Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review: “A Wanted (Inhu)Man”

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Kyle’s Review

It doesn’t take much time to spot the difference between Marvel and DC’s television script writing: DC (Arrow and The Flash) focuses most of its writing efforts on the folks with powers, while Marvel centers its writing with the folks without powers. Non-powered characters in the DC TV universe are likely to be written like pod people, but Quake (aka Skye, aka Daisy) has little going on besides assembling a super team of inhumans. Yes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. insists on shipping—that’s shorthand and verb form of relationship—Daisy and Lincoln but let’s face it, that ain’t happening. I’ve seen more onscreen chemistry between two rocks. To be fair, those were two sexy, decorative rocks, but the fact remains that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s human characters have more substance.

And we get a lot from those human characters in “A Wanted (Inhu)Man.” Fitz helps Simmons readjust to life on Earth—that’s going to be a long, difficult, and rewarding process. Simmons reveals that she needs to go back to her distant planet prison for some reason—that should be interesting. Coulson has to make a deal with the devil, better known as the U.S. government agency tasked with hunting down inhumans—that’s gonna get hairy in places. Bobbi struggles with her rehab and her relationship with Hunter: she wants to be in the field to help Hunter on his mission but she can’t—aww. And Hunter kills an old chum in order to infiltrate Hydra, and the wide-eyed moment he realizes his friend is gone has to be one of the best moments in this early Fall television season.

As you can see there’s plenty to love in “A Wanted (Inhu)Man,” but we know the story will shift from the human element to the inhumans the closer we get to the Inhumans movie, and there isn’t a lot to like on that front for the time being. I’m sure Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will step up its character development of Daisy and the rest; I’d just prefer a more immediate sign that things will change for the better.

 

There weren’t that many new elements added this week, so we don’t have an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets page for “A Wanted (Inhu)Man.” But I did find the following logo for the upcoming Secret Warriors.

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Looks like Skye (aka Daisy aka Quake) will be busy in the coming months.

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