Agents of SHIELD is back! Violet recaps the Season 3 premiere, titled Laws of Nature, where the team tries to deal with the fallout of what happened at the end of last season, as humans begin turning into Inhumans! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Agents of SHIELD, Season 3 Episode 1: Laws of Nature
The episode opens with a man who has taken fish oil, resulting in him becoming Inhuman. He wanders through the streets, unable to control his new powers, confused about what’s going on, as metal melts around him and when he touches it. Some armed soldiers pull up in SUVs and try to apprehend him. He hides in the alley, but just as they are about to get to him, Skye (who now goes by Daisy), Mack, and Hunter show up and save this guy, whose name is Joey. They put him in a capsule, which flies up into the sky, and into the new Bus. Meanwhile, the others take a jet back up to the bus. Back on the ground, a soldier reports to a woman sitting in the back of an SUV. Coulson snaps a photo of her.
Daisy tries to explain to Joey what’s going on with him, assuring him that he’ll survive, though breaks the news that they can’t cure him.
Coulson and Daisy discuss the situation, and it seems that this Black Ops group keeps taking other Inhumans that emerge. They want to figure out who this woman is who’s in charge of the Black Ops group. We then see that she’s at a facility where several dead Inhumans are being studied.
Joey’s capsule is placed in a room, and Bobbi greets him there. She tries to reassure him.
Coulson, Mack, and Hunter see that the mystery woman has been involved in several different agencies and has many aliases. They discuss Joey.
Daisy and Mac visit Joey in his new bedroom, and he has now exited the capsule. Daisy explains more about how he got his powers, and breaks the news that he’s now part alien, an Inhuman. They also break the news that he can’t go back to his old life, even if he is able to learn to control his powers. He starts getting emotional, and his powers begin to take over, so Daisy has to use her powers to push him against the wall and knock him out.
In the lab, Bobbi and Coulson discuss how much the gene could have spread. Other than the fish oil, it has probably spread to sea life. Coulson tells Bobbi to call Fitz in.
It turns out Fitz in in Morocco, still searching for Simmons. He goes down an alley and wants to meet with a certain man in charge named Yusef. They put a bag over his head.
Bobbi and Mack analyze a gun, and conclude that it’s DARPA. Also, apparently Hunter is not talking to Bobbi for some reason.
Yusef and his men try to open the briefcase Fitz brought, but have been unable to. Fitz says he’ll open it in exchange for something, explaining that he is searching for a scroll casing that contains a parchment that explains exactly what the monolith is. Yusef eventually brings out what he’s looking for, and Fitz opens the case. Inside are splinter bombs. Yusef tries to use the splinter bomb on him, but it just emits a bright light, which gives Fitz the opportunity to grab what he came for, run away, and drive off, while being shot at.
Bobbi has figured out the mystery woman’s routine. Coulson and Hunter catch up to her on the subway. Her soldiers pull guns on them. It seems this was a trap she laid for them. She tells them to call her Rosalind. It appears she has done her homework on Coulson. But they are surprised to find out that one another are not the ones killing the Inhumans.
Meanwhile, Mack and Daisy go to see Lincoln, who is working at a hospital and doesn’t want anything to do with SHIELD. The lights start flashing, and the power goes out. It turns out that a big scary looking Inhuman, known as Lash, is looking for other Inhumans. They use their powers to fight off the Inhhuman.
Just then, both Coulson’s and Rosalind’s phones start to ring. Rosalind takes the call in another train car, while Coulson is unable to answer the phone while guarded. But he gets the better of the guard, and he and Hunter are able to escape.
Lash gets away, and Lincoln runs off, while the building starts to be surrounded by the authorities.
Back at HQ, Hunter gives Bobbi her engagement ring. This is the reason he hasn’t been speaking to her. It sounds like Hunter has plans to hunt down Ward.
The President makes a statement about the alien threat, and announces that he has implemented the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU) agency to deal with it. We see that this is the agency that Rosalind Price is in charge of.
Coulson sees Fitz as he returns. Fitz opens the scroll casing that he retrieved from Morocco. The parchment inside has one word on it in Hebrew: Death. Coulson tries to convince Fitz that he needs to accept that Simmons is gone. Fitz agrees, but then goes down to the Monolith, opens the container, screams at it in frustration to “do something,” and hits it.
In the final scene, we see Simmons running outside in a mountainous area, and trying to hide. It looks like she is on an alien planet.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 3 Episode 1 of Agents of SHIELD: Laws of Nature
I thought this was a pretty good start to Season 3! Granted, we were missing a few team members, or former team members (May, Ward, Simmons until the very end), but we met some new additions to the show (Rosalind, Lash), so it’s probably for the best that the episode wasn’t too crowded. I thought this gave a good amount of time to the storyline of each character that was featured this episode.
So now Skye is going by Daisy, which is to be expected, considering that she’s supposed to be Daisy Johnson, aka Quake. I was wondering how they would handle the name difference, if at all, or whether she would just continue to go by Skye. But interestingly, she’s insisting that everyone call her Daisy. Apparently Coulson is the only one having trouble with the name change. I thought it was funny and a good thing for at least someone to bring it up, rather than everyone seamlessly going along with it.
I guess ATCU is pretty much the new SHIELD, though they’re actually sanctioned by the government. Will SHIELD eventually get absorbed into ATCU, or vice versa? How much will they work together, if at all? Will they be friends or enemies? What about HYDRA, which from the previews, it seems that Ward has taken over?
Of course, my favorite storyline was the Fitz storyline. He has really come a long way, and though he seems stronger and yet darker, I still see the same old Fitz buried there underneath. Unfortunately, this Fitz is in a lot of pain over losing Simmons, who he has done everything he can to get back. Thankfully, the show did reveal at the end that she is alive (for now), though it remains to be seen how her whereabouts will be discovered, and how she will be saved. I’m sure Fitz and the team will figure out a way!
Anyway, I am curious to see what’s to come for the rest of the season, with this new agency, and the possibility of all these new Inhumans popping up!
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 3 Episode 1: Laws of Nature
So, I enjoyed the first episode of Agents of SHIELD, and so far I like where the storyline is going. It feels very similar to X-Men storylines that I have always liked–the persecution of the powered people, making who you would think would be a powerful group into a hunted one. I am curious to see how SHIELD is going to handle these guys in the future, as it is a sticky situation. They are after all people, who may only accidentally hurt people because they cannot control what is happening. How do you take care of these people? The answer is a tough one. It is understandable that people would be afraid, no matter how much the powered “Inhumans” do not want to hurt anyone.
I also was really into Fitz’s storyline. I am excited to see this darker, tougher version of himself, that is willing to stop at nothing to try to save Simmons, who he still feels is alive. I really thought his breakdown with the statue was heartbreaking, and I am hoping that this continues throughout the season.
Let’s see how the season progresses, and hope that the show gets more exciting!
Scenes from Agents of SHIELD, Season 3 Episode 2: Purpose in the Machine
Here are scenes from the next episode of Agents of SHIELD, titled Purpose in the Machine: