‘A Wanted (Inhu)man’
Tonight’s Agent of SHIELD reintroduces Lincoln who is being pursued by the ATCU. Daisy wants to help him while Coulson and Mike worry about the danger he poses. Meanwhile Hunter and May are still attempting to infiltrate HYDRA, finding that the only way will be for Hunter to participate in a fight to the death to prove his strength.
The hunt for Lincoln storyline does feel a little weak; after his image is put out on TV he has nowhere to run and you have to wonder why the ATCU waited this long to have him put on the most wanted list. He runs to a close friend who ends up betraying him, which is a scene that would feel much more tragic if this was a character we had any real history with. His friend’s betrayal comes across as very sudden, particularly as in the scenes before it happens he seems willing to believe Lincoln is a good guy. The best scenes for Lincoln this week come when he’s paired with Daisy, with Chloe Bennet and Luke Mitchell creating a believable chemistry between the two characters.Speaking of chemistry, once again the strongest scenes of the episode are taken over by Coulson and Rosalind. Their interplay on the beach while discussing their beautiful cars is great and things get even more interesting when they begin to negotiate. Whilst the ATCU plotline still feels like a re-tread of last year’s SHIELD vs SHIELD story, at least the power plays between the two leaders is keeping things interesting. Thankfully, it looks like we’ll be seeing much more of this pairing in the future with this week’s episode seemingly suggesting a partnership between the two organisations. Even if ATCU becomes a full-blown enemy, I’m certain Constance Zimmer can make a truly charismatic villain, something this show has clearly lacked in the past.
The hunt for Ward continues to move at a glacial pace but at least the scenes at the fight club provide for some entertainment. There is something oddly satisfying about seeing Hunter get his butt kicked and it does seem like he’s completely outmatched. It’s quite a brutal fight scene, with Hunter resembling a bloody pulp by the end. May gets a fight scene of her own, taking down three men in a matter of seconds in an awesome display of her talent. Simmons is still adjusting to being back from wherever the portal sent her, with Elizabeth Henstridge doing a great job of portraying her vulnerability as she struggles to deal with being back home. The show seems willing to take its time exploring what happened to her and I hope they don’t just forget about her trauma like they did with Fitz’s brain damage (which does actually get a flippant mention this week, clearly they remembered again). The post-credits scene throws an interesting twist into her storyline and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.