Our friend Kristy is a big fan of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and she’s going to be writing episode recaps for your enjoyment all season long. Today she’s here to share her thoughts on Season 3 Episode 3! In case you want to catch up on any of her previous fangirl recaps, you can check them all out here.
Summary: In which Lincoln finally gets a back story, Hunter is hilarious, Coulson and Rosalind throw shade at each other, Simmons struggles to recuperate, and FitzSimmons go to a fancy restaurant.
Hello and welcome back to another Agents of SHIELD recap and rant!
This week’s episode was once again a quality piece of television. However, it seemed to serve a different purpose. The past two episodes have been energetic, almost frantic, with the amount of story being pumped into them. This week’s episode slowed down a bit, giving the audience a different perspective – almost as if it were a filler episode – winding up to next week’s face-off with Lash (YEEEAHHHHHHHHHHH 👊🏻💥).
Lincoln finally got a backstory this episode. Lincoln has never really been a favourite character of mine; he seemed flat, uninteresting, and boring. However, this episode gave the audience a glimpse into his life before we first met him. A character that initially seemed 2D to me is, in fact, quite complex. Hearing about his previous drinking problems and suicide attempt shone quite a bleak light on his past. Accidentally killing his best/only friend was extremely saddening for the viewer, and he truly lost all hope. 😭After Daisy (FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT) saved him and kissed him… (rushed romantic plot?!) I felt eager to learn more about him. I’m definitely interested in seeing where SHIELD will bring Lincoln’s character. Will he become one of Daisy’s Secret Warriors? Or will he end up betraying SHIELD?! So many questions! Consensus on Lincoln thus far: I like the guy. I feel sorry for the guy. He has a sad past, and his life has taken a drastic turn… let’s see where it goes!
May and Hunter. Man, I really like when those two work together. The always-joking Hunter is the perfect contradiction to May’s constant stoic attitude, and watching them play off each other is incredibly exciting as a viewer. The bit where they subtitled Hunter and his friend’s speech due to their accents was hilarious! 😂😝😂 Personally, I’m pretty good at deciphering accents (I watch a lot of the BBC) and didn’t need the subtitles, however, I found it incredibly funny that they used it as a humour component for a show that has become quite dark. It’s obvious to me that Hunter’s character is definitely needed to add a lightness that would otherwise be missing. And all I can say is, Hunter really, really, REALLY wants to take out Ward. He withstood an absolute beating, accidentally killed his friend (is this becoming a theme?!) and met Ward’s right hand guy. He’s definitely gaining some momentum and climbing Hydra’s ranks. I’m just nervous as to how long he and May have before Ward realizes they’re onto him.
Also, May kicking those guys’ asses was totally awesome and most definitely missed the previous two episodes. It’s been so long since she beat someone up that I bet she was just itching to knock those guys out.
POOR SIMMONS. And FITZ YOU ABSOLUTE BEAUTY, making all boyfriends look bad. 😍 You beauty of a man for being there for Simmons without expecting any romantic affection while she recovers. Simmons has been through hell… absolute hell. The poor thing has a very bad case of PTSD, and who knows how long it will take for her to recover. Kudos to actress Elizabeth Henstridge for playing PTSD so well. The way her eyes dart around, the way she reacts to any and all stimuli is done in such a fantastic, realistic way. The SHIELD writers aren’t sugar-coating her situation. They’re tackling it head on, and Elizabeth Henstridge plays the role with ease. I desperately want to know what she experienced on the other planet and who/what exactly was hunting her. AND WHY DOES SHE WANT TO GO BACK?!?!?! 😳😳😳 (girl, just stay with Fitz, you’re safer with Fitz. Just be with Fitz. Please.) But seriously, Elizabeth Henstridge is brilliantly talented, and I can’t wait to see her sink her teeth into the role. Apparently episode 5 will contain more information about the mysterious planet, and I look forward to seeing her tackle more emotional scenes.
As a devoted FitzSimmons shipper from the very first episode, I just about screamed at the “date” scene. I put date in quotations, because Fitz didn’t intend for it to be a romantic attempt. He wanted to give Simmons a new, calm environment, where she could rest and enjoy herself. Fitz, in all his glory, bought out the entire restaurant and had candles put on every table. He makes all the significant others out there look bad. The fact that Fitz NEVER CANCELLED THE RESERVATION is the most adorable thing ever, and it truly shows that Fitz never gave up on her. He believed every second that he was going to get her back, and this simple fact shows the true strength of their bond. Even though the date scene was short, the affection was clear in both their eyes, and when Fitz held Simmons while she cried, we all cried with her. Get better Simmons! We love you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Man Coulson and geez Rosalind, you two have some stupid crazy chemistry, I kind of hate it (kidding, I love it) 😎💁🏻. I want to hate Rosalind, but at the same time, I actually really enjoy watching scenes with her and Coulson. They throw shade back and forth at each other, and it’s hilarious to watch. I’m personally very interested to see if they’re actually able to work together. My gut instinct tells me, no, they won’t, as they’ll have a power struggle and won’t agree, but I’m interested to see what she knows that we don’t. I’m also very curious to learn more about Rosalind. It’s obvious that she has quite a complicated backstory, and I’m hoping we’ll be learning more about that in episodes to come. She is also the new pun master.
Ciao for now!