Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 4, Episode 5: “Lockup”
Less than a week after Arrow broached the subject, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plumbed the depths of its own trust issues.
Most of the navel gazing was once again handled by Daisy, who was reunited on a mission with her Spy Mommy and Daddy, May and Coulson.
You can tell by the heavy eye makeup that Daisy is still having problems dealing with the loss of Lincoln and being under the influence of an immortal bug monster. She still believes in her one-woman crusade to save the world, one Inhuman at a time. Being the good parents that Phil and Melinda are, they are making it clear that coming back home to S.H.I.E.L.D. is something she is welcome to do.
Daisy decides taking on a prison cafeteria full of Watchdogs all by herself is a better plan. The long fight scene was one of the best of the season, and does reinforce the notion that Daisy was pretty good fighter before getting her superpowers.
May winds up being the dramatic catalyst on a couple of fronts. Most importantly, she gives a beaten and bedraggled Daisy the “wash your face and grow up” lecture she sorely needs. Perhaps equally important was her running conversation with Coulson during the episode. Coulson wants to know what May saw when she was dead, since his own death experience was altered by the TAHITI machine. Much to the squeeing delight of Philinda shippers everywhere, May says she saw Coulson when she was dead.
In what is quickly becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. trademark, the episode weaved two additional stories tackling the same theme into the episode. It paired Robbie with Mack as part of the prison infiltration. While Mack is semi-sold on Robbie, the agent has no faith in Ghost Rider. That mistrust is proven to be well placed after the Spirit of Vengeance comes on too strong, leading Robbie to kill the man who ordered the hit that left his brother paralyzed and led to his uncle getting kidnapped by the lead ghost lady. The second thread involved Simmons sparring with Director Mace and his infernal lie detector machine. After a couple of close calls, Jemma manages to dodge the bullet; however, some of the secrets she was able to keep find the light of day on their own, leaving Mace and S.H.I.E.L.D. politically vulnerable.
After a lot of maneuvering and backstory, this episode was heavy on the action, which the show was due. The character pairings were solid and just about everyone in the cast was given something meaningful to do. This is a series in its creative prime with scripts and writers moving in near-perfect harmony, and a weekly treat for the fans who have stuck it out.