Agents of SHIELD has a few things going on in Season 3 Episode 18, titled the Singularity, where Fitz and Simmons use this scientific theory to explain how their relationship will be if they move to the “next level.” These two and Mack work to locate a Dr. Radcliff to help in curing Inhumans of Hive’s infection, and Coulson, May and Lincoln try to prevent Hive from getting more allies. Josh provides the recap for this episode, and following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
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Agents of SHIELD Recap, Season 3 Episode 18: The Singularity
Season 3 Episode 18 of Agents of SHIELD, titled The Singularity, opens moments after Daisy caused her destruction on the SHIELD base. Mack and Lincoln work on getting the base up. Mack also meets up with May, and they figure out the status of the other Inhumans. They seem to be clean of a virus. May seems to think that Hive doesn’t have any interest in taking down SHIELD, given that the base has not been attacked.
Daisy’s Addiction to Hive
Daisy and Hive seem to be getting along wonderfully, which is creepy. Daisy seems to be entranced by Hive, but still speaks as if everything is normal. Hive, meanwhile, reminisces about Ward’s thoughts, and explains Ward’s downfall.
Hive asks Daisy if Coulson will come for her. Oddly enough, Hive calls her Skye, and Daisy seems to take offense to the name Skye. She tells Hive about her experience with her Inhuman family. Hive explains that Daisy and he are “one organism now.” Hive also promises to end war, taking the planet back for himself.
Daisy, meanwhile, has found her next target–James. Hive asks for a “companion piece” to the Kree artifact that James had in his possession. While he tries to talk his way out, Daisy hits him with a Terrigen crystal.
James Has What He’s Always Wanted – Inhuman Powers
James has his new ability now. He seems to explode anything he touches. He freaks out some, until Hive possesses him. James then tells Hive he buried the Kree artifact piece, and Daisy uses her powers to unearth it. Hive explains it is the one thing that can “stop” him.
Coulson Has a Plan – Find Dr. Radcliff
Coulson, meanwhile, gives a briefing on Daisy and Hive, and their plans to rescue Daisy and stop Hive. Their first plan is to get Zephyr One out of the malfunctioning hangar bay, which involves Agent May getting the plane to tip sideways mid flight, to slide out the partially open doors.
Fitz and Simmons come up with an explanation for the effect Hive has on Daisy and other Inhumans–he acts like an addictive drug. Hive is apparently able to increase dopamine levels in Inhumans. Fitz and Simmons have an idea for a cure, a scientist named Dr. Radcliff who has worked on “irregular” experiments. Coulson gets Fitz, Simmons and Mack on the Quinjet to find the doctor. As the trio prepare, Fitz and Simmons awkwardly talk about their relationship progressing. Simmons seems to think it will be okay though. May approaches and gives Simmons a gun to keep herself safe.
Coulson, May and Lincoln Try to Save Alisha
Coulson seems to think that Hive’s next target might be an Inhuman we’ve seen before–Alisha, the Inhuman who can split herself into clones. Lincoln, meanwhile, volunteers himself to go on the mission with Coulson and May, but Agent May refuses to let Lincoln go. But Coulson surprisingly wants Lincoln to tag along. But there is a big catch–Lincoln must wear an explosive vest which can be detonated by a watch that Agent May is in possession of if Lincoln is infected. Lincoln is outraged, but seems to go along with it.
Agent May is concerned about the situation, and wants to know her orders. She feels horrible about her position with Lincoln it seems.
Alisha’s Already Been Infected
Lincoln finds Alisha. Lincoln tries to explain the situation, but one of Alisha’s clones attacks him. She looks to be already infected. May joins the scuffle and Lincoln and she work to take down the clones. Alisha manages to take down May, but Lincoln grabs one of the clones, and demands to know where Daisy is. The other clone shoots the captive clone dead though, and then takes aim at May. Coulson manages to save Agent May.
From afar, with Hive, Alisha tells him what happened.
Lincoln, meanwhile, is agitated about Hive, and Coulson grounds Lincoln until a cure is found. Coulson then heads to Agent May, and tells her he doesn’t have another plan in mind. He also apologizes to Agent May about the decisions he makes her make sometimes.
Fitz, Simmons, and Mack Look For Radcliff
In Romania, the trio work to find Radcliff. Fitz and Simmons are going to pose as scientists selling genetic materials. Plan B is for Mack to beat up Radcliff to talk.
Fitz and Simmons head into the party where they intend to run into Radcliff. Mack is watching through Fitz’s glasses, and he sees that many of the people attending this party have had strange body modifications.
Meeting an associate of Radcliff’s, a woman tells Fitz and Simmons to wait at the bar for Radcliff.
While waiting, Fitz and Simmons talk about their relationship in very scientific terms. Fitz says that when their relationship changes, things will be extremely different, describing it as “crossing the event horizon”, a term used to describe the point of no return for black holes.
Their chat is interrupted by Radcliff’s associate, who takes them to meet Radcliff–so they hoped. But the associate tells the two that they have to try out their eye technology on a mystery man. The three (Mack, Fitz and Simmons) decide to move forward, and Simmons decides to stab the man right in the eyeball. Fitz freaks out, but Simmons had realized that the eye was fake. In turns out this patient was Radcliff. Radcliff then examines the eyes to see their value.
But things get hairy when Radcliff realizes they have communication with someone. Simmons and Fitz try to convince Radcliff for help, and Simmons is taken away. Fitz manages to fend off his captor, and demands that Radcliff listen to him.
Hive Takes Doctor Radcliff
Fitz is interrupted by Daisy barging in though, and Hive manages to get to Simmons. Meanwhile, James is making a ruckus at the bar. Mack shows up, and demands to know where Daisy is. Daisy has Alisha take Radcliff, and demands to talk to Daisy. Hive, meanwhile, talks with Simmons about Will.
James debates his Inhuman name as Mack figures out how to handle the situation. Daisy demands that Fitz leave him alone. She uses her powers to strangle Fitz, and tells him that she has seen someone in SHIELD die. She eventually lets him go, but says this is his last warning. Simmons, meanwhile, deals with her emotions and Will, and pumps Hive full of lead.
Fitz and Simmons Have Their “Singularity”
Simmons and Mack make the rendezvous point, but they haven’t seen Fitz yet. Mack and Simmons don’t seem very concerned about Fitz, but talk about Simmons and Fitz’s romantic relationship, until Fitz makes it back.
Fitz finally does make it back, and Simmons and Fitz get closer than they have ever been.
A Lead on Daisy
A little later, a SHIELD agent identifies tremors Daisy has caused–in South Dakota, where James lives. Coulson decides to make it their next destination.
Coulson, May and a lot of SHIELD agents make it to South Dakota. They find the hole Daisy dug, but no one is around. Unfortunately a bomb was around though, and so he and May manage to survive the explosion by Coulson using a holographic SHIELD to block it.
Meanwhile, Talbot seems to have located HYDRA bases, and has teams take down these HYDRA groups. Coulson remarks how this should be an exciting day, but given their current situation with Daisy, it is not.
Hive Explains His Plans for A New World
After their run in with Fitz, Simmons, and Mack, Hive explains to Radcliff that they are going to redefine humanity by “recreating the Kree experiment” that created Hive. We also see that Hive has put Malick’s money to good use–buying an entire town.
His Thoughts on Agents of SHIELD, Season 3 Episode 18: The Singularity
So, Hive is really creeping me out in Agents of SHIELD. Daisy is coming off as a perfectly normal (in)human being, at first glance, but she is clearly not perfectly normal, given her now infatuation with Hive, and her willingness to hurt her friends. I wonder if Daisy would go to the extreme of killing one of her teammates though, given she felt forced to do it. She seems to still have feelings for Fitz, given she let him live. I wonder if that was her own will or did Hive influence Daisy to let Fitz go? It is all very creepy, that is for sure.
It is a bit disappointing that SHIELD’s seeming defeat of HYDRA wasn’t a big celebration. You would think the defeat of an organization that (the good side of) SHIELD was trying to take down for 50+ years would be a huge cause for celebration.
A couple things I wondered about this episode in relation to the MCU though. Is the TV side of Marvel trying to distance itself from the movie universe, but still remain in arms reach? I feel like this move to have SHIELD take down HYDRA was a way for Marvel to say we should not plan on seeing HYDRA in Captain America: Civil War given the two are still related to each other.
The other nod I felt the show had to Captain America is Coulson’s holographic shield he uses to protect himself and Agent May from the bomb left by Hive. It was very reminiscent of Captain America’s shield.
As for the story for this episode, there are a couple noteworthy things. We have Hive seemingly unconcerned about Daisy or James knowing about the device that can destroy him. I have a feeling that means Daisy will likely be freed from Hive’s control somehow, and in turn, Daisy will be able to assist in recovering this device.
I wonder how Radcliff will play into this. Hive seems to have a plan to alter humanity in some way. I assume that means making them more Inhuman, so that he is able to control them. This makes me wonder—how much fun would it be to rule the world with a bunch of people under your mind control? It doesn’t sound very fun at all. I don’t see your plan being all that fun for you, Hive. Sorry to disappoint.
On the brighter side, Fitz and Simmons have officially kicked off their relationship, which is exciting for them. I assume for the sake of drama, they will have some stuff come up to mess with them. I sort of wonder if one of the two will be the “death” that Daisy has seen. It sure would be a way to get a rise out of viewers…
Her Thoughts on Agents of SHIELD, Season 3 Episode 18: The Singularity
What I found most disconcerting about this episode was Daisy’s demeanor toward Ward/Hive. The way she spoke to and interacted with him was just so… normal, rational, calm, and logical. It was as if there was nothing wrong, and all animosity toward the person that he used to be had dissipated, and that he was just another normal friend or person that she respected and revered — rather than some bloodsucking “god” from another world. Then the way that Alisha said she was happy to make the sacrifice of one of her duplicates was off-putting as well. The way Lincoln explained it, losing one of her doubles is like dying herself. So basically all of these Inhumans are all too happy to give up their life to Hive’s cause. How many Inhumans are out there? How many more will Hive recruit? Will any be immune to his powers? How long until a cure is developed?
Then there’s Fitz and Simmons on their mission. They finally were able to find some time to get together, yay. They’re so perfect together. I’m glad that Hive bringing up Will didn’t ruin things. I thought that might mess up Simmons for awhile and cause her to distance herself from Fitz for a bit, but luckily, it didn’t. I hope those two kids can stay happy. I hope Mack stayed away long enough loading up stuff and didn’t walk in on them!
So, HYDRA’s been taken down apparently. Without the help of Coulson’s team. That was easy. Now what? I guess it’s just Hive and his evil plans that we have to deal with now! This season of Agents of SHIELD continues to be good, so I’m expecting some pretty exciting things to come!