“Many Heads, One Tale” was a heavy on the cloak and dagger episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that’s alright by me. The plot turns in this episode are the most drastic since the wake of Captain America: Winter Soldier. I think they’re better than the Winter Soldier ones because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t generate its own turns two years ago, while the show did here. I don’t want to drop spoilers, but plenty happened among the ATCU, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Hydra.
Coulson and Price continued their game of cat and mouse until they realized someone played the game better than them, Ward teamed up with Hydra’s other head, the ATCU isn’t all it seems, Fitz and Simmons discover the grim reality of Will Daniels (Simmons’ other suitor) presence on the distant, alien planet, and “Many Heads, One Tale” gives us a bleak and compelling ending. I don’t know if this episode was meant to be Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mid-season finale but it was intense and could work as one. I checked, and there is another episode scheduled in two weeks, so we do get a little bit of a break and there’s enough heat to carry the show for a few weeks.
Speaking of heat, there was plenty of romance wafting through the halls of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. I didn’t mind it because each relationship was a little different and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. refrained from drenching backstories with who is sleeping with whom; something you can’t say about other comic book shows. I can’t really say more (without revealing spoilers) except that Mockingbird (Bobbi) gets an upgrade to her batons and that’s great, Hunter provides some nice comic relief, and I can see Daisy (Skye/Quake) beginning to emerge as a character.
Everything’s looking up for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. “4,722 Hours” may still be the third season’s best episode so far, but shows like “Many Heads, One Tale” goes a long way in making this season Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s strongest.