As a season starts to wind down you tend to get a lot of episodes like this. Episodes where the heroes run around and around doing this and that and end up achieving nothing, their actions proving so futile they might as well have not bothered at all.
By the end this episode Team Save Daisy was no closer to saving her and stopping Hive than it was at the start. With the finale only a few episodes away we're at the stage where everything has to go wrong for our heroes so that the bad guys can come within spitting distance of achieving their goal. No one ever defuses a bomb with an hour left on the clock. Because storytelling conventions demand it, we have to see our heroes lose before we see them save the day at the last second. Which can make for a frustrating viewing experience. Just once I'd like to see a bad guy taken down before they get a chance to set their evil plan in motion. I know that might not be the most dramatic solution, but after seeing the same thing over and over again, a change would be nice.
Poor Daisy. Her crazy stalker ex-something has come back from the dead and has her under his control. Jesus, even when dead and possessed by a Inhuman parasite Grant Ward still can't take "fuck off and die" for an answer. She is living Jessica Jones' worst nightmare right now and she doesn't even know it. Or does she? I am still a little fuzzy on exactly how Hive's powers work, so bear with me. From what I gather Hive does what A.L.I.E. is currently doing on The 100 and Spock's brother did in Star Trek V: taking away pain so people are really, really happy and more susceptible to its influence. Does that mean that Hive's victims -- that's the term I'm going with -- actually have some form of self control? Could someone break free if their will was strong enough or would the parasites kill them if they did?
Of all the Inhumans currently under Hive's thrall, Daisy seems to be the least assimilated. She might be snuggling up to her kidnapper (did anyone else shudder at that moment?) but there is a conflict and a sadness behind her eyes. Is there still some part of her fighting to be free of Hive? She didn't destroy the base even though she could've done. Or maybe this is Hive or some remnant of Grant Ward that wants everyone to live so they can all be one big mind controlled family. Because that is Hive's endgame, right? Either it is looking for a way to expand its abilities so it can infect humans as well as Inhumans, or it is looking for a way to turn humans into Inhumans and get the same result.
Coulson and May were on the warpath this week. Hive took their daughter and that is a big no no. You can steal their plane, you can trash their home, you can even touch Lola, but you do not brainwash their little girl. Coulson's paternal love for Daisy does affect his judgement and I am glad that May called him out on his double standards. It was unfair of him to hand her Lincoln's kill switch, especially when he was on the mission, too. He more than anyone should know that May is not the emotionless killing machine she appears to be. Just because she was able to shoot Andrew doesn't mean she is going to be okay with killing her teammates, too.
I found it strange that the supposed fall of HYDRA was relegated to a d-plot. Are they seriously expecting us to believe that the primary antagonist of this series up until this point was taken down for good off screen by Glenn Talbot? Sorry, nice try, but I'm not buying it. What is this, like the fourth time they've apparently taken down HYDRA for good? It won't last. As soon as the Hive threat is dealt with another HYDRA cell will pop up, lead by some special guest star (Michael Emerson would be my choice) to cause all sort of trouble next season. The end of HYDRA? Pull the other one.
|Ant-Man's sudden appearance was a surprise to all.|
--Hive called Daisy Skye because that is what Ward knew her by. He never found out she changed her name.
--As nice as it is to see John Hannah on the show, I sense he is going to be wasted in a generic scientist role. And those transhumanists were just a tamer version of Orphan Black's Neolutionists.
--And Simmons was dressed like she was appearing in an 80s pop video because...?
--When he's alone Coulson totally plays Captain America with his new shield.
--I loved that Lincoln sees May and Coulson as Daisy's mom and dad.
--Directors sure do love their single take tracking shots.
May: "You really are a stubborn bastard."
Coulson: "It's why we get along so well,"
May: "I’ll do your dirty work, Phil, but don’t you dare pretend your hands are clean."
Two and a half out of four Kree thingamajigs.
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