'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' S4E3: Uprising

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Hold up. Lincoln Campbell could black out an entire city?

I mean, who knew? Right? Lincoln's role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was dependent on whatever Daisy did and, like several Inhumans on the series, his powers were often squandered and rarely given the chance to be seen doing more complex actions. While the Inhumans have been a subject in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the past couple of seasons, their actual impact on the series has been small and they have had a shrinking representation on the show. So far, the majority of Inhumans are either dead, unseen, or inactive, while Yo-Yo and Quake are the only ones left of the Inhuman task force formed last season.

If ABC, Marvel, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are to take the Inhumans more seriously, a spinoff may work wonders for the property, but what are the chances of that happening?

But if there is one Inhuman S.H.I.E.L.D. is using very well it's Yo-Yo. While she took a backseat romance storyline after her exhilarating introduction, Yo-Yo got a spotlight in Uprising after a blackout hit her home city, Miami. Not only did it bear some smart McCarthyist mob tactics, but her storyline paved the way for Watchdog to make a more than triumphant return. The organization has grown beyond homeland terrorism and is getting funded by someone with a ton of influence. Yo-Yo may have one of the simplest powers in the series so far, but, visually, directors make room for her to have some of the more interesting scenes to use her powers in. This time we had the flash-on-flash-off fight sequence that has outshone many of the Inhumans seen so far.

If it weren't for the watchdog sequence, the rest of the episode may have been more lackluster than usual. Despite how dramatically powerful May's "death" was (and, boy, did I believe she had died that time), the ghost storyline is probably one of the weakest points of the series so far. And while Ghost Rider has a deep connection with those guys, it's not compelling enough to chase until the endgame is coming around.

Agents of SHIELD: S4E3

Ghost Rider's storyline may be more aimless than most, but at least his moments as a character remain very strong. His and Daisy's banter will never not be entertaining as the two of them could talk back at one another for days on end if they wanted to. Even the "rescue the brother" portion of the episode was entertaining to watch, no matter how short it was. Showing another facet of the blackouts worldwide, Jaime and Daisy can pack a punch when they work together and make wonderful scene partners. (Bit of a low blow, but they have far more chemistry than Daisy and Lincoln ever had and they barely know one another.)

Jaime's brother is one of the more interesting characters so far and while he appears to have nothing up his sleeve, he quickly reveals how he feels about Daisy. (Probably has something to do with that jab about his inability to walk, Daisy.) While a lot of the "normal" people on the show have made an impact on others, Jaime's brother is the first one to be taken from the comics and to have a profound influence on other characters. While the Netflix shows have a slew of "normals" involved in the lives of superheroes, the same can't be said for S.H.I.E.L.D. and having that someone to share some of the spotlight in the season is a big deal.

With Uprising comes the rebirth of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while some storylines make be shakier than others, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s always been a character show and, right now, especially after last season's losses, S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to ground a slew of characters to rest all of the action on and that's what they're doing.


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