Episode Title: “Bouncing Back”
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons,
Directed by: Ron Underwood
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns from a year-long hiatus…Ok it was only three months but it seems that long as ABC continues with the inexplicable strategy of putting the series on ice, right when it is gaining momentum, so it can gives us 8 weeks of Agent Carter. Now I am not going to complain about Carter in anyway but why not put them on back-to-back?
Anyhow if you recall the last episode back before Christmas, Agent Ward was killed By Coulson on the alien world but the mysterious, Inhuman parasite took over War’s body and escaped to Earth. This is where we begin some three months later (oddly enough). The opening show shows a spaceship heading towards earth and engulfed in flames. We get a quick glimpse of a S.H.I.E.L.D. ensignia.
Daisy leads a team into Columbia to investigate the theft of weapons from the local police by beings with abilities. Mack is the first to encounter the woman known as Elena “YoY o” Rodriquez. Known as “Slingshot” in the comics, she has the ability to move at supers peed over short distances but with the strange limitation that she always bounces back to where she began, hence the name. Elena manages to subdue Mack and holds him hostage. Daisy, Hunter, and Bobbi come to his rescue and learn that they are stealing the guns from the police to keep them from killing innocent people.
The police get the guns back and in the process, another Inhuman working with the police uses his powers to temporarily petrify Hunter and Bobbi. Daisy recruits Yo Yo and along with Joey Gutierrez they manage to take down the dirty cops but Hydra manages to steal the Inhuman with the petrifying eyes away from them.
Meanwhile Hydra and Gideon Malick are in possession of Ward’s body now inhabited by the alien Inhuman. The alien is weak but regaining strength. This will be the show’s version of “Hive” which in the comics was a Hydra created lab experiment. Obviously Hive’s background will be altered quite a bit but we will have to see what they do with his powers.
Coulson’s phone call to Malick was a highlight. You could see Malick’s whole cocky demeanor just drop when he found out that it was Coulson on the other end, completely unexpectedly. Coulson’s busting into Malick’s security was a crippling blow but not fatal. Also great to see William Sadler back as the President, privately putting Coulson in charge of the ATCU whose new public face will be Colonel Talbot. Talbot reporting to Coulson will certainly make for some interesting fireworks down the road.
This was a jam-packed episode and there were some things that sort of fell through the cracks but it’s just great to have the show back.