As always, these breakdowns do include spoiler alerts if you have yet to watch the most recent episode of *Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you don’t want spoiled, adios.
While it was just a second or two of bad-assery in the middle of the prison break, I didn’t want to do this breakdown without pointing out the holographic shield Agent Phil Coulson has “stored” in his prosthetic hand. While we’ve seen Agent Coulson do something things with his hand, such as projecting x-ray vision to look through a tractor trailer, this takes the cake with the coolest thing he can do with a new hand.
As it’s well-documented that Captain America is Coulson’s favorite Avenger, it’s fitting to see him take some major influence from Cap’s stars and stripes shield when putting together his holographic shield. I thought the special effects behind the shield Coulson beams out of his hand that stops bullets looked great, much like Radcliffe’s holographic’s I spoke about a few weeks back. With how crisp and clear those effects look, I wonder why the ghost effects come across so poorly. What’s that saying…beggars can’t be choosers, right?
Director Mace, the Under the Table Dealmaker…? Part One
When Agent Simmons found out about Fitz and Radcliffe’s Life Model Decoy they’ve been working on, it seemed as if it would have disastrous consequences for the former as she’s required to take periodic lie detector tests as a part of Director Mace’s “A Team That Trusts…” Initiative. When she’s taking the test, it appears that it starts telling the tests proctor that she’s lying. Just then, Director Mace barges in and pulls Jemma out and says he needs help: he’s 15 minutes out from debating Inhuman-hating Senator Nadeer live on a TV show.
After the debate, one in which Mace claims he’s been a hero overseas is over, Mace confronts Simmons about the test results. Simmons essentially has an “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” moment when she hints that Mace might not have accomplished to heroic feats he spoke about in the interview.
Director Mace, the Inhuman
Since we found out that the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. was indeed Jeffrey Mace, it was a matter of time before we found out more about Patriot, his superhero alter-ego.
In the aforementioned debate, Director Mace goes off script and turns off the earpiece through which Agent Simmons was funneling facts and statistics to use. It’s then he shares for the first time publicly, much to Senator Nadeer’s dismay, that he underwent Terrigenesis and is, in fact, an Inhuman.
After the debate, we find out that Mace’s approval ratings are sky-rocketing. But for how long?
Director Mace, the Under the Table Dealmaker…? Part Deux
At the tail end of the episode, we see Director Mace and Senator Nadeer meet up in the back of a black vehicle. It is there the Senator shows Mace footage from the episode’s earlier jailbreak in which Agents Coulson, May, and Mack are working with Daisy Johnson and Robbie Reyes.
In the footage, it shows Robbie Reyes turn into Ghost Rider and murder the last remaining person of the street gang who is responsible for turning Robbie’s younger brother Gabe into a paraplegic due to a drive-by shooting.
In an obvious black mail attempt, Senator Nadeer then threatens to release the footage to the public and reveal that S.H.I.E.L.D. is working with a fugitive Inhuman and supernatural being. Wanting to make sure his approval rating keeps soaring, Director Mace then asks what she wants in return for keeping the footage secret.
From the typically straight-laced person we’ve seen so far this season, the two times Director Mace made deals show he’s certainly willing to bend on his principals.
What do you think Agent Mace and Senator Nadeer will be doing to keep the footage quiet? Could it be something to do with the Senator’s brother that we saw a few episodes back? Let me know in the comments below.
While my breakdown does include some of the biggest episodes of the fifth episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth season, I do encourage you to hop over and check out Matt’s more in-depth review of “Lockup” here.