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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Laws of Nature Review

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned with a shout, not a whisper, with the season three premiere entitled, “Laws of Nature.” We got a look at what the team has been up to since we last saw them, and there were some noticeable holes in the group.

The episode opened like many S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes do, with a new Inhuman running around the streets as things fall apart around him. Everything he touches melts, including scaffolding, guns, and skyscrapers. He is being hunted down by law enforcement officials, whose leader is hiding in an armored car. Luckily Mack and Skye Daisy show up just in time and are able to fly him away in a safe room that is reminiscent of the Willy Wonka elevator, minus the glass and plus padded walls. They eventually connect with the all-new aircraft for the season, aka Coulson’s new toy, which begs the question, who is funding SHIELD now that the government is against them?

CHLOE BENNET, LUKE MITCHELL

But back to inspecting the new Inhuman. We find out that his name is Joey and he has been taking fish oil, which has activated his dominant alien gene. He is, naturally, freaked out by this news and wants to leave, but Skye Daisy tries to calm him down. By the end of the episode he’s still having trouble accepting his new fate, so Skye Daisy tracks down Lincoln, because apparently he is the Inhuman whisperer.

I am going to have a really hard time getting used to this whole Daisy thing, but I appreciate the show poking fun at it by having Coulson comment on it. He says it’s going to take some getting used to and everyone else is like no, it’s fine. Well I’m Coulson and it’s not fine. We get it, Skye has gone through some changes. New hair, new outfits, new name, but they don’t have to spell it out for us.

CONSTANCE ZIMMERBack to the task at hand, SHIELD is trying to figure out how the rest of the Inhumans are disappearing, so they track down a woman who is the leader of the officials trying to capture Joey. Hey, look, it’s Constance Zimmer (Newsroom, UnREAL)! Her character, Rosalind Price, has villain written all over her, but we find out there’s another force in play. We get our first look at Lash, who was teased earlier this summer. He is just as terrifying and visually interesting as promised, but we still have no idea exactly what his motives are.

We also got a little look at what Bobbi and Hunter have been up to during the hiatus. Apparently they’re on again, but Bobbi is still stuck in the lab recovering from almost dying when she got shot last season. Not only is she trained in combat, but she’s also an expert in biology, who knew? She and Hunter might be on good terms, but is marriage in their future? Your guess is as good as mine, because that scene was confusing. Hunter gave her back her ring and fake proposed, but then was like ‘haha what if it’s not a joke?’.  I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to have a ‘normal’ love life on this show.

It was hard not to notice that a few key players were missing at the start of this episode: Fitz, Simmons, Ward, and May. Luckily, Fitz finally made an appearance and he’s gone through some changes too (thankfully without the name change). He now wears sunglasses and suits! He’s also on the hunt to find out what happened to Simmons. However, all his leads end with a note that says ‘death’ in Hebrew… that’s probably not a good sign. Coulson and Fitz have this heart-wrenching scene where he tells Fitz that he has to move on. Definitely the best scene of the episode. Many people watch this show for the action and intrigue, but I’m all about the emotions and dialogue.

The episode ended with a peek at Simmons, thank goodness! But it’s not all good news. It would appear that she is on a completely other planet (Firefly crossover please!).

Final Thoughts:

Overall this episode was pretty solid for a season premiere. Yes, things blew up and we have two potential new villains, but I was hoping for a little more. I’m still missing Ward and May…I guess. Ward is just such a great bad guy and I STILL think he can redeem himself. He can’t be all bad, right? I guess we’ll find out next week. I generally don’t like episodes that don’t include the whole team. I was also pretty disappointed that Coulson is apparently the only who gets any kind of funny lines anymore. I appreciate his one-liners, but he could share the wealth with Skye Daisy. Her Inhuman side is apparently very serious. We’ll see if we can get Ward, May and Simmons to come back and bring her humor or any humor with them.

Rating
7.5
Pros
  • Fitz doing anything he can to find Simmons
  • Constance Zimmer being villainous
  • Lash intro
Cons
  • No May, Ward and barely any Simmons
  • New Inhumans, same old problems

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