Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S3 Ep01 – Laws of Nature

The summer is officially over and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made its return to ABC. Last season ended with three major set ups for the current season: the rise of the Inhumans, the disappearance of Agent Simmons, and Ward’s attempt at rebuilding Hydra. In this week’s season premiere all but one are addressed. We see Agent Skye, now referring to herself by her birth name Daisy, leading the charge in finding and rescuing new Inhumans, and Agent Fitz doing all he can to find his friend Simmons. Additionally, Agent May is out of the picture for now, and Agent Coulson has since gained an advanced prosthetic hand in place of the one that was chopped off in last season’s finale.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "Laws of Nature" - "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns for an action-packed third season on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. On the season premiere episode, "Laws of Nature," when Coulson and the team discover a new Inhuman, S.H.I.E.L.D. comes face to face with another organization searching for powered people. And still reeling from Simmons' dramatic disappearance, Fitz goes to extreme lengths to try to learn how to get her back. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) JUAN PABLO RABA, JUDE B. LANSTON, ANDREW HOWARD

Not a good place for your hands, Joey

As “Laws of Nature” kicks off we are immediately introduced to an Inhuman by the name of Joey (Juan Pablo Raba), who has recently gained the ability to melt certain metals. Much like Daisy when she first gained her abilities, Joey doesn’t have any control over his abilities. With a mysterious government agency attempting to detain him, S.H.I.E.L.D. steps in and gets to him first, seemingly rescuing him from his possible captors. A bottle of fish oil tablets is seen in his apartment, reinforcing the idea that Terrigen, the substance that brings out Inhuman abilities in certain humans, has made its way into the world’s ecosystem via fish.

What’s good about this season premiere is it has a solid twist halfway through the episode. We are originally made to believe that the mysterious agency hunting Inhumans is set out to kill them, as we several dead Inhumans with holes in their chests at wherever this agency’s base of operations is located. S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to set up a meet-and-greet on a train with the leader of this agency, known as Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer). While Coulson and Hunter meeting her doesn’t go exactly as planned, they do at least find out that both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Price have similar goals, and Price is not murdering any Inhumans. The fact is someone else is out there murdering Inhumans.

While not mentioned by name in “Laws of Nature”, Marvel Comics character Lash makes his way onto the small screen via the season premiere. In an attempt to get fellow Inhuman Lincoln back on their side, Daisy and Mack have a run-in with Lash at the hospital Lincoln currently works in. Those familiar with the Lash from the comics know his motivations for wanting to kill Inhumans, but for the sake of avoiding potential spoilers I won’t mention anything. While I enjoyed seeing Lash on screen, I have to admit he looked a little goofy to me. That being said, he is still monstrous and a force to be reckoned with. It took the combined efforts of Mack, Daisy, and Lincoln to temporarily bring him down.

The main plot of “Laws of Nature” was very well done and sets up a lot for future episodes. In addition to learning of a new organization searching for Inhumans, we get to see Daisy attempt to help Joey as he tries to understand what’s become of him and learns of his new abilities. Much like the way Marvel’s X-Men have been treated both on screen and on the page, Inhumans are being met with confusion and fear. Joey has a long way to go before he’s ready to start a new life with his Inhuman powers.

Lash (Photo Credit: ComicBook.com)

LASH! (Photo Credit: ComicBook.com)

This season premiere did see a bit of drama going on between Bobbi and Hunter that I did not find all that interesting. Bobbi is afraid of committing herself to a relationship with Hunter. It just felt like stuff we’ve all seen before. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be just attempting to build on the relationship the two share, as there have been talks of a spin-off series in the works starring the two.

What really interested me more than that subplot was the subplot involving Fitz. Most of Coulson’s team has given up hope on finding out what happened with Simmons. While they do know she was sucked into the Monolith, no one knows how to get her out. Fitz is the only one still trying to do something about it, which leads him to an intense situation in Morocco. We can see how much each failure to find Simmons eats him up inside. By the end of the episode we see him literally screaming at the top of his lungs at the Monolith that stole her from him.

“Laws of Nature” ended off with an interesting twist as we see where Simmons actually is. Somehow the Monolith transported her to another world. It’s evident that she is on another planet because of the multiple moons seen in the sky above her, though what Simmons is running from is unclear. Hopefully, Fitz figures it all out and rescues his friend from this other world before whatever she’s running from gets her.

Overall, “Laws of Nature” was a solid premiere that does a good job of getting viewers caught up and interested in the events that are to come. Marvel’s Inhumans film is currently set to release theatrically in 2019, and I definitley commend Marvel for using their little show to help promote the idea of the Inhumans and to familiarize mainstream audiences with them. “Laws of Nature” did a good job with this while also providing an interesting plot with some decent action and suspense. While I didn’t care much for the Bobbi-Hunter stuff, everything else in “Laws of Nature” was a fun watch.

In next week’s episode Coulson and his team will seek out the assistance of an old Asgardian in an effort to study the Monolith and hopefully bring Simmons home. Check out ABC’s official promo for “Purpose In The Machine” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Laws of Nature” in the comments.