Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 14 Review: Watchdogs

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Bobbi and Hunter's departure takes its toll on the team, especially Mack, as he tries to reconnect with his brother on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 14.

Mack's vacation being cut short when the Watchdogs, who were revealed to be driven by Malick, implode the ATCU building, while he deals with all the lies he's had to tell his family, show that Mack is done with S.H.I.E.L.D. and with Coulson.

Even more so when Daisy takes justice into her own hands.

Mack and His Brother - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Watchdogs have been a group that spread online hate about aliens, a group that Daisy kept her eye on out of her own personal interests, blinding her during the mission. She was focused on the hate they spread, rather than the danger they pose.

Her recklessness put everyone, except herself, at risk. Fitz was shot in the neck with the same bomb that imploded the ATCU building, and Mack was mistaken for having Daisy's powers as they botched another mission. 

Daisy was completely out of line. She used her powers to serve justice, or her form of it, torturing people with her powers and using them as her advantage without taking civil liberties into account.

Her actions show further that Mack is over the government, which doesn't give off great vibes about his future, as he might be the one shown in the flash forward scene. 

Back at headquarters, Jemma FINALLY gets to deal with her guilt and anger, and it's sad that two agents had to leave in order to show that. Maybe the writers figured out they have too many characters and are now clearing out.

For all the miseries endured to rescue helpless, little Agent Simmons.

Jemma

Jemma doesn't want to be vulnerable, she wants to grow, to be stronger, and to protect herself. Will saved her, Fitz saved her, Bobbi saved her; when will she get to save herself? She deserves to be her own hero.

While she's a scientist above all, she's also an agent and should have that training, too.

Jemma also deals with letting Lash free and the consequences of that, while helping May track him. If anyone takes him down, I want it to be these two. But Jemma's possible vaccine is interesting, too. Could it actually work on those who haven't fully transitioned?

Meanwhile, Coulson continues to be an awful and terrible leader as Lincoln returns from his S.H.I.E.L.D. evaluation and is greeted by nothing except a cold shoulder from the Director.

They go on a mission, but Lincoln knows it's a test. Coulson's own evaluation of him. To make sure that Lincoln could do the wrong thing for the right reasons, like the others. Is that a proper way to run a government agency?

While making the hard decisions is what a leader should do, Coulson seems to have given up on any other options. It's kill or be killed with him, which didn't turn out well for Grant Ward, but was a miracle for Hive.

Sadly, no Hive again during this hour, but Malick's influence over the Watchdogs was revealed, putting Hydra back as the number one priority. 

On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 15, the team finally learns that Grant Ward's body is alive, but will they figure out that he's been possessed? When a new Inhuman attacks, they also get a nasty look into their futures.

How will they react to Hive's return to Earth? What future will they see? Leave your theories below!

Don't forget, you can watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. online right here at TV Fanatic, in case you miss Grant Ward, or want to go back and see a simpler time when Fitzsimmons only worried about their night night guns.

Watchdogs Review

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