The Kree come calling in a tense episode as our Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. head towards their final showdown with Hive and his Inhuman forces. You can check out Doug’s review of episode 19 here , and read on for the biggest moments from “Failed Experiments.”
Okay, so obviously May and James will never be a thing, but I still think their interaction in this episode deserves a couple name for the simple fact that it’s so apropos given how their relationship ends. There was a lot of dark and crazy things happening this episode and that’s likely to remain the case for the final few, so it’s always nice when we get a bit of a breather with some good old spy-themed character work. May is often called upon to kick ass, but it’s nice when the writers give Wen a chance to actually act. While the pairing between her and James is similar to that of her with Hunter, it’s always fun to see May play someone, especially when it involves her being so surprisingly talkative and charming. She easily wins James’ confidence and interest and her rapid pool cue-assisted takedown of him once she gets the slightest bit of information she needed was incredibly satisfying. I mean, James is fun and all, but he’s still a bit of a douche. Again, I applaud the crew for taking a good chunk of time to handle this scene and make the character interactions drive the plot as well. There are lots of other great little moments like this throughout the episode, but this one takes the cake.
2) RIP Kree Reapers
The arrival of the Kree Reapers was teased heavily in the marketing for this episode, and while they look pretty neat and it certainly expands the cosmic scope S.H.I.E.L.D. has slowly gained over the years, they aren’t really used to much effect. They’re mainly just alien muscle as their whole purpose for being drawn to Earth is a bust thanks to Mack splinter bombing one and Hive consuming the other. I mean, if there’s only two of these guys anywhere nearby and Hive so desperately needs their living blood, wouldn’t it be smart to keep them both alive rather than just hope that Daisy pulled it off on her end? Oh well. It’s still neat watching them fight as we finally get to see Hive in action and we get the rare case of Daisy not holding back with her powers. We’ve also now seen the Kree more times on TV than in the film side of the MCU. Hell, counting the Kree corpse that drove so much of Season 1 and 2, they’re practically recurring characters.
It’s fun to watch this show dive so deep into Inhuman and Kree lore, especially given the Inhumans film seems less and less likely to happen. It’s a shame that this show will never be able to go full cosmic (what with budgets and all) and it’s unlikely we’ll ever get a Guardians of the Galaxy crossover, because S.H.I.E.L.D. has been doing a fantastic job exploring this huge chunk of Marvel history. I can’t imagine the show justifying too many more Kree showing up on Earth without any government, military, or the Avengers noticing (so these guys have just been floating up in pod around the Earth for a thousand years and nobody noticed?), but I’m all in favor of more cosmic elements popping up on the show. In the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. deals with all manner of threats, so it’s nice to see them take on aliens and superpowers (and hopefully magic soon) on the show.
3) Deadly Daisy
I touched on it earlier up top, but now that Daisy is being “swayed” by Hive, she is really cutting loose with her powers. We saw her nearly destroy the S.H.I.E.L.D. base a few episodes back, and her fight against the Kree Reaper allows her to really go wild with her abilities. We’ve rarely seen her use her powers in a subtle fashion (her manipulating the tap water last season when she was discovering her powers is the only instance that comes to mind), but even when she blasts people it’s usually not with a ton of force. The Kree are much tougher than her usual opponents though, which lets her really lay into the alien with her Quake (sorry, Tremors) powers. And she doesn’t just end the fight by knocking her assailant out, she uses her abilities to break the Kree’s neck. It’s a brutal scene and really makes you question how much of the Daisy we knew this actually is, and if she’s had these tendencies all along. First Malick, then the Kree, and then Mack?
That’s right, even if we can justify her killing Malick and Kree (mind-controlled or not) and if the Fitz assault gets a pass as some sort of warning, her vicious takedown of Mack is hard to watch. While their relationship is relatively new, the first part of this season featured some really strong pairings between the two as partners in the proto-Secret Warriors. It was hard enough seeing her complete lack of love for Mack once he turns down her Inhumanizing offer, but talking smack about his relationship with his brother was a low blow. And then of course there was her breaking his arm and violently beating him to a pulp out in the street before almost killing him! How do you come back from that? Daisy didn’t know she was about to be stopped, so whatever argument that might be made about her having control over the situation becomes tenuous when she certainly seemed ready to end her former partner’s life. We’ll have to wait and see in the final episodes whether this means that Hive has a more sinister hold over the Inhumans than he’s letting on, or if Daisy has simply been holding back this nefarious side of her all along.
So, what did you think? Let us know in the comments what your favorite moments were and what you’re hoping to see next week. You can check out the promo for episode 20 titled “Emancipation” here and for all things Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., follow along here. For more MCU related news and features, make sure to follow us on Twitter.