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

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

Last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended its third season with a two-part finale. The first half, “Absolution,” opens on the planet Hive came from. Daisy and Coulson are stuck in a containment module as Daisy laments the fact that everyone is dead. When she figures out a way to return to Earth, Coulson says, “This is Earth.”

That’s when Daisy wakes up from what was thankfully just a dream. She’s imprisoned to follow security protocols. But she’s clearly suffering symptoms of withdrawal – and she seems upset that Simmons is the only person who’s come to see her. It’s because Simmons is the only person she didn’t hurt, Daisy concludes. We learn that Daisy has provided S.H.I.E.L.D. with all the information she remembers, and Simmons tells her the team has gone to a US missile silo in the Pacific. The staff there went silent 5 hours ago.

Giyera is watching for S.H.I.E.L.D. from the sky – but the team smartly approaches the island from underwater. Everybody has kill switches in case they succumb to Hive’s sway. Lincoln and May go to find the uplink, while Yo-Yo and Mack work on some device meant to stop Hive.

But they can’t stop the warhead without a kill code from the Department of Defense. Talbot can’t get it from the general, but he doesn’t need to. Fitz uses some computer wizardry to make his body and voice identical to the general’s on a video screen, then has the undersecretary hand the codes to Coulson, who is waiting on standby.

Lincoln and May successfully override the launch, enraging Hive. He threatens to eat or sway Dr. Radcliffe unless he bypasses the override. Radcliffe has no engineering knowledge but takes a stab anyway, helped by two Primitives. May goes after him. Lincoln is forced to stay behind when a surveillance camera catches him.

Back on base, Coulson is worried they still have no idea what Hive meant by “absolution.” They have to outsmart everyone Hive’s ever seen, so they need every advantage they can get. So Coulson goes to ask Daisy. He’s trying to be friendly and reminds her that prison is just a precaution, but Daisy is having none of it. She blames herself for what she did when she was brainwashed, she’s miserable due to the withdrawal and she’s desperate for vengeance. Coulson informs her that vengeance won’t make her whole again. The best she can do is give herself time and distance.

Meanwhile, Yo-Yo is angry Mack is taking so long on his device – because if Hive gets through it, they’re all dead. Mack tries to return the cross Yo-Yo gave him since she needs it more than he does. Yo-Yo refuses, saying it’s not a good luck charm but a symbol of faith. This is important because the cross is featured prominently in the death prophecy Daisy saw. Whoever is holding it is probably going to die.

Hive finds Lincoln and taunts him. He insists only he can make Daisy happy because he can give her a sense of belonging. He wants Lincoln to find Daisy with him, which is when Lincoln runs to Yo-Yo and Mack. Yo-Yo finishes Mack’s device at super-speed and Lincoln powers it with his body. Their weapon turns out to be the memory machine they once used on Werner. They want to fry his brain.

Hive is clearly miserable as he flashes back to various painful memories from all of his lives. When Lincoln finally can’t hold the charge any longer, the team races away to release the human hostages Hive took. Hive is so disoriented that James and Giyera are worried about him. Hive babbles about how he wants a connection then says, “To connect, we have to disconnect.” So he has James and Giyera disconnect the warhead for “absolution.”

Meanwhile, May finds Radcliffe and begins fighting the Primitives with him. As she struggles, Radcliffe asks May if she is S.H.I.E.L.D.. When she says yes, he shoots the Primitives and begs her to take him with her. So the pair head out to the ship, where they find the freed hostages and the rest of the team. That’s when Hive staggers out demanding to know what they’ve done to him. And Yo-Yo throws a disc at him which sends a containment module down, trapping Hive. Yay! They’ve finally captured him!

So they return to the base with Hive in stasis. Talbot congratulates Coulson and demands Radcliffe create a cure for the Primitives before leaving. Coulson congratulates Lincoln and invited him officially into S.H.I.E.L.D., but Lincoln refuses. He doesn’t consider himself a real hero and wants out after they defeat Hive.

Mack goes to tell Daisy they’ve captured Hive against Coulson’s direct orders, his cross falling out of his pocket as he leaves. Mack tells Daisy he forgives her. Daisy doesn’t want to be forgiven and hits Mack when he tries to hug her. But Mack does so anyway and she ends up sobbing in his arms. Have I mentioned how much I love their friendship? Mack also reminds Daisy that a demon can fill someone up with anger and dark thoughts. But it’s up to that person whether she is consumed by those dark thoughts or fights them with light. Mack also insists they’re safe from Hive’s followers because they’re sealing up the base. This seems pretty stupid to me; what if they’re stuck on base with Hive?

Meanwhile in the lab, Fitz finds out Simmons is trying to secretly book a romantic vacation for two. She says she thinks they deserve it after everything they’ve been through.

Fitz heads off to the airplane hangar to close it. They haven’t been able to for a while; since Daisy broke it, they were waiting for spare parts. Before he leaves, Fitz sees the cross in the lab and tucks it in his pocket to return it to Yo-Yo.

Fitz is about to open the new parts when he sees the paper and learns they were sent from Absolution, Montana. He tries to warn his colleague. But something explodes and the virus appears, infecting his colleague. The team looks on via a security camera. They’re desperate to do something but can’t help much. Fitz can’t leave the hangar because of the lockdown. Overriding it would take too much time.

Fitz does end up escaping the airplane hangar. But he can only save one other agent near him – all the others are infected by the virus. The new Primitives begin banging on Hive’s containment module to break it open.

Daisy is downstairs with Mack when they learn about this. She’s horrified because she told Hive that Zephyr-One could withstand high altitudes. Hive can go high enough to deliver his Inhuman virus.

So as Mack races off, Daisy sends her containment module up to the hangar. But when she finds Hive there, she doesn’t attack him. Instead, she falls to her knees and begs, “Take me with you.”

So this was a pretty big cliffhanger to end on. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait because the second half of the finale aired last night as well. Still, it was a big change from what Daisy had been saying the whole episode. After all, Daisy’s guilt seemed a little overdone based on her actual actions. Did she actually kill that many people? Hasn’t she killed way more via her sanctioned agent actions? They should have focused on the addiction instead if she was going to return straight to Hive.

Another aspect I didn’t like about “Absolution” was Lincoln’s refusal to become a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. It felt a tad whiny to me, especially given his constant self-blame at Daisy’s prognosis. Also, I never expected Lincoln to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place, so it wasn’t all that surprising.

Finally, I really liked the FitzSimmons moment in this episode. In an intense finale, it was nice to see a little bit of levity from the cutest couple on this show.

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. ended its third season with a two-part finale. The first half, “Absolution,” opens on the planet Hive came from. Daisy and Coulson are stuck in a containment module as Daisy laments the fact that everyone is dead. When she figures out a way to return to Earth, Coulson says, “This is Earth.”

That’s when Daisy wakes up from what was thankfully just a dream. She’s imprisoned to follow security protocols. But she’s clearly suffering symptoms of withdrawal – and she seems upset that Simmons is the only person who’s come to see her. It’s because Simmons is the only person she didn’t hurt, Daisy concludes. We learn that Daisy has provided S.H.I.E.L.D. with all the information she remembers, and Simmons tells her the team has gone to a US missile silo in the Pacific. The staff there went silent 5 hours ago.

Giyera is watching for S.H.I.E.L.D. from the sky – but the team smartly approaches the island from underwater. Everybody has kill switches in case they succumb to Hive’s sway. Lincoln and May go to find the uplink, while Yo-Yo and Mack work on some device meant to stop Hive.

But they can’t stop the warhead without a kill code from the Department of Defense. Talbot can’t get it from the general, but he doesn’t need to. Fitz uses some computer wizardry to make his body and voice identical to the general’s on a video screen, then has the undersecretary hand the codes to Coulson, who is waiting on standby.

Lincoln and May successfully override the launch, enraging Hive. He threatens to eat or sway Dr. Radcliffe unless he bypasses the override. Radcliffe has no engineering knowledge but takes a stab anyway, helped by two Primitives. May goes after him. Lincoln is forced to stay behind when a surveillance camera catches him.

Back on base, Coulson is worried they still have no idea what Hive meant by “absolution.” They have to outsmart everyone Hive’s ever seen, so they need every advantage they can get. So Coulson goes to ask Daisy. He’s trying to be friendly and reminds her that prison is just a precaution, but Daisy is having none of it. She blames herself for what she did when she was brainwashed, she’s miserable due to the withdrawal and she’s desperate for vengeance. Coulson informs her that vengeance won’t make her whole again. The best she can do is give herself time and distance.

Meanwhile, Yo-Yo is angry Mack is taking so long on his device – because if Hive gets through it, they’re all dead. Mack tries to return the cross Yo-Yo gave him since she needs it more than he does. Yo-Yo refuses, saying it’s not a good luck charm but a symbol of faith. This is important because the cross is featured prominently in the death prophecy Daisy saw. Whoever is holding it is probably going to die.

Hive finds Lincoln and taunts him. He insists only he can make Daisy happy because he can give her a sense of belonging. He wants Lincoln to find Daisy with him, which is when Lincoln runs to Yo-Yo and Mack. Yo-Yo finishes Mack’s device at super-speed and Lincoln powers it with his body. Their weapon turns out to be the memory machine they once used on Werner. They want to fry his brain.

Hive is clearly miserable as he flashes back to various painful memories from all of his lives. When Lincoln finally can’t hold the charge any longer, the team races away to release the human hostages Hive took. Hive is so disoriented that James and Giyera are worried about him. Hive babbles about how he wants a connection then says, “To connect, we have to disconnect.” So he has James and Giyera disconnect the warhead for “absolution.”

Meanwhile, May finds Radcliffe and begins fighting the Primitives with him. As she struggles, Radcliffe asks May if she is S.H.I.E.L.D.. When she says yes, he shoots the Primitives and begs her to take him with her. So the pair head out to the ship, where they find the freed hostages and the rest of the team. That’s when Hive staggers out demanding to know what they’ve done to him. And Yo-Yo throws a disc at him which sends a containment module down, trapping Hive. Yay! They’ve finally captured him!

So they return to the base with Hive in stasis. Talbot congratulates Coulson and demands Radcliffe create a cure for the Primitives before leaving. Coulson congratulates Lincoln and invited him officially into S.H.I.E.L.D., but Lincoln refuses. He doesn’t consider himself a real hero and wants out after they defeat Hive.

Mack goes to tell Daisy they’ve captured Hive against Coulson’s direct orders, his cross falling out of his pocket as he leaves. Mack tells Daisy he forgives her. Daisy doesn’t want to be forgiven and hits Mack when he tries to hug her. But Mack does so anyway and she ends up sobbing in his arms. Have I mentioned how much I love their friendship? Mack also reminds Daisy that a demon can fill someone up with anger and dark thoughts. But it’s up to that person whether she is consumed by those dark thoughts or fights them with light. Mack also insists they’re safe from Hive’s followers because they’re sealing up the base. This seems pretty stupid to me; what if they’re stuck on base with Hive?

Meanwhile in the lab, Fitz finds out Simmons is trying to secretly book a romantic vacation for two. She says she thinks they deserve it after everything they’ve been through.

Fitz heads off to the airplane hangar to close it. They haven’t been able to for a while; since Daisy broke it, they were waiting for spare parts. Before he leaves, Fitz sees the cross in the lab and tucks it in his pocket to return it to Yo-Yo.

Fitz is about to open the new parts when he sees the paper and learns they were sent from Absolution, Montana. He tries to warn his colleague. But something explodes and the virus appears, infecting his colleague. The team looks on via a security camera. They’re desperate to do something but can’t help much. Fitz can’t leave the hangar because of the lockdown. Overriding it would take too much time.

Fitz does end up escaping the airplane hangar. But he can only save one other agent near him – all the others are infected by the virus. The new Primitives begin banging on Hive’s containment module to break it open.

Daisy is downstairs with Mack when they learn about this. She’s horrified because she told Hive that Zephyr-One could withstand high altitudes. Hive can go high enough to deliver his Inhuman virus.

So as Mack races off, Daisy sends her containment module up to the hangar. But when she finds Hive there, she doesn’t attack him. Instead, she falls to her knees and begs, “Take me with you.”

So this was a pretty big cliffhanger to end on. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait because the second half of the finale aired last night as well. Still, it was a big change from what Daisy had been saying the whole episode. After all, Daisy’s guilt seemed a little overdone based on her actual actions. Did she actually kill that many people? Hasn’t she killed way more via her sanctioned agent actions? They should have focused on the addiction instead if she was going to return straight to Hive.

Another aspect I didn’t like about “Absolution” was Lincoln’s refusal to become a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. It felt a tad whiny to me, especially given his constant self-blame at Daisy’s prognosis. Also, I never expected Lincoln to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place, so it wasn’t all that surprising.

Finally, I really liked the FitzSimmons moment in this episode. In an intense finale, it was nice to see a little bit of levity from the cutest couple on this show.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Marvel/ABC

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