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TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3 Episode 17 "The Team"

04.20.2016

EPISODE 18: "The Team"

SYNOPSIS: Agent Daisy Johnson must call upon the Secret Warriors for an inaugural mission that will leave no member unscathed, andS.H.I.E.L.D. learns more about Hive's powers, forcing them to question everyone they trust.

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REVIEW: At San Diego Comic Con last year, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. teased the debut of the Secret Warriors this season. After eighteen episodes of waiting, the team is finally assembled, only to be disassembled by the end of the hour. While unlikely a permanent disbanding, this was an unconventional debut for the comic book squad of Inhumans in a plot reminiscent of Agatha Christie but with a twist that I did not see coming. It also has proven that the season long development of Hive as a villain has transformed the Inhuman alien into one hell of a bad guy. It also presents a character redirection reminiscent of the Grant Ward reveal from season one.

Picking up from the events from last week, Skye assembles the Secret Warriors to help rescue the rest of her team from the clutches of HYDRA and Hive. Joey Gutierrez has to abandon his date while Yo-yo is about to board a bus while practicing her English (later revealed to be for communicating with Mac). The quartet embark on their first mission which results in rescuing the team and also capturing Gideon Malick. Giyera gives Hive the news but he is okay with having one of their own inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. Who could it be? Back at the base, Mac shows Yo-yo around while Joey deals with having killed Lucio during their escape. Skye and Lincoln confront one another regarding Lincoln's use of the Terrigen crystal to retrieve the sphere. Malick even reveals to Coulson that Hive/Alveus is able to take over Inhumans which prompts Coulson to lock down the base. As the lock down begins, Malick is killed and a grenade detonates to cover up his wounds, sending Coulson and the team to find the Inhumans.

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This could have easily devolved this episode into another racism metaphor of humans distrusting Inhumans, but instead it forces the four Secret Warriors to question each other. They question Yo-yo's mysterious wound she doesn't recall getting and Joey's reluctance to stay in quarantine. Daisy even distrusts Lincoln's willingness to stay in quarantine and trust Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D.. The difficulty in executing an episode like this is making the tension feel real, but it works well here. Anchored by the characteristics we have come to know about these four characters, their distrust plays out through terse exchanges that delve into their isolation from humanity while also severing their connection to each other and to S.H.I.E.L.D. as a whole. As they plot their escape, Daisy leads them directly into an isolation unit where Coulson is waiting to explain what Hive did to one of them during the rescue mission.

Investigating Lucio's corpse, Fitz and Simmons discover Hive's parasitic infection inside his brain and try to figure out a way to help test them to see who is the traitor. In the quarantine, Coulson confronts Lincoln and reveals they know he is the one who was turned and claim it happened last episode when they were in Transia and first saw that Ward/Hive was there. The Warriors use their powers on each other which seals the damage being done. Yo-yo leaves in a huff while Joey gets his test done quickly. Coulson chats with Daisy and apologizes but says he must disband the Secret Warriors. Fitz and Simmons cuddle and lament that everyone their team encounters seems to be evil, but they then embrace and kiss to enjoy their time while they can. May and Mac discuss how hard it will be to deal with Hive. It is then that Daisy sneaks out of her unit to talk to Lincoln.

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By this point, the twist seemed pretty obvious, but a flashback shows that Hive infected Daisy during the rescue attempt and she was the one who killed Malick and planted the sphere on Lincoln. Daisy tells Lincoln to come with her, but he rejects her and what Hive has done to her. Daisy leaves, taking the Alveus sphere and all of the Terrigen crystals. As she leaves the base, she uses her powers to destroy the planes and airstrips while also locking the rest of the team within the underground facility. Coulson is seen banging on the door and silently screaming Daisy's name as the ceiling comes crumbling down on top of them. Daisy leaves to join forces with Hive.

Without the major reveal at the end, this could have been a very weak episode. With all of the build-up for the Secret Warriors, they barely made any impact as a unit. Still, the purpose of this episode was to drive home the power of Hive while also turning Daisy against the team. While Ward knowingly turned on Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. back in season one, this is against Daisy's control which makes it all the more bittersweet. Can Daisy be turned back or will the team have to continue without their central character. Coulson has always been the star of the show, but last year was all about Skye/Daisy discovering her powers. This season has struck a balance between the two. It could be one hell of a reset for the show to keep Hive as a villain past this season with Daisy by his side. With less than five episodes to go, there is a lot of room to twist this narrative even further.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: There was a subtle reference to Thor when Coulson mentioned he had met a god before.

NEXT ON MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: "The Singularity" airs April 26th - The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is left reeling and decimated as Hivecontinues to sway Inhumans to his side. But there is a sliver of hope as Agents Fitz and Simmons follow a lead that may be able to stop the maniacal Inhuman once and for all.

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:28PM on 04/20/2016

I'm kind of curious.....

how they're going to tie this into Civil War. They've done it two years in a row now (although much less with Ultron), and we were told it was going to lead to the movie's plot, but what they're doing seems to have no connection in any way to the story of government control of superheroes, or of the fallout coming between the factions. Honestly I don't see how they're going to turn this around (or if we'll find out that there really is no direct connection).
how they're going to tie this into Civil War. They've done it two years in a row now (although much less with Ultron), and we were told it was going to lead to the movie's plot, but what they're doing seems to have no connection in any way to the story of government control of superheroes, or of the fallout coming between the factions. Honestly I don't see how they're going to turn this around (or if we'll find out that there really is no direct connection).
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2:33PM on 04/20/2016
I thought this was a great episode. The storytelling has gotten very good since the 1st season. Its great to see the Inhumans on full display. And yes I can't believe I'm saying this but Ward/Hive has turned into one of the best villains in the MCU currently. Marvel movies have a villain problem with only Loki and imo Winter Soldier having both depth and presenting a true feeling of danger to the heroes. However the small screen adaptations have almost all knocked it out of the park. Kingpin,
I thought this was a great episode. The storytelling has gotten very good since the 1st season. Its great to see the Inhumans on full display. And yes I can't believe I'm saying this but Ward/Hive has turned into one of the best villains in the MCU currently. Marvel movies have a villain problem with only Loki and imo Winter Soldier having both depth and presenting a true feeling of danger to the heroes. However the small screen adaptations have almost all knocked it out of the park. Kingpin, Killgrave, and now Hive are all stellar in my eyes. They have depth and are menacing. They have varying motives that aren't all superhero trope of "destroy big cities" or take over the world. Hive adds to this.

And I have to admit I thought it was YoYo that was the infected one. When they commented on her scratch I figured that was how Hive got in unseen. Lincoln was too predictable because of his temper. Joey disappeared for awhile so he would have been too obvious. Skye/Daisy was a surprise. It won't last because she is the darling of the show, but it was a nice twist. People who wanted Ward and Skye together will finally get it for a little while. Its almost a Killgrave light style of forcing things on a person against their own will. I doubt it will get as dark or adult as Jessica Jones was but still is interesting.
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10:04AM on 04/20/2016
With this episode, I realized this entire season's story could have been a great build up to the reveal of the Inhuman royal family. Hive has been imprisoned on the alien planet for who knows how long, perhaps put there by the Royal Family. This season he was released, forcing the Royal Family to come out of hiding. The season finale could have ended where the Inhumans movie would have begun. But alas, Marvel has pushed back the Inhumans movie even further. Meaning that this season
With this episode, I realized this entire season's story could have been a great build up to the reveal of the Inhuman royal family. Hive has been imprisoned on the alien planet for who knows how long, perhaps put there by the Royal Family. This season he was released, forcing the Royal Family to come out of hiding. The season finale could have ended where the Inhumans movie would have begun. But alas, Marvel has pushed back the Inhumans movie even further. Meaning that this season continues to destroy any momentum that movie has of getting made. At this point, they should just have the Royal Family debut on AoS, and then spin them off into their own series, or just have them a recurring characters on the show.
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8:50AM on 04/20/2016
I really hope they don't do away with Hive by the end of this season. He has been a very fascinating villain. Should be interesting to see how long daisy is under his control.
I really hope they don't do away with Hive by the end of this season. He has been a very fascinating villain. Should be interesting to see how long daisy is under his control.
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8:40AM on 04/20/2016
9/10? I'm finding this show to be more and more unwatchable week after week. I'm probably giving up on it if nothing worthwhile happens between now and the end of the season.
9/10? I'm finding this show to be more and more unwatchable week after week. I'm probably giving up on it if nothing worthwhile happens between now and the end of the season.
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