Coulson and the team search for the Inhuman who is killing other Inhumans; May worries Hunter's mission to bring down Ward is becoming too personal.
Episode 4 – Devils You Know
Agents of SHIELD promised over the week to continue shaking things up (or in Daisy Johnson’s terms Quake-ing things up) and Devils You Know definitely delivered on the promise. Season three is steeped in mystery, and they just keep piling up.
Normally, I get these reviews up right away, but due to a breaking news interrupting my local broadcast, I didn’t get a chance to view the episode in its entirety until today. Now that I’ve had several hours to digest the episode, let’s get to the spoilerific, and heavy-theorized review.
The opening zeroes in on an Inhuman couple being unexpectedly visited by Alisha, an Inhuman we saw last season that can create copies of herself. We saw her in the season two finale railing on Skye/Daisy until May and Hunter come to throw off, so we know she’s got power. This time, Alisha came to SHIELD for help to protect her Inhuman friends. Just as the copy of Alisha starts talking to the couple, Lash joins the party and promptly ends it by killing all three. Daisy and Mack, a team-up that is quickly becoming one of the best written on the show, pursue the perpetrator but find the ACTU instead.
The partnership between Mack and Daisy is well written because they often have different or conflicting opinions but are able to respect each other and work with each other. This hasn’t always been the case on SHIELD, where much conflict has been rooted in disagreeing opinions. The show is starting to move forth, and reflects also in Coulson working with the ACTU (begrudgingly). Coulson, does continue to have fiery chemistry with Rosalind Price and we may ask the show to go down that avenue.
Daisy continues her quest on Inhuman outreach and although Dwight Frye, the Inhuman IT guy peddling info for Lash couldn’t be saved, Daisy does get an important tip on who or what Lash may actually be.
One of the concurrent stories is Andrew Garner. He visits the Playground to assess Jemma (more on her in a bit!) and even runs into May who is seeking help from Coulson after irrationality has fully taken over Hunter. As Ward tries to get Hunter and May off his back later in the episode, we are led to believe Dr. Garner is killed by Werner von Strucker. Yet, something said between Andrew and May during their confrontation leads up an interesting theory that the doctor isn’t dead. The theory is that Garner is actually Lash. He hasn’t been overwhelmingly warm to Inhumans- not clearing them for evaluation- and he also left May back in Hawaii abruptly. Perhaps because he underwent Terrigenesis. Werner von Strucker looked terrified after getting out of the building; maybe he saw something that surprised him. The episode is called Devils You Know… after all.
Another highlight moment from the episode is Ward’s reaction to Agent May. Brett Dalton excels at playing the baddie, but he is truly in his stride when he plays Ward with the fear of Melinda May in his eyes. And Ward should be scared- he’s running Hydra and yet a renegade agent (and his back-up), quite easily infiltrated and wounded Ward.
As Bobbi recovers her frustration grows and even though she’s been supporting Fitz – she’s also about done with his lab methods. This causes conflict when Jemma snaps at her and Fitz thinking Bobbi squealed on her revelation last episode. Jemma, who denied having PTSD to Andrew, is clearly undergoing the complications. We’re seeing good work out of Elizabeth Henstridge this season.
Jemma’s story is about to crack wide open in the next episode 4,722 Hours, which translates to 6.4 months. Fitz confronts her on her plans to go back and we’re left with an identical cliffhanger to last week’s.
Except the package for 4,722 Hours begs to be analyzed. Playing after this episode ended, we see Jemma is on the planet and screams ‘this is Hell!’ or maybe ‘this is Hel!’
Hel is already an established place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel 616- it is the lowest world in the nine realms. In Thor: The Dark World, Loki tells Kurse he will see him in Hel- where dead people go to kind of chill about- not like our purgatory. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Heimdall tells Thor he is in Hel during his dream/nightmare sequence. So, Hel has been around.
In Purpose in the Machine, the tagline was Journey into Mystery, which is the comic book where Hel first appears (issue #102). But, Agents of SHIELD is proving to be a very sneaky show- because Journey into Mystery was mentioned in the pilot. In fact, when asking about then Agent Grant Ward if he was excited to join the team, Jemma asks him if he’s ready for a journey into mystery. Well now, is that a coincidence? Perhaps AOS is dipping into parallel universes, a common theme in the comics?
Devils You Know was not the most plot-throttling episode, but it engaged and locked on with action, wonderful cast chemistry and intriguing storyline. Sign me up for next week.
Check out the promo below:
- The new team-ups are really working well
- Wish we saw more of Alisha using her power