This review contains spoilers.
During this season of Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, the Girl of Steel herself, found herself exposed to red Kryptonite while aiding the National City firefighters in putting out a fire. As the effects of the red Kryptonite began to take hold, Kara became more aggressive, more manipulative, and even more sadistic. Her typical bright, unfailingly optimistic demeanor was warped leaving us forced to watch our hero not only alienate the people she loves, but worse still, revel in the power of tearing them down with her words. It was a dark moment for this character who up to that point had wanted nothing but to help others and inspire hope. The thing that made it the most painful, though, was not just seeing Supergirl betray her ideals, but understanding that – even though she would never dream of saying these things in her right mind – there was an honesty born out of deeply buried pain at the heart of what she was saying.
This week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts to do something similar. During the climax of the episode, Mack disobeys orders to confront Daisy – still a thrall to Hive – and attempts to connect with whatever part of her might be fighting against the influence of her Inhuman captor. But Daisy is not receptive. She not only refuses to join Mack, but she lashes out against him, saying that the familial dynamic of the team was a sham, that Bobby and Hunter left because they never cared for their fellow agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that Coulson manipulated them all to further his own agenda. The only problem with this is that I don’t believe Daisy actually believes any of this.