Published on May 11th, 2016 | by Sharp-O0
S.H.I.E.L.D. Exposed: “Emancipation”
“Have you heard of the Emancipation Proclamation?”
“I don’t listen to hip-hop.”
Emancipation kicks off by letting the events of Captain America: Civil War set the tone of the episode. I’ll hold my hands up and say that I haven’t seen the movie yet (losing your job has a habit of reprioritising things) so yeah, I now know that the Sarkovia Accords go through, the death of Peggy Carter and Cap being a fugitive.
Granted, that’s pretty much how it goes in the source material with the Superhero Registration Act and a team of Secret Avengers being established and with SHIELD acting in concert with the government, they are being forced to put all their cards on the table but it’s obvious that Coulson is Team Cap and will be skirting the line as much as possible.
Hive continues his nefarious plans of turning humans into Inhumans by targeting the Watchdogs. Shout-out to Axle Whitehead being an awesome Hellfire and being a great henchman. When this is all over, I hope he sticks around – both because I like the character and because I’m a fan of the actor.
One sequence I do love is Lincoln fully becoming an Agent of SHIELD by executing an amazing feint. He knew Daisy was setting him up and instead of Lincoln being met by Hive; Hive is met by Lash. Fuck yes, this is a great way to get Lash involved in the plot again aaaaaand he’s gone. Yeah, we couldn’t have a credible threat to Hive stick around when it’s the team that needs to solve the problem! Still, Andrew’s last act is to free Daisy and return her home and that’s a heroic sacrifice.
The end-scene keeps the Mack/Yo-Yo ship sailing strong until she hands off her crucifix to him. This is such a red herring. It’s so obvious and telegraphed that the show wants to think Mack is going to be on the Quinjet in space that it can’t possibly be him. I’d actually be surprised (and very disappointed) if it actually was him.
This week was an interesting episode and now that Hive has some semblance of an army (hurray for generic Inhuman goons!) we’ll see how the team deals with that in the two-part season finale next week in Absolution and Ascension.