Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Team
April 20, 2016 11:38 AM - Season 3, Episode 17 - Subscribe

Daisy activates The Secret Warriors initiative to save the the rest of the team from Hive. But events take a detour as the true length of Hive's powers are revealed.

Directed by Elodie Keene
Written by DJ Doyle
Full cast and crew credits from IMDB.

A.V. Club recap: "“The Team” used the first proper assembly of the Secret Warriors to do a variation on one of my favorite narrative tactics: the Agatha Christie-style whodunit."

Random thoughts:

* The Secret Warriors attack was great! Loved the banter between Joey and Yo Yo in the elevator, it almost filled the Bobbie and Hunter hole.

* Seriously, Joey and Yo-Yo just fit right into the team and cast, I hope they stay. Plus how great is it, that they're both Latina (is that the correct term) and the show has no problem showing Joey being gay?! Awww, sweet progress. They really need to stay.

* It was really disconcerting to see May so banged up this time around, don't know why.

* Loved that Malick was taken out. I had thought that he would be instrumental in taking down Hive, what with being a now angry dad. Nope, he's gone, he and family no longer served a purpose. Especially with 960M US dollars at Hive's disposal.

* Hive, with bits of Ward in him, totally and creepily gives a way for him and Skye to be together, finally. So brilliant, yet messed up.

*Humans vs Inhumans eh? I see shades of Captain America: Civil War shining through there.

* The Daisy twist was nicely done, hats off the cast and writers. Would they really have the guts to kill off a main character?

* Is Hydra truly dead now?

* If they beat Hive, can Ward finally and truly be gone? I think they've milked that character for all its worth. Brett Dalton has been doing a bang up acting job and it would suck to lose his talent, but yeah, kill the character and move on.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (12 comments total)
Latina (is that the correct term)

Latin@ and Latinx both seem to be fairly common in writing these days. Don't ask me how to say either one out loud, though.
posted by tobascodagama at 2:05 PM on April 20, 2016

The Daisy twist was nicely done, hats off the cast and writers. Would they really have the guts to kill off a main character?

Maybe, but certainly not Daisy.
posted by Justinian at 2:00 AM on April 21, 2016

I liked creepy Skye's crazy eyes during her conversation with Lincoln. The betrayal was unexpected for me, mostly because I was afraid they'd kill off the gay man in this episode.
posted by dazed_one at 2:01 AM on April 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

The cross necklace floating in Daisey's death vision - who does that belong to? I think we're supposed to know already.
posted by klarck at 4:05 AM on April 21, 2016

Yo-yo has been wearing the necklace since we first met her.

Typically that would mean there is no chance that it's her in the jet. The obvious person would then be Mack since they have a connection, and sometime between now and then she gives him the necklace.
posted by 2ht at 5:04 AM on April 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

(But even Mack seems too obvious at that point.)
posted by 2ht at 5:05 AM on April 21, 2016

Didn't she already give the necklace to Mack in her first appearance?
posted by jimw at 2:34 PM on April 21, 2016

(But even Mack seems too obvious at that point.)

I don't think they'd kill off both of the black guys on the team. I think Mack is safe.
posted by leotrotsky at 9:07 AM on April 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

Something that bothered me. Giyera complains to Hive that they lost Malick (and their Shield prisoners) in the raid and they didn't gain anything. Hive says "Yes we did. Now we have an inside man."

But isn't Giyera right? If Daisy is the inside man, and Hive infected her earlier, then the Shield raid was all downside for Hydra.

I guess what I'm asking is, is this foreshadowing indicating that someone else was turne as well, or sloppy writing?

Overall I loved this episode and thought the writing was really sharp, so I'm hoping the former. I really dug the awkward/funny/sad/familiar/deeply comfortable dynamics of the FitzSimmons love scene, more than I expected to. And the theme of "We try to minimize the killing but sometimes we kill people. It's really hard on us," with Joey and Elena, and then with Coulson's and May's speeches to Daisy about leadership and how you sometimes have to lie to people who trust you... "Does it get easier?" "Only harder." I thought that was some meaty philosophical stuff, and more nuanced than superhero shows usually get.
posted by OnceUponATime at 2:30 AM on April 25, 2016 [1 favorite]

Hive turned Daisy during the raid. They probably could have crushed the raid at the point, but she wanted to go back for the artifact.

(That was a cool scene, I thought. He sprays her with parasites, and she turns instantly -- not just obedience, but instant long term planning on his behalf.)
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:28 AM on April 25, 2016

I think he is shown in flashback turning her during the earlier fight at the biomechanical company HQ, before the whole death-vision thing? Not this most recent underground bunker raid? (I agree it was a cool scene.)
posted by OnceUponATime at 6:07 AM on April 25, 2016

It was definitely a flashback to the raid. The infection happened right before she said "I'm coming to you" over comms, which was a line she had in the raid scene.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 11:38 PM on April 27, 2016

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