On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 18, Hive and Daisy pair up through Daisy's parasite-induced mind control to recruit more Inhumans to their cause, while Fitzsimmons get steamy on a mission!
Join TV Fanatics Meg Bonney, Jim Garner, Kathleen Wiedel, and Caralynn Lippo, as they discuss Fitz and Simmons long-awaited hook-up and the return of the Kree!
Fitz and Simmons! So much sweetness in this episode. React.
Meg: I don't know that I can fully express my joy with words. They were so flipping cute and it was great! Fitz is so take-charge and Jemma is so forward and I LOVE IT. As much as I love them, I get nervous when I (as a viewer) get what I want. I feel like something bad is going to happen now. Can we just have them locked in one of those padded cells for safe keeping? Please?!
Jim: Agreed, Meg! I loved them together in this episode and now I'm all scared that one of them is going to have something bad happen to them... again! Have to keep my fingers crossed.
Kathleen: Alas, I'm agreeing with the both of you. It's been wonderful having Fitz and Simmons move forward with their relationship (and evolving as characters, to boot!), but I'm waiting for the shoe to fall and something awful to happen. Our heroes can't have anything nice! Not for long, anyway.
Caralynn: I've loved Fitz and Simmons (and the two of them together, especially) since the very beginning. They're adorable and perfectly matched and have such chemistry! And that sex scene was unexpectedly hot! I was expecting it to be sweet/tender/cute, but it was actually very hot. Basically, I loved it. Please protect these two, show.
How did you like the dynamic between Coulson and May after Daisy leaves?
Meg: It was like my parents were fighting in the next room but in a good way. It's something that was always alluded to, but it was great to see it finally come out that Coulson sees her as a daughter. I was also very glad that May checked Coulson a little bit. May usually just follows orders, but that murder vest was messed up.
Jim: It was an interesting dynamic to say the least. Thought I thought Lincoln's "you can get rid of me and go back to being a messed up family" was a little harsher than it should have been.
Kathleen: May and Coulson have always been the Team Mom and Dad, which was lampshaded in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 9 during Skye's dream sequence, when she envisioned the two of them standing in for her parents. The team has always been more than just a team. It helps that the circumstances have rarely been less than extraordinary. This wasn't the first time Coulson has admitted to seeing Daisy like a daughter.
I seem to recall him saying much the same thing to Cal in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 22: "She's not my daughter, but she's as close to family as I've got, and I will save her, no matter what the cost." Unfortunately, this mentality can lead to people making terrible choices. Murder vest? Really?
Caralynn: Yeah, there was nothing surprising about that exchange. Could on has considered Daisy his daughter for a long time now and it made sense that May (gently) put him in his place, both about Daisy not being his daughter and about his willingness to sacrifice Lincoln while protecting Daisy at all costs. May always knows what to say to get through to Coulson.
Hive and Daisy are building an Inhuman army. He even bought an entire town for them. Is this partnership as dangerous as you thought it would be?
Meg: It's so odd because she is still Daisy but with a weird Hive bond. I expected more of an evil Daisy but I guess Hive isn't really evil. He just has his own plan and his own agenda. He isn't just walking around killing everyone. So yes, going in to the episode I thought it would be a little more chaos but I still really liked the dynamic between them.
Jim: I think it might be more dangerous for all the reasons Meg pointed out. Daisy isn't "evil Daisy," she's herself but enthralled by Hive to make wrong choices... it's really creepy!
Kathleen: I like that Hive has his own agenda, as Meg pointed out, one that is entirely separate from what Hydra had in mind as its psycho cult worshiped Hive through the ages. Whatever Hive's endgame is, though, you can pretty well guarantee it won't be good news for the human race.
Caralynn: I think it's hilarious that Hydra utterly misread Hive's intentions, apparently. These dudes were sacrificing their own to Hive for decades, only for Hive to immediately detach from them as soon as he got back. This agenda makes a lot more sense and I think this form of mind-control-that's-not-quite-mind-control that Daisy is under is interesting and unique. It'll also make it harder for Daisy to bounce back from it.
It looks like the Kree are returning (possibly in flashbacks), what do you expect?
Meg: Absolute craziness. From what I know of the Kree, there is no way that this is a fluffy episode. I expect crazy, crazy and more crazy to come out of the Kree.
Jim: I think what Meg was trying to say is that things are going to get KREEzy! (See what I did there?) I'm expecting a lot of violence and mayhem.. here is hoping they can stop Hive.
Kathleen: I am absolutely thrilled to get a Kree return. The Kree have provided the Marvel Cinematic Universe with some major, major story importance over the years, from being the source of the serum that resurrected Coulson to the main villain of Guardians of the Galaxy to the Inhuman experiments. Plus Kree-Pete (Eddie McClintock) in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 12 (yes, yes, I know his name is Vin-Tak!). The Kree would either be delighted about the success of the experiments or horrified that they got so out of control.
Caralynn: Hahaha, Jim, I love that – "KREEzy." It's going to be really interesting to see them be potentially afraid of Hive, this thing they created. It'll definitely up the danger quotient.
React to Jemma’s confrontation with Hive and shooting him in the stomach.
Meg: I panicked a little. I don't think Hive will let that go unanswered and that freaks me out! It didn't kill him but he just got that body back up and running. Now he will have to kill some folks to fix those holes. Whether she meant to or not, it will have some bad consequences. The other thing I wondered was what if the bullets had something else in them. Like a tracker? Or the cure she was working on? That would be cool, too.
Jim: Way to go Jemma! Personally, I would have put one between the eyes as well before I ran off. But, beyond that, it was nice to see Jemma showing some boldness again and taking a stand. I hope Meg's fear of it coming to back to hurt her is already passed.
Kathleen: Even though it probably a pretty well futile gesture, it was still satisfying. Take that, Ward! (Fine, fine, not Ward, but still!) The confrontation also shows how far she's come as a character since we first met her arguing with Fitz about Night-Night guns. This is the woman who infiltrated Hydra and lived to tell the tale! Awesome.
Caralynn: May placed a Chekhov's gun directly into Jemma's hand, so it was pretty clear that that gun was going to go off at some point in this episode. I like that Jemma fulfilled her vow to shoot Ward (sorta) and that she got closure with Will (also sorta). The latter was definitely necessary prior to taking the next step in her relationship with Fitz.
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