This season Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been veering towards the mystic. The first two episodes have very much centered on Robbie Reyes, AKA Ghost Rider as well as the astral beings that infected May and have been causing her to see hallucinations where everyone appears to look just like Kaecilius., the bad guy from the upcoming Doctor Strange movie who Mads Mikkelsen is playing. It appeared that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be going away from the Inhuman storyline and veering towards a mystic-type.
Turns out, that’s not the case.
This entire episode served as a reminder that Inhumans exist and are still very much on everyone’s radar.
The entire episode centers on a terrorist attack that goes off simultaneously across the world, where terrorists claiming to be Inhumans have launched multiple EMP attacks, disabling power in major cities. Because of the Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War, also included the registration of all Inhumans across the world, the terrorists demanded that Inhumans no longer be registered or else chaos would happen across the globe. It’s up to the still in the shadows S.H.I.E.L.D. to come and save the day.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Coulson continues to worry about May, who is going crazy after being exposed to the box back in the first episode and the ghosts have caused her to experience hallucinations. She’s been shipped to the CDC, but they don’t know what to do either. The director, Jeffrey Mace needs to pull Coulson away from May’s dilemma as he needs his best to handle the blackout situation as it could cause a big problem for the still I the shadows agency as they prepare to go public. Coulson goes with Mack and Fitz to Miami to investigate the blackout while Simmons tries to investigate May’s problems in the hopes of curing her before she dies.
Back at the hotel, the siege is continuing as the armed militants are searching for the mystery Inhuman. People of the party turn on a local magician thinking he’s the Inhuman. Yo-Yo does her best to use her “flash” speed powers to disarm the armed militants, but then her supposed friend notices her and betrays her. Now the militants know that she’s the one that’s the Inhuman and corner her. Lucky for her, Coulson and the gang turn up at the right moment. We are treated to a very cool “one-shot” fight sequence where they disarm the militants. After they take them down, they realize that the militants are members of The Watchdogs, the anti-Inhuman vigilante group. It looks like they have received some major backing, enough to launch an international terrorist attack. The group quickly learns where the master EMP is and after defeating the guards disable the device, saving the day.
In the aftermath, director Mace takes Coulson’s advice and decides to take S.H.I.E.L.D. public (ahead of schedule) and letting the world know that they are back in business. He also lets the world know that the blackout was not Inhuman-sponsored and the new S.H.I.E.L.D. will protect everyone, human and Inhuman. Meanwhile, it appears that one of the masterminds of the blackout was an anti-Inhuman senator who seems to have an ax to grind as her brother is in ash, presumably after touching one of the Terrigen crystals.
Overall, this was a solid episode as it focused on the Inhumans and reminds the audience of everything that happened last season. Also, this was a step forward in uniting the film universe and the television universe. S.H.I.E.L.D. is back as a public agency. With the agency going public, hopefully, this will impact Marvel movies going forward. With May back to her normal self, The Calvary’s back!
Next week is going back to the mystic side as Coulson finally confronts the Ghost Rider.