Agents of Shield season 3 kicked off last night in a big way, following on a few months after the events of the season 2 premiere, people have now been affected and changed by the Terrigen chemical that leaked into the ocean, called the ‘Bio-morphic event’ on the show. Meaning certain people with alien DNA already in side them that have the potential to change, then undergo a transformation and get changed and turn into super powered beings or Inhumans, while Coulsons task force is up and running with Daisy in the lead with her powers now in better control as they track down new Inhumans.
And to talk of new things, we have a shiny new bus for SHIELD and a new dynamic for the season with more Inhumans and more focus on super powers, Coulsons team is looking for them to save and recruit them while the government is also tracking down individuals but for quite different reasons – to study them and we see they’ve already captured a few people, while one person got away (Lash?).
Things aren’t so much SHIELD vs Hydra anymore as the Inhumans have come and taken centre stage and there’s a glimmer of the drama to come in the rest of the season as now transformed people cope with their new abilities and how their lives gets changed. As usual SHIELDS team is a highlight of the show and great to watch with Hunter and Mack especially bringing some good humour, Bobby seems to have taken over Simmons role in the scientific research department now and it’s something different for her, it’s a bit of a stretch to not see her in the field but she seems to know what she’s doing. Meanwhile Fitz is globetrotting in search of clues to help get Simmons back and seeing him determined and on a mission brings an interesting dynamic to him, Fitz has had some of the more interesting plot arcs since season 2 and once again, he’s getting good material.
And Lash makes his appearance, which I didn’t think he would in the first episode, confirming he’s hunting down Inhumans to kill them as he fights Lincoln and Daisy, watching this was awesome and makes me think of season 3 as a more fully fledged superhero show now, powers are here in a big way and here to stay and Lincoln is back. He’s been working in a hospital, incognito but gets exposed as an inhuman and has to go on the run, opting not to go work with SHIELD, though Daisy objects to this. As it turns out, the government is behind the other task force that is hunting down Inhumans, the ATCU or ‘Advanced Threat Containment Unit’, not trusting anymore in SHIELD. The premiere ends on an intriguing note, Simmons is alive but somewhere unknown, what looks to be another planet awash with twilight, I wonder how that story will play out.
On the whole the premiere was really solid, Agents of Shield has re-invented itself as a superhero show of sorts and it’s exciting TV with the Inhumans story and some interesting characters like Lincoln, more of the same with what made season 2 great is back – Bobby and Hunters flirtationship, Macks one liners and new stories for Fitz and Simmons. The Inhumans have injected a lot of fun into the show along with super powers and some interesting mysteries are raised with May and Simmons whereabouts, as well as Wards, great season opener for what should be an equally great season.
. Where is Simmons exactly? An alternate dimension?
. What is Ward up to now?
. Will we see Hydra in any real capacity soon or are they out of action for the time being?