MARVEL’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 Episode 8 “Many Heads, One Tale” aired last Tuesday, Nov, 17,2015 at 9:00 p.m. In this episode, several mysteries were solved as S.H.I.E.L.D. finally went all out in order to uncover all of the Alien Threat Containment Unit’s (ATCU) secrets. As secrets and threads were finally revealed and tied together, it was discovered that everything, including Agent Jemma Simmon’s (Elizabeth Henstridge) planet side companion, was all connected to one common enemy, whom they didn’t realize was just under their noses the entire time. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) meeting up with Gideon Malick (Powers Booth). He revealed that aside from being a Hydra bigwig, who was also an advisor to the President, and currently sat on the World Council.
After discovering that Ward’s agenda- killing S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and finding the legendary Von Strucker vault was not aligned to his own, Malick dispatched a team of operatives to kill Ward.
However, he instead killed and tortured them, and after discovering what he needed to know, went the vault, where Malick had been expecting him.
It turned out that Malick had been testing him, and gave him a lecture on Hydra’s true origins.
Meanwhile, Coulson decided to go all out to unearth everything that the Alien Threat Containment Unit (ATCU) might still be hiding from them.
He then invited Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) for a tour around S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. It would allow his team to infiltrate the ATCU, as Dr. Andrew Garner’s (Blair Underwood) unit was going to go there in order to be placed in stasis.
Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennett), who helped hack into the facility, and Agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) ran point from the Bus. Agent Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse (Adrienne Palicki) infiltrated the facility with Agent Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), by posing as an FBI agent and a hacker, respectively.
Meanwhile, Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell), now part of the team, was requested by Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) to be her co-pilot, as they were going to extract Bobbi and Hunter when they gave the word.
On the way, Lincoln discovered that May had wanted to apologize to him for what Andrew, as Lash had done to his friends.
Inside the facility, Bobbi discovered that Andrew wasn’t in the Enhanced Controlled Specimen division, as he was supposed to be, and discovered that the science division of the ACTU was trying to turn humans into Inhumans by feeding them terrigen laced fish oil supplements.
Meanwhile, Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) got angry at Agent Leo Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) for being too nice and for helping her rescue Will (Dillon Casey), as she was confused about her feelings for both of them.
Fitz then decided to kiss her but pulled away after saying that they were cursed and that the universe didn’t want them to be together.
However, at that moment, they discovered that the symbol that Fitz had seen carved into the castle where they had extracted her from the planet was a symbol that they had seen before.
Meanwhile, Coulson confronted Rosalind about everything inside a containment unit.
However, Rosalind maintained her innocence and realized that she only got reports about the science department from Malick, who was now explaining to Ward that Hydra was an organization meant to help and serve an Inhuman that had been banished to the planet that Will and Simmons had been at.
He then told Ward that he would help him get revenge, as they needed S.H.I.E.L.D.’s knowledge on how they brought Simmons back in order to bring that Inhuman back to earth.
Meanwhile, Simmons and Fitz showed Rosalind and the others that the carved symbol that they had found was also the same symbol on Will’s NASA jacket, and was the same symbol that Hydra used.
Afterward, Andrew, upon waking up in a containment unit in a darkened chamber began to wonder what was going on, only to be confronted by Ward, who told him that they were going to try and figure out how they could manually turn his Lash side on.
This episode was definitely the pay off that fans and viewers were expecting with the many threads and mysteries that had come about in the first few episodes of the season.
Aside from this, this episode, according to Collider’s review, was the most solid “S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode yet in the entire series. Each scene allowed each character in the ensemble cast to shine, from Fitz’s and Simmons’ pent up emotions for each other, to Hunter trying to pass as a hacker, and to Ward quickly defeating the men sent to kill him.
Daisy also managed to return to her roots as a hacker, Mack amused everyone by pretending to be a charming FBI agent, and Bobbi managed to shine in a fight scene with a pair of upgraded batons.
This balance, of course, is something hard to pull off, but this episode proved that the show can definitely churn out a well-balanced episode, in which everyone becomes the star of the show.
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