Director Mace Reveals His Secret in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Lockup"

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 1:27PM
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 1:27PM
Director Mace Reveals His Secret in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Lockup"
Well, that's a game-changer. Last night on Agents of SHIELD, Director Mace finally revealed his true identity to the public, a decision that's bound to have reverberating implications for the election, and all Inhumans for that matter.

During a televised debate with our favorite racist, Senator Nadeer, Director Mace comes out to the public as an Inhuman. Objectively, this was a great move for SHIELD's public image. After all, who's more qualified to handle the current Inhuman situation than an actual Inhuman? Obviously though, not everyone will feel this way, especially since people like Senator Nadeer and her pack of rabid Watchdogs have taken to blatant fear mongering, creating an "us versus them" mentality intended to dehumanize the Inhumans. For now, Mace's numbers in the polls have skyrocketed following the reveal, but it's only a matter of time before the inevitable backlash kicks in.
 
The moderator of the debate introduces Mace by recalling his heroic actions during the explosion at the UN in Vienna. This tie-in was well-placed, since it brings Inhumans directly into the events of "Captain America: Civil War." An Inhumans film might not be on the cards at the moment, but this at least gives us a more direct possibility for Inhuman involvement or mentions in the greater MCU. Here's the kicker though: the story of Mace's UN heroism was a lie.

When you ask Simmons to help you with debate prep by providing "cold, hard, scientific facts," you expect her to be thorough and well prepared. Somehow, Simmons found out that this particular bit of heroism was bunk, and she confronts Mace about it. This begs the question, why was Mace lying about this in the first place? For someone whose motto is "A team that trusts is a team that triumphs," feeding the press lies just to puff up your own public image seems out of character. It could be that he leaked this in preparation for his Inhuman reveal so that the public would have a kinder view of Inhumans, but that still seems like a risk.
 
Simmons had failed her lie-detector test earlier, so she takes the opportunity to blackmail Mace into giving her a pass on all future polygraph tests. On the surface, this feels like a win, but really it's only increasing the distance between Mace and the rest of the team. For better or worse, Mace is the public face of SHIELD, and keeping him in the dark just creates dangerous waters for all. If he had been aware of the prison break debacle, Senator Nadeer wouldn't have had her most recent bit of leverage.

Speaking of whom, it turns out that Simmons isn't the only one blackmailing the Director. Senator Nadeer meets with Mace after the debate, and it appears that she's the whole reason behind the Inhuman reveal. Does this mean that she knew about his Inhuman status all along? His coming clean to the public could have been Mace's attempt to get out from under her thumb. Either way, her manipulation of the Director isn't over yet. Nadeer gets ahold of footage from the fiery prison break disaster and threatens to hand it over to the press unless she gets what she wants. Could it have something to do with her brother (aka the creepy mid-terrigenesis statue in her living room)?
 
This blackmail could have been avoided if it weren't for a serious lack of communication between Mace and the team. Mace is in the dark when it comes to major plot points such as Aida, the Darkhold, and Ghost Rider. Now that Robbie seems to be the team's resident Ghostbuster, the Director should be brought in on the loop, especially considering that a threat as serious as the Darkhold is connected to Robbie's uncle. When Lucy, the "pissed off mad scientist ghost," kidnapped Uncle Elias after the failed prison break, it seemed like this was against his will. After seeing his face at the sight of the Darkhold, it's clear that there's more to the story. Could this be connected to the hit ordered on Robbie and his brother when they were kids? It sounds ominous, but it would be closer to the comic if Robbie's uncle turns out to have a secret dark side.
 
Next week gives us the reveal we've all been waiting for: Ghost Rider's origin story. Earlier we guessed at a few possibilities, and now it seems even more likely to be connected to the Darkhold. This would also make sense as a tie-in to the upcoming Doctor Strange film, which comes out just a few days later. Will we finally learn the reason for Ghost Rider's vengeance management issues?

 

Best lines:

 
"May, wanna go to prison? Could be Taco Tuesday."
 
"You've been murdering people while possessed, and on fire."
 
"When I ask for field work, you give me paperwork."
 
May: It was a near-death experience, I'm over it. Coulson: Well I'm not over mine.
 
Mack: Now hold on, you know I don't like needles. Fitz: Well, it's a bee sting really. [It's not.] Mack: Oh hell no.
 
"He's growing on me." (Aw, Coulson. First May, then Daisy, and now Robbie? Let's hope so.)
 
*Always good to see Coulson's awesome S.H.I.E.L.D. shield again.
 
*May admitting that she saw Coulson when she "died"! We really need more information - and soon.
 
*Daisy taking down a prison cafeteria full of Watchdogs without using her powers.
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