Singularity Heats Things Up on Agents of SHIELDApril 27, 2016
Episode 18 – Singularity
In this episode, the agents of SHIELD find themselves once again severed. With Daisy joining Team Hive and working to recruit Inhumans, such as the Alisha from season two and James, who turned in to Hellfire, tensions continued to escalate.
This is the beginning of the Fallen Agent plot, a much-hyped Marvel event that concludes in the finale, now three episodes away. But, in true Whedon fashion, a prediction made by Afterbuzz TV, may already spell out which agent will die. Or rather, is dead.
If you’re on the Fitzsimmons ship, such as me, we were finally treated to the moment we’ve been waiting for since episode one of season one. The time where Fitz and Simmons are able to talk about their feelings and move pass the event horizon. However, Afterbuzz TV made a prediction based on a rather cute piece of dialogue between the pair. Before crossing their threshold, Fitz remarks that Jemma’s hands are freezing. It could just be a cute moment, but it is now implanted in the theory mill that Hive killed Jemma, since dead bodies are cold. Of course, the Inhuman Lucio’s body temperature was reading warm after his ‘death,’ so all is not solidified. Jemma has also been tying up loose ends in her life, she got closure for Will, shot Ward like she promised a long time ago, and finally enacted on her feelings for Fitz. This is the Whedonverse, where happily couples exist for a millisecond. We’d be interested to hear what you think of this.
While, Fitzsimmons try to bring the scientist Holden Radcliffe into the fold to help wipe out the Hive parasite and cure Daisy, it is Daisy who intervenes and gets Radcliffe for Hive. She nearly snaps Fitz’ neck in the process and dishes him a threat while letting him know of her vision of someone on the team dying.
It is interesting to see how Hive’s sway on the Inhumans works. The Inhumans are still able to behave in character, but almost bend their principles on the beliefs they share with Hive. We see this in how Daisy talks about her name change from Skye to Daisy. Other enlightening moment shows Daisy become a bit frustrated with talking to Hive about this, she becomes a bit upset and begins to walk away. However, she’s reeled back in when Hive speaks to her. As much as Fitzsimmons are working towards a cure, it may be Daisy herself who breaks free of the sway.
Hive makes some big leaps in his plans, which are also revealed to us. His plan to turn humans into Inhumans is big and bold. He gets Alisha and Hellfire on his team and the second piece to the Kree artifact, which he reveals can actually destroy him. In addition, Hive settles in its own town. We see more of his sway when Alisha’s clones are gunned down. When this has previously happened, Alisha has curled up and resigned herself, feeling the debilitating blow. While she momentarily panics, next to Hive she rebounds almost instantly.
Coulson, May and Lincoln trail the Inhumans on getting to Alisha. Their story is more rooted in May setting Phil straight about his morality. She reminds Coulson his hands aren’t clean and he shouldn’t act like it. It’s a low blow. Coulson is quick to play with people’s lives, especially Lincoln’s as he forces him to wear a suicide vest, but when it comes to the decision to take down Daisy, he says that’s off-limits. It was a great moment to see Coulson with his own shield, a truly an image that will last the series.
Coulson had another plot going for him this episode. Unseen, he had sent Talbot the Intel he had gotten from Malick, about all of Hydra’s properties. Talbot leads the destruction of these bases and companies, in an operation called Decap (decapitation). This storyline should feel much more monumental, but it pales to the rest of the action. In addition, it doesn’t feel like the end of Hydra, but more so swatting them out of the way so it is not an issue with Captain America: Civil War. It’s safe to assume we will see Hydra again, but perhaps not for a little while.
Agents of SHIELD is rallying full force to the finale. In the sneak peek for the next episode, we see the Kree join the mix. We know the Kree do not like Hive, so it will be a wonder to see how they play into the story and how they get to Earth. With Marvel recently pulling the Inhumans movie from their MCU line-up, we are also left to wonder if AoS’ storyline has got anything to do with that.
This episode was huge, and there are some other tidbits to discuss. Simmons and Fitz both confronted some of their biggest life struggles right before coming together. When Simmons is cornered by Hive, Will speaks to her, and when Daisy practically Force chokes Fitz, he is brought back to when he suffered brain damage. Speaking of Fitz, who else got vibes that Dr. Radcliffe could be Fitz’ father? If Simmons does end up being the Fallen Agent, the relationship with his father could move him into the future. We’re not just saying this because they are both brooding Scotsmen with bright eyes, but it’s been alluded to in in season 1 and this season that Fitz has been all alone with his mother.
Singularity is a great fit for this second half of the season, bringing undercover spy action together with (unintentional) double-crossing spies.