Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues building on non-powered characters, while Daisy (Quake/Skye) has little to no development. I’m good with Daisy’s focus on saving all inhumans and forming a superhero team, but I’d like more motivation as to why she has this new found focus. I wouldn’t bring this up again except that “Devils You Know” had Daisy deliver the line “I don’t think Lash is just some white whale,” meaning there’s a reason to why Lash’s doing what Lash is doing and it goes beyond animal instinct. It’s ironic that we repeatedly get that bit of dialogue from the one member of S.H.I.E.L.D. who doesn’t appear to have a reason for doing what she’s doing beyond the animal instinct of species survival.
It might sound like I disliked “Devils You Know,” but I actually enjoyed it. The rest of “Devils You Know” centered on the core human agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their myriad of character flaws, desires, and machinations. Agent May is back in full force and she’s not happy about how Dr. Garner ended things and that he works for S.H.I.E.L.D., Hunter puts his plan to exact revenge against Ward into motion, Coulson and the ATCU’s director Rosalind Price’s tenuous partnership deepens, and Fitz and Simmons continue their dance over what happened to Simmons and her need to return. That last point triggered a pretty good cliffhanger for next week.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot of great things going for it. It’s just too bad most of what works is solely on the human side of the equation. With Daisy as a—and even sometimes “the”—central character of the series, we need more from her. It’s not the actor’s fault; Chloe Bennet’s just not given much to work with at the moment. I think there’s still time to grow her character and until the point when she does, I’ll enjoy the other webs Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is spinning.