The recent episode of “Agents of SHIELD” tackles the appearance of two new Inhumans and a premonition that does not bode well for a certain SHIELD agent.
The first several minutes of “Bouncing Back” flashes forward to events that would take place three months in the current time of the episode. In an article written by Sydney Bucksbaum for Hollywood Reporter, a spaceship malfunctions before it explodes into oblivion and the only clues given as to the identity of the pilot is a SHIELD logo and uniform and a gold cross necklace.
The mid-season premiere aptly entitled “Bouncing Back” have the SHIELD agents travel to Bogota, Colombia in order to investigate a weapons transport tragedy connected with Inhumans. Half of the team that were present were Daisy, Bobbi, Hunter and Mack played by Chloe Bennet, Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood and Henry Simmons respectively.
The other half of the group are at the headquarters interrogating a captive and negotiating with the US president in the attempt of defeating Gideon Malick, the Hydra’s leader portrayed by Powers Broothe, and his secret organization bent on global domination.
The title “Bouncing Back” is probably in reference to the new Inhuman’s unique ability introduced in the episode.
According to Vox, the said superhuman is Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, the part acted by Natalia Cordova-Buckley, who has the ability to move at super speed at a limited time for she bounces back to her original position. For those who follow the comics, she is known as Slingshot. She appears to be just another Inhuman who can move really fast but with a unique constraint which paves way for creative applications such as disarming her enemies as shown in the episode.
The episodes also introduces that most Inhumans cannot explain why they have or are given superhuman powers, let alone choose to use them for beneficial or malevolent pursuits.
Speaking of evil pursuits, another Inhuman that made his appearance and showed his intentions is the villain Hive. He currently inhabits the body of Ward which was well portrayed by Brett Dalton. He convinced the audience that Hive is an entirely different entity from Ward by employing a more composed and systematic voice.