Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Premiere Review: "Laws of Nature"

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 10:18AM
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 10:18AM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Premiere Review: "Laws of Nature"
The new season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D is off to an exciting start with Daisy (aka Quake) literally blowing us away with a seismic blast in the first 5 minutes. The sense of teamwork that makes Marvel shows special is also back after a momentary absence due to Ward's betrayal last season. S.H.I.E.L.D.. is hard at work once again doing the job they were meant to do- protecting people. Daisy, the new leader of the Inhumans, says it best "we try to protect people like you from the world or from yourself"

The Fish Oil we saw last season (the special new kind with bonus traces of terrigen in it) is now causing the Inhumans's powers to activate on an epidemic level. Even with Agent Coulson's new "toy" (a sleek new aircraft for the team), they can't keep up with all the Inhumans popping up across the continent. Someone's kidnapping Inhumans off the street and dissecting them before S.H.I.E.L.D.  can find and protect them. Meanwhile S.H.I.E.L.D. is acting a bit like a jealous ex, learning about their new recruits by stalking them of Facebook, which is decidedly less creepy, invasive, and lethal than dissection. These well-trained, well-funded "nutters" look like they're becoming this season's shady opposing organization. 

The episode also highlights the introduction of a new Inhuman, who's also the first openly LGBT character on the show. Joey Gutierrez is an Inhuman with the ability to melt metal objects from a distance, but he's struggling to come to terms with his newfound powers. Although we don't learn much about him this first episode, we're hoping we get to see more of him as he struggles to cope with his new life as an Inhuman. 



In a well played scene in the beginning of the episode, Coulson accidently refers to Daisy as Skye commenting that "it's hard for us to get used to". Hunter and Mack disagree, as I assume most fans would do by now as well. Skye is decidedly Daisy Johnson this season, taking her place in as the head of the Inhumans division and quickly proving herself to be a fantastic leader and a force to be reckoned with. Even Mack is referring to her as the 'muscle' of the team. 

Meanwhile, Coulson and his team have figured out that key to the mystery of the disappearing Inhumans is Constance Zimmer's character, Rosalind Price. Coulson and Hunter catch up with Zimmer on a DC metro train, intending to ambush her during the few minutes she spends alone. As expected, the ambush backfires and Hunter and Coulson are surrounded by an armed guard while "Rosalind" sips her coffee. I'll admit I was let down that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s finest actually thought that would work. A person that well protected during the day isn't going to take public transportation without a reason.
 
After a short battle of the secrets and a quick getaway, we're left in a haze of mystery still not knowing much more about this new organization other than the fact that they intend to "terminate the threat" of the Inhumans.  Why? Something about going against the "Laws of Nature". 

What we do find out though is that more Inhumans are being killed, and Price's team aren't the ones responsible. Lincoln, Skye, and Mack are attacked by an Inhuman who looks suspiciously porcupine in nature- and who fans of the comics will recognize as Lash.  The secret Inhuman city where Lash was raised regards exposure to the Terrigen Mist as an honor.  Lash's goal is to track down these new Inhumans and cast judgment over them to see if they are worthy of this honor. As you may have guessed, Lash is a particularly tricky man to please, and will undoubtedly be this season's main antagonist. 



In a dramatic (if somewhat cheesy) presidential announcement warning humans that we are not alone in the universe, we finally find out that Rosalind and Co are a part of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU), a task force that serves to neutralize alien threats. In a second title drop the president declares that "the laws of nature have changed, and until the laws of man change to reflect that we must do what we feels is right". The spread of the Terrigen Mist has now gone global, which sets the scene for an exciting season of Inhuman encounters. 

At first, it felt like the episode more or less glossed over Simmons being sucked into the swirling alien mass of the monolith. This didn't go down very well with me since that image has been burned into my mind since the end of the last season. However, the episode more than makes up for this when we find out that Agent Morse has been covering for Fitz as he searches for leads. 

Rather than seeing him broken and struggling this season, we get a fiercely determined Fitz throwing caution to the wind as he scours the Earth for information that will help him bring Simmons back.  The rest of the team seems to have given up hope on that front, but far from seeing Fitz as naïve and desperate, I like having the brave, resourceful, scientist back on the team. At the end of the episode when we see Simmons running around in the alien world of the monolith, we know that his hard work (and screaming) will eventually pay off. 


With the pieces that Marvel has put into play for this third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's looking likely that the show could witness some of its biggest moments to date. Lash brings a threat level that we haven't seen since Deathlok, while the prospect of seeing Simmons exploring what looks to be a perilous alien world gives the show a scope that we've not seen in the previous two seasons. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back and it's bigger than ever.

Tune in on Tuesdays at 9/8c for the rest of what looks to be a fantastic season as we look forward to the return of Agent May, Agent Simmons, and Agent Coulson's hand. 
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