Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD “A Wanted (Inhu)man” Review (Season 3 Episode 3)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D "A Wanted (Inhu)man" Season 3 Episode 3 (1)

Agents of SHIELD returned tonight with a highly anticipated episode in “A Wanted (Inhu)man”, as we hoped to find out what happened to Simmons after getting sucked in to that blob at the end of last season. Even though we kinda already found out where she was, seeing her being hunted on that blue and windy desolate planet, that really raised more questions than answers. I was hoping this episode would be filling us in on this a bit more. Mainly I wanted to know what she was running from, where exactly she might have been, and what lasting impact her journey might have on her.

Instead, we got an episode focused mostly on Lincoln on the run. I knew that Luke Mitchell was promoted to a series regular in the offseason and that we’d obviously get an increased focus on him in this season, but I was a bit bummed that we’re getting that extra airtime with more interesting stuff going on elsewhere. There was definitely some good stuff going on in his storyline, I kept perking up every time we were away from the hunt for Lincoln.

There was some good stuff there, though. It was interesting that Lincoln called his AA sponsor, of all people, when he needed somewhere to hide. I don’t think we heard anything about his history with alcoholism, but it did add another layer to his character that really helped flesh him out. It also really helped us understand why he had the role that he did last season. Not only does his background as a doctor make him want to help people, but he’s used to the process of emotional reparation as well from his background in AA.

His AA roots were personified by his buddy John, and I might have laughed out loud when he died of a heart attack after Lincoln zapped the bat out of his hand. That’s what happened, right? It was just a heart attack due to fright or surprise and not because he was electrocuted, right? That was a little anti-climactic, and it was annoying that Lincoln felt so bad about it. It clearly wasn’t your fault, dude.

It’s a little odd to me that John was so freaked out by the possibility that his good buddy might be an alien. At this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’d think that people would be a little more accepting of an alien presence based on all of the crazy stuff that’s gone on between the Avengers movies and stuff.

The end to Lincoln’s story felt like it kinda came out of nowhere. That kiss with Daisy felt a little rushed to me. I know that they’ve had a little flirtation in the past, but just a few minutes ago he wanted to have nothing to do with her and now they’re locking lips? I’d understand if these two developed a romance a little later, but it seemed to be forced in just because they’re two good looking people who are both in an emotionally fragile place.

The romance that I definitely did approve of was the long awaited Fitz-Simmons dinner. It made my heart so happy to see him leading her around the lab by hand, and seeing her break down at dinner was so powerful and beautifully played by Elisabeth Henstridge. I was a little concerned at first that this whole Simmons recovery was going to be a little too reminiscent of Fitz’s recovery from last season. They’re both being mousy and quiet and unconfident, so I was waiting for the big differentiator. The final scene was great, with Simmons pulling a Jack from LOST with her “I gotta go back!” I’m excited to see how this turns out!

May and Hunter’s little team-up storyline is pretty fun, and it seems to be there just for the purpose of keeping Ward involved in the show and keeping the action quota fulfilled. It’s definitely a good time, but I really need to be convinced that Ward and Hydra still belong on this show. I’m hoping they prove me wrong!

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments section below!

Random Thoughts:

– Did it look to anybody else like Lincoln’s sponsor had a good amount of booze in his fridge?

– That ATCU soldier behind the main bald guy looked like he was around 15 years old.

– If that Hunter and Bobbi spin-off show was just an hour of Adrianne Palicki working out every week I would totally watch it.