What do you get when you take the Secret Warriors, S.H.I.E.L.D., and a dangerous Inhuman god, and then tangle them up with each other? What Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. likes to call a “game changer” of an episode — and certainly an episode that will fuel the upcoming episodes as we head into the last few hours of the season.
We left off last week with most of our team compromised, and we start with Daisy and Lincoln on their way to pick up the Secret Warriors. Joey’s on a date, Elena’s about to get on a bus…but as we know from Mack and Bobbi and Hunter, spies don’t get vacations! (They do get cool watches, though.) Daisy explains what happened with Hydra. The bad part is they don’t know anything. The good part is that they think they can get into the base through service walls and Daisy can take care of the rest with her powers. And away we go! (No, really. Jumping out of a plane and everything. Secret Warriors be rockin’.)
Malick and Hive have already arrived back at base, where Giyera tells them about how he took the plane down. On the plane, things are going from bad to worse. The team is being pursued by Lucio (the Inhuman with the Cyclops eyes), but Daisy finds the Zephyr while Lincoln, Joey, and Elena BAMF it up with their powers. Lincoln finds Malick by accident when he throws another guy through a wall, and Daisy finds her team, who have barricaded themselves into a room in an attempt to fight and take care of May, who is gravely injured. (I laughed out loud when Elena knocked politely on the door as everyone waited for an attack. Classic Marvel.)
May insists she can fly despite her injury, and the team manages to escape with Malick on board in cuffs. Hive’s not worried, though. They’ve got a spy on the inside (Hercules Mulligan? No, probably more like Malick.) Meanwhile, the Secret Warriors are recounting their first real battle on an adrenaline high, excitedly sharing stories about their victories and bonding. There’s a slight bit of tension, though — Daisy is upset that Lincoln went behind her back and took the Kree artifact to James without asking. But in happier news, Mack has learned Spanish and his friendship with Elena is muy bueno (and adorable) He gives her kind of a run down of the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the SSR since Elena is a little wary of an organization that sometimes kill people. Simmons and Fitz, meanwhile, quarantine Lucio who is “dead-ish.” (Oh, those Inhumans.) May watches from recovery, stealth as ever.
Coulson goes to see Malick, hoping to get information about Hive. And oh, does he get it. Malick gives him the run around and tells him a story about his daughter and her horse riding as a parallel to Hydra before telling Coulson that Hive killed her. “It’s a god; it’s just not ours,” Malick ominously reminds Coulson before telling him that it’s simple: People who once served him now serve Hive. How? Well, he’s powerful, and he can do this thing called mind control, where he makes Inhumans serve him. Coulson doesn’t believe him…at least not until Malick keeps goading him with stories. He leaves Malick and tells Mack to quietly lock down the base, just in case. He goes to his team secretly and tells them that he thinks one of the Inhumans is infected, though Daisy interrupts them suspiciously. She follows orders, though, telling her team about the new security measures.
NEXT: How did we know that this plan would work?