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This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,“A Wanted (Inhu)Man”, not only featured a manhunt, but also a flight club and even some romance. The episode was a little all over the place, but we still got some valuable information.
The manhunt in question was all about which team could capture Lincoln first. Ever since the hospital incident in the season premiere, he has been in hiding and on the run. He does not trust anyone, not even Daisy, who was his protege last season. When they finally met up, they shared a kiss, which seemed to help Lincoln trust her but I just found it odd. I am just not a fan of Lincoln this season. When he first appeared to help Daisy when she initially got her powers, he was confident and in control, but now he seems like a lost puppy dog. I understand the change in personality, but it just doesn’t interest me. In the end, he escaped even though Coulson made a deal to hand him over in order to keep Daisy safe. I understand Coulson trying to protect Daisy all the time, but she seems pretty self-sufficient. It’s time to take off the training wheels, Coulson.
This episode also continues Hunter and May’s quest to kill Ward. They ended up in Massachusetts, of all places, in what appeared to be a fight club basement. I loved the line, “Are there any rules I need to know about before we start?” Once again, not really interested in this storyline since all that seems to happen is action sequences, fighting and unclear personal conversations. May hinted that she and Andrew might actually still be together, while Hunter is with Bobbi but still constantly lying all the time. I understand their need to get revenge on Ward, but I feel like if they wait long enough, he will come to them. Seeing Hunter get beaten up was just way to painful, but he seemed to think it was worth it, since he got one step closer to Hydra. The only good part about this plot was when they used subtitles for the Irish accents, both helpful and hilarious.
This was also the first episode with Simmons and Fitz reunited. Simmons continues struggling with getting used to life on Earth again. I really loved how they were able to show her discomfort visually. Loud noises and sudden movements were amplified to show how painful and jarring they were for her. Fitz did his best to help her feel comfortable, including taking her to a restaurant that he completely booked so they could have dinner without distractions. It was heartwarming, but then quickly became heartbreaking when Simmons started crying from being overwhelmed by the menu- girl, I can relate. It clearly isn’t easy switching planets. Fitz and Simmons just can’t catch a break. One of them is always having an emotional breakdown. I did really appreciate the Coulson’s statement about mental health being just as important as physical health. It’s so true, especially with these two. I really love how Fitz has changed this season. He’s becoming a strong and confident character, which makes him seem like an even more valuable member of the team.
Unfortunately, there was no Ward this episode, but we did get a closer look at what Rosalind Price is up to. She was put in charge of the wrangling the Inhumans to help keep society safe, but she isn’t very successful. I have to say that her witty banter with Coulson was one of the highlights of this episode. They have more chemistry than Lincoln and Daisy. She’s quick-witted and clever, while also being sort of evil, but I like her. She doesn’t seem like a complete villain to me, but the Whedonverse has always been good at giving villains so many dimensions that you agree with them once in awhile (Dr. Horrible, Spike, etc).
I also have to add that even though he is sometimes overlooked, I really like Mack. He’s kind of the crutch of the team and really holds them together. He was so sweet with Fitz last season and now he’s protecting Daisy and keeping her kiss with Lincoln secret. He’s definitely a valuable member to this little makeshift team.
Overall, this was a good episode, but it wasn’t great. The only storyline I was really invested in was Fitz and Simmons spending time together. I am eager to find out what Simmons will remember from that planet and if anything will come of that. I was especially excited when Simmons declared that she has to find a way to go back at the very end of the episode. She is traumatized so she must have a pretty good excuse for wanting to return.
I also like the scenes with Rosalind, I hope she continues to be a major part of this season. I’m still not quite sure what she is up to, but her scenes with Coulson are A+.