Reviews: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S.3 Ep.1 (“Laws of Nature”)

Posted: September 30, 2015 in Reviews
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WARNING: Spoilers ahead

For anyone who was still on the fence about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they won’t be after watching this episode. Terror groups, superhuman abilities, and mysterious artifacts – finally, today, the show reached the level fans expected when it was first announced.

The Plot

Starting with the intro previously released online, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduces Joey Gutierrez, a newly developed Inhuman who can melt anything he touches. After being extracted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Lance Hunter and Daisy Johnson, Joey is held in a secure chamber so as not to melt the agency’s current ship. Meanwhile, Fitz, still in denial over the fate of Simmons from last season, tracks down a number of leads to discover the origins of the obelisk. Unfortunately, all turn up nothing.

Director Phil Coulson tracks down Rosalind Price, a powerful individual hunting down Inhumans for her own gain. Both adversaries realize a body count of Inhumans steadily rising, with neither responsible. Despite Rosalind’s best efforts, both Phil and Lance manage to escape.

Later, while Daisy and fellow agent Mack go to the hospital to pick up Lincoln Campbell, a mysterious new enemy (aka Lash) attacks everyone in sight to find Inhumans. Daisy and Lincoln were able to fend off the foe, albeit with a huge amount of difficulty. Coulson then approaches Fitz and attempts to force him to accept the loss of Simmons. Refusing to accept anything, Fitz strikes the obelisk angrily, while Simmons rushes around on an unknown planet.

Thoughts?

Short answer: I love this episode.

Long answer: I love this episode, because it’s amazing, action packed, and very well put together.

Everything just seemed to click very well this week. I especially loved seeing Chloe Bennet’s Daisy/Quake/Skye actually using her powers, in costume and everything. The character has definitely grown since we first saw her operating out of the back of a truck in Season One. Seeing her being more included during the fight scenes throughout the rest of the season will undoubtedly be fun too, since most of the time she had to rely on others to really help her out.

Special props too to the actors throughout this episode for excellent performances, especially Iain De Caestecker’s acting as Fitz. You could almost feel your TV shaking every time he smacked the obelisk. Since we know Simmons isn’t dead and won’t stay gone for long, I’m wondering how Fitz is going to react when she finally reappears. Speaking of Simmons, this episode raised a ton of new questions. Where is she? What’s going on with Ward and May? What references will we see in the future? We’ve heard about Sokovia and the destruction of Hank Pym’s company, and even saw Iron Man 3‘s President Ellis in this one episode.

In the end, I highly enjoyed this episode, and can’t wait to see episode 2.

EPISODE GRADE: 8.5/10

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