“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” defeated a major villain last year. The death of Hive was a massive victory, but it came at a price that won’t be forgotten. It’s important to remember where the show left off before tuning into the Season 4 premiere Tuesday.
Lash/Andrew (Matthew Willig/Blair Underwood) died to save Daisy (Chloe Bennet), but that’s just one of many things Daisy feels guilty for in the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 finale. She hates herself helping Hive (Brett Dalton) and hurting her friends, despite being mind controlled. She thinks she should be stuck in her cell permanently.
Others have to leave headquarters, though. A team goes after Hive because he got his hands on a nuclear warhead. They don’t get the warhead, but they manage to capture Hive. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. A package is sent to S.H.I.E.L.D. that contains a mist to turn agents into Primitives, Hive’s mindless (and particularly ugly) minions. They set Hive free and distract the other agents.
While Daisy was under Hive’s mind control, she told him all about the Zephyr. He knows the S.H.I.E.L.D. plane could help him launch a warhead, and that’s what he plans to do. Daisy hacks into her cell and sends herself right up to the plane. She asks Hive to take her back. His mind control affected her brain like a drug, and she can’t handle the withdrawal. But Hive can’t affect her anymore. Lash made Daisy immune.
The two start fighting, but Giyera (Mark Dacascos) and Hellfire (Axle Whitehead) get her back into her containment module. They fly off with her, knowing that S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t shoot them down with the Inhuman on board. However, they don’t realize that May (Ming-Na Wen) and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) snuck onboard to save Daisy. Fitz kills Giyera after May gets knocked out.
A quinjet carrying more of the team docks on the Zephyr. Hive sees Coulson (Clark Gregg) and wants to take over his body, but the director was prepared for that. Coulson is revealed to be a decoy hologram.
Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Mack (Henry Simmons) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) come out of their hiding spots on the jet. They’re ready to fight Hive and his men, but Lincoln quickly gets injured while fighting Hellfire. He and Daisy share a moment where he says they need to work on themselves before they can think about their relationship.
Lincoln knows about Daisy’s vision of someone on the team dying in the quinjet. Lincoln makes her promise not to sacrifice herself, but there isn’t time to stop her. Everyone is fighting Hive’s minions, and the warhead is already on a timer.
Daisy moves the warhead to the quinjet, and Hive follows her. He says that he can override the remote controls, but Lincoln reveals himself in the pilot’s chair. Despite his life-threatening injury, he shorted all the manual controls. He uses his powers to throw Daisy off the smaller aircraft. He is going to sacrifice himself. With the quinjet remotely set to go into outer space, where the warhead won’t hurt anyone, he and Hive are flying to their death. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop it.
Lincoln and Daisy get to talk on the communications system. Daisy says it was supposed to be her. “Saving the girl I love and the world at the same time feels pretty right to me,” Lincoln says.
The communications system cuts off before Daisy can tell Lincoln that she loves him too. Lincoln and Hive watch the Earth together, and Daisy watches on as their jet disappear from the radar, indicating that the warhead went off.
Suddenly, the show flashes forward six months. Coulson and Mack are on a stakeout for Daisy. Newspaper clippings refer to her as “Quake,” and she’s being blamed for the destruction bridges and banks. They finally see her outside.
A woman, the wife of a clairvoyant Inhuman, thanks Daisy for the money she gave her. Daisy, who is dressed in some goth clothing and a long wig, hands a wooden bird the man carved to his daughter. She realizes Coulson is closing in and has to bolt. She runs to an alley and uses her powers to push herself to a rooftop.
Coulson and Mack are distressed that they lost Daisy again. Coulson tells Mack to call the director, indicating that someone else took his position.
Meanwhile, Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) is also shown working on something called LMD Phase 1. “Aida, it’s your birthday,” he says as the outline of a female appears behind glass.
When the drama returns, it will pick up shortly after the flash-forward. Daisy will still be on her own mission, and she’ll find a new kind of trouble: Ghost Rider. The Inhuman will run into Robbie Reyes’ (Gabriel Luna) dark side in Los Angeles. However, she’ll have other problems after the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director decides she’s a terrorist.
Speaking of the new director, he’ll be causing tension among the remaining team members. He’ll have a power struggle with Coulson, and he’ll have trouble gaining the trust of the core agents. Simmons will get a promotion that allows her to quickly warm up to the new boss, but her friends won’t be happy about her new loyalties.
Elsewhere, Radcliffe will work on Life-Model Decoys (LMDs). However, artificial intelligence hasn’t always worked out for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Sokovia still very fresh in people’s minds, it’s safe to say that the invention of LMDs will be controversial.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.