Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Inside Man”
***** stars Aired 3/15/16
Written by Craig Titley
Directed by John Terlesky
*Spoilers contained within*
This season’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is all about the Inhumans and what to do about them. In this episode, six countries come together at a secret conference in Taiwan to suggest a solution to Inhumans. There’s one problem though: Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) must accompany General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) to the meeting as a CDC doctor who studied Inhumans. Agents Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki), Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) accompany Coulson and Talbot in secret to raid the hotel rooms of those in attendance to see who is infiltrating the conference under orders from Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe).
Speaking of Malick, he is still keeping Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) under the strict observation of Lucio (Gabriel Salvador) and Mr. Giyera (Mark Dacascos) after he observes Ward’s condition worsening. Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Gemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) are ordered by Coulson to stay behind as a precaution so nothing goes wrong at the conference. Unfortunately, many things go wrong when Malick appears and reveals he used Talbot to scope out which countries were in favor of Inhumans so he can acquire his own.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us another entertaining episode this week. I like the direction the show is going in regarding Ward becoming Hive. The scene in the room where he is surrounded by the blood and skeletons of the humans he has absorbed, covered in goo and looking rejuvinated. It reminded me of every appearance of a Terminator. He’s crouched and naked with a cold look in his eyes. General Talbot may not necessarily be the hard-nosed villain we think he is as he and S.H.I.E.L.D. discover that Malick has his son in a A.T.C.U.-style containment unit. Talbot made a deal with Malick to get his son back if he infiltrated the symposium but Malick backs out and refuses to give Talbot his son.
Early in the episode, May and Lincoln mistake Carl Creel (Brian Patrick Wade) as a threat to Coulson. However, Talbot says Creel is his bodyguard and trusts him. Fitz and Simmons observes Creel’s blood because even though he has powers, he is not an Inhuman. It turns out his blood did not absorb the Terrigen. They conclude that Creel’s blood is a vaccine against terrigenesis.
This season is hands down the best season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Inhumans plot is exciting and Ward/Hive is a great choice for a villain. Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse are becoming my new favorite characters because of how well Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood work off of each other. The romance aspect of Lance and Bobbi, Daisy and Lincoln and Fitz and Simmons is a nice touch and gives us a glimpse into how these characters interact with each other on a personal scale rather than just on a mission together. It’s such a well-rounded show and I hope it continues that way for the rest of this season and into next season.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC. Check your local listings.