TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 12 – The Inside Man | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 12 – The Inside Man

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 12 - The Inside Man

The action continues to be front and center with the most recent episode of Marvel’s Agent’s of SHIELD, and the show continues to flesh out multiple story arcs at one time. “The Inside Man” brings back some characters we haven’t seen in a while, and yet they feel like they never left.

The episode opened up with two startling sequences. The first being a reintroduction of General Talbot, who the President assigned to work with Coulson at the end of the last episode, and Crusher Creel, otherwise known as the Absorbing Man. It is amazing how much Agents of SHIELD has grown since the first season, and just how many characters they have on the show, and in the wings. It is fun to be reintroduced to these two, especially Creel because his power set is so intriguing. He can absorb the properties of anything he touches, and that makes for some interesting fight sequences. Honestly, if you are still on the fence about watching this show, watch the fight scene between Creel, Lincoln, May, and Coulson and it might just sway your opinion once and for all.

We also got to check in with Ward, or should I say Hive, as he got to flex some of his own powers during this show. We know that Hive can take control of new hosts, as long as they are human, not Inhuman. But now we get to see that the Hive’s dust, or possibly bugs, can affect anyone to make them fall in line. It is a startling turn for Ward’s character, but let’s be honest, for all intensive purposes, Ward is dead and there is only Hive now. It is incredible to see him basically rule this new form of Hydra, and it makes me yearn for the inevitable meeting between him and the SHIELD Agents, especially Daisy and Simmons. After what happens near the end of the episode, it looks like we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Hive this season.

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TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 12 - The Inside Man

The two big stories of “The Inside Man” revolve around Talbot and Coulson going on a mission to monitor an Inhuman debate of sorts – luminaries from various countries deciding what to do about the growing threat. They round out the team with Bobbi, Hunter, May and Creel, who they take as a wild card in case things get hairy. Well, as you can imagine, things certainly do go off the rails for a moment, and it is very unclear where certain loyalties lie, especially after Malick shows up. This is the second time Coulson and Malick but heads, and for a minute it doesn’t look good for Coulson and his team. In fact, this tense action packed series of events does a couple key things for the series: it sets up a clearer picture of Malick and Hydra in the eyes of Coulson, while also giving General Talbot an interesting story arc, and it even starts to sow the seeds that will eventually lead to Captain America 3: Civil War. That is a lot to handle, but this show and its writing staff have become very adept at juggling a lot of story points.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 12 - The Inside Man

The second story arc of this episode deals with Lincoln and Daisy, who are left behind to train, but that quickly devolves into the pair giving into the increasing sexual tension between them. Even though their story is less exciting than the other parts of the episode, it is actually the most interesting, because of the parallels to the X-Men franchise. Lincoln is seen working with Fitz and Simmons to possibly create a cure for the Inhumans, and Daisy immediately takes offense to this, citing that it isn’t a disease at all. The argument is valid on both sides, and it won’t be the last time we see it brought up on this show, or in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  What is really neat about this argument, is that it mirrors the same argument that the X-Men have faced since their inception in 1963. Mutants were always feared and hated, and Professor Xavier wanted to make a haven for them, and dreamed of a world where mutants and humans could peacefully coexist. Very early on in the series, the character of Beast tries to come up with a cure for the mutant gene, to the chagrin of many of his teammates, because they believed that the mutant gene wasn’t a disease that needed a cure. This is what inevitably turns Beast to the blue furred version we know today, but that wasn’t the end of that argument either. It is refreshing when this show borrows story points like that from the wealth of Marvel history at their disposal.
FBI Score: 8 out of 10. A solid episode, with a few story beats that lagged a little. The inclusion of the “is Inhuman a disease” argument, and the subtle set ups for Captain America 3 make “The Inside Man” an interesting episode for Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD.

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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