Well, I’m just gonna say what we’re all thinking. This was an amazing episode. Daisy sure has some troublesome step-parents, doesn’t she?
I say it every review and - surprise - I’m going to say it again. I adore Constance Zimmer as Rosalind and I think they’re handling the conflict between her and Daisy flawlessly. The first part of the episode was dedicated to a quick but thorough discussion of their opposing points of view. Daisy thinks putting innocent people in Jell-O is inhumane (no pun intended) and Rosalind thinks that Daisy is being naïve about the potential dangers Inhumans pose to the world. By the end of the episode we were forced to admit that they were both right. Daisy agreed that the best thing for Andrew was to be kept in stasis until the ATCU perfects their cure and Rosalind realized that not every Inhuman is dangerous and managed to work amicably with Daisy and Lincoln. Daisy even saved her life. Like I said, flawless. One thing, though…
I don’t want Rosalind to be HYDRA. They’re doing such an amazing job playing with her moral ambiguity, making her straight up evil would be disappointing. Plus, we’ve done the betrayed by a romantic partner thing. Recently. Like in this very same freaking episode.
Andrew is Lash and this isn’t a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation. This is a brisk devolvement into insanity situation. Blair Underwood’s performance was melodramatic bordering on cheesy but when paired with Ming-Na Wen’s earnest emotion it made for a dynamic and thoroughly watchable episode. It was fun listening to Andrew ham up lines like “I don’t know what I’ll do!” and then devastating watching May shoot him, totally willing to kill the love of her life for the greater good. Add in the flashbacks to their romantic Hawaiian getaway and that cut from FitzSimmons’ sunrise to Andrew and May’s sunset and the whole thing was just…wow.
On the Jemma/Fitz/Space Boyfriend plot front: Fitz has discovered that the logo on Will’s spacesuit looks vaguely like something carved into the magic castle that helped them rescue Simmons. If you turn it upside down and squint at it. I am so sick of love triangles in general and I was prepared to be annoyed at Fitz after his initial tantrum in this episode. But then he heard Jemma’s messages to him from her phone and calmed down. And I really like the way the episode ended for them. He’s not pushing her towards a big romantic reconciliation, he’s fine with just letting things be for now and watching the sunrise (no symbolism there). From her smile, that’s just what she needed to hear. As for Will (aka Space Boyfriend) possibly being involved with or without his knowledge in some grand, ancient conspiracy…I mean, it’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Grand, ancient conspiracies happen. All in all, the thing about this story that bugged me the most this episode is that Jemma is apparently not helping Fitz trying to open the portal. I know she’s just back and getting reacclimated to normal life, but I’d really love her to be doing something to help. She was whining last week about everyone treating her with kid gloves and a few weeks ago she was shown to be desperate to rescue Will. So…what the heck, writers?
Bobbi put the kibosh on Hunter’s “Let’s kill Ward” plan. Finally, someone showing some sense about the situation. Hunter’s rage at Ward over what he did to Bobbi was making him reckless. Not to mention, if anyone deserves to kill Ward, it’s May or Daisy. And that definitely won’t happen until the end of the season at least. They need him until then to be a sinister end of episode presence.
Intel and Assets
--Whenever I hear anyone say the ATCU, I think of the ACLU and then I fall into a tangent thinking about what they’d have to say about the ATCU’s tactics.
--Coulson told Rosalind he lost his hand in a shark attack. I love that.
--Joey and his budding metal sculptor career survived the episode. Color me surprised. I thought he was a goner for sure.
--Rosalind mentioned that she lived around the corner from Ruthie’s. Ruthie’s is the restaurant from the pilot.
Bobbi: “I don’t need a knight in shining armor, I need you alive.”
Coulson: “One of my men cut it off. Saved my life.”
Rosalind: “By chopping off your hand?”
Coulson: “Kinda had to be there.”
Mack: “Really got to commit to that shotgun/ax idea.”
Coulson: “Andrew, we’re friends... or maybe just acquaintances.”
four out of four sunsets
sunbunny, who is not Mark Greig
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