Sunday, 17 April 2016

TV Review No. 20 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: The Inside Man (S2, Ep12)

Strong Points:
Talbot's back
More super powers (in the form of Creel and Death)
Twists I didn't see coming
Daisy and Lincoln arguing over the fate of Inhumans
Lincoln has started to become more likeable...
The end of Inhumans?

Weak Points:
Do these disguises actually work?
...while Daisy has decreased in likeability
May is a bit hard on Hunter
When you have someone captured and you want them to die, just do it instead of setting up something that gives them time to escape!

In-depth Review:
So, Talbot's back and working for Coulson now, in quite a nice pairing really. Especially with the addition of Creel (a non-inhuman with powers of absorption) as Talbot's bodyguard. Creel, in case you didn't watch last season (or didn't have superhuman memory to cope with all the characters), was working for Hydra in Season 2 and killed two of Hunter's friends. So now having him working with S.H.I.E.L.D. added just a bit of tension, especially when he went 'traitor' and knocked out Hunter. 

But we'll get to that soon. First, we have a party to attend. A party that allows Talbot to spew as many stereotypical jokes as possible as they try to thin the potential suspects who are working with Gideon. Spoilers: they thin it down to everyone. Some top quality spy work there. 

Anyway, it turns out that Talbot is actually the traitor... but not for long as it actually turns out that his son is an Inhuman and Gideon is blackmailing him. Of course, Gideon then has both Coulson and Talbot in his hands but instead of dealing with them himself, he lets some grunts do it. Bad mistake. 

Having Creel there is great for a couple of reasons: his powers are awesome both actually and visually, he adds tension to everything, points out that every powered person isn't an Inhuman and... has blood that could be the vaccine for Inhumans who haven't turned yet? This throws up some interesting questions, voiced by Daisy and Lincoln on, first, whether being Inhuman is a disease and secondly whether people should be given the choice to rid themselves of the Inhuman gene. Lincoln's actually on the side of choice while Daisy takes the side of Inhumans are the next evolutionary step. 

I'm not sure which I agree with but I do think that Daisy, who only last season was wanting to get rid of her Inhuman gene, is going a bit over the top with the whole 'everyone else is wrong' idea. I mean, Inhumans are a threat and she can't deny that fact, try as she might so I do hope that something changes to make them all work together. 

In other news, Hunter and May aren't getting along still and I do think the whole 'Hunter did wrong' has been stretched out for too long. I mean, I get he did a bad thing, but none of them really have a clean slate do they? What it did set up though, was a nice little scene between Bobbi, Hunter and May where they discovered that Hunter had actually packed some weapons (in a no-weapons zone) and Bobbi exclaims 'I love you' and May says 'I don't hate you as much'. 

The episode ends with Bobbi and Hunter being sent to tail Malick and a new Inhuman along with the Russian part of the committee. We'll have to see how that goes next week.

Conclusion: overall, it was a nice episode that is starting to set the big plan in motion. Also, Death-Ward 'eating' all those humans was chilling to say the least.

Rating: 80%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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