Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find all of my Agents of SHIELD reviews here.
Agents of SHIELD‘s spy mission episodes never fail to entertain and “The Inside Man” was no different.
The cast members of Agents of SHIELD have developed a great dynamic by now, one that is crucial in selling the teamwork that makes episodes like “The Inside Man” so successful. Fake identities, cool gadgets, infiltrations, fight scenes, and no shortage of witty banter: a combination this show has mastered over the course of 3 seasons. From Coulson’s “give me a hand” pun to May’s “I don’t hate you quite as much” to Hunter, this is a show that benefits from years of getting to know these characters and watching them grow.
One extra element that made this week’s mission stand out was the team-up of Coulson and Talbot, two characters who, though never enemies, had enough friction in the past to make for a great and humourous pairing. Talbot being the inside man was an expected twist, but a great one nonetheless, as it led to a longer-lasting reconciliation between him and Coulson by the end. Especially since SHIELD and the ATCU will be working with each other.
Another nice addition to the episode was the return of Carl Creel, the Absorbing Man, last seen in the Season 2 premiere. Seeing his cool powers in action is almost enough to make up for his unexplained offscreen turn to the heroes’ side. Plus, it was a nice bit of continuity from Season 2 to reveal that his blood could work as a Terrigen vaccine, which is sure to raise complications in the future.
Speaking of which, the scenes back at SHIELD HQ were hit and miss. It’s admirable that the show’s giving Daisy and Lincoln opportunities to develop some chemistry, but it’s not entirely working for me. I just don’t find Lincoln that appealing. He’s mopey and broody and a generally unremarkable character. Not a bad one, just not a great one. Especially compared to Daisy, who’s developed from an okay character in Season 1 to one of the show’s best. On the other hand, the Terrigen vaccine conflict was well-done.
Meanwhile, the Hive mystery continues. Some horrifying revelations were made, as we saw Hive restore Ward’s body by gruesomely killing 5 innocent humans, establishing what a dangerous threat this new enemy is. At the same time, we still don’t know exactly what Hive’s powers are, and I hope they get clarified soon.
Rating: 4/5 (Great)
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