‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap: Failed Experiments

Last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, “Failed Experiments,” opens with us learning Hive’s origin story. Apparently, he was an ancient human on Earth who was captured by the Kree Reapers. The Kree used their own blood to his DNA, creating Hive – the first Inhuman. The original human man looks calcified into black, although it’s unclear if that’s his true form.

Hive is telling this story to the few HYDRA followers who stayed behind after Malick’s betrayal. Why? Dr. Radcliffe has recreated the experiments – and these followers are the lucky few who get to try it out.

Meanwhile, tensions are running high on the S.H.I.E.L.D. base. FitzSimmons debate over a possible Hive antitoxin that might also kill Hive’s host. Lincoln, frustrated that he’s confined to base, offers to act as guinea pig. When they put the question to Coulson, Simmons is against the idea while Lincoln (who remember is a doctor) and Fitz think it might work. Coulson thinks it’s too dangerous and refuses.

The team finds Daisy in a Wyoming town using facial recognition software. Coulson thinks it’s a trap because Daisy helped design the software; there’s no way she would get caught by it. Mack insists it’s a secret cry for help since the real Daisy would continue to resist Hive’s mind control. Coulson tells Mack they need to get on the same page, because they’re sending in a targeted strike to take out Hive. May and Mack go, along with volunteers Piper (Briana Venskus) and O’Brien (Derek Phillips). Before they leave, we learn that Mack blames himself for not noticing that Daisy was turned because he was so distracted by Bobbi and Hunter’s departure.

In Wyoming, we learn that Hive wants to turn everybody on the planet into an Inhuman, which is possible due to Dr. Radcliffe’s recreation of the Kree experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment doesn’t work and the skin literally melts off the followers’ faces. Dr. Radcliffe needs living Kree blood and Hive’s doesnt work because he’s living in a dead host. He also explains he’s so eager to recreate this experiment because it would mean “kickstarting mankind into a new gear.” I don’t think he quite realizes that there won’t be a mankind anymore if this succeeds.

James and Daisy are hanging out in a bar, but Daisy refuses James’ casual romantic advances. James realizes Daisy is still pining over Lincoln, and warns her that her friends are on the wrong side so there can’t be a happy ending here. This gives Daisy an idea: she wants to turn her friends Inhuman when the experiment works. She’s convinced that if her friends just understood, they wouldn’t try to stop her.

Back on base, Fitz and Simmons agree to “never let work disagreements affect [their] relationship outside of work.” Shortly after, Lincoln injects himself with the antitoxin. His body reacts badly, running an electrical current that damages several servers and computers. But he refuses Simmons’ treatment because he wants to test the antitoxin to save Daisy. It’s a grand gesture but a stupid one. Simmons is frustrated because she needs to take a tissue sample from his brain even though his immune system is destroyed; Fitz is upset Lincoln disobeyed Coulson and destroyed all his computers.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. team arrives in Wyoming. They need to know where Hive is without alerting HYDRA or the other Inhumans. Luckily, May recognizes James and heads into a bar to flirt with him until he finally reveals where Hive might be. The moment he does, he bashes his head in with a pool cue.

At this location, the team finds the Kree artifact spinning on its axis – and a few moments after they leave the premises, a satellite carrying two Kree crashes into the building. As Hive explains to Daisy, the artifact was essentially a fail safe to destroy him if he got out of control. These Kree have been waiting to be called for a long time; they’re Reapers and even deadlier than normal Kree. Why does he tell Daisy? Because he wants her to get blood from a living one.

So the two Kree begin taking out Inhumans and HYDRA agents -they can tell who’s Inhuman on sight and are incredibly powerful. One easily kills two of Alisha’s doubles, although I don’t know how many more there are. One senses Daisy in the church, and when Mack realizes this, he follows it despite Coulson’s orders. The rest of the team follow Kree #2, who gets into a fight with Hive. Kree #2 regrets choosing Hive for their “failed experiment.”

Daisy successfully paralyzes Kree #1 and has Dr. Radcliffe start draining his spine. But their process is interrupted when Mack shows up and the two get into an argument. Daisy wants to turn Mack Inhuman when they’re able to, is upset that S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps trying to save her, and insists the agency made her become a soldier – she brings up the fact that Bobbi and Hunter left as proof they don’t care about each other. Mack reminds Daisy that she always had options. But he also learns that Daisy was caught by the camera not because she secretly wanted to be saved, but because she was no longer thinking like a spy.

The two emotionally realize their views are no longer compatible – which is when Mack splinter bombs the Kree on the table. If he can’t save her, he’ll save everyone else. Daisy is furious and begins beating up Mack with her powers, but he refuses to fightback.

Hive kills Kree #2, so the S.H.I.E.L.D. team begin to blast him with their best weapons. But not one works – when Piper blows off Hive’s right shoulder, it grows back within seconds. The team are forced to run away. But this turns out to be a good thing because it lets May shoot Daisy and successfully stop her from killing Mack.

The episode ends on depressing notes. The team is worried they have no idea how to stop Hive or if they can. Lincoln learns about the mission’s failure and that the antitoxin didn’t work, so he might be dying for nothing. Finally, Hive is furious that Daisy failed to complete her mission. He’s worried Daisy has stronger ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. than she admits. And Daisy decides to prove her loyalty – by offering up her own blood. Coulson used Kree blood to save her life way back in Season 1.

All in all, I quite enjoyed “Failed Experiments.” There were a couple nods to the Avengers, and since Captain America: Civil War comes out this week, I quite enjoyed the references. I loved the way FitzSimmons’ relationship is being treated – every moment I thought they might fight, they dealt with it in the easy friendly manner they always have. I also really enjoyed Hive in this episode. He’s been creepily charming, but this was the first time he really felt evil and began to turn on people he had relations with, and I thought it was acted really well. I enjoyed the addition of the new agents and hope they stay on a little longer. And finally, I actually quite enjoyed the banter between May and James – I could see them being great friends at the very least.

My main issue with “Failed Experiments” was a basic logic issue. Of COURSE Mack and Lincoln are going to disobey Coulson’s orders!! Especially Lincoln – someone should have kept a closer eye on him. Also, I’m a tad worried that Lincoln’s going to go nuts. He’s sick and isolated and a prisoner, and worried about his turned girlfriend in what’s still a pretty new environment. That sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Marvel/ABC

Last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, “Failed Experiments,” opens with us learning Hive’s origin story. Apparently, he was an ancient human on Earth who was captured by the Kree Reapers. The Kree used their own blood to his DNA, creating Hive – the first Inhuman. The original human man looks calcified into black, although it’s unclear if that’s his true form.

Hive is telling this story to the few HYDRA followers who stayed behind after Malick’s betrayal. Why? Dr. Radcliffe has recreated the experiments – and these followers are the lucky few who get to try it out.

Meanwhile, tensions are running high on the S.H.I.E.L.D. base. FitzSimmons debate over a possible Hive antitoxin that might also kill Hive’s host. Lincoln, frustrated that he’s confined to base, offers to act as guinea pig. When they put the question to Coulson, Simmons is against the idea while Lincoln (who remember is a doctor) and Fitz think it might work. Coulson thinks it’s too dangerous and refuses.

The team finds Daisy in a Wyoming town using facial recognition software. Coulson thinks it’s a trap because Daisy helped design the software; there’s no way she would get caught by it. Mack insists it’s a secret cry for help since the real Daisy would continue to resist Hive’s mind control. Coulson tells Mack they need to get on the same page, because they’re sending in a targeted strike to take out Hive. May and Mack go, along with volunteers Piper (Briana Venskus) and O’Brien (Derek Phillips). Before they leave, we learn that Mack blames himself for not noticing that Daisy was turned because he was so distracted by Bobbi and Hunter’s departure.

In Wyoming, we learn that Hive wants to turn everybody on the planet into an Inhuman, which is possible due to Dr. Radcliffe’s recreation of the Kree experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment doesn’t work and the skin literally melts off the followers’ faces. Dr. Radcliffe needs living Kree blood and Hive’s doesnt work because he’s living in a dead host. He also explains he’s so eager to recreate this experiment because it would mean “kickstarting mankind into a new gear.” I don’t think he quite realizes that there won’t be a mankind anymore if this succeeds.

James and Daisy are hanging out in a bar, but Daisy refuses James’ casual romantic advances. James realizes Daisy is still pining over Lincoln, and warns her that her friends are on the wrong side so there can’t be a happy ending here. This gives Daisy an idea: she wants to turn her friends Inhuman when the experiment works. She’s convinced that if her friends just understood, they wouldn’t try to stop her.

Back on base, Fitz and Simmons agree to “never let work disagreements affect [their] relationship outside of work.” Shortly after, Lincoln injects himself with the antitoxin. His body reacts badly, running an electrical current that damages several servers and computers. But he refuses Simmons’ treatment because he wants to test the antitoxin to save Daisy. It’s a grand gesture but a stupid one. Simmons is frustrated because she needs to take a tissue sample from his brain even though his immune system is destroyed; Fitz is upset Lincoln disobeyed Coulson and destroyed all his computers.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. team arrives in Wyoming. They need to know where Hive is without alerting HYDRA or the other Inhumans. Luckily, May recognizes James and heads into a bar to flirt with him until he finally reveals where Hive might be. The moment he does, he bashes his head in with a pool cue.

At this location, the team finds the Kree artifact spinning on its axis – and a few moments after they leave the premises, a satellite carrying two Kree crashes into the building. As Hive explains to Daisy, the artifact was essentially a fail safe to destroy him if he got out of control. These Kree have been waiting to be called for a long time; they’re Reapers and even deadlier than normal Kree. Why does he tell Daisy? Because he wants her to get blood from a living one.

So the two Kree begin taking out Inhumans and HYDRA agents -they can tell who’s Inhuman on sight and are incredibly powerful. One easily kills two of Alisha’s doubles, although I don’t know how many more there are. One senses Daisy in the church, and when Mack realizes this, he follows it despite Coulson’s orders. The rest of the team follow Kree #2, who gets into a fight with Hive. Kree #2 regrets choosing Hive for their “failed experiment.”

Daisy successfully paralyzes Kree #1 and has Dr. Radcliffe start draining his spine. But their process is interrupted when Mack shows up and the two get into an argument. Daisy wants to turn Mack Inhuman when they’re able to, is upset that S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps trying to save her, and insists the agency made her become a soldier – she brings up the fact that Bobbi and Hunter left as proof they don’t care about each other. Mack reminds Daisy that she always had options. But he also learns that Daisy was caught by the camera not because she secretly wanted to be saved, but because she was no longer thinking like a spy.

The two emotionally realize their views are no longer compatible – which is when Mack splinter bombs the Kree on the table. If he can’t save her, he’ll save everyone else. Daisy is furious and begins beating up Mack with her powers, but he refuses to fightback.

Hive kills Kree #2, so the S.H.I.E.L.D. team begin to blast him with their best weapons. But not one works – when Piper blows off Hive’s right shoulder, it grows back within seconds. The team are forced to run away. But this turns out to be a good thing because it lets May shoot Daisy and successfully stop her from killing Mack.

The episode ends on depressing notes. The team is worried they have no idea how to stop Hive or if they can. Lincoln learns about the mission’s failure and that the antitoxin didn’t work, so he might be dying for nothing. Finally, Hive is furious that Daisy failed to complete her mission. He’s worried Daisy has stronger ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. than she admits. And Daisy decides to prove her loyalty – by offering up her own blood. Coulson used Kree blood to save her life way back in Season 1.

All in all, I quite enjoyed “Failed Experiments.” There were a couple nods to the Avengers, and since Captain America: Civil War comes out this week, I quite enjoyed the references. I loved the way FitzSimmons’ relationship is being treated – every moment I thought they might fight, they dealt with it in the easy friendly manner they always have. I also really enjoyed Hive in this episode. He’s been creepily charming, but this was the first time he really felt evil and began to turn on people he had relations with, and I thought it was acted really well. I enjoyed the addition of the new agents and hope they stay on a little longer. And finally, I actually quite enjoyed the banter between May and James – I could see them being great friends at the very least.

My main issue with “Failed Experiments” was a basic logic issue. Of COURSE Mack and Lincoln are going to disobey Coulson’s orders!! Especially Lincoln – someone should have kept a closer eye on him. Also, I’m a tad worried that Lincoln’s going to go nuts. He’s sick and isolated and a prisoner, and worried about his turned girlfriend in what’s still a pretty new environment. That sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Marvel/ABC

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