Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Premiere Review: A Powerful New Beginning

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03E01: "Laws of Nature"

If I carry a dormant alien gene, it's likely I will never find out because I don't have the time or the desire to take fish oil vitamins. On the one hand, I'll never be able to show the world my cool power that allows me to give any dude in the world really great hair (hey, it makes more sense than being able to go into a video game). On the other hand, no one is hunting me down and blowing a hole through my chest either. 

When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered two years ago, many fans were disheartened to find Marvel's foray into live-action TV didn't include men and women with superpowers, despite the fact the show's tagline at the time was literally "not all heroes are super." But as fans who've stuck by the series know, that all began to change in Season 2, when the series introduced the Inhumans and it was revealed Skye was actually Daisy Johnson, a preexisting Marvel character with her own powers and the ability to create earthquake-like vibrations. Now, thanks to the release of the terrigen crystals into the world's ecosystems through those pesky fish oil pills, the series is evolving once more as Inhumans are being awakened across the country. The series is finally seeing a natural influx of superpowered humans, and more importantly, it's seeing them in public, not hidden away in an undisclosed part of the world.

For impatient fans that bowed out early because of the lack of powers featured every week, the focus on the Inhumans this season may be a reason to jump back on board. For the rest of us, it's business as usual because the basics of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have not changed much since then. Yes, the show is shifting its focus again, but it's much more confident in the story its telling this time. And yes, Ward has taken control of Hydra (or at least part of it) and Skye is now going by the name Daisy, having officially embraced her birth name and her identity as a superhero, but at its heart the series is still very much a show about protecting the world from people who mean it harm, and about protecting people whom the world means to harm. 

The Season 2 finale, which released the terrigen into the environment, packed a powerful and emotional punch that put many of our favorite characters on a new path within that context though. In the Season 3 premiere it was revealed that Daisy had embraced her identity and had taken point on the team's work with the Inhumans alongside Mack, while Coulson was still struggling to lead a ragtag team in a world where S.H.I.E.L.D. was still viewed as the enemy. He was also down a left hand thanks to Mack's quick thinking last season and a right-hand woman thanks to May, who still hadn't returned from vacation. But that was just the tip of the dramatic iceberg, as Simmons was still missing and Fitz was determined to figure out what the monolith did to her, Hunter revealed his intentions to hunt down Ward for torturing Bobbi and nearly killing them both, and Bobbi was putting her biology degree to good use while rehabilitating. Everyone was changed by the events of "S.O.S." and that is a good thing, because this new chapter looks to be bigger than Ward and more dangerous than Jiaying's quest for revenge. 

"Laws of Nature" opened after a short time jump and with S.H.I.E.L.D. determined to help the confused baby Inhumans, who were represented here by Joey, a man with the power to liquify metal from 3 meters away. They scooped him up faster than you could say, "Hey nice scruff, dude." As an out gay man, Joey didn't warm to the idea he was now being forced to once again hide who he truly was, but S.H.I.E.L.D. couldn't allow him to return to his old life until he was stable and posed no threat... and until he was no longer the target of black ops programs or angry villains who did NOT have good hair (see, my power would really be coming in handy right about now, huh?). 

But the Inhumans aren't just a metaphor for gay men and women, they're an obvious stand in for anyone anywhere who's ever been discriminated against based on what makes them an individual, be it their race, gender, sexual orientation, stance on whether Ward is capable of redemption, etc. You know, all the big stuff. Joey was gay and had already endured and overcome his fears of being "different" in a world that was less than welcoming. He was comfortable and happy and he wasn't looking to put himself back in another closet because he was now also Inhuman.

This metaphor for representing the oppressed, underrepresented men and women of society is hardly new territory for Marvel; the X-Men have long been an obvious parallel for racial discrimination (and the Inhumans are likely the closest thing we'll ever get to seeing a live-action X-Men series anytime soon). On the surface, Jiaying's entire vendetta against humanity and S.H.I.E.L.D. was rooted in the idea humans hated and feared the Inhumans and thought that they didn't belong, which is why they were sequestered away in an unknown location with people who shared their commonality. But living like that also wasn't healthy and allowed hatred and suspicion of humans to breed and take hold. We shouldn't have to hide what makes us different, even if to other people it's scary. Look at what happened to Daisy last season when she tried to suppress her powers: she ended up hurting herself in the process. 

I didn't love the way Jiaying's storyline played out in the finale—it relied on the manipulation of her people to service her personal issue rather than a systemic one—but it's also hard to deny the power of the Inhumans' story or that there wasn't a larger problem running through it all. The events of Age of Ultron put the world on edge again, and people across the globe feared the changes coming their way. There are certainly reasons to be afraid, and there are certainly Inhumans who should be feared, but they don't represent the whole race. The same thing can be said about regular ol' humans, too. We're not ALL dicks, you know?

But Coulson and Daisy weren't the only people tracking Joey and the Inhumans. The premiere also introduced us to a mysterious new character named Rosalind (if that is her real name) played by Constance Zimmer (UnREAL). As the head of the  A.T.C.U., or the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, she had the U.S. government's blessing to do whatever it took to "neutralize" the Inhumans. The government wasn't willing to call the awakening of the Inhumans an "outbreak" as to not induce panic, but fear is a powerful emotion and fear of the unknown only multiplies the longer it goes unanswered, which is why it's important to show people that the things that make us different are a cause for celebration. Treating the Inhumans like they're infected or diseased and need to be dealt with as such won't help matters, especially when they're just as confused and terrified as everyone else.

Although I'm not about to roll out a welcome mat and start braiding Rosalind's hair—mostly because I'm pretty sure she would stab me in the face if I tried—she might also be the lesser of two evils right now. The Inhuman Lash was also hunting down the Inhumans because he deemed them unworthy to have gone through terrigenesis. Again, no one has the right to declare another person unworthy of life, but I'm also not above saying Lash is a dick and should be dealt with accordingly. The quicker Daisy and Mack find a way to deal with him, the better.

Despite the tight focus on the Inhumans, the premiere also found time to focus on two of my favorite men of S.H.I.E.L.D. (not to be confused with Men of S.H.I.E.L.D., a calendar I'm pitching to Marvel later this week): Fitz and Hunter. One of my biggest concerns going into Season 3 was that the team would be playing catch up to what we already knew happened to Simmons in the finale, and there are few things I dislike more than when the audience is privy to major information the characters are not because it often makes for a frustrating viewing experience. Fortunately, the gods spared me from yelling a whole bunch at my TV like a crazy lady (I will probably still yell at my TV like a crazy lady) because Fitz already knew, despite the fact no tests could prove it, that she'd been sucked up by that damn Kree rock and he was doing everything in his power to bring her back. Love transcends time and space, okay?

Fitz's commitment to Simmons and his determination to save her, despite Coulson pushing him to consider the possibility that she was lost forever, added just the right amount of emotional stakes. The FitzSimmons relationship is still the beating heart of the show and it's strongest personal bond. It's the backbone, the one constant that allows the series to evolve without also losing its shape. And it's not like we needed another reason to talk about how solid an asset Iain De Caestecker is for this show—he's truly its secret weapon—but the closing scene in which he screamed and dared the monolith to do something was a side of Fitz we've never really seen before. The closest we've come was perhaps when he was put in close proximity to Ward last season, but even that couldn't really compare to the raw emotion of that scene. 

While Fitz was off being a badass, Hunter was being, well, Hunter. As always, he provided a nice bit of levity to more stressful situations, but he's also not to be underestimated. Much like Fitz, Hunter showed the depths of his determination when it was revealed he would be going after Ward (and Hydra) for nearly killing both him and Bobbi. And speaking of those two crazy kids, they had me fooled for the entire episode. I thought Hunter was really acting like a big baby after Bobbi told him she couldn't "do this" anymore in the finale, but they're totally doing it and are sort of technically kind of maybe officially together minus a wedding? It doesn't matter, because Hunter is going after Ward and this may actually be everything I never even knew I wanted. Thank you for knowing me better than I know myself, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Much to my delight, "Laws of Nature" jumped right into the action and set the stage quite nicely for the arcs of Season 3 and the eventual introduction of the Secret Warriors. The episode bypassed a lot of table setting regarding the Inhumans and Simmons' disappearance, making good use of the time jump between the finale and the premiere. There was a lot happening at once, but it never really felt rushed or stuffed. But then again, there were also two principal cast members MIA. 

When Luke Mitchell and Henry Simmons were both promoted to series regulars over the hiatus I was worried the series would be unable to service its many masters or that the writers would feel obligated to involve everyone every week. But right now it doesn't seem like there's too much to worry about, especially with Mack (and probably Lincoln) joining Daisy's storyline. As long as characters don't disappear for long stretches of time and the series is able to integrate them naturally, then it likely won't matter whether they're absent here and there. The fact that the show seems to realize this already is a good sign. But whether or not it will continue to be is something that can only be judged on the other side. For now, welcome back, S.H.I.E.L.D..



DECLASSIFIED CASE FILES

– Please don't ask me how many times I wrote Skye instead of Daisy while writing this. The series poked fun at this problem when Coulson called her Skye and Mack and Hunter said he was the only person who was having trouble with her name change. But come on, if one of your friends suddenly changes their first name, for whatever reason, it IS confusing, no matter what Marvel wants us to think. I know and understand their reasoning, and I think it's absolutely great she's embraced her name and her role in all of this, but two years of calling her Skye isn't just unlearned because you say it is.

– Seriously. Fitz. <3<3<3 If you'd have told me two years ago that this character would be my favorite (I have a few favorites, okay? Deal with it), I'd have been very confused. But man. 

– Where exactly is Simmons? What planet is that? Why is she running? Who's chasing her? Did she use that mud to cover up the scent of her blood? Why do I know that is a thing? I HAVE QUESTIONS. But my first inclination was that this was the Blue Area of the Moon. Agree or disagree?

– Lincoln is a lost little puppy right now. He feels betrayed in the aftermath of the Season 2 finale—and he should—but he also should get over himself and ally with S.H.I.E.L.D. (and join the Secret Warriors eventually) since he understands they're not actually the enemy either. And also because at the moment Lincoln is still dreadfully dull. Not even the scenes in which he was using his power could give him a jolt. Please do something to make him more interesting, show. Here's a freebie: lose the shirt.

– Did you catch the reference to Ant-Man? That and the reference to Age of Ultron still feel a little too on-the-nose and weird. I don't know how to fix it, though.

– Coulson's terrigenesis simulation said worldwide dispersal would occur in 17 months and 21 days. 

– Hydra has apparently gone silent. What are you up to, Ward? Until you return, I'm just going to assume you're practicing your evil swivel chair reveal and growing a really great 5 o'clock shadow.

– "I need a bigger gun, I guess. Or my ax. Or maybe a shotgun/ax combination of some sort."

– "I know exactly where it is. Just don't personally own the SCUBA diving equipment to retrieve it."

– "I know that's sarcasm and I'm choosing to accept your thoughtfulness at face value."

– "Sir, I have trouble counting without using my fingers, but I think there's more of them than us."

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May 15, 2016
Sorry, but you're wrong here:

"But the Inhumans aren't just a metaphor for gay men and women, they're an obvious stand in for anyone anywhere who's ever been discriminated against..."

Not everything is about the "cause du jour" in the media.
Not everything is about you.
Not everything is an activist message hidden in coded speak.

The Inhumans originated in 1965, long before the "plight" of gays and other gender-bending groups, and even back then they didn't have subtext connecting them even to the black civil rights movement.

Sometimes its JUST a storyline in the universe where the story takes place. So quit trying to co-opt it or make it into something it's not.
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Oct 04, 2015
Great review Kaitlin BUT you really need to start trusting these writers

"One of my biggest concerns going into Season 3 was that the team would be playing catch up to what we already knew happened to Simmons in the finale, and there are few things I dislike more than when the audience is privy to major information the characters are not because it often makes for a frustrating viewing experience."

I remember last season when you had the same problem on a plot twist (it was not the Bobbi/Mack story - but i cannot for the life of me, remember what the plot twist was) but whatever the story was, it was revealed to the group the NEXT episode after the audience found out - and you when the audience did find out, you written in your review that you hope it doesn't get dragged out only for them to prove you wrong - have a little faith

I really hate the fact that Lincoln losing his shirt would make him less dull - sorry but if a man said that about a woman, they would be hell on -
the ironic thing is, you were whining not too long ago that Luke Mitchell needs to be on a show (after The Tomorrow People was cancelled) - he is now on the best comic-book show on TV yet you're still whining about it

I agree that the two best characters in the show are Fitz and Hunter - which makes the proposed Bobbi/Hunter spin-off even worse - take him away from this show and you take away a very funny character

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Oct 03, 2015
I'm just glad Fitz got game again and is firing on all cylinders. Yea! We're finally getting to all the actiony good stuff. Love seeing Daisy but still Skye, kick ass. Wonder how long it will take them to get Simmons? Reminds me of Fred being in Pylea on Angel. I was thinking Dr. Who when the SHIELD box dropped down, wonder who came up with the material it was constructed of. I am excited to see where this season goes, I think it is one of my top three anticipated shows this season. Bring it on Marvel and DC, all except Gotham, still not quite on that bandwagon.
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Oct 03, 2015
I remember when they first annouced the casting of this show. I was really excited about Iain De Caestecker, because i'd watched him in The Fades and he'd been great. I'm quite certain I commented on it, on this website. VALIDATION.
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Oct 03, 2015
Everyone's talking about how great Iain De Caestecker's performance was in this ep (agreed), but they all seem to point at the scene of him and the monolith as the best example (disagreed...... great, but not the best). For my money, his best acting moment came when he was talking to Coulson after he opened the scroll. That moment where he seems to lose all hope and move from denial to acceptance that she is gone (Which isn't actually Acceptance, more like a transitory stage between denial and all the other stages of grief. Like anger perhaps?) Part is because that was a more demanding, technically difficult scene for an actor, and part is just I know how heartbreaking that moment is. My eyes may have teared up gotten some dust in them while watching this amazing performance!
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Oct 02, 2015
good to be back into Agents of SHIELD!
"That's one team for each of us. Again killing it with the math."
Lash is a super saiyan beast!
Simmons must be in some Kree world!
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Oct 02, 2015
Oh Fitz! His last scene broke my heart!
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Oct 02, 2015
Totally missed this show on premiere night. Had to choose between this show or Scream Queens. Why do they have to be on at the same time.
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Oct 04, 2015
You chose SQ over this? are you mental?
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Oct 05, 2015
Yas. I chose Scream Queens. No regrets. And no, I'm not mental, I just know what I like.
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Oct 02, 2015
Agents of Shield&&&& Izombie&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Scream Queens. Easy Pick!
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Oct 02, 2015
I know what I'd choose :P Nha, Scream Queens is fun, but I have no problem watching it on a later time.
It will get really tough when AoS and iZombie start airing on the same time starting next week... Oh well, still AoS :P
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Oct 02, 2015
When AoS & iZombie air at the same, I pick iZombie all the way.
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Oct 02, 2015
Not for me! :P Not that it matters, because I'm not watching live anyway. Or, I did last week, but 3 AM every week is not gonna work for me XD
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Oct 02, 2015
She will always be Skye to me...
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Oct 01, 2015
I always find it so satisfying when a new season premiere just takes off running, especially when you've been watching a lot of pilot episodes. Less forced exposition and excessive dialogue to weed through. Anyone else feel that way?
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Oct 01, 2015

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Oct 01, 2015
So the blue porcupine guy is Lash? Got it!
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Oct 02, 2015
Idk what to think about his look specially the hair
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Oct 01, 2015
Ugh, Ward is still around?

Season 2 premiere featured badass Simmons. Season 3 premiere featured badass Fitz. I'm down with both. Though please, make the whole love interest angle stop. Do that and I'd be willing to overlook his miraculous recovery.

Wait...what? Bobbi has a biology degree? LOL! Of course she does.

A solid start to the season for SHIELD.

"But the Inhumans aren't just a metaphor for gay men and women, they're an obvious stand in for anyone anywhere who's ever been discriminated against based on what makes them an individual, be it their race, gender, sexual orientation, stance on whether Ward is capable of redemption"

Only thing there being those who believe Ward is capable of redemption deserved to be ostricized.
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Oct 02, 2015
Yeah with Hunter out to kill Ward and Ward running Hydra - he's pretty much in the bad guy forever column now. Not to say SHIELD and Ward won't be forced to work together again - but my guess is that Ward will be this season's Big Bad when all is said and done.
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Oct 02, 2015
Bobbi apparently also had such a degree in the comics :) So at least they didn't just make that up so she could fill in for Simmons while she was gone!
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Oct 02, 2015
Fair enough. But the development of the TV character has never even hinted that Bobbi was anything but a soldier. It all feels just a little, "Oh, by the way..."
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Oct 02, 2015
Yes it did, gotta agree with you on that. :)

Especially when you didn't know she was a scientist in the comics, it's kinda coming out of the blue. Oh well :P
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Oct 01, 2015
Damn! That was a really great season premiere. I very much enjoyed watching it. It's great to have Agents of SHIELD back again and I can't wait to see the next episode. I'm soooo glad I gave this show a chance during the first half of season one. :)
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Oct 01, 2015
Why is this show even called "Agents of SHIELD" anymore? It's all about the Inhumans. One might as well call it "Marvel's The Inhumans". Why even bother to make Clark Gregg the series' lead anymore? Why not allow Chloe Bennet to be the series' new lead? What is this show trying to achieve? Make all of the SHIELD characters someone with special abilities? And if this show is so hellbent on focusing upon the Inhumans, why not make J. August Richards a lead?


What the hell is Mutant Enemy and Marvel doing to this show?


I'm already sick to death of the Inhumans. It's nothing more than a rewrite of the X-Men. How unoriginal can Marvel be?


What a waste of my time.
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Oct 04, 2015
I'd like to take issue with this statement

"Why even bother to make Clark Gregg the series' lead anymore?"

This show is clearly an ensemble, not only that but Skye/Daisy has always been a HUGE part of the mythology of the show

I love Coulson but he was obviously only part of the show in the developmental stages to tie it to the Avengers, Joss didn't even want to resurrect him but i guess Marvel/ABC disagreed and brought him back for the purpose of money/ratings - because it's Phil Coulson, a big draw IMO

The show has evolved a lot of the past 2+ seasons and people are still whining! there is clearly just no pleasing everyone

IDIOT
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Oct 04, 2015
Neverending problem of television making... there's just no pleasing anyone, and sometimes those un-pleased people voice their opinions really really really loud.

FIRST people were disappointed because Marvel created a show without powered people in the lead, because they wanted a show about the agents behind SHIELD.

Now one of the actual agents who's been there from the start has actual powers (and it was kinda clear from the beginning that was gonna happen at some point...), and people start complaining that it was supposed to be a show about non-powered agents.... I'm having a hard time understanding. But well, it's just impossible to please anyone. If a show about SHIELD agents ánd some powered people is not for you, then it isn't and you should just move on to something else and not blame the writers for not living up to your expectancies :-)


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Oct 04, 2015
That first 'anyone' should be 'everyone', now it sounds weird XD
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Oct 04, 2015
And the second one too... Damn you, English! XD
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Oct 02, 2015
Reading your comment was a waste of everyone's times so... yeah...
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Oct 02, 2015
I'm always trying to ignore my urge to reply to these kinds of comments, but sometimes I can't :)

But I just wanted to say this: Daisy/Skye is still an Agent of SHIELD, she's just an agent with power. :) And SHIELD exists to cope with people with powers, so it's kinda logical it's gonna be about people with powers. Just this season a bit more than the previous ones.

Either deal with that or say goodbye to this show^^

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Oct 02, 2015
What MaschaC91 said is spot on.
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Oct 01, 2015
Good start the season I like the fact this series has evolved from the problems with the first season freak of the week plots. Now its more established on its goals missed May a bit but it gave daisy more screen time. Is the Mutant rocker from the planet simmons is on like exchange through a portal perhaps. Also I can see Hydra coming back with Ward looking for revenge.
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Oct 01, 2015
Finally!!!! It's back!!!!

And it sure came with a blast. A new government task force to fill SHIELD's shoes, a whole new batch of Inhumans... It is going to have a flavor for every taste.

I think this Advance Threat Containment Unit will pose a real threat to all that Coulson is trying to do, then comes the urgency to give SHIELD muscle. Muscle in the form of the Secret Warriors.

As for Fitz that is a side of him I never saw coming, he came from a teddy bear to a raging pitbull in one season. What about that for development?

And the million dólar question: where is Jemma? What is that place? One of the nine realms? Maybe Hala? Can't wait to see the answer!
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Oct 01, 2015
Not sure if anyone else caught it but in once scene where coulson removed his arm it looked like there was a glowing triangle like what Tony Stark used in the second iron man movie to power it.
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Oct 01, 2015
I really hope Mack gets his Axe-Gun by the end of this season!
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Oct 01, 2015
FitzSimmons was always my favorite, but Simmons never was my solo favorite in s2 but Fitz was pretty great in the premiere... I noticed May was gone but it didn't actually change much, I kind of liked it better but that could have been because of the plot.

I'm sure the Monolith transported Simmons to the Kree homeplanet or something though.
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Absolutely thrilled with this premiere. It hit on everything I was hoping they'd touch on since the season finale. Hunter and Fitz are fantastic, as you said (I got flat-out giddy at the prospect of Hunter and Bobbi getting remarried, but almost equally so by their banter). And while it may indeed be tough I'm definitely on board with Daisy's new identity and role within the group, as well.

The absence of May is something I'm confident will be remedied in due course. It was refreshing to see the new bad guys were far from the greatest threat our heroes will have to face this time around, too.

As a small aside, I want to high five you for everything you covered in this review. *high five*
The only criticism I have is from a personal pet peeve standpoint; I feel "also" is overused. While it's a perfectly good word, seeing it 14 times in a relatively short review stuck out in an odd way. (That said, please believe me when I say this is purely a personal pet peeve and I don't mean to come off sounding like an overly mean-spirited a**hole).
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Oct 01, 2015
episode mvp goes to.... FITZ!

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Oct 01, 2015
Right on!
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Oct 01, 2015
The show lost a lot of credibility for me the moment they learned the new Inhuman was gay, and didn't immediately send Hunter's form-fitting attire and accent in to talk him down. I mean, that right there was an ill-advised mismanagement of S.H.I.E.L.D. resources from where I'm sitting.
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Oct 02, 2015
lol... well they were just trying to save him, not date him.. heheh
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Oct 01, 2015
It was an entertaining ep!
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Oct 01, 2015
I wasn't sure if that was Daisy or Suzy Quatro who showed up to rescue Joey...
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Oct 01, 2015
Toya Wilcox LOL
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Oct 01, 2015
This was the best episode of AOS for me. Not too much eye rolling moments or silly writing. I suspect they changed writers. Hope they continue in this vein and dont revert to type.
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Oct 01, 2015
Jemma is either on Hala, Kree capital planet or Attilan, Inhumans royal capital. 50-50.
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Oct 01, 2015
Isn't Attilan just on Earth? In the Himalaya or something?
And since we see two very close moons, that can't be it. :)
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Oct 01, 2015
And they said indeed she's on 'the other side of the universe' :)
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Oct 01, 2015
My bet is on Hala, because the promo blurb for the next episode announced she's 'on the other side of the universe'.
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Sep 30, 2015
MIA...or AIM
Probably MIA
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Sep 30, 2015
While this episode wasn't a home run thanks to some oddities ("we replaced The Bus with an even bigger Quinjet!", Skye embracing her name so freely especially in the field when a codename would make more sense, and the end result of all Fitz's efforts being just a single word on a piece of parchment), mostly I was impressed by their ability to tell human stories with human and metahuman characters. They got a lot done in an action/adventure setting.

It wasn't perfect, but it was solid. Lash seemed a little silly, and everybody doublecrossing everybody at just the right time is a bit much, but overall it held up. Joey's power in the teaser seemed irritatingly choosy, but the dialogue admitted it later on, so he didn't have any roadblocks to his storytelling. The thing I noticed most is how monotone the color palette was in the episode, not the biggest problem for a show to have; it could still have more style though.

Kaitlin, I really don't think that was the Blue Area of the Moon, there wouldn't be a planet-like body that large in the sky if it were on our moon.

I didn't have a problem to the 2 MCU mentions, but as this show builds its mythos within a larger mythos, this is going to keep coming up, and only a deft hand will keep it from eventually burying the show the way comic books get buried under the weight of their canons.
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Sep 30, 2015
"Kaitlin, I really don't think that was the Blue Area of the Moon, there wouldn't be a planet-like body that large in the sky if it were on our moon."

Yeah that was pointed out below. :( I blame Marvel screeners which are so heavily watermarked with the person's name and the word Marvel in size 100 font that it's sometimes difficult to see things properly. Oh well. Back to the drawing board!
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Oct 01, 2015
Wow, Disney is pretty extreme to drop that much on you. I was gonna say that for Star Wars Rebels they don't do that to me, then I remembered they just have me do in-person screenings.

Do you DVR the live episodes? The screeners don't have the coming attractions, right? There was light spoilers in there about this, IIRC, I think it said "halfway across the galaxy".
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Oct 02, 2015
Thank you JT_Kirk for blocking out a potential spoiler - I wish everyone was as considerate! You are to be commended sir!
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Sep 30, 2015
Am... I forgetting something? Didn't Fitz have brain damage last season? Why did that change?
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Oct 01, 2015
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Oct 01, 2015
He was doing much better during the second half of the season, and almost got better towards the end. He's definitely still not the same Fitz as we saw in S1, but at least his motor skills and such more or less fully returned :)
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Sep 30, 2015
He did and still does, but he worked through some of the challenges he had towards the end of that season.
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Sep 30, 2015
It hit the ground running, with all the heart, emotion, and humor the series is capable of mustering - not even a small drop in quality from the last season. This felt like a natural extension of the events presented in the previous finale - the continuity was very smooth, and the show maintained a fine pace as the episode unfolded.

I couldn't help but think that the scene with Coulson having trouble getting used to Skye's new name was made especially for Kaitlin and other people who feel the same. ;) While I'm more in line with Mack and Hunter on the issue, I certainly understand the confusion! Hopefully will get easier with time.

Really glad to have Agents of Shield back. But the series still could use all those people who jumped the ship early due to the disappointing start. It's hard to believe what a long way the show has come since then.
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Sep 30, 2015
I like the show but all the romance stuff... ech...nope nope nope
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Oct 01, 2015
Aww... maybe when you grow up? :-P
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Oct 01, 2015
Do you want to see Hunter Scuba diving for that lost ring? And then they marry and have babies? I say NO! Leave me alone with that, thank you very much!

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Oct 01, 2015
Of course he's not gonna scuba dive for that thing, he was just making a joke for throwing his ring into the ocean when he and Bobbi broke up :P I think AoS is keeping pretty low on romance, it all feels kinda natural and unforced to me :) They just have a history. Wouldn't be right if there wasn't any romance on the show, people have feelings. ;)
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Sep 30, 2015
My god, been looking forward to this ALL summer, and... BANG, there it is, better than ever! :D First time ever I actually watched it live.
Scared guy in the opening sequence, trashcans start to tremble... and BAM, flying guy, flying car, and then Quake with all her awesomeness and the unevitable hair flip steps into view. Oh yeah :D
Whooo, new-ish opening sequence!
Whooha, Daisy calls Coulson "Phil". ^-^
Scary corpses, and for some reason I thought ATCU was killing them, but obviously they weren't. Then I thought it would be Hydra, but no. Lash, you scary dude!
There's an axe on the wall in Coulson's office. Is that the axe Mack used to chop of Coulson's hand? Small reminder of why he's still alive? :) (ETA: Yes, just saw the aftershow, they talked about it :) took me a while to write this all down :P)
Of course it's easier for Hunter and Mack to get used to calling Skye "Daisy" since they've probably only known her for what, a couple of months? Nha, I don't know, but it was a funny scene anyway :P
OK, Joey getting his laughing episode was just plain scary XD
"New readings on the monolith?" "Nope, that was Daisy firing a warning shot." And no one even twitches an eye, awesome XD
BAD ASS Fitz, do I need say more?! 8)
Interesting meet between Coulson and "Rosalind". This women knows a lot. A LOT. Finally Coulson's hand came in handy! (hehe, pun sort of intended?) But that pod just pierced itself through the surface into the train? Hmz. Ok, I'll just buy anything this ep gives me, I don't care :P (ETA: Oh wait, seems like the train was already riding outside, not underground. That makes more sense!).
Bear McCreary did a kickass job with the Lash entrance music 8) And that "shotgun-axe combination of some sorts" was perfect XD
Rosalind, or whatever her name, gave that pic of Lincoln a weird look. Margaret Campbell was one of her aliases? Hmph.
Cute of Daisy to drink a beer with Joey :)
And then the drama begins. :'( Fitzie! I didn't think anything could top his performance in S2 when his "brain was scrambled", but this... This was incredible. Coulnd't keep it dry. There lies a great future ahead of Iain (though I'd first like to see another couple of seasons of AoS with Iain :P).
And then: Jemmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Poor baby, all alone (-ish?) on the other side of the universe :'(
I had an incredible night last night, couldn't have wished for more. And daaamn, 7 days is gonna feel like the 3 month hiatus all over again. But it was all worth the wait! :)
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Sep 30, 2015
Crap, no spacing between the different parts, now it just seems like a huge piece of text :P
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Sep 30, 2015
Great Opening..Liked that they kept it focused rather than try and stuff May and Ward into it as well..Mentions where good enough..
Yet again Fitz stole the show..In all 3 seasons he has begun the season in a different frame of mind..All of which have been acted perfectly.
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Sep 30, 2015
Great review! Great start to the new season! Is it just me, or is Joe The Metal-bender just basically Ward? I literally thought it was him in the opening scene! I found myself searching his face to see if it was him in disguise.
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Sep 30, 2015
The Kree created the Inhumans. The Monolith is an Inhuman artifact. Thus it is reasonable to assume Simmons in on some Kree planet.

That would make the Monolith kinda-sorta a stargate to Earth :v
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Sep 30, 2015
Abd I dare to add that the monolith would be activated in the presence of inhumans or inhumans-to-be (considering it was going crazy on the ship invasion)... I think.. Haha
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Oct 01, 2015
I agree ;) I wanted to mention this, but forgot :x
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Oct 01, 2015
So when Simmons return, let's give her some fish oil! Lol
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Sep 30, 2015
i think you are correct
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Sep 30, 2015
Ah it filled in an hour.
But I am a MARVEL fan so I'm gonna stick with it.
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Sep 30, 2015
Wow, Kaitlin. You can give any dude great hair? Now, THAT'S a useful power. Where can I meet you then? I'm running thin at the top and my dad is considerably bald. In fact, my brother would love to meet you as well.

And to think that some people, in the beginning, wanted Skye out of the show. I've always loved her. However, despite how much I like the name Daisy, I don't think it's very intimidating. While we're at it, I like Barbara too.

Each time I saw Constance Zimmer talking to her underlings, I expected her to say, "I want romance, I want drama. I'm getting none of that!"

All in all a great comeback for the show. This season is gonna bre great!


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Sep 30, 2015
So that blue man was not Kree? Is he from Earth?
Good start of the season, though.
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Oct 01, 2015
Here's an article that will catch you up.

http://comicbook.com/2015/09/29/exclusive-first-look-at-lash-on-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-/
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Oct 01, 2015
Thank you! :)
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Sep 30, 2015
He's an Inhuman. You should know from the X-Men that not everyone stays photogenic once their superpowers awaken.
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Sep 30, 2015
I figured he's an inhuman, but I don't remember seeing them in the forbidden city (or whatever that inhuman reservation was called).
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Sep 30, 2015
Probably best to go into it knowing as little as possible really - makes for a cool little mystery.. for now.. heheh
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Sep 30, 2015
His name is Lash - which should ring a bell if you're familiar with the comics... ;)
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Sep 30, 2015
Alas, I am not familiar with comics at all.
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Sep 30, 2015
I thought it was great. I continue to enjoy the evolution of this show from where it started in season 1.

Fitz was doing great. I wonder if he has fully healed from his mental issues from last season.

Overall it was entertain and is still in my opinion the best comic based show currently. Well done.
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Sep 30, 2015
You knew Coulson was going to get loose as soon as you saw the handcuffs, but I'm sorry they missed a beat by not having him use his own detached, handcuffed arm like nunchuks to bust some heads.
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Sep 30, 2015
I am hoping that in the long run things will work out between Bobbi and Hunter. I think the woman Rosalind and her unit will be a big problem for S.H.I.E.L.D. I believe that they will bring Simmons back and stop at nothing to protect all the Inhumans. I really liked last night's episode. It rocked!
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Sep 30, 2015
Here's what I think: This 'Rosalind' will turn out to be Abigail Brandt and her unit will eventually become SWORD - mirroring Coulson's SHIELD. I'm thinking particularly because of her group's focus on extra-terrestrial threats they'll take that line.

Also, surprised you didn't comment on Mack's new role. I have to say, it was a smart move taking Trip out of the equation and letting Mack become Daisy's partner. I can already feel the chemistry there and it is great development for his character. I'm also loving the tension he has with Lincoln and how that will develop - I just desperately hope we don't end up with a "Daisy gets kidnapped so we have to put our differences aside to rescue her" storyline. That would be lame.

Oh, and Kaitlin, you can super-style my hair any time...
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Sep 30, 2015
I figured the review was long enough already. There will be plenty of time to talk about Mack later, I think. I'm digging him so far this season though.
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Oct 01, 2015
they gave him the best one-ish-liners of the episode. the scene where predator (wtf? inhuman sonic the hedge hog?) carves a hole in a wall to make himself scarce and daisy walks in after him:

i need a bigger gun, i guess
or my axe
or maybe a shotgun/axe combination of some sort
oh, we goin in here? yeah, that makes sense.
'cause white people be CRAAAAZY.

i might've added a little bit at the end.
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Sep 30, 2015
Yes, it was long, but it was worth it. You were really excited about writing about this show, or so it seems.
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Sep 30, 2015
This premiere was GOOD.

It had a good balance. Bobbi & Hunter continue to be amazing & one of the most likeable superhero/comic book show romances. It helps that there's none of that teenage drama (despite Hunter's moments of- entertaining- immaturity) & they're written like adults. Arrow, take notes.

Fitz was great, Coulson & Mack brought it. It set up a lot of things nicely. I loved Hunter bringing the humour. I did cringe a little whenever Daisy/Skye used her powers but I guess with time it'll look more natural & less like posing.

I think the show is now fully what people wanted during season one. I just hope it doesn't end up being a season long set up/ promotion for the Inhumans movie & that it has more to it than this single plotline as the driving force.

So glad that there wasn't Ward this episode. He just isn't needed anymore. I hope Bobbi & Hunter team up to kick his ass. I think Bobbi could take him & I do think Hunter is underestimated. I hope Fitz comes along so he can cheer.
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Sep 30, 2015
"Did you catch the reference to Ant-Man? That and the reference to Age of Ultron still feel a little too on-the-nose and weird. I don't know how to fix it, though."

I thought they felt fine. I'm not sure how you would have an event like an entire nation (albeit a tiny one) fall out of the sky, and nobody talks about it. It would be like 9/11 happening, and everyone just kind of ignored it.
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Sep 30, 2015
I agree ... also (I guess speaking to Kaitlin here) the Avengers 2 reference was in context of alien appearances in "New York, London and Sokovia" causing the world to freak out. So Avengers, Thor 2 and Avengers 2 all got mentioned ... and that was appropriate in context. The Pym reference was a bit more tenuous, but I was fine with it :D
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Sep 30, 2015
I think simmons is on the Kree planet or one that they go to. Makes sense.
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Sep 30, 2015
Ant-Man reference: missed it! Anyone?
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Sep 30, 2015
Coulsen told fitz that they had pym look into the rock that took simmons
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Sep 30, 2015
No, After Fitz heard about what happened at Pym Technologies he thought that Simmons might have been shank. Pam didn't look at the Monolith.
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Sep 30, 2015
shrunk*
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Sep 30, 2015
I thought they mentioned something about the Pym experiment and that Jemma might've shrunk.
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Sep 30, 2015
yep
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Sep 30, 2015
Season 3 came out with a BANG!!!!

BTW, if I suddenly disappear and you hear on the news about some whacked craziness in NC, then figure I took the WRONG fish oil pills. :D

I loved every part of this episode, though I'll have to re-watch it in order to catch anything I missed the first time around.

Fitz tearing that thug a new one in order to get that seal made my heart cry and cheer at the same time. He's hurting so bad it's almost painful to watch, especially that last scene with the monolith. And OMG, how is Simmons going to return to Earth??!!!

I missed May, but I also understand that she needs some time after what happened in SOS. I hope she returns soon. She belongs behind the wheel of the Bus, and at Coulson's side.

Coulson seemed a bit off of his pins. I hope he can get his equilibrium back with everything that's happened. That trap was bit too obvious for him to have missed.

Mack is still Mack.

Bobbi and Hunter are so cute together.

Sk...Daisy seems to have really come into her own. I loved how she and Mack worked together.
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Sep 30, 2015
I'm in NC too! Stay away from my fish oil! It's mine - all mine! Bwhahaha!
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Sep 30, 2015
I liked how Coulson mounted the ax used to cut off his hand on the wall in his office.
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Sep 30, 2015
Oh man I missed that. I'll have to go back and watch again.
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Sep 30, 2015
Very strong return for Agents of SHIELD! I had almost forgotten how great this show has become since the end of season one. How awesome was Fitz?!?!? This is easily one of my favorite shows and one of the best shows currently on tv. 9.5/10.
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