Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Wanted (Inhu)Man
October 13, 2015 7:01 PM - Season 3, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Mack, Daisy, and Coulson race against time to keep Lincoln safe; Hunter will do whatever it takes to get revenge and Simmons struggles to adjust with being back on Earth.

Directed by Garry A. Brown (previously directed Melinda).
Written by Monica Owusu-Breen (previously wrote Making Friends and Influencing People and others)
posted by Brandon Blatcher (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Melinda May's fight choreo and outfit was so good this week, I can't stop watching that scene.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:26 PM on October 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

Rosalind's arrival in a '57 T-bird and "eyes up here" made me smile. The writers are doing their best to make the head of a competing/opposing organization a pretty darn sympathetic character.
posted by klarck at 8:45 AM on October 14, 2015 [2 favorites]

I liked this one.

Some thoughts:
* They're doing a reasonable job of setting up for Civil War here, keeping sympathetic characters on both sides of the issue. (I didn't read the comics, but I'm given to understand that didn't happen.) In particular, it sure looks like Coulson and Daisy will be on opposite sides, and that's a smart play.

* I loved Henstridge's performance here, but her ending beat of, "I have to go back!" gave me a Lost flashback. If there's a smoke monster and/or golf course where she was, I'm calling shenanigans. She'd better explain that pretty fast. I loved every other thing that happened with her here though. (Although I did wish they had explained why she didn't need to be in quarantine - seems like both she and Fitz should've at least had a day or two in isolation, and they could've just fast-forwarded through it if they didn't want to show it. Wasn't super important though - SHIELD was never portrayed as being all that good at what it does, no matter what Coulson says.)

* I wish they gave Lincoln a little more to do. I liked that actor in The Tomorrow People.

* The contrast between Hunter's fight and May's fight was almost as fun as the fights themselves were.
posted by mordax at 9:41 AM on October 14, 2015

I loved Henstridge's performance here, but her ending beat of, "I have to go back!" gave me a Lost flashback.

I wonder if she really has to or if that's the PTSD talking, similar to how someone who's been in jail for a while has trouble adjusting to "normal" life and almost wants to go back to what they've gotten use to.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:56 PM on October 14, 2015

Seems most likely to me that there's actually some good reason for her to go back -- there's got to be something actually interesting about that planet. When I thought the show was just going to rescue her and then move on, I was disappointed and annoyed. Makes much more sense that there's something more going on with it.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:18 PM on October 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm hoping it's PTSD because then it gets into the a "LOST" type situation where people aren't asking sensible questions about what happened on that Moon and why and what, etc, etc.

If Simmons needs to go because of X, then why didn't she bring that up before?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:23 PM on October 14, 2015

Probably she has to go back to save the 19th century gentlemen who are also stranded on that planet.
posted by snofoam at 6:35 PM on October 14, 2015 [3 favorites]

I like so many of these characters. It's such a shame that nothing sustainably good can be allowed to happen to any of them because dramatic tension!

It's not earthshatteringly great television, but it's more consistent than it was, and it's fun enough. Actually bought a season pass on Amazon (I don't have Hulu or cable) to keep up with this thing, much to my chagrin.
posted by Alterscape at 11:34 PM on October 14, 2015

Part of me is struggling with the fact that I still think Skye & Lincoln's storylines to be the most boring/least engaging on a show about Superheros. I like Mack and his presence, but that's about it.

But then again, part of my initial attraction the show way back when it started was it being about a group of normals dealing with super-powered threats. So maybe it isn't surprising that the most tension and interest seems to be in Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, Bobbi, May and Hunter.
posted by nubs at 8:29 AM on October 16, 2015

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