The third season of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” starts off with a bang — quite literally — as Juan Pablo Raba’s Joey Gutierrez destroys half a city block. And all he can say is “I don’t know what’s happening to me!”
The outbreak of Inhumans has thrown civilization into disarray. Scrambling to keep things together, Agent Coulson, Quake and Mack begin investigating the genetically-modified folks — while fans can sit back and enjoy seeing all their powers on display. In many ways, this whole season seems like it’s going to be one big CG eye-gasm.
“We try to protect people like you from the world, and from yourself,” explains Quake/Daisy when they bring Joey aboard the helipad. “Unless we have to defend the world against you.”
“My life is getting interesting?” Joey asks incredulously. “My life is not a TED talk.”
As Inhumans continue to multiply, Coulson gets curious about who’s pulling the strings. Constance Zimmer as Rosalind is excellent as the icy object of his attention, and it’s a nice touch that Joey just happens to be gay — a plot point tossed away as casually as it is mentioned — but one of the highlights of the episode may have been a trip to Morocco.
Ian De Caestecker’s Fitz was intense, in all the right ways, as he went on a side mission to get information about the monolith. “You can either hand it over in exchange for what’s in there,” he says, hanging tough. “Or, spill my guts in the sand and use that briefcase as a booster seat.” The scenes play out like Bourne meets Bond, while Daisy and Mac recruit the mysterious Lincoln for help.
Gregg and Zimmer have a real showcase when their characters sit down on a subway and go toe-to-toe like Hopper and Walken in “True Romance.” “I haven’t spent any time in Tahiti,” she smiles, revealing that she knows more about Coulson than he realizes. “Although I hear it’s a magical place.”
Of course, another big moment is a brief peak at fan-favorite Lash. We’ll definitely be looking forward to a lot more of Matt Willig’s performance in the weeks to come.
By the end of the episode, things are getting tense. The President is addressing “alien threats” and expressing disappointment in SHIELD. “By executive order, I have created a special task force to neutralize these alien threats on our soil. The Advanced Threat Containment Unit, or ATCU, will be given full license to act with whatever authority is needed.”
“The laws of nature have changed,” says the President. “And until the laws of man reflect that, we must do what is right.”