Agents of SHIELD shows us what happens when the lights go out

first_img MCU News: Donald Glover’s Role, a Chris Stays On, & Ms. Marvel UpdatesJessica Jones Gets Another Round, Agent Coulson Returns & More MCU News After more than two seasons of operating off the grid, it’s finally time for S.H.I.E.L.D. to come out of the shadows. And hey, as long as they’re going public, why not give them some literal shadows to come out of? The third episode of this season revolves around massive blackouts in major cities across the country.The first one happens in Miami, where Yo-Yo is attending her friend’s bachelorette party. Her friend initially jokes about there being no more blended drinks, but the situation proves much worse as a helicopter crashes into a building. Yeah, we already know we’re not going to like this person.Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, we learn that a group that calls themselves “The Inhuman Resistance” is taking responsibility for the blackouts and is demanding the Inhuman registry be destroyed. There’s also a senator, Rota Nadeer, stirring up fear of Inhumans on the news. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Marvel’s stories knows actual Inhumans aren’t behind this. Fortunately, so does S.H.I.E.L.D. Mack, Fitz, and Coulson are sent to Miami to investigate the source of the EMP attack and determine whether it was caused by an Inhuman or not.Mack (Henry Simmons, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), and Coulson (Clark Gregg) save the day with science! (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Fitz brings along all his high-tech detection gear, but as soon the team arrives in Miami, he discovers that the blackout is caused by a series of EMP pulses, not just one. None of his gear will work, so he has to break out the slide rule. Back at the party, an armed militia has stormed the building looking for an Inhuman. Yo-Yo uses her superspeed to steal a couple members’ guns but is caught by her “friend” who rats her out. Told you we weren’t going to like this person.Fortunately, just as Yo-Yo is about to get shot, Coulson, Mack and Fitz crash the party. It appears Marvel’s Netflix series have taught them how to direct action for TV because this season has really stepped up the quality of the fight scenes. After a fun beatdown, Fitz makes compasses out of wine corks and needles, using them to find the source of the EMP pulses. This was really a great episode for saving the day with old-school basic science. Who wants to bet there’s an elementary school science teacher out there already planning to use this episode in class?They find the origin of the pulses, which as we all guessed was a giant EMP emitter and not an Inhuman. Fitz shuts it down, just before the president decides to send troops into the blackout zones. Some damage is already done. People fear Inhumans more than ever. Coulson convinces Director Mace to go public as soon as possible to mitigate some of that damage.Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Radcliffe (John Hannah) try to save Agent May (Ming-Na Wen). (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)While all this is going on, Simmons notices that Agent May, in a facility in Upstate New York, is getting worse. Her blood pressure is rising rapidly, and when the Chinese gangster with the same condition dies, Simmons knows they don’t have much time. She takes May to Radcliffe and together, they discover that exposure to the ghostly figures from episodes past infects the fear center of the brain. It keeps the victim in a permanent state of fight or flight and essentially scares them to death. With May’s time running out, Radcliffe recommends killing May and bringing her back just as her brain is about to shut down. Essentially rebooting her like you would a computer.With no other options, Simmons agrees and stands by with a defibrillator. There is a surprisingly tense moment where just as they’re about to bring May back, the EMP blackout hits Radcliffe’s home. Simmons desperately performs CPR, but it doesn’t appear to be working. Obviously, we know the show wouldn’t kill May, but the scene is so well-directed that for a moment we forget that. It really does seem hopeless. That is until Radcliffe remembers that his powered-down Life Model Decoy, Aida has a shielded power source. He uses it to get the defibrillator working again, and May comes back to life, seemingly all better.There wasn’t a whole lot of Ghost Rider in this episode. Daisy and Robbie have some good moments, but the fiery skull didn’t show up this time around. When the blackouts hit L.A., they drive off to make sure Robbie’s little brother, Gabe is safe. Fortunately, Robbie’s car being “pre-1980” is not affected by the EMP pulse. Being partially powered by the fires of Hell might also have something to do with it, but that isn’t brought up.Don’t touch Robbie Reyes’s (Gabriel Luna) car. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)They find Gabe about to be attacked by some criminals looking to take advantage of the blackout and fight them off. Daisy’s arm is in a bad way, though, and when she uses her powers to save Gabe from one of the criminals, her arm snaps. After she doesn’t want to go to the hospital, Gabe figures out who she is and tells her to stay away from her big brother. That’s about all we get from Daisy’s storyline.Although Ghost Rider wasn’t really in this episode, it turned out to be a good thing. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved that it could still produce a compelling episode without him. Even though the blackout plot didn’t really move the overall story forward, it still made for a fun episode of the show and drove up the tension in scenes that wouldn’t have otherwise had it.We also met Senator Nadeer, who we learn wants to kill Inhumans, blaming them for the death of her brother in the Terragenesis incident last season. Whether she has another goal beyond that isn’t certain, but for now, she’s doing everything she can to whip up fear of Inhumans in the general population. Have you noticed a lot of superhero shows this season feature a political figure convincing the public to hate people who are somehow different from them? Weird, right? Stay on targetlast_img

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