Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Lash's Shocking True Identity in 50th Episode

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 - 10:32AM
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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 - 10:32AM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Lash's Shocking True Identity in 50th Episode
Last week we learned what happened to Simmons on the alien planet, and the week before last we witnessed Dr. Garner go up in flames when Hunter's attempt to gun down Ward went south. This week in the 50th episode of the show we find out not only that is Dr. Garner still alive, but that he's been keeping a secret that left viewers (myself included) completely stunned. 

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 'Among us Hide....' from here on in.

 
In the most astonishing plot twist since the Hydra revelation of Season 1, we learn that Dr. Andrew Garner is not all he seems. The well loved voice of reason and S.H.I.E.L.D. psychologist is actually the Inhuman monster, Lash -  the very being that has been wreaking havoc and killing characters all season long.
 
Many viewers may not have been entirely convinced of Dr. Garner's apparent death the other week. But it was still no less of a relief to see him alive and well this week, recovering from a botched Hydra hit job. Another relieved party was that of Agent May, who after the traumatic events of two weeks ago, has seen enough to be able to declare that she is officially back in business with S.H.I.E.L.D. May is out for blood, and if at first it seemed like she was a bit of a loose cannon, we quickly remind ourselves that this is an agent who rarely loses sight of the job....
 
 
With Mockingjay and Agent May both back in the field, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D just shot two of its best action stars back into prominence, a fact that was not lost by the majority of viewers who quickly dubbed the formidable team "MockingMay". Even Coulson seems to be buying into it.
 
Elsewhere, the rest of the team is slowly getting back to a 'business as usual' state, with Fitz running portal simulations to help Simmons bring Will back from the alien planet, and Daisy tailing the ACTU's Banks as a potential lead in the hunt for Lash. Thankfully, that business as usual also includes Hunter's comic relief. With Hunter being placed "on the bench" by Coulson following his failure to take down Ward, the chirpy Brit seeks to use his talents elsewhere, much to the annoyance of everyone else at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ. When Daisy and Mack agree to bring Hunter along on their stakeout of Banks, his "anger issues" cause him to lose patience, knock out Banks, and punch him in the nose in order to collect a blood sample to test for Inhuman genetic markers. Hunter's presence turns what would be a fairly routine stakeout scene into a chance to showcase the different approaches each S.H.I.E.L.D. agent takes to their job.

While unethical, Hunter's tactics were certainly efficient and they soon discover that Banks was simply a red herring. Their mission wasn't entirely without gain as they finally get a glimpse inside the ATCU facility when they deploy Fitz's new invisible drone.  Unfortunately, they see Coulson and Price inside watching an Inhuman being packaged away into storage, a scene that Daisy understandably finds repulsive.

Earlier, during another interaction between Coulson and Price, we learn that she lost her husband to cancer and that she sees the Inhuman's abilities as a similar type of malady to be cured. Price feels that she's helping the Inhumans and their families by keeping them packed away like jars of jelly until they can find a cure, but as noble as her intentions may be, Coulson doesn't seem to like her approach. And Daisy most definitely doesn't, but having not witnessed the full extent of Coulson's ATCU facility tour, it's likely that the pair will be clashing over Coulson's cooperation with an organization that apparently treats Inhumans like cans of produce. 

Although Coulson appears to be merely seeing how things play out, I still agree with Daisy. Cutting himself off from people emotionally isn't Coulson's strong point; in fact, I would go as far as to say that his greatest weakness is caring too deeply for the people he works with. It's hard to escape the feeling that Price is using her charms to lure Coulson in emotionally, and it's going to be interesting to see how well the wiley S.H.I.E.L.D. boss deals with this situation.

 
Meanwhile, Ward is conducting his own manhunt. We discover that the sociopathic psychology student, Werner von Strucker, hasn't been seen since the explosion, which makes him a "loose end" for Hydra to tie up. With both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra on his tail, Werner runs to an old family friend and Hydra supporter, Gideon Malik, who wastes no time selling him out to Ward. Gideon Malik is played by Powers Booth, who also appeared as a character on the World Security Council in The Avengers. I assume Booth is playing the same character here, which means that Malick was a high-ranking Hydra agent hidden on the council. After the deal he made with Ward, I doubt this is the last we'll be seeing of him.
 
Agents May and Morse show up just as Ward's henchmen are finishing off von Strucker, but they're too late to save him. As he dies in Agent May's arms he reveals what really happened on the day he attempted to kill Dr. Garner. Von Strucker dies, leaving Agent May to piece together the terrible truth about her ex.

A reveal this huge is going to shape the rest of the season, and after seeing Garner looming menacingly over Daisy in the post-credit scene, it's going to be exciting to see how this plot twist plays out. 
 
With so many storylines flying around this week, the episode was a (somewhat hectic) whirlwind that maintained a steady level of energy the whole way through. Rather than drawing things out it seems that the show has been keeping rattling through its story arcs at a fairly rapid pace, and it's a testament to the writing of the show that we still have a number of burning questions we want answered. The last two episodes served as proof that Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still on track to becoming the best yet. But with so many big reveals this season already, it's impossible to say what direction the show will take next. With both the team and the viewers at home still reeling from the shock of this week's big reveal, next week looks like it will be another can't miss episode.
 
 
Next week is sure to be another stellar episode as the rest of the team learns the truth about Dr. Garner's secret Inhuman identity. Until then, you can enjoy watching the cast talk about their favorite episodes as we celebrate 50 episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
 
 
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