Last week was big for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the situation surrounding Lash hit a climax and resolution. Who he was and his intentions were made known and from there it was all action as it was time to put the beast down. Hopefully that wasn’t the last of him for the sake of fans of the comic character, but deeper secrets took shape as this was only one problem on top of many others to deal with. S.H.I.E.L.D. has never been in a more vulnerable position with threats from multiple angles, and this episode should shine a light on what they all have in store for Coulson and his team.
This has been an episode to look forward to because now it is known that Rosalind is someone in greater question than before. Before there was just the suspicion of what she was planning to really do with the Inhumans. But now there is the added suspicion of what games the ATCU are really playing at when she has connections to one of the heads of HYDRA. Friend, foe, who knows but if anyone did it feels like Coulson would be the last to know now that he has proven to have feelings for her. If they are real is yet to be determined, though just having them in general is enough to create tension between him and everyone else. The right kind of tension considering trust is not easy to come by for a lot of these agents. With that said, Coulson makes plans for S.H.I.E.L.D. to find answers for themselves settling some concerns. This much was predictable just from promo images, though it is the teams created to pull off this mission that grabs your attention most.
As many viewers would agree, Rosalind has been the surprise favorite this season. You didn’t know what to expect from her, and you didn’t know what to expect from her when Coulson is forced to play nice. Her inclusion was smart because it made us question if Coulson was someone to be trusted himself. Of course at the very last moment making us rethink everything we thought we knew. These two since the start have played off each other so well for the tension that was bound to erupt when the truth needed to come out from both sides. Simply the spy game played at it’s finest for this show. They both played the game, and they both technically got a bit more than they bargained for when all the cards were laid on the table to see the bigger picture at hand. HYDRA somehow has made themselves enemy #1 yet again with what they both learn.
Getting the right dynamics right is important for this show with a big cast. Hunter and Bobbi for example acting as tech support and FBI. The humor was undeniably there just from Hunter’s shirt. Then there’s Daisy and Mac who have made a well engines team since the start of this season. The two you wouldn’t have guessed to work this well together are the most efficient. Then you have Lincoln and May who no one expected to work together this soon. May requested Lincoln and the suspense for that reason carries on for some time. Her reason made sense when the need to reassure Lincoln of his safety needed to be addressed. Getting back to Hunter and Bobbi, they of course made for the most exciting action sequence of this episode. Bobbi pulling a rabbit out of her hat with a cool upgrade to her weapons.
With the start of this episode it became a bit more clear as to what Ward has been looking for on his mission to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. and reform HYDRA. Definitely another reminder of the cold-hearted killer Ward has become. His methods more unconventional each time to get what he wants, though even with those horrors there should be more to look forward to from his appearances. The kind that he brings to the table at the very end. He intends to hit S.H.I.E.L.D. where it hurts the most and it has gotten personal.
Now that Lincoln is with S.H.I.E.L.D. there is finally development between he and Daisy. They kissed before he ran off and many have been wondering if that was just something which happened in the moment or if there could be more to it in time.
Good as well that there is a little progress from Fitz and Simmons on finding another portal to that world. Big or small that is a storyline that viewers should be aware of in terms of its importance to the big picture which is opening up the MCU to what lies beyond Earth. Especially when they finally confront their feelings for each other. A moment between them finally happens and it is while facing a conflict of interest. Working towards one goal that only really benefits one party.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Many Heads, One Tale” gets better with every passing episode as things are never as they seem between the Inhuman plot and this intense spy game between S.H.I.E.L.D. and this line blurring between the ATCU and HYDRA.