Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3 Episode 2 "A Wanted (In)human" Review!
By Roshawn Rochester
Let me start by saying that this week's episode has really played up to the overall direction and quality of this season. There was good headway with Lincoln’s story, a lot of character building and twists that I couldn’t see coming. The twists were definitely not bad as I hate most of the foreshadowing that happens in some shows where you pretty much figure out the end before it even happens. This episode had me wondering the whole way through and the end gave me hope for the direction of the show.
In terms of overall story development, Lincoln has been having a rough go at it as of late. He can’t seem to catch a break. He’s the nice guy that’s just having the worst time of his life and it made for really entertaining television. He had such an emotional roller coaster in this episode that it was hard to see exactly where he would end up. He was running for his life, found sanctuary, killed his only friend (unintentionally, of course), made out with Daisy (who he’s had feelings for), and then back on the run again. That is a lot for a man to go through I the span of two days! Overall, his story is developing nicely and was a highlight in this episode.
The most dramatic part of the show is the continuing development of Fitz and Simmons. Simmons’ health has taken a turn for the worst. She’s still trying to acclimate to the Earth’s gravity, among other issues. Her senses are sharpened and are affecting her ability to be effective in any situation. Fitz is trying to help, but he can’t seem to figure out exactly what she needs. Fitz is just like any other man. He’s trying to help fix her. I think it really spoke for their relationship when, towards the end of the episode, they are sitting down to have a nice dinner and the normalcy of it all breaks her down. He’s immediately there for her as a shoulder to cry on.
Another highlight and my favorite part of this episode came in the form of guest star Dan Feuerriegel as Spud, Hunter’s old war buddy. Having played Agron in the hit series ‘Spartacus’, it was no wonder why they chose him for the role they did. He was Hunter and Mae’s means to get a meeting with Hydra. Unfortunately for Hunter, that meant that he would have to fight. Catapulting Hunter and Mae into the world of Hydra was both exciting and enlightening. It showed just how rough Hydra was around the edges now and their unsavory recruitment process. It was even rougher to see the look of betrayal on Hunter’s face when he was forced into fighting Spud. While he was fighting for his life, Mae took a few seconds for herself and beat on some thugs that were trying to show her a “good time”. In a bloody fight to the literal death, Hunter finally got the meeting he was looking for albeit at the expense of Spud’s life, but he did it.
To play up some more of the underlying character developments that were almost overshadowed by the action and drama of the team, we turn to Director Coulson. At this point, he is leadership personified. He tries to what is best for his team and ends up taking one on the nose on a few occasions. He doesn’t let his emotions overpower him, but he does use enough to show he’s human. A good example would be when he ordered his team to let the ATCU take Lincoln. It was a tough call, but Coulson figured that as long as Daisy was out of the spotlight and they had oversight on what they did with Lincoln, he could live with that. Overall, he is becoming the leader that S.H.I.E.L.D. should’ve had since the beginning. He just wants to make the world safe and ensure that his team stays alive while doing it.
I will give this week’s episode 3.5 out of 5 stars as it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the first episode of the season, but it was definitely already a better spot than they were at in previous years at this time.