the character from the comics).

Yo-Yo’s real name is Elena Rodriguez, and I think we can rule out that she’s Charles’ daughter, since they said his daughter was only a few months old when he left and this is less than a year after the fish oil pill incident. As for whether or not that’s actually her in the Quinjet that blows up in Earth’s orbit, I honestly don’t know. I was thinking that perhaps they trapped Hive in a deceased SHIELD agent’s body and jettisoned it into space to destroy it (we still don’t know if it can survive in the vacuum of space, since Maveth – the alien planet – had an atmosphere that was hospitable to earth-based lifeforms), but the problem with that theory is that the agent in question wouldn’t be Yo-Yo, because Hive has already said that it can’t take over the bodies of or feed on fellow Inhumans. And I agree that the episode did a good job of telling a story of trying to change the future without resorting to time travel. I think DC’s pretty much cornered the market on that with Legends of Tomorrow, so better to let our agents do their own thing.

Zwarrior2 was happy with last week’s episode: “‘When i look back at season 1, there are tons of characters like Ian Quinn, Gravitron, etc. that are still out there somewhere, and may come back again like the recent trend.’

“Ever since the goo showed up in Agent Carter, I’ve wondered where those two are and Deathlok. Plus Blizzard, he got shot and fell into the ocean which froze and a body was never found.

“Tonight was very good stuff. SquidWard gets more monstrous, Fitz gets to spew some good smart talk, Lash is back and Powersful Boothe is now Scaredy BOOthe.”

Agreed on all points regarding last week, and I can’t believe that they’d introduce two members of the Masters of Evil and even bring one of them back for a second episode, only to never do anything with it. Hopefully we’ll see the MoE in season three.

newsball is holding out hope: “again it looks like my theory was right about malick being afraid of hive and depending on how lincoln turned out, i think one of the big throwdowns in the season finale could be lash lincoln v gyra and hive.”

I’d say it’s certainly possible, assuming one or both of those Inhumans aren’t swayed to Hive’s cause between now and then.

And finally, Ben Piper is back again this week: “Tonight’s episode had all the feels.”

Indeed it did. And SCGuy also concurs: “FitzSimmons holding hands was my favorite part. ‘This is the part where we hold hands’ because it’s true, you should, just because! lol”.

And finally, long-lost regular Traup didn’t like me poking fun at the show Ben famously reviewed for 411: “Ben, I’m not sure if Wyatt was being sarcastic but you need to correct him on the ending of lost. Haha”

I promise, it was all in good fun!


Theory of the Week

This isn’t strictly related to Agents of SHIELD, so bear with me. Remember a couple of weeks ago, when the Russian general was manifesting Dark Force as his Inhuman ability? And I suggested that that would open the door for Cloak and Dagger to join the MCU? Turns out I was right, as Cloak and Dagger are getting their own show on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). I’ll be in this week’s TV/Movies Fact or Fiction with some thoughts on that, but with Cloak and Dagger coming to the small screen, I’m curious as to what Marvel property 12 Years a Slave screenwriter and American Crime showrunner John Ridley is adapting for ABC. The original rumor was that it would be the Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel, but with Cloak and Dagger slated to feature the characters when they were runaway teenagers, does that hurt Ms. Marvel? Personally, I’m hoping he’ll be bringing J August Richards back in his own series as Deathlok.


The Review

Well, my wife is probably done with this show, now that Bethany Joy Lenz has been unceremoniously killed (One Tree Hill, where Lenz made her name, is her favorite show ever). Without opening a can of worms, was she “fridged”? Because I feel like that’s a fairly accurate description for her character arc, and that honestly seems like a waste to me. Sure, I can understand why Hive did it, to make Malick suffer and satiate the feelings of one of its former hosts; however, if we already know that Hive is going to kill Malick (from Malick’s vision), why not just do it then?

That’s easily my biggest complaint regarding this episode, though Lincoln’s backstory, while finally providing him with some welcome depth, feels about as three-dimensional as the non-Coulson characters on this show did for the first half of season three, and that’s not a good thing, considering Lincoln has been around for basically a full season already. Plus, the way that it was revealed, with James basically forcing Lincoln’s hand, led me to believe that there would be at least a modicum of resultant drama between Daisy and Lincoln, but nope – he confessed, she was cool with it, and everything was fine until the oddly-specific telekinetic captured the big SHIELD plane.

Speaking of Giyera, for those of us who know Mark Dacascos from his 90’s action movie past, we finally got to see him cut loose in this episode and the fight scene between he and Ming-Na Wen was every bit as awesome as it should have been. We haven’t had a straight-up non-powered fight on the show in quite some time (or at least if feels that way to me), so seeing May and Giyera throw down was a welcome reminder that this show does some tremendous fight choreography. (Cue Jeffrey Harris saying Daredevil’s was better.) And as soon as Coulson went running towards Giyera in Zephyr One, I wondered how long it would take before Giyera took control of Coulson’s hand. I was glad to see that it didn’t take long at all, and also that Giyera did the dirty work himself, delivering a huge kick to Coulson while he used his powers simply to hold Coulson’s cybernetic hand in place.

One last (minor) complaint, as Malick’s backstory with his brother was easy to spot from a mile away. Just as with Lincoln, it gives the character some additional depth, and it also explains why he’s been decidedly less than euphoric about finally achieving his family’s generations-long goal. But man, I saw the ending to that one coming when they were talking to Whitehall. Thankfully, Powers Boothe’s performance was up to snuff.

It was great to see Mack back and working as an effective member of the team. I was (probably irrationally) afraid that they would do cliched storyline where a member of the field team was scared to inaction by a close call in the field, but thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’re going to go that route, which is good because I’m not sure how that would benefit his character in any way. He’s already admitted that he’s a mechanic and hates the field stuff while realizing that it is sometimes necessary, so making him literally gunshy would do absolutely nothing for his character.

And while I’m complimenting team members, Simmons’ explanation for how/why birds could be scary was hilarious, and it was also nice to see Daisy and Lincoln working together to get through a minefield planted by a lunatic. I’m also curious if Lincoln holding back on a Terrigen crystal is going to be discussed, or if it was potentially a fake that he was using to bait James in. Speaking of James, if this weren’t a Whedon show, I wouldn’t even be thinking this, but I’m wondering if the character’s name and nationality were the slightest wink and most imperceptible nod to Wolverine. Did I lose you there? Back in the 80’s, Marvel did an animated X-Men television pilot called Pryde of the X-Men, with American voice actor Patrick Pinney reprising the role of Wolverine that he had previously played on a few episodes of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Rather than giving Wolverine his traditional Canadian accent, Pinney somehow ended up voicing the character with an Australian accent instead, and, of course, Wolverine’s real name is James Howlett. Would that make it the most obscure Easter egg in this show’s history? Probably. But again, it’s a Whedon show and stranger things have happened.

Probably my favorite part of the entire episode though was Coulson’s reaction to Ward’s return, specifically the conversation he and Fitz had about what they had each done while on Maveth. Seeing Coulson so out of sorts when confronted with one of his greatest failures in judgement felt like a natural response from the character and shows that he still hasn’t developed the same cold-heartedness that Nick Fury operated with during his time as Director. “I knew it would come back to haunt me, I just didn’t think it would actually come back to haunt me.” That line had more emotional impact to me than anything from Lincoln or Malick’s backstories did this week.

8.2
The final score: review Very Good
The 411
‘Paradise Lost’ whiffed twice on providing backstory for two characters - Lincoln’s was cliched and one dimensional and Malick’s was so predictable that it could be seen coming from a mile away - but strong fight scenes, an Inhuman history lesson, and some great performances more than balanced it out. This episode definitely had its flaws, but overall, it was another solid entry into season three.
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