AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 EP04 “DEVILS YOU KNOW”
By Roshawn Rochester
Another great-paced episode! The writers have really found a good footing for this season and it is progressing nicely. Continuing with all of the storylines from the previous episodes (including the underlying B story with Agent Mae) this episode revs the series up to, in my opinion, the best it has been.
The tone of the entire episode is hard to define for me as there were questions unanswered and finality brought to questions from previous episodes. The biggest development, in terms of unanswered questions from previous episodes, comes with the revelation that Lash has a method to his madness. He isn’t targeting random Inhumans. He’s targeting all of them. Or so we are left to believe. He proves this as he kills his partner, Dwight Frye. The biggest development with Lash is that he can turn into a human form and blend in with the world. Daisy knows this information and only tells Mack, keeping it from the ATCU.
Simmons’ is still coming to terms with being on Earth and barely has any screen time. She does, however, manage to snap at Fitz and Bobbi after finding Fitz combing through her research on the Monolith. Having trusted Bobbi with this information, she assumed that she gave up her secret. All is settled between the two of them as Bobbi tells Simmons that she needs to tell Fitz. And she does just that at the end of the episode. This will undoubtedly become a bigger part of the season in the coming episodes.
Mae and Hunters’ relationship takes a turn for the worse as he is letting his emotions cloud his better judgement when it comes to finding Ward. This leads Mae to come back to Coulson and ask him for help. While that was her primary reason for coming back to the team, it also helps feed into the underlying B story between Mae and her ex-husband. She wants to let everything be while he seems to resent his decision to leave her. Nothing is resolved between the two as the story progresses.
Hunter is still over his head as his Hydra contacts make him get into a trunk in order to go to their base. When he arrives, he’s greeted by Ward himself. All hell breaks loose and it looks like Hunter is about to meet his end until Mae shows up. She quickly evens the odds and puts it in their favor. However, that doesn’t last long as Ward reveals he has eyes on Dr. Garner in a market and that his life can be spared if Hunter and Mae back down. Werner von Strucker shows Dr. Garner that he is with Hydra and they mean business. Mae doesn’t want to risk it but Hunter doesn’t care. He thinks Ward is bluffing so he calls it. Ward gets away and you can see the rage building on Mae’s face. The next cut scene shows a body (doesn’t show if it is Dr. Garner or not, I’m going to bet it is the store employee) bleeding on the floor with gasoline pouring out next to it. A flame sets off an explosion and von Strucker is shown making it out of the market alive.
All in all, I would have to give all five stars to this episode. I wasn’t sure that anything could top the season premier but this season just keeps ramping up to another level. The progression of the story is finally feeling more like a comic book arc and less like a self-contained story in each episode. Really loving the overall feel of this season and I can’t wait to see where it goes next!