Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4 Ep3 – Uprising

After a week away, it was extra good to get such an excellent episode of this show.

One of the themes of this week’s episode could be the triumph of science and logic. Fitzsimmons, though working separately, are key to saving the world this time around with their skills. That should make it even more interesting in future eps, when their science comes up against such inexplicable things as a man with a flaming skull. But I digress.

Heading into the darkness

Fitz is just about to save the world with some “rudimentary science”. Biatch.

We left off last time with May being carted off to who knows where, while Robbie offered Daisy the chance to work with him to figure out the mysterious goings-on at the research plant. Simmons and Coulson start out the ep watching a live feed of May’s vital signs – which are worsening.

Meanwhile, there’s been a city-wide blackout in Miami, where Elena (aka Yo-Yo) is. A shadowy figure in one of those “We are terrorists” kinds of videos says that this is part of an Inhuman uprising. Inhumans demand an end to registration, or they will continue to cause blackouts in one major world city per hour. It doesn’t take long for riots to start. Coulson wants to go to May’s side (aww), but the Director orders him to go with Mack and Fitz to “bring [him] a win”. He points out, rightly, that that’s the call Coulson would have made as director, too.

On the other side of the US, Daisy chats with Robbie as they drive. He says they should talk to his uncle, who’s in prison, and who also happens to have been an electrical engineer at the research plant. But before they can do that, an EMP blackout hits LA. So now Robbie and Daisy have to find Robbie’s brother Gabe just in time to save him from some jackass looters. No flaming out involved this time – Robbie just beats down the half of them that Daisy doesn’t get. See, Gabe doesn’t know about “it”, and Robbie wants it to stay that way. I’m gonna go ahead and say right now that Gabe’s going to find out sometime soon.

Protecting each other

As fiercely as Robbie protects Gabe, Gabe will do the same for Robbie. Just ask Daisy.

Simmons gets another chance to shine this week, as she and Dr. Radcliffe frantically attempt to save May’s life. Of course, the blackout hits their location just as they’re about to shock May back into life, thereby ‘rebooting’ her brain. But Radcliffe uses Aida’s battery to charge the paddles. This show was never going to kill off May. Nonetheless, that was a very tense, excellent scene.

Coulson, Mack, and Fitz arrive in Miami just in time to save Elena from a group of heavily-armed thugs who somehow have Elena’s location. The thugs say they’re “concerned citizens” trying to stop the Inhuman threat. It doesn’t take long for our team to discover that this is actually the Watchdogs again. But who’s funding their body armor, weapons, and oh yeah, super-fancy EMPs all over the world? That is the question.

…Which we get an answer for, at the end of the episode. It’s Parminder Nagra’s senator character. Why does she hate Inhumans? Well, I don’t know for sure, but it could have to do with her brother, whom she seems to be keeping in his Terrigen cocoon in his house. Whoa. She also doesn’t seem too shaken by SHIELD coming back out of the shadows, with Director Mace at its helm.

What did you think of the ep? Was it worth the wait? Let us know in the comments!