Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 looks to become the greatest superhero TV show this fall as Inhumans rise and a mysterious Monolith unlocks the universe.
This is a review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3: "Laws of Nature". Spoilers follow.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struggled to keep its footing during Season 1 and most of Season 2. It managed to end with an epic bang at the end of Season 2, setting up what look's to be an outstanding Season 3. There is so much that happened in "Laws of Nature" that it is mind-blowing.
Rise of the Inhumans
"Laws of Nature" hits the ground running. The episode starts off with Joey, a new Inhuman, scared and confused. At the end of Season 2, we saw the Terrigen Mist spreading all over the world, and Joey is one of the unfortunate souls who just happened to have the alien gene in him. He's running from unknown special ops who are trying to hunt him down. Enter Quake. She uses her earthquake powers to subdue the special ops in a fun, comic-book style action sequence. She, Mack, and Hunter airlift poor Joey to safety in a new and updated helicarrier.
Skye or Daisy or Quake (she has three names now) tries to help Joey come to terms with his new identity, but is forced to turn to her own mentor, Lincoln. Lincoln has rejected his Inhumanity now, and turns Daisy away. In an exciting twist, Lincoln and Mack and Daisy are forced to fight the big baddie Inhuman, Lash. Who Lash is or why he's evil doesn't matter (well, it kinda does), because that fight scene is totally awesome.
The ACTU Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.
During Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, we had S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting a bunch of different mediocre bad guys. During Season 2, S.H.I.E.L.D. was fighting itself, fighting the internal disease of Hydra. Now in Season 3, it looks like we have yet another government fight brewing - this time against the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU).
ATCU's Rosalind and her right hand man, Banks, are apprehending Inhumans faster than you could say Inhuman. They are so fast, that not even S.H.I.E.L.D. can get to the Inhumans. They appear to be experimenting on Inhumans for the exact same reason Hydra was - to discover the secret of resurrection. Both Rosalind and Dr. Whitehall want to know the same thing - how did Coulson resurrect. It's a nice reference back to Season 1, giving the show a very connected feel.
Fitz-Simmons And The Monolith
I saved this for last because it is easily the strongest part of "Laws of Nature". Ever since Season 1, we've wanted Fitz and Simmons to finally be together. We've wanted to hear Fitz say, "I love you," to Simmons. And then Season 2 happened. Simmons was gone, swallowed whole by the mysterious Kree Monolith.
If ending on that incredibly tragic cliffhanger at the end of Season 2 didn't drive you bonkers over the summer, I don't know what would. But we finally got to see what happened to Simmons, only to find out she's very alive on some alien planet. Fitz really was the Emmy winner with his incredibly emotional scene near the end, where he refuses to give up on Simmons. In anger, he beats on the Monolith screaming for it to do something. It's a scene that could make a grown man cry. Where Simmons is or what she'll encounter, is the question that I'm expecting to be resolved in a huge way at the end of Season 3. Until then, we only have to hope for the best for Fitz and Simmons.
As a whole, "Laws of Nature" was a huge improvement for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It feels like an all-around exciting, great show now. Yeah, there's some plot holes here and there, but what movie or TV show doesn't have plot holes somewhere. There's lots of great humor mixed with exciting action mixed with heart-wrenching emotional tragedy. Even the Avengers get a few nods, and Ant-Man get's the limelight for a second or two. The promise this TV show has is exciting, so cross your fingers for more amazing twists to come next week!