Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S3 Ep08 – Many Heads, One Tale

There’s a lot going on in the world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. these days, and “Many Heads, One Tale” sets out to tackle everything. From Fitz and Simmons working on saving her lost lover from an alien world, to S.H.I.E.L.D. continuing to get closer and learning more about the A.T.C.U., there is a lot to cover. Also, let’s not forget Ward’s never-ending quest to revive Hydra. “Many Heads, One Tale” delves into each of these aspects of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s third season, and successfully finds a way to link them all together.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "Many Heads, One Tale" - The S.H.I.E.L.D. team discovers dangerous truths about the ATCU, and Ward's plans to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. take a surprising twist, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/John Fleenor) CLARK GREGG, CONSTANCE ZIMMER

No trust

While “Many Heads, One Tale” may not be this season’s most exciting episode, it balances several elements very well. The meat of the episode concerns Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempting to learn more about the A.T.C.U., run by Rosalind Price, who Coulson now shares a seemingly romantic relationship with. Most of the fun and excitement during this subplot comes from Bobbi and Hunter infiltrating the A.T.C.U. in disguise as FBI agents. The two try their best not to blow their cover, but when it is officially blown neither are hesitant in defending themselves against those trying to take them down.

The dynamic between Rosalind and Coulson is very interesting. It’s hard to tell who’s playing whom when it comes to the two of them. At this point it’s still kind of hard to trust Price, but maybe Coulson is being too suspicious of her. While I do believe Coulson may be catching feelings for Price, it seems he never sets his eyes off his mission, which is to find out more about the A.T.C.U. His relationship with Price becomes an advantage in learning more about them.

Throughout the episode Ward has some very interesting moments as well. We learn more about Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) through Ward’s interactions with him. One of the most entertaining scenes in “Many Heads, One Tale” occurs when Malick sicks his goons on Ward and Ward takes all of them down. He eventually tortures one to learn more about the location of a particular safe Malick has interest in. Once he finds his way to Malick and the secret location, ties between Malick and everything else that’s been happening this season are revealed.

The only scenes in “Many Heads, One Tale” that rubbed me the wrong way were the scenes between Fitz and Simmons. I know the series has been trying to build their relationship into something that may seem romantic, but it really felt weird seeing Fitz kiss Simmons and Simmons kiss him back. I still get the brother-sister vibe from them. Let me know if I’m alone in this. That being said, it’s good to see that these feelings are making their way out, and Fitz is able to let Simmons know how angry and jealous he is of Will. I’m hoping their interaction doesn’t alter anything between Simmons and Will, but considering what we learn about Will’s original expedition there are other things to worry about.

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Just Ward being evil and whatnot

The big reveal in “Many Heads, One Tale” is the fact that Hydra not only has influence within the A.T.C.U., but is also responsible for launching the expedition in which Will took part. This brings up some questions about Will’s alliances. Was he knowingly part of Hydra or was he just a NASA astronaut who took advantage of the opportunity to travel to another world? Additionally we find out that Malick has a piece of the monolith, which could aid in recovering Will from the alien world he’s trapped on. Everything comes together as we find out Malick and Ward’s discovery can benefit Fitz’s and Simmons’ plight. Also, with Hydra’s influece in the A.T.C.U., Malick was able to capture May’s ex-husband Andrew and unleash Lash. With Lash now unleashed we can only imagine what Hydra has planned for him.

“Many Heads, One Tale” was a pretty decent episode. It’s nice to see that everything that’s going on has direct ties to each other. Ward’s side-story about rebuilding Hydra no longer feels tacked on, but part of the series’ overall scope. The episode featured a lot of great character moments and surprising twists. The few action scenes were very enjoyable and Bobbi’s magnetized batons were an impressive addition to her arsenal. While I didn’t say anything about it before, I also enjoyed the one-on-one interactions between Agent May and Lincoln. With Lincoln no longer out on the run from the A.T.C.U. I’m hoping he stays with his friends at S.H.I.E.L.D. a bit longer. My only complaint about this episode was that moment between Fitz and Simmons. I know there are FitzSimmons shippers out there that probably disagree with me, but I think the two are best as just friends.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be taking a one-week hiatus and will return with a brand new episode on Tuesday, December 1. Until then check out ABC’s official promo for the next episode, entitled “Closure,” and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Many Heads, One Tale” in the comments.