Raise your hand if you want to slap Leo Fitz.
I really liked this episode. It felt genuinely good. A part of that, no doubt, was Daisy’s brief but satisfying reunion with part of the team. I was wondering if they were going to keep her separate for the whole first half of the season and am delighted to find that they won’t.
Basing Daisy in Los Angeles gives the series something it’s never really had: a home. Even in the days of the Bus the team was rarely in one place for two episodes going. Having Daisy remain still in a single city makes the show feel different, somehow more comfortable. For some reason, the base never really felt like a home for the team, maybe because it doesn’t have a set location (although personally, I’ve always pictured it in the desert). And it has to be cheaper for the show to not have to replace license plates and bus signs on every Los Angeles street they shoot on.
As usual, I had an insane amount of love for Daisy this episode. I just adored how she used her skills as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to track down Robbie and interrogate him. I love that her superpowers aren’t all Daisy is good for. And I really liked Robbie. He had such a sense of Daisy after a single fight with her. He gets her in a way even Mack and Fitz don’t. He knows that she’s on a vengeance mission and that putting her life at risk is more of a feature than a flaw of that plan. He gets that she’s not being selfish, that she’s in real pain and, as together as she seems, is rapidly self-destructing. I really could’ve clawed Fitz’s face off when he accused her of being selfish. It reminded me so much of the way Xander reacted to Buffy when she ran away after the second season finale. “Most girls don't hop a Greyhound over boy troubles.” Way to oversimplify, Xander.
We meet S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new director and it’s sadly not a Koenig. It’s…some dude. Some Inhuman dude which totally shocked me. As soon as May hit him I was thinking robot, not Inhuman. But Inhuman he is. He’s…I don’t trust him. Part of that, no doubt, is just MCU-induced paranoia, but he seemed way too slick. We did get an answer to how he was able to gain control of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Coulson: Coulson wanted a fresh face to be in charge. I buy it, but I wonder if there’s not more going on in Coulson’s head as well.
Serious development on the ghost…contamination…whatever thing. I’m actually really enjoying this storyline. How and why did they get ghostified? Is there going to be a science fictiony explanation (FitzSimmons were already saying the tech in the box was possibly alien) or is the MCU ready to make the jump to magic just as Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters.
It sounds unbelievably harsh but I loved seeing May infected with ghostitis. Usually Ming-Na Wen is hampered by the constraints of her character to show as little emotion as physically possible, but the ghostitis let her go totally, no holds barred crazy and it was amazing to watch. A big gold acting star from me. And what does the director have in store for her? Is he trying to help or selling her out? It made me uncomfortable the way he froze out Coulson because he was too close to see the situation clearly. Let me have my Philinda!
The director, whose only given name in this episode is “Jeffrey” is rumored to be (possible spoilers in white) Jeffrey Mace, who, in the comics, is a Captain America (one of several Captain Americas besides Steve Rogers). Now, Director Jeffrey specifically mentioned Steve Rogers as having gone AWOL in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. Foreshadowing or false flag? We’ll have to keep watching to find out…
Intel and Assets
Who loved seeing a woman in her fifties kick everyone’s ass? I certainly did.
Coulson: “This room…does it seem…”
May: “Like it was decorated by someone who needs to unclench?”
Director: “Phil, it’s okay. She was your friend. Loyalty’s a good thing.”
Coulson: “But I had a whole speech ready.”
three and a half out of four Mays infected with ghostitis
N.B.: The next two Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reviews will be late as I am going on vacation. :)
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