Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Midseason Premiere Review: Chillin' Like a Villain

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03E11: "Bouncing Back"

ABC's decision to bisect Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D. into fall and spring runs in Season 2 allowed the show to tell two distinct but related chapters in the show's ongoing saga, and it worked out quite well because it gave the show a clear objective to work toward each half-season. The show's third season has been similarly structured, with the alien planet, Simmons' time there, the awakening of Inhumans all over the world, and the rebuilding of Hydra all working toward the introduction of Hive and its arrival on Earth in the second half of the season. 

Unfortunately, that meant the creation of Daisy's Inhuman team, a storyline first introduced at the end of Season 2 and confirmed to be the Secret Warriors arc from the comics prior to Season 3, felt mostly like an afterthought during the first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s third season. It was smart to not try to shoehorn it in with the rest of the show's intricate and interconnected plots, but given the way it was announced leading up to the beginning of the season, the clear lack of development as the season got underway was a little surprising. Thankfully, the story earned top billing in "Bouncing Back," the show's first episode since the beginning of December, and the first episode since Coulson crushed Ward to death and the parasitic Inhuman took over his body and hitched a ride back to Earth. 

"Bouncing Back" was a fine enough return to the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. on its own, but in comparison to the monumental events of the midseason finale, it felt a little underwhelming. That being said, a quieter, more grounded episode that eased us back into the action and primarily focused on the introduction of Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez, a.k.a. the show's version of the Inhuman Slingshot, may have been for the best. Not everything can be "Maveth" and not everything should be (especially since S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't even know that the creature had somehow traveled through the portal after them). 

The urge to launch right into Hive's story—Hive being the parasitic Inhuman that's now wearing Ward's body like a meatsuit—was likely strong, but by returning the focus to more S.H.I.E.L.D.-y affairs in the midseason premiere, the series allowed the humanity of its story to peek through as it slowly builds toward the climax of the second half of the season (which, given that flash forward that opened the episode and the cross necklace seen floating in the ship, it looks like the Secret Warriors are headed to space in three months). There are emotional repercussions for both Coulson and Fitz that have to be dealt with before this new character that looks like Ward, has all of Ward's memories, but is not Ward should come into play on a larger stage, and so the decision to allow time for those arcs to develop was the right one.

The introduction of speedster Elena took Daisy, Mack, Hunter, and Bobbi to Colombia, and Elena's decision to remain there to help her people instead of signing on as a full-time team member helped to drive home the idea that Inhumans have been awakening all over the world thanks to the fish oil pills, or as Hunter put it, "one tainted fish taco," and not just in the U.S. or even North America. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. settled into a more serialized story toward the end of Season 1, the scope of the series began to feel a little insular even though the team was taking on global threats, traveling to underground temples, and journeying through portals to other planets. We knew they were always working toward saving and protecting the world, but we haven't gotten to see much of that outside world lately, and so it was nice to see the show take on Elena's story as Hive and Hydra took a backseat. 

It was nicer still to see Elena's innate desire was to help people through her powers, which she believed were a gift from God, but which we know, thanks to a helpful bit of exposition from Lincoln, were part of an evolutionary need to create equilibrium within the species. So Elena was given a handy S.H.I.E.L.D. wristwatch that she could use to contact the team, or they could use to contact her, and everyone went on their merry ways until inevitably one of them will need to call the other for help. The main takeaway here was that Daisy didn't want to force anyone to put their real lives on hold for S.H.I.E.L.D., and her reasoning was that they could still be a team even when they weren't in the same place because when she was a hacker, she and her team were super tight and they weren't even on the same continent. I'm not really sure that's comparing apples to apples, Daisy, but whatever. She allowed Elena to stay in Colombia and let Joey off the hook for a while so he could have a normal life. 

Meanwhile, Lincoln, who could have returned to his former life as a doctor since he was no longer being hunted by the law, decided he wasn't leaving because he'd rather be within kissing distance of Daisy. I mean, sure. I'd kind of forgotten this was a thing, but maybe Lincoln will become more interesting as a result? It's a little frustrating because Lincoln is still not an electrifying force on the series; even after all this time he still feels like eye candy whose only purpose is to be good looking and deliver exposition about the Inhumans when the story calls for it. I appreciate a handsome face as much as the next person with eyeballs, but the lack of story momentum for his character is one of the reasons I'm grateful the Secret Warriors arc appears to finally be coming into play. Still, I do appreciate that Lincoln seems to have become a voice of moral clarity for the show. When Coulson decided to take Werner von Strucker on a trip to T.A.H.I.T.I. to find out information about Powers Boothe and his brain was stuck on a loop in a moment of trauma, Lincoln was rightfully apprehensive about using his powers to shock him out of it. As S.H.I.E.L.D. dives further and further into this world of Inhumans, powers, Hive, and moral questions of right and wrong, there needs to be a voice—even if it's eventually quieted—that says, "Hey, uh, guys? Are we sure this is a good idea?" 


And even bigger moral questions played a role in Coulson's arc in the B-Story of "Bouncing Back." In my review of "Maveth," I discussed the idea that Coulson's decision to kill Ward rather than leave his wounded body to die on that planet meant he'd fallen a bit from the pedestal upon which we once placed him—which, honestly, was to be expected given the path he was on and the decisions he had to make once he became director. But I was angry because of my own expectations for the character—Coulson is supposed to be the good guy with all the right answers!—and although time away has certainly dulled that initial response, I'm also happy to see that Coulson wasn't left unaffected by that decision.

No matter your stance on Coulson's actions that day, the simple fact of the matter was that Coulson made a choice on that planet and he's going to have to live with that choice for the rest of his life. Whatever drove him to do it, whether it was Rosalind's death or the trail of bodies Ward had left in his wake, in the end he chose to intimately crush Ward to death. If Coulson had felt nothing in the aftermath of those events, if he had gone about his business like it was nothing, I'd have been very concerned about Coulson's state of mind and probably would have been bothered in much the same way I was bothered when it initially happened. But the the fact that he's questioning his actions and can't let them go is a good thing, and shows that maybe he hadn't fallen quite as far as it appeared upon first glance. 

At the end of the episode, May told Coulson, "Maybe you’re not supposed to get over it. Some things you can’t move past. They scar you, change you permanently." And she's right. Ward's death should scar him. May isn't exactly a picture perfect example of a well-adjusted human being, but she's been where Coulson is now. She has invisible scars from the things she's had to do for the greater good, and I look forward to not just the show's further exploration of who Coulson has become as a member of the cavalry, but how May will help him through it. After all, he's still a hero, he's capable of doing what needs to be done, and he's not shrugging any of it off. He carries a heavy burden and watching how that affects him and affects his path moving forward as he takes on Powers Boothe and Hydra should be an interesting character study.

Of course, it was easy for "Bouncing Back" to focus on the humanity of Coulson when he had no knowledge that Hive had followed him back through the portal to Earth. For all he and Fitz knew, they had succeeded in killing and/or trapping the creature on that hellish landscape with Will's ashen remains and Ward's decomposing corpse. But in actuality, Hive was watching TV, stuffing his face, and chillin' like a villain in Powers Boothe's super secret, no good guys allowed clubhouse. I mean, look, Hive had a pretty nice set up going on, even if he was chowing on some meats I'd never touch and studying humanity via television. He was weak given that he had spent hundreds of years attempting to sustain himself on the bodies of the sacrifices Hydra managed to send through the portal over the years, and to be honest, if I were him, I'd have probably relaxed on that sofa for weeks while the Chairman from Iron Chef brought me food. But I am not a parasitic Inhuman with nefarious plans either. 

It's hard to judge Hive from what little screentime we've seen so far, and I'm not sure what he actually wants or how his agenda will merge with Hydra's, but I am interested in watching how Brett Dalton will play yet another character. There was a stark difference between Agent Handsome and Ward 2.0—a welcome one, too, because Dalton really came alive once he was no longer saddled with being a stiff, bland hero—and then there were several more smaller changes as the character evolved depending on his agenda and where his allegiance was. Now Dalton is playing another character, one with Ward's face but who is not in any way a version of the Ward we knew. Hive does have access to all of Ward's memories, though—will Ward's agenda against Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. come into play?—so it'll be interesting to see how this twisted story plays out and whether the fact that Hive is wearing Ward's face has any effect on our heroes.

Even though Fitz knew that the being he thought he killed on the planet wasn't Will, he was still blaming himself for letting down Simmons. I was worried she was going to be the one to push Fitz away, not the other way around, so thank goodness she realized he was being ridiculous and made the move to cross the chasm between them. The writing for these two continues to be one of the strongest, best-supported stories of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I continue to marvel at how mature some of their reactions tend to be. Despite knowing better, television has conditioned me to believe that emotional arcs have to be filled with drama and drawn out, but this season they've come so far and there's no need to drag out parts of their story. Hopefully this new beginning will only lead to more of the same, emotional storytelling that colored the first half of Season 3.



DECLASSIFIED CASE FILES

– Coulson also met with Sheriff Valenti President Ellis to discuss the future of S.H.I.E.L.D., but because the public hasn't just forgotten about the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and probably because Civil War won't premiere for another two months), Ellis refused to publicly support Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. Privately he gave them the go ahead to keep doing what they'd been doing and also appointed Talbot to be the new face of the A.T.C.U. in the wake of Rosalind's death, which is great for men with outrageous facial hair everywhere, but maybe not so great for Coulson.

– Mack continues to grow stronger every week. I talked a lot about his transformation since the second season in my midseason finale review, and my love for the character only continued to grow this week. I appreciate the time they've spent on his character, and again, I'm not wishing ill will on anyone, but he's become a very fine leader.

– The hold music that played when Coulson was calling Powers Boothe: perfection.

– Hunter took a tainted fish oil pill to see if he was an Inhuman. "I was just curious!"

– "All it takes is one tainted fish taco…"

Hunter: "Invisibility. Imagine the possibilities." Bobbi: "What are you imagining?" Hunter: "Nothing fun!"

Hunter: "Her?" Mack: "Don’t make me crush you."

– "You’ve been nothing less than extraordinary this whole time."


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Mar 12, 2016
I think this was a fine episode. I like Yo.yo and I am glad for once they have actors that are native or used to speak Spanish. They sound natural, by contrast with many Latino actors who noticeable struggle with Spanish, because they don't usually speak it.
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Mar 11, 2016
Did the show name the Inhuman villain as Hive? I don't remember. In the comics I think Hive was made by Hydra, not an Inhuman. I've seen speculation at the time of earlier episodes that Ward 3.0 could be The Unspoken or a number of other MCU characters. Just curious.

I'm also a little stumped on how the Inhumans are basically humans with powers, but this thing is basically a slug that wears people? I'm gonna need some explanation from the show about that one. Of course there's always the possibility that it's not an inhuman at all and Malick doesn't know what he's talking about.
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Mar 11, 2016
Not to minimise Brett Dalton's skills but Ward's makeup alone sold the death character for me. It's like when Angel turned bad on Buffy and he actually lived up to his reputation by staging Giles' house. I'm still so and so about knowing once this evil goes, Ward is done for good (could have gone other ways...), but I accept to fear this creature: CREEPY!
Not enough Fitz (never enough Fitz :p), more May too.
LOVED the quicksilver chica, hope she doesn't die on us :) (though it's either that or she's really gone, her powers make it too easy for whichever team she's on)
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Mar 11, 2016
My personal theory: The person in space - seemingly bleeding and exploding - is Mack. I really hope I'm wrong, but the thing with the necklace is too obvious a red herring. Seeing as Mack established having faith of his own, I have a feeling that he will either volunteer or be forced to go into space - probably with Hive - and sacrifice himself. The necklace having been given to him by Yoyo, with whom he has a clear connection with.
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Mar 11, 2016
AoS seems like low grade x men no is kinda shit. The conversation with the president was hilarious and shows how the rest of the MCU feels about AoS.
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Mar 10, 2016
Hey Kaitlin as the resident Agent Carter fan any inside info regarding all the rumours about it getting a 3rd season!

I'm glad to have AoS back though.
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Mar 10, 2016
Ugh. I really hope Hunter and Bobbi's spin-off doesn't get made/doesn't last. They are such awesome support characters on AoS, and I'll definitely miss their (more specifically Hunter, because he's hilarious with pretty much everyone) banter and amusing conversations.
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Mar 10, 2016
They really have done a number on Brett Dalton haven't they? great make-up

Mack finally got a chance to shine (and be likeable)

IGN said that Bobbi/Hunter fish oil scene felt lacking and should have been a subplot - more evidence why critics need to shut their mouths - a subplot? on what may i ask? it was just a fun conversation - that is all that needed to be said

It wasn't a groundbreaking episode but i didn't expect it to be - great return episode IMO
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Mar 10, 2016
'Twas a bit boring...

But was very happy the actress that plays 'The Yo-yo" does speak Spanish fluently and does not sound Mexican (don't want to be disrespectful to Mexicans it is just that there are 12+ countries in Latin America that speak Spanish and the accents are very diverse)
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Mar 18, 2016
Don't sound mexican? Are you kidding? She doesn't sound colombian at all; you can compare the accent with the one of Joe who is colombian.
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Mar 19, 2016
I didn't say she sounded Colombian dear... :-P
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Mar 10, 2016
I am so unhappy about Joey leaving, he was a gay character of colour, that is so hard to come by...
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Mar 10, 2016
Wait. He's gone as in gone for good? I thought Daisy meant he was allowed to get in touch with his family again, but would still be a part of her new team on a regular basis.

I might've missed something though, because I wasn't fully paying attention at the end there (multitasking, ugh).
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Mar 10, 2016
He is not gone.Just like YoYo he is allowed to go back to his life and do things on his own till something requiring the whole team happens. Its no different from how Avengers handle stuff.
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Mar 11, 2016
Oh, okay. I thought he had been sequestered from his family/old life or something, and that he was being allowed to get back in touch with the people form his past. However, I thought that was kind of a throwaway plot-point to show that Daisy and her team aren't dicks, and that Joey would still be physically present every week as a part of the team.

Thanks for clarifying that for me!
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Mar 10, 2016
Okay excuse that Hive is weak, so he can't choose a new meatsuit and leave the damaged Ward's body just yet. Besides that, a good episode.
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Mar 10, 2016
Hive wasn't only weak because of Ward's damaged body, I believe they specifically said that he was weak because he was trying to sustain himself on the few sacrifices that Hydra managed to get through to him over the years.
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Mar 11, 2016
I got it! I just thought that in a planet with 7+ billion people, if I was a parasite-like thing, I would prefer a brand new killed body than some with the chest crushed haha
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Mar 09, 2016
I wasn't really onboard with the spinoff involving Hunter and Bobbi until this episode...They do have great chemistry and they are both great for different reasons...I think it could work given a decent premise. It would help thin the cast while keeping good characters around, just not around.
Also could always join the crossover wave.
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Mar 09, 2016
I imagine a TV show with Hunter, Felicity, Cisco, Fitz and Simmons. It would have being super entertaining and hilarious.
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Mar 10, 2016
Oh good god, no. Cisco and Felicity are so goddam cringeworthy, the awful acting + poor writing is something I would not like to see in S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Mar 10, 2016
How about no? Felicity already made one show unwatchable, no need to have her pollute Marvel too.
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Mar 10, 2016
Pollute? The Arrow? What show are you watching? Felicity brings humor to a show which has become boring, soapy dramatic (in the worst way possible) and dialogues seem to be taken from a book called "the most used cliches written for TV shows".
Without Felicity there is no Arrow. Like without Cisco there would be no Flash.
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Mar 10, 2016
Felicity originally a quirky and fun side character, literally hogged down the screentime of every character(including the supposed female lead, you know one of the most famous female heroes in DC).
By the time I dropped that godawful teen soap,she was a 100% annoying mary sue.
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Mar 09, 2016
It is the equilibrium that is "evolutionarily" stable. Once it is fixed in a population, natural selection alone is sufficient to prevent alternative (mutant) strategies from invading successfully.

So it's anything but the need for equilibrium if suddenly people with powers show up. Guess tv shows don't understand human biological evolution. And it's only a model so it's not edged in stone.
My guess is the aliens. The aliens are disturbing the equilibrium for some reason.

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Mar 10, 2016
Happily comic book science doesn't have to follow real world science. The comic book way lets us indulge our perpetual need to answer the question: 'What If?'
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Mar 09, 2016
Very good comeback. It was a really busy episode on all fronts, but it was very good!

Yo-Yo seems to be a cool addition! She and Mack had a good on-screen chemistry; I'm not implying or suggesting anything here. I just liked their scenes Thumbs up for Elena!

That was one cool hand you've built for Coulson, Fitz! I wonder if you got more toys - hidden under your bed - to surprise us with,!!!

Hunter, rocks! The scene he was complaining with Bobbi about how unfair inhuman powers are, was so fun and so realistic at the same time. Who wouldn't complain if he/she was in their shoes?

Coulson is building new alliances, lets hope that he won't regret it. Well... even if he regrets it will be fun for us - the audience!

I don't care much about the Daisy/Lincoln and Fitz/Simmons romance. But if I have to say something is that the first feels forced to exist, while the second is forced to relive! Guys, I wish you the best and I won't bother with your escapades till the end of the season!

It was a great mid-season premiere! I had lots of fun!
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Mar 09, 2016
I didn't mention Ward above as the following gif is worth a thousand words...
#Creeeeeeeeeeeepy!


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Mar 09, 2016
#A_taste_of_his_own_medicine
(Last season he had Hunter at the same position)


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Mar 09, 2016
#Nowhere_fast

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Mar 09, 2016
I loved that, they really captured the feeling of an angry wasp stuck in a jar :)
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Mar 09, 2016
Maybe third time's the charm for Ward because I have never warmed up to Brett Dalton's Agent Bland or Ward 2.0.
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Mar 09, 2016
Well this was a bit slower than expected, but I am okay with it slowly building up to the epic things down the line. I really don't know if I like Gemma's silly request to start over w/ Fitz. Like the last THREE damn years didn't happen!? PUHLEESE! All I could think when she stretched out her hand to re-introduce herself to Fitz was "Oh don't be ridiculous!" But I have enough patience and trust in the writers NOT to do these developed characters( I'm still rooting for these two to be a thing by series end;-) wrong! Lincoln is still dull to me, Daisy & Mack have WAY better chemistry IMHO, but whatev's Mack can lead, but not "Static Shock" anyone!? I guess that's cool w/ me:-/

I don't know how I'm liking the extra attention being given to Hunter and Bobbi, knowing the MCU is slowly building up their spin off for next year. IDK, they are REALLY funny lately – Hunter took a tainted fish oil pill to see if he was an Inhuman. "I was just curious!" but knowing they are leaving the show soon, just leaves a bad taste in my mouth w/ all attention granted. You know, why bother if they aren't sticking around, is all I'm sayin'? Probably will watch the Marvel's Most UN-Wanted show waaaay slower than I am on getting through Jessica Jones! HECK I BARELY MADE IT HALFWAY THROUGH EP. 8 & DD starts next week, so I REALLY have to hurry and get caught up:-/

All in all decent comeback to one of my favorite shows, and I'll give " Bouncing Back" a B-. PS Who else GoT the Teen Titans FINAL season
VIBE from this episode w/ giving new members of the team communicators to call if they needed help & Vice Versa!?
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Mar 09, 2016
I don't think it's ridiculous for Simmons to approach it that way at all. It doesn't erase or take away all they've been through. It's just an acknowledgement that a lot has happened and getting back to where a constant exists.

Think of it like this, a person has their home, okay... and that's a place of "constant" in their life... they find themselves in this wild adventure where all kinds of things happens. Or even something like Back to the Future where Marty's time is a similar concept of that time/their home and Marty is off on this wild adventure in a different time and place but eventually they end up back at home. Back to that constant.

Basically, what i mean to say is they ended up back home but that doesn't mean there wasn't progress, that doesn't mean it erased or changed what happened because they ended up back at a constant place.
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Mar 09, 2016
Sort of like a yo-yo now that i think about it. Heh. Like a theme to the episode in a way.
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Mar 09, 2016
"I appreciate a handsome face as much as the next person with eyeballs, but the lack of story momentum for [Lincoln's] character..."

Yeah, cause your acceptance of superficial characters serving no purpose was all used up by Agent Handsome and The Beard...

Speaking of which

"It's hard to judge Hive from what little screentime we've seen so far, and I'm not sure what he actually wants or how his agenda will merge with Hydra's, but I am interested in watching how Brett Dalton will play yet another character."

I'm pretty sure you're interested in watching Brett Dalton watching paint dry.

The only upside to him being a meat suit for Hive is that I think there's literally nowhere else for "Ward" to go. Once defeated, that's it, Ward's dead. I mean, it's not like they're going to go out of their way to find a method to kill Hive while keeping Ward's body alive...right?

"Coulson also met with Sheriff Valenti.."

OMG, a Roswell reset?!? In case anybody needed any more reason to ❤ Kaitlin Thomas.

You're officially forgiven for that crazy super hero 10 list debacle...cause, you know, I know my disapproval was keeping you up at night ;)
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Mar 09, 2016
Well, if it's any consolation i read a recent interview that said Lincoln is going to get much more development upcoming.
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Mar 10, 2016
But the big question is, will he be growing a beard to make up for when Ward is once and for all, killed off for good? :)
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Mar 09, 2016
Hey, don't knock the Beard. That thing had powers before anyone else on this show.
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Mar 09, 2016
So Ward might have been an Inhuman long before this story arc with the ability to remove panties at a single glance? No wonder Hunter was popping fish oil pills.
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Mar 09, 2016
Also, I will drop a Roswell reference any chance I get. Colin Hanks called me out on Twitter during the first season of Fargo when I referenced him playing Alex, like as if the fact Roswell aired a long time ago somehow mattered. #NeverForget
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Mar 10, 2016
Called you out as in, "Nice Roswell reset!" or called out as it, "Don't associate me with that show...I'm too good for that now"? It had better be the former. Adding him to Katherine Heigl, Emilie de Ravin and Julie Benz...those are some pretty decent careers stemming from the little show that could.

Weird though that the original Stefan Salvator and Elena Gilbert never really found any success.

Thinking I might have to binge re-watch it at some point...just cause
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Mar 10, 2016
"Hey Colin! When your resume reads as well as your old man's, THEN you can chirp. Until then, just be happy people are talking about you in a positive light...jerk!"

I saw Majandra Delfino on on Late Night with Craig Kilborn and she struck me as being apathetic about acting. "I got offered this pretty cool job and I took it, but if it ended tomorrow, I'd be okay with that".

While nothing regular, I figure Brendan Fehr's gotten enough work to be considered somewhat successful. Certainly enough to earn a living.

Jason Behr & Shiri Appleby, Tom Welling & Kristin Kreuk...sorta tough sledding for brunette, lead, love interests on WB/CW shows. Paul Wesley & Nina Dobrev, pay attention! I'd hate to see either of you relegated to Beauty & The Beast
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Mar 10, 2016
It was sadly more of the latter than the former, but not that he didn't want to be associated with it, just like "Hey, that was 15 years ago? Can we please talk about this thing I'm doing now?"

I do have to wonder WTF Jason Behr is doing these days. And Majandra Delfino, too. She had that failed sitcom a couple of years ago but hasn't really had much success. Shiri Appleby has at least got UnREAL right now, and she had Life Unexpected for a little while. And Nick Wechsler was on Revenge (poor guy?). And Brendan Fehr has The Night Shift now, which seems to be doing okay for NBC. He almost kicked me in the face on a plane to Austin once. But yeah, a lot of people have done pretty well coming out of Roswell.
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Mar 09, 2016
Hunter and Mack gave good laugh-worthy fun moments. Loved the chemistry.
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Mar 09, 2016
Absolutely everything goes better with Hunter :)
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Mar 09, 2016
This whole ATCU/Shield setup seems destined to blow up in their faces, either the secret comes out or the continued narrative of inhumans being bad will cause too many issues itself.

The situation reminds me of when the original X-Men came back in the X-Factor comics and publicly they were humans hunting mutants while at the same time being a superhero team at the same time, it ended pretty badly due to the conflict between public and secret agendas.

As far as the letting Yo-yo stay at home plan, it won't last many (if any) episodes with Hydra trying to hoover up inhumans, but any gap will allow them to explain her having learned english since you assume that they won't want to subtitle a recurring character.

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Mar 09, 2016
Eh, they could do a lot worse than Talbot. Talbot is many things but at least HYDRA is not one of them
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Mar 09, 2016
Where you say Sheriff Valenti, I say Section 31 Agent Luther Sloan, but that's fine...William Sadler has been busy!
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Mar 09, 2016
What was Hive/Ward 3.0 eating? Raw steak, liver, and other animal parts? I would think he'd want a whole pig or goat.
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Mar 09, 2016
I so wanted him to eat an Inhuman :)
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Mar 10, 2016
I honestly thought they were going to feed him the Inhuman they captured in Columbia!
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Mar 09, 2016
I think the Asian gentleman he was talking to suspected that was on the table!
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Mar 09, 2016
This was a great start after the hiatus! I think we needed a breather after what happened in Maveth. And Mack was awesome!!! I loved Yo-Yo, and I especially loved her sense of morality and how she felt about her abilities.

Hunter, I'm with you on the fish oil bit.

Agent Handsome never looked so good..NOT!!! Hehehe, couldn't happen to a more deserving bit of slime mold. I love that Ward was never redeemed, because that may have destroyed this series for me.

FitzSimmons is back!!!!!!
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Mar 09, 2016
So who does the public think was flying that helicarrier and rescuing people in Avengers: the age of ultron if not S.H.I.E.L.D? That a pretty big disconnect from the show and the film.

Yo-Yo was cool and made a great partner for Daisy.

Great to Fitz and Simmons get along at the end their. Coulson getting one over Malick would awesome.

Guessing Hive have just double his numbers.
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Mar 09, 2016
I've missed the Hunter comedy channel, nice to have it back! Mack just gets better, it took a while but he's a great part of the team now and I enjoy his scenes much more than in earlier episodes. SHIELD got Yo-Yo, HYDRA got some sunglasses & no personality. Points win to SHIELD for me.

I liked the May comment about Cavalry, that was a nice touch & pretty clever to frame it that way. The veteran agents now have more in common.

As for FitzSimmons, hopefully that took the edge out of it & they'll settle down. We can't have them not talking to each other when the characters bounce of each other so well. Like Coulson, I also have a hard time seeing Talbot taking orders from him, nice reaction from Phil to the news though.
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Mar 09, 2016
Pretty decent episode. I am really liking Yo-Yo, and Mack killed it in this episode. The two of them sort of stole all the thunder. Props. I don't really have that much of a beef beyond the usual, which is suffering through the hardship of Daisy and Lincoln scenes. Man, those two are horrible together. I'm utterly intrigued by DeadWard! Looking forward to more of that. :) Also, I adore Powers Boothe, so it's always fun to see Malick make a slippery appearance.
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Mar 09, 2016
My nickname for PB is "the talking liver". He's so good at what he does. IMO he looks like a tailor-made meatsuit for HIVE, so I hope they go there. Certainly Gideon would be on board since he has an obvious man-crush. "You scare me a little but damn if I don't want you inside me."
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Mar 09, 2016
Really good reintroduction i thought...I don't agree that the new characters cut everyone's time...What needed to be addressed and focused on in this actual episodes narrative was excellent.
Mack was Macking...and i liked the speedster

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Mar 09, 2016
makes you wonder where shield is getting its money from, if it's not from the government
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Mar 09, 2016
The cube thing Fury gave Coulson had a few dollars....Jokes aside i think that's the likeliest explanation. If it had 'resources' like multiple hidden bases that no one except Fury knew about im sure he had back up money as well.
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Mar 09, 2016
The people that they go after have money. With the tech that they have access too and Daisy the wonder hacker. I am sure with a few minutes on a computer their money becomes SHIELDs money. The CIA does it, why not them.
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Mar 09, 2016
It not from the American government, I think some countries are still contributing towards Shield financially. Coulson I believe did meet with some governments or at least one minister didn't he.
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Mar 09, 2016
I was just waiting for Coulson to ask president for the money "Sir, there is this little question of settling the bill"

I imagine they had some emergency cache reserves (and equipment in those secret bases), but they had to run out after year and a half for sure.
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Mar 09, 2016
it might be that after this talk, he can 'borrow' money from the ACTU
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Mar 09, 2016
I thought it was an awesome premiere, but please stop hurting Fitz and Simmons! They should be together! Full review here:


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Mar 09, 2016
Great to have AoS back!! It went by too fast. Wish i could binge watch a bunch of new episodes instead of waiting week to week for new ones.

Hive is scary AF with Dalton killing it as usual.

Fitzsimmons is everything! Simmons: "I miss you". Same. Life isn't complete without them.


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Mar 09, 2016

And so the primaries screwed up the magic of one of my favorite TV shows and real life came crashing in... Thank you ABC. But are these live election updates really necessary? If i want the news i just watch CNN or something. It's so annoying. Donald who? TV is my way of escape. I don't want to be confronted with what's happening in real life for 43 bloody minutes. Is that too much to ask?
I did want to say some things about the episode but i lost my train of thought. Happy now ABC?

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Mar 10, 2016
For a moment I thought it was them live on Fox News LOL
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Mar 09, 2016
I rely on CC a good bit and really hate when all these inclement weather and political crawls keep effing with the line21 feed. The election stuff is really annoying because you're right, it should be something people can choose to follow or not (although I think school closings fall into the same category). How about you let me know when I need to go hide in my basement for a tornado, and otherwise let me be?
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Mar 09, 2016
I probably will notice it when the emergency siren system goes off.
Imagine they did that every time a political candidate maybe wins an election. And it was a "guess" based on polls not a final result. I only care about final results. The polls "predicted" that Hillary would win in Michigan with a margin of 20% but they were wrong. Sanders won with a margin of 2%. Polls aren't reliable. In the case of Trump they were right. They got lucky.

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Mar 09, 2016
Also there was a typo on the news flash, everyone knows it's Donald Drumpf not Trump.
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Mar 10, 2016
ha, i have the drumpfinator thing and I forgot it so it just showed up as 'everyone knows it's Donald Drumpf not Drumpf'
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Mar 09, 2016
I hate those things too, but I just ignore them by pretending I can't read them. It kinda' works.
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Mar 09, 2016
It was good. I like that the new character isn't staying around permanently. She was a powerful character and too many and you start to run into Flash and Supergirl problems in that you either have to power them down or give them convenient bouts out stupidity in order to justify them losing. This allows the writers to not have to do backflips in order attempt to make the story make sense. I like that they are seeing the problems of other shows and are, at least at this point, not going down that road.

The rest was a little too new and shallow at this point. Fitsimmons seems odd, I get that they are going to continue to do that with them but come on.

Coulson's path seems interesting and Ward seems good as well.
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Mar 09, 2016
Before judging me to harshly, remember we all have our own views. I don't care for fitzsimmons as a couple and I find their romance boring. in fact I wish they would have left her on that planet
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Mar 09, 2016
Well I think the major problem is that they aren't a couple. They are essentially stuck in the same exact position they were in when we were introduced to them. The main issue is both characters have grown and changed and yet the relationship has pretty much stayed in the exact same spot. Which to me, makes it feel odd.
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Mar 09, 2016
It didn't make much sense to spend probably millions of dollars and risk lives to get her back, especially since they couldn't know if she was alive or dead
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Mar 09, 2016
*Sticks fingers in ears shouting la la la la* I'll pretend i didn't hear that.
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Mar 09, 2016
"Sheriff Valenti"? its been awhile since i saw a rosewell reference
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Mar 09, 2016
I really appreciated that reference since that's where I'll always remember that actor from.
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Mar 09, 2016
Just doing my part to keep Roswell alive.
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Mar 09, 2016
After already getting that Season 4 renewal, if feel like I can rest easy about the backside of this season. This episode felt a little like that too- like getting comfortable, I'm sure with the security of having another season to expand on story, things will escalate as we go.
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Mar 09, 2016
By now all of the episodes have been written and various stages of production. There be little maneuver to make major stages to the story.
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Mar 09, 2016
Like most other TV shows at this point in the season, I know.
My comment was more about how I experienced this episode and whats left of the season as a viewer. What I was trying to say is it's easy to be patient through more simple episodes like this one when you know there's a bunch more coming.
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Mar 09, 2016
Indeed. Knowing it's been renewed does help ease the mind with connecting and immersing to the series with that comfort that the story will continue awhile.
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Mar 09, 2016
I sort of appreciate these quieter second half introductions, it sort of eases you back in. I actually won't hate the idea that the Shield/Secret Warrior stuff becomes a little procedural while they meet some new Inhumans each week. It might be an interesting way to bury what the show has to do for Civil War in the B and C plot of a given episode. Even if we get annoyed if they aren't actively fighting Hydra and it might just be the why of the Civil War movie, that Shield and/or ATCU were not doing enough because Hive was going strong. It could also be the fact that both Daisy and Joey (and Lincoln to an extent) looked a little annoyed at the little shots Hunter and Mack would occasionally make. I do think that the writers over the hiatus were sort of like, wait, Lincoln's a doctor! He can hang out with Jemma.

I have no real knowledge of Hive from the comics, and I think I'm going to remain ignorant.

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Mar 09, 2016
Yawn? It's okay.
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Mar 09, 2016
And the text recap is up, as soon as it clears the cache.
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