Simmons has to go back? What?!? That's definitely a twist I didn't see coming.
While the hunt for Lincoln was entertaining, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 3 stalled a bit for me. Hunter getting his ass whooped at fight club for a meeting with Ward was overkill. This better not be a wild goose chase people.
The scene between Daisy and Lincoln was emotional, as was Fitz-Simmons' date.
Poor Lincoln, the guy just can't catch a break. I realize the writers refuse to make it easy for him to join Daisy's "Secret Warriors," but if he ends up in ACTU custody (or dead) I'm going to be pissed. Luke Mitchell is an asset, here's hoping the showrunners exploit his full potential on the show. At least the kiss was a solid hint he might be sticking around.
Speaking of which, even when fans bitched about Fitz-Simmons in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 I always liked the duo. That said, I never imagined Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge would prove to be such strong actors. They embody their characters 100%, and boy can Henstridge turn on the waterworks. If that scene in the restaurant didn't touch you, perhaps you should apply for Ward's Hydra.
We learned Simmons' body is out of whack, but she appears to be human.
Fitz: She said she was being hunted.
Mack: Wait what? What does that mean? Hunted by what?
Fitz: She didn't say. I don't know if she even knows.
Coulson: My God, imagine her having to go through all that alone? For that long?
Bobbi: Well, thanks to this guy not anymore.
You have to wonder though, are her heightened senses really just an aftereffect of the alien atmosphere? Is it possible she met one of the Gloucestershire travelers over there, and does this person have the answers she seeks? Perhaps that's why she needs to get back there? What was chasing her on that planet? Share your theories with me in the comments below.
Elsewhere, Rosalind was making a little too much noise and spooking the public. I understand the ATCU was being pressured by the White House, but come on, their actions made them come across like total amateurs. Hey, at least we got some cool "powers" scenes out of Lincoln. I'm not sure I like this Coulson/Price team up. There are hints of Captain America: Civil War already creeping into the series. By the way, how did Mack plant that tracker without Lincoln feeling it?
I was bummed that Lincoln accidentally killed his friend/sponsor. Were you?
Lincoln: Look, it's a misunderstanding. I promise you, I haven't done anything wrong.
John: Okay, that is all I need to hear. I know what kind of man you are.
The guy sure did turn quickly on our Inhuman friend. I saw it coming the moment John switched on the TV set. I get it, Lincoln isn't exactly human, but John didn't even give his pal the the benefit of the doubt. There seemed to be history there, it's crazy how abruptly he betrayed him. Now, Lincoln's got to deal with the guilt of John's death as well.
While there were some fun moments between May and Hunter, I found myself less interested in the hunt for Ward. May's Blondie shirt was pretty badass, wasn't it? And Hunter sure can take a beating. Daniel Feuerriegel (Spartacus) was a welcome addition here, and the subtitled bar scene managed to get a laugh out of me. "Right, 'cause you guys aren't hard enough to understand as it is" May said. Yeah, that was some brilliant writing for sure. I wonder how much of it was improvised on set.
One of the highlights of the episode was Coulson and Price's little rendezvous.
Coulson: You have an ace up your sleeve and I'm tired of waiting for you to play it.
Price: Is that so?
Coulson: You have surveillance from the hospital, which means there's another picture you chose not to put on TV.
Price: A pretty face, with no name. No birth record. No social attacked to it. She's one of them, and she works for you, right?
Coulson: What do I need to do to keep this quiet?
I loved Coulson using the White House feed to reach out to Rosalind. His fascination with her car was pure Coulson too. Still, I think it's clear this "team up" is not going to work out. Were you surprised Coulson gave Lincoln up to save Daisy? Who can our Inhuman friend possibly turn to now? Again, I'm hoping Lincoln finds his way back to Daisy and joins the team. Hopefully, the writers don't stall until midseason.
Aside from the hunt for Lincoln, I have to say the quiet moments between Fitz and Simmons were some of my favorites. The fact he saved that dinner reservation for months was heartwarming. It shows us Fitz had no doubt he'd find her eventually.
I couldn't help wonder if Simmons' tears were because she was overwhelmed by it all, or because she feels guilty she simply doesn't love him in the same way. Perhaps, she's keeping a dark secret from him and it's torturing her. All I know for sure, is their storyline is the one I'm most invested in so far.
What did you think of "A Wanted (Inhu)man"? Will Lincoln ever catch a break? Why does Simmons need to return to that planet? Is Coulson's partnership with Rosalind bad news? Did you enjoy the fight club stuff more than I did? Your turn folks, go ahead and sound off in the comments below. Look for our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. round table later this week.
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NOTE: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 4 is titled "Devils You Know" and airs on Tuesday, October 20.