New season, new enemies. The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 premiere revealed that Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team will have their hands full with multiple nemeses. They battled the Inhumans and helped dismantle Hydra in Season 2, but Season 3, episode 1, titled “Laws of Nature,” proved that there are still plenty of bad guys who want to take on S.H.I.E.L.D.
Finding An Inhuman
The team is already trying to help a new Inhuman, Joey (Juan Pablo Raba). He is melting metal with his hands and causing explosions. A "black ops" team finds him and tries to gun him down, but Skye (Chloe Bennet), who introduces herself as Daisy, throws back the agents with her powers. She, Hunter (Nick Blood) and Mack (Henry Simmons) get Joey out in a flying pod. They bring him on the plane and Daisy explains that she’s there to help.
Joey is the first Inhuman they’ve been able to secure. Someone else has taken at least five other Inhumans. They don’t know what the new group is doing, but a scene shows their leader Rosalind (Constance Zimmer) looking at a morgue full of bodies. It looks like they aren’t interested in helping the Inhumans adjust to their powers.
Daisy finally gets a chance to explain everything to Joey. She tells him that he is part alien, and he bursts out laughing. Things get serious when Skye explains that Joey is not ever allowed to go back to his human life. “The world has been a little twitchy since Sokovia fell apart,” Daisy explained, referring to the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Searching For Help
Joey doesn’t handle that news well. After Joey’s meltdown, Skye realizes that she needs a little help. She goes to Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) for backup, but Lincoln wants nothing to do with her. After Jiaying’s (Dichen Lachman) betrayal last season, he just wants to build a normal life. Suddenly, the lights start flickering. Lincoln says it isn’t his powers, and they see a new Inhuman enter the hospital. Lash (Matthew Willig), a large, spiked Inhuman, is looking for other people with abilities.
Daisy throws Lash back, and Mack shoots a bunch of bullets that have no effect on this creature. Daisy and Lincoln go after him and combine their powers, but Lash is able to resist. Eventually he falls through the floor.
Lincoln still doesn’t seem anxious to help S.H.I.E.L.D. with their new mission, so Daisy goes back to Joey on her own. She brings him a beer and comforts him. “I’ve lived with a secret before. I was miserable until I came out with it,” Joey, who is gay, says.
“This secret, the world is not ready to hear,” Skye assures him.
The New Team
That mysterious team that is going after Inhumans concerns Coulson. He has Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki), who is still in rehab after getting shot, track down their leader. Coulson confronts Rosalind while he thinks she is alone on the subway, but it turns out to be a trap. Rosalind proves that she knows plenty about Coulson, she even knows about Project Tahiti. But she doesn't know everything. She blames Coulson for dead Inhuman bodies, and Coulson is confused. He has no idea what she is talking about, and Rosalind is suddenly worried about who is hunting down Inhumans and leaving odd energy marks in their chests.
After Lash attacks the hosptial, Rosalind has to leave the subway car to take an urgent call. Coulson and Hunter manage to escape pretty easily by knocking out all of her agents and destroying the part of the subway car.
Fitz’s Last Hope
Coulson asks Bobbi where Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is, and she claims he is tracking down one last lead on the monolith. Coulson notes that he has had too many “last leads” and wants him back. Bobbi calls Fitz to tell him that she can’t cover for him anymore.
Fitz is looking for Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). He meets arms dealers in Morocco and asks to see Yusef (Ido Mor). The men put a bag over his head, and take him to Yusef, who threatens to kill Fitz. However, the engineer doesn’t seem worried about his life. Yusef’s men stole a scroll that could help Fitz figure out what the monolith is, and Fitz claims he’ll give them weapons in exchange for it. “This woman you went to all this trouble for, you love her, yeah?” Yusef asks.
“Yeah,” Fitz confirms.
“Only love can make a man this stupid,” Yusef says. He tries to use the weapon against Fitz but it only provides a distraction. Fitz tricks them and runs off with the scroll.
Fitz returns to the lab and Coulson confronts him. Fitz thinks the monolith is a black hole that can warp space and time. He thought the scroll would have all the answers, but there is just one Hebrew word written: that for death. Coulson decides that he is going to tell Simmons’ family that she is gone. Coulson says they need to say goodbye.
Fitz agrees to say farewell to Simmons and almost seems defeated before grabbing a shotgun to open up the box containing the Kree monolith. He screams at the rock and starts hitting it, yelling, “Do something!” Nothing happens.
— Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) September 30, 2015
Where Is Simmons?
Simmons is still alive, though. In the last moment, the show reveals the chemist running through what looks like a dark desert. However, the horizon makes it seem like it isn't Earth. It appears the Kree monolith transported Simmons to another planet.
Other noteworthy moments from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3, episode 1:
- Bobbi asks Hunter why they aren’t speaking. Hunter claims that he isn’t supposed to see the bride on the wedding day. Bobbi asked for her old wedding band back but claims she doesn't want to remarry him. Bobbi just wanted “something to hold on to” while Hunter was gone. He got the OK to go after “him.” It’s seems like he plans to hunt down Ward (Brett Dalton) for torturing Bobbi.
- The White House announces that the group Rosalind leads, the ATCU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit), is the American government’s new solution to help protect the public from alien threats.
- Coulson has a detachable black hand to replace the one Mack chopped off last year.
- May (Ming-Na Wen) doesn’t seem to be with S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore. “May took off on vacation and never came back, so I lost my right hand too,” Coulson tells Fitz.
- Rosalind saw Lincoln’s face on a hospital computer, which seemed to hint that she’ll be going after him soon.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 airs at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesdays on ABC. Where do you think Simmons is? Sound off in the comments section below!