Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD “Many Heads, One Tale” Review (Season 3 Episode 8)

Agents of SHIELD Many Heads, One Tale

Wow. I think Ward said it best: “That’s a lot to take in.”

One thing that people have always criticized about Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is its inability to juggle multiple storylines and plot threads. Between all of the Inhumans, Hydra, the ATCU, Simmons’ fella on another planet, and a few other outstanding storylines, there’s a lot to handle here. Thankfully, “Many Heads, One Tale” actually brought together a lot of storylines that were separated before, when the entire SHIELD team drops their personal missions to investigate the ATCU.

Of course, the stuff they found at the ATCU was just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll get to the big revelations at the end of the review, but let’s cover the great stuff that came before that first. The infiltration into the ATCU was a lot of fun. I feel like it’s been a little while since we’ve done an actual spy mission, with people talking through earpieces and all that jazz, and this was a great one. Also, just like all great spy scenes, it fell apart in the end with Bobbi and Hunter being discovered, and it gave us an opportunity to check out Bobbi’s awesome magnetic batons. I wasn’t a big fan of the idea of the Bobbi and Hunter spin-off show that they were talking about doing, but if it’s just an hour every week of fun scenes like this, I think I could handle it.

The confrontation between Rosalind and Coulson was also great. I was a little surprised how strong Coulson was coming after her considering he didn’t have any hard proof of wrongdoing quite yet, and it turns out that she legitimately had no idea what was going on at the ATCU behind her back. I don’t know if this will permanently jeopardize their relationship or not, but it certainly wasn’t very helpful. Locking a girl in a big white containment unit and accusing her of being Hydra will put a dampener on most blossoming relationships.

Speaking of blossoming relationships, we finally got a good kiss between Fitz and Simmons! Of course, it’s one of those tragic kisses that was followed up by Fitz declaring that they’re cursed. I don’t know how much longer they can reasonably draw out this “will they/won’t they” without frustrating the viewers, but I really loved the scenes between the two of them tonight. Henstridge and de Caestecker are still the best actors on this show, so having multiple scenes of them together is such a treat.

I thought it was big enough news for us to get confirmation that Will was actually sent to that distant planet by that shadowy organization that we saw in a flashback earlier this season. However, tonight we also got confirmation that this shadowy organization was an ancient form of Hydra! This reveal was HUGE for this show, and for the overall mythology of the Marvel Universe as well. I loved how they handled it with everything being spelled out to Ward by Malick, as we also see the team at SHIELD get the information from Fitz/Simmons at the same time.

I really didn’t think it would be possible, but in one fell swoop they have now tied ALL of the different storylines together into one big saga. I know the episode is called “Two Heads, One Tale”, but this was more like “Five Heads, One Tale.” They not only tied in Ward’s quest to rebuild Hydra into the main story, but they even tied in Simmons’ quest to save Will as well! Everything is coming together, and it was all done with great ease and polish. This was a great episode and I’m so bummed I have to wait two weeks to see more!

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Random Thoughts:

– When Coulson said “Easy, Mac”, I couldn’t help but think of the Easy Mac mac n’ cheese bowls I make for my son.

– I loved how slow Hunter was at typing. I was wondering what he was going to do when he actually got to a computer and couldn’t cheat with Daisy’s voice in his ear anymore.

– It always cracks me up seeing Mark Cadascos on shows like this, here playing the Inhuman Giyera that fought Bobbi. I can’t see him and not think of him as the “A le cuisine” guy from Iron Chef America.