Last week gave us a flashback detour that detailed Agent Jemma Simmons time on the unknown alien world that the Kree monolith transported her to. This week brought us back to the present and the aftermath of the convenience store explosion that we thought left Melinda May’s ex-husband, Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood), dead. Turns out he survived the blast, which honestly ticked me off at first. I hate cop-outs of that sort, especially when it comes to recurring (or even main) characters, but more on that later.
The core story at hand this week dealt with Melinda May and Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse going out into the field to track down Grant War, Director of Hydra (still funny!). Since Lance Hunter’s own attempt on Ward’s life failed, it’s now up to our favorite warrior women to finish the job and their only lead is young Strucker. Their hijinks-filled mission involved a fun bit of undercover work at a bank and eventually a knockdown, drag out fight with Ward’s lieutenant as they finally tracked down little, inept Werner von Strucker.
Meanwhile, Coulson continued to cozy up with Rosalind Price and the ATCU, attempting to gain further insight into their goals and tactics. It was mostly a soft dance, but a revealing one, finally humanizing Price a bit and actually turning her into an interesting character. I’m honestly not as hesitant about this particular subplot anymore, so kudos to the writers for finally making it palatable.
So why wasn’t I pissed about Garner’s survival? Because of the revelation that came from the sniveling, blood-soaked (and dying?) Werner! Initially the convenience store showdown had been painted as a botched assassination attempt that left Hydra and SHIELD agents dead, Andrew injured, and Werner shaken. That was a lie! You see, as they moved in for the kill, Andrew lashed out at them. Sorry, I mean Lash’d out at them. That’s right, folks! Blair Underwood is our Inhuman-slaying Inhuman antagonist, Lash!
If you’re going to pull a kill cop-out, that’s certainly the way to do it. This should certainly liven things up a bit in the coming weeks, especially since Melinda is now aware of this deadly secret and this series hasn’t been drawing out its subplots and revelations this season. I look forward to Underwood getting to chew scenery once everyone else on the team is made aware of his other persona.
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