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

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap- Emancipation

Last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, “Emancipation” opens after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The United Nations has ratified the Sokovia Accords, which require enhanced individuals to register with the government. Coulson meets with Talbot to deal with this new development, while May is tasked with dealing with Hive.

Meanwhile, Dr. Radcliffe is ready to start turning humans into Inhumans again after taking a significant amount of Daisy’s blood. Daisy looks sickly but is active in Hive’s cause, fighting to get into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s database. Fitz is desperately trying to keep her out, but has trouble since Daisy designed so many of the programs.

Back on base, May brings a frustrated Lincoln his food. Lincoln wants out of his cell; May insists his immune system is still compromised. Later, we learn in a conversation between FitzSimmons that this is a lie. Lincoln is fine, but Coulson wants him locked up – which seems pretty screwed up to me. We also learn that Mack’s body is healing but his morale is still low. And finally, May shows up and tells FitzSimmons to focus on figuring out Hive’s endgame.

Coulson meets with Talbot in a bar to discuss the Sokovia Accords – basically, he wants Talbot to keep his Inhumans off it. He brings Talbot down to their base via the seat they’re in, which functions like an elevator. He then introduces Talbot to Elena, who’s apparently visiting from Colombia. Elena is worried about the list being misused or falling into the wrong hands, even though Talbot insists it’s highly classified.

And in the next scene, we learn that Elena’s fears are justified. A group of angry-looking men are determined to exterminate Inhumans, and have the name of one from an informant in the A.T.C.U..

Stuck in his cell, Lincoln whispers that he wants to talk to Daisy, who soon appears on the TV in his cell. She put a video of him sleeping on a loop on the security cameras so they can talk privately. Lincoln tells Daisy he just wants to be with her, without Hive or S.H.I.E.L.D.. Before either can respond, Coulson, Talbot and May show up. Lincoln agrees to be registered on the Inhuman list as long as this means he can leave his cell.

Elena visits Mack, who is less than thrilled to see her. He’s convinced they’re fighting a losing battle against Hive, and is worried that what happened to Daisy might happen to Elena. Elena reminds Mack to have faith, saying, “Evil preys on the weak because it fears the strong.”

The angry men from earlier find their Inhuman target, who turns out to be James. Hive is there and captures them all because he wants them to become what they hate. Hive says their “emancipation” is his gift to Daisy and has a skeptical Dr. Radcliffe perform his experiment on these “volunteers.”

Back on base, Coulson shows Talbot Lash. Talbot is furious that Lash isn’t in a gel-matrix cube, then demands to know what Daisy is doing with Ward. (He has this info via satellite imagery.) Coulson explains that it was too dangerous to tell him about Hive before, but reveals the truth now. FitzSimmons have also figured out that with enough of Daisy’s blood, Hive could create an all-in-one virus that instantly transforms any humans into “swayed” Inhumans under his control.

Talbot is furious about this since Daisy is essentially a weapon in the wrong hands. He also wants the military to go after Hive; Coulson reminds him it would be too dangerous and take too long. But Talbot’s fears are realized when the team discovers that Lincoln has escaped his cell. Daisy overheard Lincoln telling Talbot he wanted out – so she helped him, insisting that only she, without Hive, would meet him. This is obviously a lie.

Back with Hive, Dr. Radcliffe “overcooks” the humans so they basically look like they’ve been half-melted. He’s terrified but Hive is pleased since these “Primitives” listen to him. He wants more, and even calls them “our children” to Daisy since they were made with his DNA and her blood. Meanwhile on base, FitzSimmons and Mack successfully lock the base down but realize too late that Lincoln might try to leave on the Quinnjet. Mack goes to stop Lincoln, who zaps him and successfully escapes.

Or so we think…until Lincoln appears next to May. It turns out this was the plan the whole time! They needed Daisy to believe Lincoln wanted out, so May left Lincoln messages on his food trays. The Inhuman on the plane? Lash. Sure, there’s a risk he might kill Daisy. But Lincoln doesn’t think he will since Lash didn’t kill Daisy despite having had the opportunity to before. Lincoln thinks each Inhuman has a purpose, and Lash’s is to defeat Hive.

It looks like they might be right when Hive greets the Quinnjet and Lash jumps out. Lash easily defeats the Primitives and is unaffected when Hive hurls his nanoparasites at him, even knocking Hive to the ground. Furious, Daisy runs to protect Hive. Lash takes something from her and says, “Now you’re free,” before carrying her back on the Quinnjet.

Unfortunately, before they can leave, James shows up and stabs Lash in the back, killing him. But it looks like Lash cured Daisy because she attacks James and brings the Quinnjet “home.”

Back on base, Fitz suggests that perhaps Lash’s purpose was not to kill Hive but to save Daisy. Simmons discovers that Daisy is weak but completely sway-free, although she is suffering withdrawal symptoms. But it’s not all good news. According to what they’ve learned from Daisy, with the right shock wave, Hive could potentially infect a significant percentage of the human race, turning them all into the swayed primitive Inhumans.

Simmons is reassured that this could only happen if Hive had a way to disperse his virus high enough in the atmosphere – which is when Talbot admits he does. The thing Hive stole the other week from an A.T.C.U. facility was a fully operational warhead.

The episode does end with a sweet moment between Mack and Elena. Mack tells Elena he’s ready to stand and fight now. Elena reminds him to keep the faith, and gives him a cross necklace before leaving the base.

All in all, I really enjoyed this episode…primarily because I was NOT expecting the twist at the end! I had no idea that Lincoln was working with May the whole time, and I appreciated the surprise. (Most of this show’s “twists” are quite predictable, so this was a nice change of pace.) I also thought the use of Lash was ingenious, although I am disappointed they killed him off so soon – especially since he’s the only method to reversing Hive’s ‘disease’ we’ve seen so far. I wonder if FitzSimmons will be able to figure out how he did it? There was one thing that confused me, though, and that was Elena. First off, why would Elena have to register with the American government instead of the Colombian one? Secondly, why was she so willing to return to S.H.I.E.L.D. after her last disastrous encounter with them?

Despite this, “Emancipation” was an excellent episode that set up the rest of the season nicely. I’m very curious to see how Daisy will act in upcoming weeks – and how her relationships will be affected as she goes through withdrawal.

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, “Emancipation” opens after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The United Nations has ratified the Sokovia Accords, which require enhanced individuals to register with the government. Coulson meets with Talbot to deal with this new development, while May is tasked with dealing with Hive.

Meanwhile, Dr. Radcliffe is ready to start turning humans into Inhumans again after taking a significant amount of Daisy’s blood. Daisy looks sickly but is active in Hive’s cause, fighting to get into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s database. Fitz is desperately trying to keep her out, but has trouble since Daisy designed so many of the programs.

Back on base, May brings a frustrated Lincoln his food. Lincoln wants out of his cell; May insists his immune system is still compromised. Later, we learn in a conversation between FitzSimmons that this is a lie. Lincoln is fine, but Coulson wants him locked up – which seems pretty screwed up to me. We also learn that Mack’s body is healing but his morale is still low. And finally, May shows up and tells FitzSimmons to focus on figuring out Hive’s endgame.

Coulson meets with Talbot in a bar to discuss the Sokovia Accords – basically, he wants Talbot to keep his Inhumans off it. He brings Talbot down to their base via the seat they’re in, which functions like an elevator. He then introduces Talbot to Elena, who’s apparently visiting from Colombia. Elena is worried about the list being misused or falling into the wrong hands, even though Talbot insists it’s highly classified.

And in the next scene, we learn that Elena’s fears are justified. A group of angry-looking men are determined to exterminate Inhumans, and have the name of one from an informant in the A.T.C.U..

Stuck in his cell, Lincoln whispers that he wants to talk to Daisy, who soon appears on the TV in his cell. She put a video of him sleeping on a loop on the security cameras so they can talk privately. Lincoln tells Daisy he just wants to be with her, without Hive or S.H.I.E.L.D.. Before either can respond, Coulson, Talbot and May show up. Lincoln agrees to be registered on the Inhuman list as long as this means he can leave his cell.

Elena visits Mack, who is less than thrilled to see her. He’s convinced they’re fighting a losing battle against Hive, and is worried that what happened to Daisy might happen to Elena. Elena reminds Mack to have faith, saying, “Evil preys on the weak because it fears the strong.”

The angry men from earlier find their Inhuman target, who turns out to be James. Hive is there and captures them all because he wants them to become what they hate. Hive says their “emancipation” is his gift to Daisy and has a skeptical Dr. Radcliffe perform his experiment on these “volunteers.”

Back on base, Coulson shows Talbot Lash. Talbot is furious that Lash isn’t in a gel-matrix cube, then demands to know what Daisy is doing with Ward. (He has this info via satellite imagery.) Coulson explains that it was too dangerous to tell him about Hive before, but reveals the truth now. FitzSimmons have also figured out that with enough of Daisy’s blood, Hive could create an all-in-one virus that instantly transforms any humans into “swayed” Inhumans under his control.

Talbot is furious about this since Daisy is essentially a weapon in the wrong hands. He also wants the military to go after Hive; Coulson reminds him it would be too dangerous and take too long. But Talbot’s fears are realized when the team discovers that Lincoln has escaped his cell. Daisy overheard Lincoln telling Talbot he wanted out – so she helped him, insisting that only she, without Hive, would meet him. This is obviously a lie.

Back with Hive, Dr. Radcliffe “overcooks” the humans so they basically look like they’ve been half-melted. He’s terrified but Hive is pleased since these “Primitives” listen to him. He wants more, and even calls them “our children” to Daisy since they were made with his DNA and her blood. Meanwhile on base, FitzSimmons and Mack successfully lock the base down but realize too late that Lincoln might try to leave on the Quinnjet. Mack goes to stop Lincoln, who zaps him and successfully escapes.

Or so we think…until Lincoln appears next to May. It turns out this was the plan the whole time! They needed Daisy to believe Lincoln wanted out, so May left Lincoln messages on his food trays. The Inhuman on the plane? Lash. Sure, there’s a risk he might kill Daisy. But Lincoln doesn’t think he will since Lash didn’t kill Daisy despite having had the opportunity to before. Lincoln thinks each Inhuman has a purpose, and Lash’s is to defeat Hive.

It looks like they might be right when Hive greets the Quinnjet and Lash jumps out. Lash easily defeats the Primitives and is unaffected when Hive hurls his nanoparasites at him, even knocking Hive to the ground. Furious, Daisy runs to protect Hive. Lash takes something from her and says, “Now you’re free,” before carrying her back on the Quinnjet.

Unfortunately, before they can leave, James shows up and stabs Lash in the back, killing him. But it looks like Lash cured Daisy because she attacks James and brings the Quinnjet “home.”

Back on base, Fitz suggests that perhaps Lash’s purpose was not to kill Hive but to save Daisy. Simmons discovers that Daisy is weak but completely sway-free, although she is suffering withdrawal symptoms. But it’s not all good news. According to what they’ve learned from Daisy, with the right shock wave, Hive could potentially infect a significant percentage of the human race, turning them all into the swayed primitive Inhumans.

Simmons is reassured that this could only happen if Hive had a way to disperse his virus high enough in the atmosphere – which is when Talbot admits he does. The thing Hive stole the other week from an A.T.C.U. facility was a fully operational warhead.

The episode does end with a sweet moment between Mack and Elena. Mack tells Elena he’s ready to stand and fight now. Elena reminds him to keep the faith, and gives him a cross necklace before leaving the base.

All in all, I really enjoyed this episode…primarily because I was NOT expecting the twist at the end! I had no idea that Lincoln was working with May the whole time, and I appreciated the surprise. (Most of this show’s “twists” are quite predictable, so this was a nice change of pace.) I also thought the use of Lash was ingenious, although I am disappointed they killed him off so soon – especially since he’s the only method to reversing Hive’s ‘disease’ we’ve seen so far. I wonder if FitzSimmons will be able to figure out how he did it? There was one thing that confused me, though, and that was Elena. First off, why would Elena have to register with the American government instead of the Colombian one? Secondly, why was she so willing to return to S.H.I.E.L.D. after her last disastrous encounter with them?

Despite this, “Emancipation” was an excellent episode that set up the rest of the season nicely. I’m very curious to see how Daisy will act in upcoming weeks – and how her relationships will be affected as she goes through withdrawal.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Marvel/ABC

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