****SPOILERS WILL BE SPOILERY!!!****
This week’s episode took place mostly on the mysterious blue world, as it opens with Team Ward wandering the planet with Fitz and coming across what looks like a giant Hydra logo embedded into the sand. Why? Who left it there? Why would a super secret organization have any use for a gigantic sign, confirming their evil existence? We may never know. Even though it makes very little sense (I don’t even remember them making giant Hydra logos in Captain America: First Avenger), I guess it was still a pretty cool visual.
Phil Coulson also makes it through alive, but must have knocked his head because he dreams about waking up next to Rosalind, and you’d probably have to be concussed to be dreaming about that. Keep in mind he’s met NATASHA ROMANOV and BOBBI MORSE and LADY SIF and THOR...wait what? Well, you get the idea. Just the thought of waking up next to Roz Price makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I am not fond of the woman. And I don’t even think the two characters had all that great chemistry to begin with. But anyway. He gets his mind together and sets out for Ward and his REVENGE!
The Hydra team come across Astronaut Will’s bunker to find him alive but injured from the mysterious creature that haunts the planet. I was never 100% sure if the monster was real or not, but it must be, right? Fitz explains that Will was unknowingly sent there by Hydra and Ward decides to spare his life and use him as a guide to finding this monster. Because Hydra loves collecting monsters.
Speaking of that, Jemma Simmons escapes captivity and stumbles upon Andrew Garner’s prison cube. He begs her to set him free and when they hear guards coming he convinces her that he’s (as Lash) her only chance of survival. She lets him out and cringes at the sounds of Lash decimating Hydra’s goons.
Meanwhile, Mack and May decide that a team needs to go in and be there when Phil, Fitz or whoever comes back through the portal. May stays behind on the bus to make the call that after a certain amount of time they fire missiles and level the castle, whether they make it out or not. Mack, Lance Hunter, Daisy Johnson, Joey Gutierrez, Lincoln Campbell and Bobbi head in to crack Hydra heads and possibly save their friends.
Once again, Gideon Malick sicks the telekinetic Giyera on the Agents but we finally get to see our first preview of the Secret Warriors team as Joey and Lincoln team up and use their Inhuman powers to put him down. Joey even melts the bullets that are shot at him! It’s a cool moment, indeed. My only pet peeve here is that once again Giyera is proven to be a cream puff that is easily beaten. It’s really a shame that we’ve yet to see Mark Dacascos shine in this role.
On the planet, Fitz and Will conspire together to escape Hydra and they do! Will is surprisingly good at fighting and manages to shank Ward’s goons and they make their way to the portal, which will be closing soon. Phil encounters Ward, disarms him and leads him by gunpoint to the portal as well. Do they all make it through? No, no they don’t. When it is all said and done, there is a major, MAJOR death as well as a shocking revelation! I refuse to spoil the end, but be sure to watch the episode right to the end! The last few seconds are worth it.
It was a pretty decent midseason finale with plenty of action, but I think a few of the characters like May, Morse and Giyera were underutilised. We even don’t get to see a lot of Lash, as his entire action sequence is “implied” and not even seen. You’d think they would have gone all out for this episode.
What we do get to see is Joey and Lincoln use their powers and proves that the second half of the season will have lots of far-out powers and special FX, which is something to get excited about. We also get to FINALLY see Coulson and Ward fight one-on-one, with an ending that I didn’t really see coming. LASER FINGERS? MAYBE! Check out the episode on your most trusted streaming service and find out!
So far what inherently separates this season of AoS from the past seasons is that this season was especially darker and focused more on the individual characters and their stories instead of whatever’s happening in the Cinematic Universe and the “freak of the week” formula. I hope this continues as the characters have all grown and we’ve become interested in them, so they don’t need to rely on the films for interest from the audience and tell their own story. I also liked how the 3 seemingly unrelated main storylines: the blue planet, the Inhumans /ATCU and Ward’s Hydra resurgence all somehow connected and interweaved. The show has a habit of getting better in the second half of the season as well, so that’s something to look forward to!
That’s all for now! Keep it locked for more FPB every weekend and look for my Agent Carter Season 2 reviews in January! Bleed out!