Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 1 "Laws of Nature" [Season Premiere]


When Coulson and the team discover a new Inhuman, S.H.I.E.L.D. comes face to face with another organization searching for powered people. And still reeling from Simmons’ dramatic disappearance, Fitz goes to extreme lengths to try to learn how to get her back.

AIRED: September 29, 2015

RATING: 2 ★★✩✩✩ Good!

FISH OIL AND THE SPREAD OF NEW INHUMANS - The Fish Oil vitamins that were contaminated by the Terrigen is activating the latent alien DNA in some humans causing them to develop uncontrollable powers. Within 17 months and 21 days, the Terrigen dispersal will cover the entire planet. Daisy, Mack, and Hunter contain a young man who can melt metal at touch; it's the third incident this month and the rate of new cases is increasing. But Inhumans are also disappearing. There is a military group rounding up all the Inhumans that awaken. This group is later revealed at the ATCU, the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. It's interesting that there are so many people with latent alien DNA. The powers that these people develop are pretty cool too. The young man that Daisy and the others helped, Joey, can melt metal. If he had control of that power it could be very useful. But because he doesn't it's more of an inconvenience. I really want to know what's happening to the Inhumans that have gone missing. That seems like a more pressing matter than the increase of Inhumans being awakened.

THE ATCU, THE GOVERNMENT'S ANSWER TO THE NEW THREAT - The ATCU has taken 5 Inhumans that SHIELD knows of. So who is the woman in charge? Coulson learns that she's worked for a number of government agencies under numerous identities. Coulson and Hunter corner her on the subway, but she has her own people in place and the tables are turned. The woman introduces herself as Rosalind and demands to know where SHIELD is hiding "them." She's the one in charge of neutralizing the threat the Inhumans pose. She also reveals that there is a trail of dead Inhumans and believes that SHIELD is responsible. It was funny how while Coulson was investigating who Rosalind was, she was having her team do the same exact thing. It seems that the ATCU and SHIELD are both questioning what's happening to the Inhumans. Some are missing while others are turning up dead. I want to know what the ATCU is doing with the Inhumans that they capture. The President has given them permission to use whatever means necessary to contain them. 

DAISY, LINCOLN, AND THE CREATURE HUNTING INHUMANS - Daisy wants to get Lincoln's help with the intake of Inhumans. He's a doctor and understands physical change. Coulson sends her and Mac to find him. Lincoln is working at a hospital, living a normal life, when he goes to check on a patient and finds Daisy and Mack. He wants them to leave him alone. He no longer believes that being an Inhuman is a gift. He believes that it's a curse. After Lincoln leaves them, a creature attacks the hospital demanding to know where the Inhuman is. After blasting a whole in a guard's chest, the creature turns on Lincoln and Daisy and attacks them. They manage to evade the creature and leave before the authorities arrive. I never would have expected Lincoln to be the one to believe that being an Inhuman is a curse. But I guess after everything that happened he became disillusioned. I can see why he would want to stay under the radar and try to live a normal life. It shouldn't be hard for him since he has control of his powers. But as long as he does have powers, someone will always be after him. I think it's safe to say that this creature is responsible for all the dead and missing Inhumans. Especially with the huge hole it blasted through that guard. I'm wondering why it's hunting them down. 

FITZ, SIMMONS, AND THE MONOLITH - There have been no new reading on the monolith since Simmons was swallowed up by it and no one has stepped foot in the room since. Fitz goes to Tangier, Morocco, looking for a parchment that is supposed to have information about the monolith. When he returns to SHIELD headquarters and he opens the scroll it only contains one word in Hebrew that translates to the word "Death." Coulson tells Fitz that he needs to start accepting that Simmons is gone and they all need to say goodbye. Fitz goes to the room with the monolith and shoots the lock off the case. He enters the encasement and shouts that the monolith to "DO SOMETHING!!!!" but nothing happens. In another scene, we see that Simmons is on some kind of desolate planet running from something. Fitz's desperation to find a way to save Simmons is so heartbreaking, especially when it turns out that all his hard work may have been for nothing. When he went into the room with the monolith just screaming for it to do something, my heart just broke for him. Coulson believes that Simmons is just gone and there's no way to get her back, but we see that Simmons is very much alive. But it may not be for much longer if whatever she's running from gets her.


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