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TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.6 – Among Us Hide

By Jeff Ayers

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As a reviewer I try not to be too spoiler heavy, but this episode is full of them, so before reading on it should be explicitly stated: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has definitely ramped up its game this season, bringing not only some incredible cinematic elements to its series (see last episode!), but some pretty cool new characters and left field twists. Let’s start with the good, and move on from there.

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This episode finally gave us a closer look at the events from two weeks ago, when we saw the apparent demise of Agent May’s estranged love interest, Andrew the base doctor. He has been the one that has been vetoing all of Daisy’s picks to be on her secret Inhuman task force, and there is more about that later. But, the episode opens up with the reveal that he isn’t dead, as we were lead to believe. Now, this story beat was played very well on screen, but as a fan of the show and the formula they have put forth in the last three seasons, I saw that coming. This season has been relying heavily on the introduction of a few new characters, namely the ATCU, a few new Inhumans, and the re-introduction of Andrew. Because they have been spending so much time on his character, I felt it was only a misdirect when we thought he was blown up by the young Strucker boy, before Ward’s orders. Andrew has just been painted as too much of an important character, and I had no idea how right I actually was.

The big spoiler-filled reveal was the identity of Lash – the crazed, blue, hulking Inhuman out to destroy his own kind, was seen by Daisy turning into a man at the end of the episode two weeks ago. Now, the team is on the hunt for possible clues as to who it could be, and they believe (as I did) that it was the ACTU second in command, Banks: the rough and tumble military right hand of Rosalind, the ACTU leader. But this was all a clever misdirect, as we learn the real fate of Andrew from a dying Strucker Jr. – Andrew was Lash all along! This puts a huge kink into Coulson and Daisy’s plans to try and create their Secret Warrior team, and we also see May in a rare moment of uncertainty. When she finally gets to confront Andrew, which I bet will be next episode, it will be quite the conversation.

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Speaking of May, some of the best stuff this episode had to offer was May getting Bobbi back into the field. Bobbi is still unsure of her capabilities, but May needs another badass at her side. They have two really interesting sequences, one with Bobbi dealing with her misgivings, and another that is a full on action sequence that this show is really coming into their own with. The action sequences when May, or Daisy get to unleash their full fighting potential are pure popcorn entertainment.


What this show is still lacking in is a good emotional pace. There are a lot of B-stories firing all at once right now, including the Fitz/Simmons mystery to return to the alien planet. The Ward building Hydra again, but now with a new mysterious player that is feared by everyone, except Ward. (He gives off a very John Garret vibe, actually.) Also there is the Agent May storyline of her getting back in the field, along with Bobbie getting back in the field, as well as Hunter dealing with his anger issues. All of this plus the new ACTU and the weird flirting/flexing that Coulson and Rosalind are doing to each other. That story even came to a head this episode, as Daisy finds out that Coulson and Rosalind might be getting too close. All of those threads happening at once, all while the main story of creating an Inhuman team is still out there as well. This show does execute some of them with flair and style, while others fall flat or hurt the pacing of the episode all together.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10. The big reveal about Lash was surprising, and the action sequences with May and Bobbi were top notch. Yet this series still suffers from too much on its plate, and I hope a lot of the B stories start to tie up their loose ends soon, or at least start to all meld into one another.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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