Poor Lincoln Campbell. The guy just can’t seem to catch a break.
Last season found the character’s idyllic Inhuman halfway-house life being turned upside down thanks to Daisy and her mother and S.H.I.E.L.D., and this season finds his new medical-profession life being turned upside down…thanks again to Daisy and S.H.I.E.L.D. We haven’t seen Lincoln since he ran off after helping Daisy fight Lash in the premiere, and when we catch up to him (literally) in this episode, it’s clear that his world is slowly starting to unravel. Daisy’s aware that he’s being hunted, because Lincoln hasn’t exactly slipped under the radar. Everyone is looking for him: the ATCU, the FBI, other law enforcement agencies. Not only that, they’re calling for an arrest. Daisy’s adamant about bringing him in because whatever they’re going to do when they finally catch him, “I’m guessing it won’t be awesome.” There’s one small problem, though: she’s got no idea how to find him because he’s not answering her calls or texts. (Guy problems, right?)
But wait! There’s an app for that! Or a tracker, at least. When Mack grabbed Lincoln’s arm during their confrontation in the hospital, he implanted one. Daisy’s understandably pissed that no one told her about this, and also pissed because she recognizes that by doing so, they betrayed his trust. And all of that is going to make it harder for them to bring him in. Coulson is still the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I’m very interested in the obvious power struggle that’s being built up between Coulson and Daisy as the Inhuman comes into her own. Daisy’s idea of leadership is to act out of empathy, while Coulson’s approach seems to be (as always) more tactical. And while neither is technically right or wrong, it’s an interesting clash. (Let’s not forget that Daisy, in the comics, does eventually become Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., so having her assert her leadership this season is not out of the blue.)
She calls Lincoln, who is angry and upset once he realizes he’s being tracked against his will. Daisy tries (and fails) to reason with him, and Lincoln continues to run — unfortunately, his search has now gone public, with the news issuing warnings that he’s a “suspected alien threat,” which makes it harder and harder for him to keep moving. Lincoln boards a bus and shoots out the electricity when he sees his own information appear, using his powers to take down the vehicle in order to get away. Lincoln is scared and lost in a way that Daisy once was, but the difference is that right now, he’s got nowhere to go. Out of options, he calls his friend John (Lost’s Daniel Roebuck), who seems to be a former AA sponsor. From their interactions, I’m leaning towards the fact that this road was a legitimate detour in Lincoln’s early life, which makes me all the more interested and hopeful that, one day, we’ll get to see a full Lincoln Campbell backstory. Seriously, Marvel. I’ll fund it with my nonexistent savings account. I’m sure Luke Mitchell would help.
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John takes Lincoln home, offers him a place to stay, and even allows him to buy his car. But their happy reunion is cut short when John sees the news report stating that Lincoln is a threat: which just goes to show that no matter how much people trust you, there’s no real way to predict how they’ll react in this kind of situation. Meanwhile, after getting Rosalind’s number from Mack, Coulson pirates a satellite connection so he can make a request to meet — just the two of them, leader to leader, no surprises and no bloodshed. He takes off to the beach and after fawning over Rosalind’s car (don’t worry, it’s not as pretty as Lola), the two get down to business. Coulson wants her to let his team bring Lincoln in, and Rosalind refuses, despite the fact that Coulson warns her things could get to get ugly — uglier, at least, than we’ve already seen. Turns out that Rosalind has a trump card to play: She knows about Daisy. Coulson’s never backpedaled so quickly on anything in his life.
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