Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Lockup” Review (Season 4 Episode 5)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is quickly reaching the point where it needs to take things to the next level. We’re five episodes into the new season, and as it stands, none of the various plotlines have made much progress beyond their initial status quo from the first two weeks. “Lockup” makes for a fun prison break episode on its own, but the lack of forward progression makes it feel like the show is spinning its (admittedly hell-charged) wheels.

Things do happen this week, but they’re all fairly small developments, or reiterations of points we already know. We get a bit more information on the Darkhold this week, seeing how Lucy first discovered the book, but nothing overly exciting. We also see that just because Daisy is back with the team it doesn’t mean she has any interest in staying, and her suicidal tendencies come through once again when she takes on all of the prisoners. Again, though, nothing new here to us. Some of the revelations aren’t even that revelatory, as I didn’t even realize Jeffrey being an Inhuman was a secret from the rest of the world.

Instead, what fueled this episode was a sense of excitement to see the old gang – minus Simmons – back in the field together. It allowed for plenty of solid interactions between teammates, and the prison infiltration offered a chance for some good action scenes. Daisy’s big fight was the highlight, and while it wasn’t the best the show has ever delivered, it served as a reminder of just how skilled Quake is without her powers to rely on.

More importantly, Robbie got perhaps the biggest bit of new info this week, learning that the drive-by that injured his brother was actually orchestrated by someone for a specific purpose. Even without knowledge of how bad Eli Morrow is in the comics, it seems safe to assume Robbie’s uncle may have had something to do with that; he clearly knows more about everything that’s happening than he’s letting on. More on that next week, though, when we get to see the origin of the Ghost Rider.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!