Another hour of solid storytelling. And a twist.
What kept this episode at good but not great was Hunter. I usually love him for his quick wit but it was just not there this week. Maybe it’s that I miss him playing off Coulson and May. Mack was precious with his big brother frustration at Hunter, but there’s something off about the Hunter/Daisy dynamic that wasn’t there when it was Hunter/Skye. Daisy is just much more of a dramatic presence than Skye. In the first season, Skye was an adorkable little hacktivist. Now, Daisy is a consummate professional (dwarf stealing aside) with a serious savior complex and a mission to save Inhumanity. While it’s impossible to fault her humorless attitude, it makes for an awkward juxtaposition with Hunter. Also I couldn’t help but be annoyed with Hunter’s constant complaining about
Andrew and Lash are one and the same, which a bunch of fans had figured out or at least suspected. It’s how Lash had all the information about the Inhumans and explains why in the world anyone in their right mind would dump Melinda May. I’m definitely on board. Why have Blair Underwood on the show if you’re not going to use him? And I’m looking forward to an answer on why Lash doesn’t seem to want to kill Daisy. Is it a deliberate choice or does Andrew’s stepfatherly affection for her give him a subconscious desire to keep her alive?
Speaking of awesome guest stars, Constance Zimmer continues to impress me. She might be my favorite non-Lady Sif guest star the show’s had so far. She’s doing an awesome job keeping Rosalind’s intentions incredibly vague. She could totally be telling the truth about her husband and her keep the world safe goal, or it could all be lies. I have no idea at this point. I’m surprising myself by digging the Coulson/Rosalind mutual crush thing that’s going on. Far from wanting them to be together in the long haul, I’m know it will make for a much more dramatic turn when she betrays Coulson or he has to choose between Daisy and Rosalind.
As for the Daisy/Rosalind issue…wow. Remember when this show was just chasing alien McGuffins week after week? Now they’re taking a really complex moral question (‘what do we do with Inhumans?’) and are playing it for all it’s worth. Like Daisy, I was initially horrified at the idea of innocent people being imprisoned in orange Jell-O and stored like Christmas decorations. But then Rosalind explained her motivations and, God help me, I totally understood where she was coming from too. The newly empowered and completely unprepared Inhumans can be a danger to themselves and the public. It makes complete sense to want to keep them from inadvertently hurting anyone and the government doesn’t have the time, resources, or knowhow to help them. Whatever Daisy thinks, she doesn’t either. Afterlife put a single person through Terragenesis at a time with years in between. As much as she wants to make everything okay for her people, Daisy just can’t do this by herself. So who is right here? Who is wrong? Will Rosalind’s “cure” end up saving people like Joey who just want to go back to their normal lives or will it be genocide?
Bobbi hesitantly reentered the field this week after spending the hiatus recovering from her last encounter with Ward. I really liked how they handled this. Bobbi was shown at once to be anxious and reluctant to get back to work. People aren’t simple and Bobbi’s emotions in this case were totally believable and Adrianne Palicki did a great job playing it, even if the big poolside fight scene wasn’t up to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s usual level. I spotted a few continuity errors one shot of someone who was not Adrianne Palicki.
Fitz is working on opening the portal. I think. After impressing me with his willingness to help Jemma last week, here, he began to worry me. Hunter popped by the lab just long enough to give Fitz some really awful advice. Don’t do the right thing, he argued. Instead, be jealous and petty and obsessively possessive. Oh Fitz, don’t listen. Please don’t listen. I can’t tell whether the setback at the end of the episode was real or not. Was he just putting Jemma off or did the simulations actually fail? I’ll defend Fitz’s research of Will in this case, however. I won’t even go to a restaurant without looking at a menu online first. It makes sense for him to check out at the very least whether Will was a hallucination.
Intel and Assets
--Werner Von Strucker paid a visit to Gideon Malick this week, a man you’d be forgiven for not recognizing. He was one of the members of the World Security Council in The Avengers. You know, one of those guys who tried to nuke New York. Good times.
--It makes me smile when Mack calls Daisy “Tremors.”
--After her starring role last week, Jemma didn’t have much to do besides moonlight as Daisy’s girl Friday and bemoan with Andrew that people underestimated them because of their high intelligence (#humblebrag).
Coulson: “You can tell a lot about a woman from her books…Okay, I didn’t actually know that there were this many biographies of Margaret Thatcher.”
three out of four biographies of Margaret Thatcher
sunbunny, who is not Mark Greig
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