Ladies and gentleman, please welcome to the stage…the Kree! The Inhuman alien race made their entrance into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight in what was basically a set-up episode for the final two hours of the season. (If you’re a fan of the show, you know that this is a routine occurrence as we get closer to the season finale.) So we begin with a flashback that shows a primitive man hunting for his food, then being chased through the forest by two very menacing blue Krees. Apparently these guys are “reapers” and they captured the man to experiment on him, using their own Kree blood to change his DNA. This is Hive’s origin story and the story of how he became an Inhuman. Don’t all monster stories start out like this?
But that was then. This is now. And Hive has big plans to re-create that experiment…but this time on humans. Yes, Hive’s plan is to turn all the humans into Inhumans, which is like the biggest level of revenge you can plot. Hive tries to give Daisy a town history lesson, telling her S.H.I.E.L.D. is no better than the Kree reapers that took advantage of him. Daisy, for her part, is surprised to find that Radcliffe can run experiments that can change DNA and make people Inhuman at the same time. Too bad his tests aren’t wildly successful, though — the first attempt leaves the poor subject with a melted skull.
At the base, there’s still no word about Daisy, which is driving Lincoln insane. Like, scary-annoying-boyfriend insane. May’s not having it. Simmons and Fitz are trying to see if there’s any chance they can still manufacture a vaccine for Daisy now that the Radcliffe option is off the table. There’s a possible option, but they need an Inhuman to test it on. Lincoln, naturally, offers himself up in the name of love, but our science duo immediately shoots him down due to the fact that the vaccine is so experimental and unstable it has the potential to be fatal. (I did very much enjoy the casual and adorable harmless argument between Fitz and Simmons about their terrible relationship setbacks. “If this is a competition, then I’d win. I had to shoot him three times to shut him up.” I agree, Jemma.)
Coulson is running facial scans and finally finds Daisy in Wyoming. Coulson thinks that Daisy’s willingness to be found means she’s leading them into a trap, but Mack, ever the loyal pragmatist, believes it’s a call for help. He thinks there’s a part of her that’s still resisting Hive, even though Coulson is steadfast in his belief of Hive’s powers. But that’s okay because they’re going to kill Hive! Well, they’re going to try.
In other news, May is continually pissed that no one is handling Daisy’s situation like an actual agent should (“Why is everyone making it about themselves?”) while Mack is just guilting himself more and more for the fact that he was too wrapped up with his brother and personal issues to realize Daisy was in trouble. Fitz and Simmons run the “Lincoln takes the anti-toxin” idea by Coulson, who is vehemently opposed. Simmons, for her part, thinks that Daisy wouldn’t want someone she loves acting so recklessly to save her, and it’s interesting to watch them debate the ethics of the situation, especially since Fitz is more or less “eh” on the decision when it comes to being confident one way or the other.
NEXT: Why do you always say what you believe?