MARVEL’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 Episode 2 “Purpose in the Machine” aired last Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, the entire team banded together for one last shot at trying to save Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) with the help of Asgardian Randolph Elliot (Peter MacNicol), and later on discovered that the monolith also affects Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) in an adverse way. Meanwhile, Agent Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) reached out to Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and offered her the chance to take Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) down. Also, Simmons’ future was addressed in a recent interview with Henstridge, and a new promotional video highlighted what will happen next to Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) in the next episode. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for season three. Read on to learn more.
After a flashback to a castle in Gloucestershire in 1839, which showed an English lord entering a chamber only to be swallowed up by the monolith, the episode picked up from where it left off, with Agent Leo Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) recklessly punching and screaming at the monolith. This, of course, put everyone on alert, and they managed to lock it up before anyone else got swallowed up again.
Fitz then noticed that he had some alien sand on his hands. After analyzing, he made him realize that he was right in thinking that the monolith was a portal to another planet, which meant that was still hoping to save Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge).
While Fitz, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse (Adrianne Palicki) set off to convince the Asgardian turned professor Elliot Randolph (Peter MacNicol), who was in prison, Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) received Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood) who assessed Joey Guttierez (Juan Pablo Raba), to see if he was fit to join Daisy’s team.
He then told her that Joey wasn’t ready yet. He told Daisy that he was proud about the fact that she was slowly evolving into a good leader, although she was still reckless at times.
However, he wasn’t with Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), who was with her father in Arizona, using taking care of him as an excuse not to confront her past, as she wanted a chance at a normal life. This was interrupted by Agent Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) who offered her the chance to kill Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) with him. After talking to her father, she decided to join him.
Meanwhile Ward, intent on rebuilding HYDRA, kidnapped Baron von Strucker’s son, Werner von Strucker (Spencer Treat Clark). He later on killed his torturer, thus proving to Ward that HYDRA did run deep in his veins. Afterwards, Ward planted him in Andrew’s class.
While these events unfolded, Fitz, Bobbi, Randolph and Coulson headed to a castle in Glocestshire, the same one featured at the beginning of the episode, where Randolph and the team looked for the Hebrew word “death” as it was written on Fitz’s parchment. After finding a secret entrance to a room with a device that could control the monolith, Elliot told them that the parchment had actually met “death by punishment”.
After Daisy and Mack brought the monolith to the castle, Fitz got it to work, and managed to send out a flare, which Simmons saw on the other side, before things went sideways, and before Daisy collapsed because of it.
After realizing that the entire chamber was an amplifier used to project a specific frequency to get the portal to open, Daisy managed to open it.
Fitz then jumped inside and found Simmons, who had used the flare as a guide, and managed to pull her out just in time, as the entire monolith exploded.
Later that night, a scared Simmons woke up, but upon realizing that she was safe, laid down on a sleeping Fitz’s knee.
Recently, Entertainment Weekly managed to sit down with Elizabeth Henstridge in order to help fans process what just happened, and what’s in store for Simmons in the future.
According to Henstridge, Simmons has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from her time on the alien planet, and will be seen struggling to adjust to normal everyday life at S.H.I.E.L.D. One of the things, however, that did have a huge effect on her is being chased on the planet. It makes her not feel safe anywhere, but luckily enough, Fitz, whom she will be leaning on more and more as she struggles to adjust to life once more.
Henstridge also mentioned that the plus side to everything is the fact that Simmons will be a little bit more sympathetic to alien races and technology in the future.
However, humankind, as seen in the recent promotional video for the next episode on Spoiler TV, “A Wanted (Inhu)man”, isn’t as sympathetic as Simmons now. It was especially as the video shows that Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) and the Alien Threat Containment Unit (ATCU) are after Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) in particular.
And that was all for the recap and post-mortem of MARVEL’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 Episode 2 “Purpose of the Machine” and for spoilers regarding the next episode, “A Wanted (Inhu)man.
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