This review contains spoilers.
Back before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned from its midseason hiatus to start in on a new story arc, I wrote a piece outlining some of the basic history of the Secret Warriors in Marvel comics. In that piece, I expressed my desire to see Hive and the Secret Warriors used to move away from the S.H.I.E.L.D. versus HYDRA status quo that is now woefully played out, and perhaps borrow a page from the ‘Secret Invasion’ storyline to do a paranoid Invasion of the Body Snatchers-type story. Instead, even with Hive around, most of this half-season has been playing the same ol’ tune we’ve been hearing since Season Two: S.H.I.E.L.D. versus HYDRA with a dash of Inhuman drama sprinkled in for flavor. If you’ve been keeping up with these reviews, you’ll know how tha has absolutely bored me to tears.
This week, though, feels like something resembling forward momentum. With the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in HYDRA’s custody, Daisy and Lincoln light the S.H.I.E.L.D. signal to assemble the Secret Warriors for a rescue mission. Daisy and her team of Inhuman agents infiltrate the HYDRA base and burn through the opposition with an almost surprising ease. They capture Malick, rescue their team, reclaim the Zephyr One, and even kill off Lucio (Medusa-Eyes) for good measure. Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Coulson promptly gets to work interrogating Malick, and in the process learns of Hive’s capability to influence the minds of other Inhumans. Too bad for Coulson, he has four of them in his base, any of whom might have had a run-in with Hive during the rescue operation.