“Bouncing Back” ***** stars Aired 3/8/16
Written by Monica Owusu-Breen
Directed by Ron Underwood
*spoilers contained within*
Hello true believers! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned this week to protect the world from Hydra and the Inhumans. The episode starts in Bogota, Colombia where the military and police are being attacked for their weapons by an Inhuman who is so quick she vanishes when she moves. Daisy “Quake” Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and the rest of the team are sent there to assess the situation and recover any Inhumans they may find. Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is still mourning the murder of Rosalind at the hands of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). He gets a visit from the President (William Sadler) who tells Coulson the A.T.C.U. is secretly being reorganized under S.H.I.E.L.D. Gideon Malick is still making moves as he treats Ward’s injuries and assesses the new abilities Ward sustained from the battle on the alien planet.
S.H.I.E.L.D. started this half of the season off very well. The episode was mainly focused on the mission at hand and only jumped to other characters when necessary. The Inhumans storyline is great because not only is it a consistent one, it’s an exciting one with different characters being introduced. Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba) and Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) are excellent characters who are getting more recognized because of their willingness to help the team. Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) is a great addition to the show because she sent a powerful message about fighting for a cause. In the end, Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) showed true team spirit as he begins to understand Yo-Yo and why she embraced her powers as a gift from God. She does not join the team officially but she agrees to a partnership with it. The scene with Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse (Adrianne Palicki) being zapped on the bridge by the Inhuman cop was great and is a good plug for Marvel’s Most Wanted. Love is still in the air as Leo Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) and Gemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) agree to start their relationship from the beginning as if they just met for the first time.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a great job of setting up the rest of the season in the premiere as well. We have new Inhumans and a mutated Ward which will be more than enough to keep the team occupied for a long time. It will also keep the fans tuning in every week as well for new action, adventure and twists. The President naming General Talbot the head of the A.T.C.U. was quite a shock and we get to see how well it works, or does not work, for Coulson. This season’ storyline is the best one yet and I hope it gets better as the show has been renewed by ABC for a fourth season.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC. Check your local listings.