“A Wanted (Inhu)man” – Daisy, Mack and Coulson race to protect Lincoln as Rosalind’s team hunts down the Inhuman in their quest for powered people. Meanwhile, Hunter proves that there is no line that he will not cross to exact his revenge against Ward and Hydra, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” on the ABC Television Network.
Episode 3 – A Wanted (Inhu)man
The first two episodes of this season of Agents of SHIELD had been a whirlwind, action-packed, story progressing vehicle. The third episode, A Wanted (Inhu)man, slowed the cogs down and peeled back some of the scabs that were hiding some deep character realizations.
Of course, the episode started right away setting up the condition Jemma Simmons is in. She’s suffering from disorientation of all sorts, and a heavy dose of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The AOS team did a great job of displaying her aversion to lights, sounds, and anything that may set her off. Elizabeth Henstridge’s performance was flawless. It seems Iain de Caestecker, who was still on the top of his game, passed the torch to Elizabeth’s character. At the end of the episode there is a big shake-up with Jemma revealing to Bobbi that she has to go back to the alien planet. This will certainly open the plot for episodes to come, and will probably be something the show holds off on exploring for suspense.
(But we got that Fitzsimmons date! Finally!)
Another wonderful component to this episode is the discussion Daisy has with Lincoln when he calls her for help to escape the ACTU. The writing is smooth, and it shows how much Daisy has grown from making brash decisions in season one as Skye, to recognizing when someone can be helped through an emotional connection. We see Lincoln scared, and his past starts to come into focus. My theory is John, the friend who sold Lincoln out and later died of a heart attack due to Lincoln’s electrical shock, was some kind of mentor or sponsor to him, perhaps AA due to John’s mention if Lincoln had been drinking.
Coulson was back to his old suave maneuvering ways, but we haven’t seen too much else of him this season. He’s mostly been trying to handle the stress of his agents from their different problems, and while his attentions may be good, sometimes what he says isn’t what they need. Perhaps this is due to Agent May being gone and Coulson loosing a confidant. The chemistry between Coulson and Rosalind Price is a natural fit too, and while we miss May being a voice of reason to Coulson, Rosalind is a good contender to both butt heads and support Coulson. It will be interesting to see them work together despite their different schools of thought. Plus, Rosalind has an awesome car, too. Constance Zimmer, who plays Rosalind, matches Clark Gregg’s Coulson at every level.
Agent May and Hunter had an interesting episode, for sure. Agent May’s reaction to Hunter talking with Spud was a great comedic touch. Not to mention the subtitles, which were ingenious. In a show that has vastly thematically darkened, it is still nice to see touches of the whimsical first season, when the agents played board games, drank beer and played pranks on each other.
Hunter and May enroll in a Fight Club-esque sort of deal to gain entry into the rankings of Hydra. To Hunter’s surprise he has to go against his acquaintance Spud, whom he earlier calls crazy. It’s evident, as Hunter is tossed around the room that he is loosing the fight, but he evens and surpasses his odds with the help of a brass knuckle. He later is taken to meet Kebo, Ward’s righthand man we saw last episode. May isn’t left out of the fun, she takes down three massive guys who has been harassing her, and ends with the line, “How about I do you a favor and not tell anyone that a tiny, little Asian woman kicked your ass?”
It’s a terrific line.
The episode lacked something. It was missing that desperate charge the inaugural episodes carried in. Here, events felt mostly tamed, and while the character development was highlighted superbly, the dangerous factor was minimal other then for Lincoln, Hunter and May.
The episode gets applause for the complicated emotions it tackles, but stiffs us the action we’ve come to expect. The ground tracks are laid, so let’s get back to the story.
Elizabeth Henstridge's solid acting
Wonderful emotional development, especially for Lincoln and Daisy
Episode doesn't pack the punch we've expected it to