Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 1: “Laws of Nature”
Directed by Vincent Miciano
Written by Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons ABC
Air Date: Tuesday September 29, 2015, 9pm
Spoilers for the first two seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead…
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began its run in the fall of 2013 almost as a “super-power light” procedural, dealing with both the positive and negative effects of enhanced beings living amongst humans. The show had a slow start…a very slow start, but all that changed after Captain America: Winter Soldier. With the events of the movie causing a lasting impact on the series, the storylines progressed in a strong and fast-paced manner. By the time season two began, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. felt like a drastically different series, as the organization — at least in the public’s eye — was no more. Newly appointed director Agent Phil Colson (Clark Gregg) was given the task of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of a very small group of surviving members.
Season two also began to shift its focus from “story of the week” saga with mysterious artifacts galore, to a much more focused, over-arching storyline that would drive the entire season. With the introduction of both the Kree and the Inhumans, as well as various life-changing events for much of the main cast, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. truly found its groove with a perfect blend of action and character-driven moments, allowing the show to gravitate more towards the superhero drama that many fans had been hoping for.
By the end of season two, after S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans led by Jiaying went to war with each other, Skye (Chloe Bennet) fully embraced her birth name, Daisy (oh, the joy of being a comic book fan!), as well as her earthquake-like abilities. Not only that, but she agreed to Coulson’s orders of searching for, creating, and leading “a team centered on people with powers;” Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) was sucked into the strange monolith just before she and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) were able to express their undying love (my guess) for one another (FitzSimmons shafted again!); Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) took some much needed time off from active duty with her ex-husband (and her gun) because that’s what any normal person would do; and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s worst enemy, former agent turned psychopathic killer Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) became the new head of HYDRA, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s other worst enemy.
What’s on the horizon for Coulson and his team in season three? Check out my spoiler-filled recap below of episode one!
Spoilers ahead…you’ve been warned!
Season Three Episode One “Laws of Nature,” begins in an apartment with a picture of a smiling man, sitting aside an open bottle of fish oil that is spilling off of the dresser where they lie. In the room is the lower half of beastly looking creature standing in front of a blown out hole in the wall. Explosions and smoke are seen on the streets and a distraught man is accidentally melting everything metal that he touches.
Daisy (throwing cars around like it’s nothing), Mack (Henry Simmons), and Lance Hunter(Nick Blood) retrieve the man before an unknown black ops team is able to do so. The man is led into a containment module, where Daisy asks him what his name is. After he answers, “I’m Joey,” she says, “I’m Daisy” for the first time this season and assures him that they are here for his protection. And in an occurrence that should be considered normal now on AoS, the holding pod shoots into the air and attaches to the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft.
Back on the street, a mysterious woman expresses her disappointment in her team for letting the man get away – but of course, not before Coulson snaps her photo!
On the jet, Daisy shows considerable skill in relating and attempting to calm Joey down. She tells him he has gone through a “biomorphic event,” or a change in his DNA. Daisy confirms that Joey takes fish oil, which infers that this is a catalyst for his metamorphosis. She also explains to him that there is a small percentage of the population that has a dormant alien gene, and due to the Terrigen crystal being released (and fish oil, apparently), that gene is being triggered. They call themselves Inhumans. He’s the first they’ve found – he laughs hysterically in shock. They let Joey know that he can’t leave for the foreseeable future, and he reacts poorly, as you would imagine anyone would.
In another part of the aircraft, we learn that Hunter and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) aren’t speaking (but we later see that they have been fraternizing and he gives her back her wedding band). After Hunter voices their lack of communication, Coulson says sarcastically, “We wouldn’t want you to do anything that makes you uncomfortable,” as he screws off his black gloved hand. Luke Skywalker, anyone?
As we start to see S.H.I.E.L.D. search for the unknown woman, the scene cuts to her in a medical facility where doctors are experimenting on a room full of presumable Inhumans. In yet another facility, we are shown that Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) is trying to live a “normal” life as a medical professional in a hospital. This all comes crashing down (literally and figuratively) after Daisy and Mack visit and ask for his help (which he declines). Cue the arrival of a Buffy-style spiky gigantor creature to ruin Lincoln’s hopes and dreams.
Linking the woman to DARPA, Coulson and Lance are able to corner her on a train, but she knew they were coming and has a dozen men pull weapons on them. There is quite a bit of calculated banter between Coulson and whom we now know as Rosalind (Constance Zimmer), but most importantly, we find out that someone is killing Inhumans and it’s not either of them. Additionally, we learn that Rosalind knows quite a bit about Coulson, mentioning to him that she has never been to Tahiti, but she hears “it’s a magical place.” Later in the episode, the President of the United States gives a special address announcing that the ATCU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit) has been authorized to use any means necessary to eliminate the “alien threat.” He also uses a direct quote from Rosalind earlier in the episode: “The laws of nature have changed. Until the laws of man change to reflect that, we must do what is right.” This makes it clear to Coulson that Rosalind has a high position of power.
FINALLY, let’s discuss what’s going on with our beloved Fitz. He spends most of the episode in Tangier, Morrocco, where he searches for and acquires a clue to get Simmons back at the risk of his own life. Back on the plane, Fitz opens the artifact in the presence of Coulson and sees that it’s a Hebrew word meaning “death.” Fitz has followed every possible lead, but cries as he accepts that Simmons is gone and that Coulson needs to notify her family that she is M.I.A. In one of the most heart wrenching scenes of the series, Fitz walks down a hallway, blasts open the monolith containment box, and then bangs on it, yelling repeatedly, “DO SOMETHING!”
But there’s hope. On an alien planet with at least two visible moons, Simmons is shown fleeing from something or someone. She hides behind a rock, and notices she is bleeding above her eye. She is seen digging into the earth and rubbing it on her abrasion, healing or soothing it instantly.
There was a lot to take in throughout this season premiere, but it was intriguing, exciting, and fast-paced. Personally, I’m hoping to see the emergence of Daisy’s group materialize into some form of the Secret Warriors this year on the series. What would you like to see this season?