Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Among Us Hide…” Review

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Posted November 9, 2015 by Kenneth Rodriguez in Comic Books

If you would like to catchup with last week’s episode, you can find that here.

 
Andrew suddenly became alot more interesting

Andrew suddenly became alot more interesting

It seems almost too quickly, especially in the years of reporting on the show, but this was AoS’ 50th episode! And while it was mostly uninteresting again, it had some reveals that have a lot of potential. We finally know who Lash is, and it’s a bit of shocker it was so fast. I fully expected the reveal to last until the mid-season finale, but it seems the writers have decided there is no reason to drag out these kind of mysteries anymore. It was fairly obvious that Lash wasn’t going to be the ATCU agent being staked out, but I certainly hadn’t given much thought to Andrew as the culprit. He happens to have the perfect cover, and is in a great position for his as of now unknown end goals. Lash’s identity shines a completely different light on Andrew’s somewhat suspicious actions in the entire show, and it adds huge weight to a character we didn’t know much about.

Bobbi finally getting back into the fray was certainly more interesting than her sitting in the lab all the time. She’s been frustratingly stuck on the sidelines all season, but she came back with a bang with some kickass fight scenes. That said, the unwillingness to fight she displayed earlier this season — and May’s egging her on — didn’t fit completely with her character. That’s okay though, because the end result was Bobbi frying Ward’s right hand man in a swimming pool., so at least it was worth it.

I liked Hunter as comic relief this episode

I liked Hunter as comic relief this episode

Hunter was at least interesting in this episode. It was good to see the consequences of his actions against Andrew bite him in the ass, with every team member giving him a hard time about it. I liked seeing this mopey, grounded Hunter, and the trio of himself, Daisy, and Mack, made for a great comic relief dynamic. We need more of that grouping, to say the least.

Daisy is starting to see the world differently than her mentor Coulson

Daisy is starting to see the world differently than her mentor Coulson

Rosalind and Coulson spent the entire episode together, leading to the humanizing of ATCU’s charismatic leader. Coulson learned she lost her husband to an incurable virus, and it was an impetus for her to develop a way of protecting Inhumans, as a substitute for the way she would have protected her husband against cancer if given the chance. ATCU’s method of storing Inhumans in a suspended animation-chamber, is certainly wrong, but I’m glad the show has humanized Rosalind and provided a legitimate reason for her way of doing things. Having Skye see Coulson not immediately horrified at her actions will definitely affect their relationship, so we will finally see how their relationship is tested. As the sole Inhuman advocate on the team, its been a long time coming for her blind trust of all of her kind to come into conflict with Coulson’s need to try to do the best with everybody. I’m interested to see how this affects the already rocky relationship between the ATCU and SHIELD as well.

Fitz and Simmons were placed on the back burner after their important episode last week, but they still got some important moments in; having them still act independently helping separate missions and crews was entertaining. The fact that Fitz is still willing to save Will with such determination is extremely admirable — he is twice the person than most. Simmons, on the other hand, had a great scene with Andrew, and had the chance to throw some of his smug psychoanalysis back at him, to prove how far she has come after her ordeal.

The von Struckers always seem to get the short end of the stick

The von Struckers always seem to get the short end of the stick

Ward’s Hydra shenanigans introduced us to a new big player: Gideon Malick, formerly seen as one of the members of the shadowy World Security Council from the first Avengers film. It makes sense that one of them would’ve had ties to HYDRA, and it will be interesting to see how someone with presumably his vast network of connections will be able to help Ward’s fledging proto-HYDRA get back on its feet. It unfourtunate there wasn’t more to Werner von Strucker, as he is pretty casually taken out by Ward’s henchman, especially considering the backlash against his father’s casual demise in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there must be an endgame here, maybe we will see him return in a different form or his siblings take on a bigger spotlight.

Gideon Malick opens up some interesting opportunities for the show

Gideon Malick opens up some interesting opportunities for the show

There was a lot going on this week and it certainly had trouble making any of the individual plots engaging, but at least there is some potential for some meatier stories out of it.  I’m not sure how much longer Andrew will be able to hold his cover: now that May was told by von Strucker, you’d think it’d be a matter of minutes before he’s in a cell, but we know May has an unconventional way of dealing with things. I’m hoping the show tackles Lincoln’s team membership soon, because I’m not sure that’s the best plot to drag out (he is a very vanilla character). Either way, the show is still moving fast, with zero signs of slowing down., so it has at least learned not to repeat the mistakes of last season.


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Kenneth Rodriguez

Kenny has been completing his pokedex since Pokemon Yellow, ever ready for his next test, comics in hand. He thinks Mass Effect is the best game series ever,.. period and loves TV and Movies dearly. Follow him on Twitter @k_rod14