Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3 Premiere Review: The One With Inhumans, Daisy Johnson and Badass Fitzby Luciana / September 30, 2015
What an amazing Agents of SHIELD season premiere! Last night’s “Laws of Nature” introduced a whole new aspect of the show with powered people – or Inhumans, as they are called – popping up due to the Terrigenesis contamination to the planet’s ecossystem.
In case you don’t remember, season 2 ended with Skye’s mother Jiaying trying to kill everyone in SHIELD and spread the compound that activates the dormant alien gene in the unknown Inhumans of the world. Skye and her father managed to stop her crazy mother, but not before the Terrigenesis crystals fell into the ocean, effectively contaminating everything in sight. Also, Coulson lost his hand, Ward tortured Bobbi and Simmons mysteriously vanished inside the monolith.
So when we meet our favorite agents again, some time has passed. Bobbi is on the mend – although still in rehabilitation – Simmons is still missing, which most of the team has accepted, except for Fitz; Agent May took some time off and has yet to return; Coulson is still struggling with his new hand, having gone through three versions of the prosthetic one; and Skye has completely embraced her birth identity of Daisy Johnson and has taken point in the team searching for the Inhumans, along with Mack and Hunter.
The episode opens with Joey, a brand new Inhuman, who has the very dangerous ability to melt metal, basically freaking out about his new power, which causes complete chaos in the city. When he tries to get to a hospital, a black ops team intercepts him and tries to take him out, but the SHIELD team – with
Skye Daisy, Mack and Hunter – come to his rescue and manage to extract him and take him into a brand new bus. This was a great moment because it immediately established Skye’s new (original?) identity as she introduces herself to Joey and how much in control of her abilities she is now. I am not sure how much time has passed since the battle against her mother, but she sure seems to have gained control of her powers. Also, Daisy, Mack and Hunter? Amazing team and some really great one liners in those first five minutes alone.
“Laws of Nature” explored the struggle an Inhuman goes through once their alien genes are activated and their abilities start to show. Joey has a really tough time accepting that he would have to leave his life – where he was finally happy and comfortable in his own skin, after coming out as gay – behind for his own safety and that of others.
Although Daisy has done a remarkable job herself of pulling herself together and gaining control of her powers, she struggles to get through to Joey. So she seeks out Lincoln – and we learn that he decided to leave the Inhuman life behind and is now working as a doctor in a hospital – for help, because he was the one who helped her through the process of acceptance of her new found powers and she knows he is the only one who can help them with Joey and any other volatile Inhumans that they are bound to find.
Except Lincoln doesn’t want anything to do with them and is happy to tell Daisy and Mack to get the hell out of his life. That not so happy reunion is suddenly interrupted when a powerful Inhuman, who apparently suffered a physical transformation even more bizarre than Raina’s, shows up at the hospital looking for other Inhumans, apparently to take them out.
There is an amazing battle between Lash and Daisy, Lincoln and Mack and it was one of the first times that we got to actually witness a powered confrontation between Inhumans that was visually breathtaking. The scene was so ridiculously awesome and really, really well done, so hats off to the special effects team. Lincoln and Daisy manage to win this round, but Lash escapes before they can do anything. Lincoln runs soon after that, because one of his colleagues witnessed the powered showdown and turned him in as an Inhuman. Daisy begs him to go back to SHIELD with them, but he refuses and leaves.
I am not very well-versed in Marvel Comics canon, so I don’t know what Lash’s motivation really is, but I am definitely very interested to find out. Especially because he is – until now – an unknown third party that is chasing the Inhumans. SHIELD wants to rescue, train and protect them; ACTU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit), a government based agency that wants to detain them; and Lash, who wants them all dead, apparently.
That leads us to the super cool showdown between Coulson and Rosalind, the mysterious leader of the rival organization. They have both done their homework on each other, but this time Coulson gets the upper hand (no pun intended, I swear) and manages to escape with Hunter, after Rosalind and her team trapped them in the subway for a not so friendly chat. Before that happened, however, they were both surprised to discover that neither organization is responsible for the dead Inhumans.
Far from the chaos of the search for the newly powered people, our dear Fitz still hasn’t given up on finding out what the heck happened to Jemma. He went to Morocco to chase down one last lead about the monolith that swallowed Simmons and never spat her out. He goes head to head against a powerful Arabic leader and he was so badass in a completely adorable and endearing way that, while I was totally cheering him on, I just wanted to hug him. He manages to get the artifact that supposedly would tell him the properties of the monolith, but his search only reveals a parchment with one word in Hebrew – death.
That entire scene with Coulson telling him he needs to let go and they need to notify Jemma’s parents was so heartbreaking. Even though I loved everything about this episode, that moment was by far my favorite, because honestly? Iain de Caestecker deserves all the awards. That last scene where he shoots the box protecting the monolith and proceeds to hit the stone and just break down in grief was one of the most powerful scenes I have ever seen.
And that leads us to Jemma! The final scene shows Simmons running for her life, apparently in another planet in some unknown corner of the universe. Where is she? How did she get there? And how long has she been there? Because Fitz mentioned that the monolith was essentially black matter, which was essentially a black hole, which could be a pathway in space and time. Yeah, my mind is exploding too.
Is it next Tuesday yet?