Review – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Watchdogs”

Hello everyone! Megan_Highwind here! WARNING: Spoilers to follow. After last week’s heartbreaking episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this week the show took a slightly more lighthearted approach. The focus was on Mack and his younger brother, Fitz and Daisy, Lincoln and Coulson, and the Watchdog group. 


The episode begins with Mack working on a motorcycle with his little brother, Ruben. It seems as though Mack has not told his family about his work with S.H.I.E.L.D. and describes himself as only a mechanic. The two see on a news broadcast that a vigilante group, Watchdogs, has attacked an ATCU facility. Mack’s younger brother lets on that he likes the group, which Mack obviously takes a dislike to. Later on, Daisy, Fitz, and Mack find out that at the abandoned facility was the substance Nitramene, which strikes a memory with Coulson to lead him to believe that Felix Blake is back and in charge of the group.

Daisy, it turns out, has been spying on the Watchdogs and wants to try to get one of the members to leak information on why they wanted the Nitramene, which leads her and Fitz to confront one of the members in his car. The man reveals the location of the hideout of the Watchdogs. Mack, Daisy, and Fitz goes to the location of the Watchdog hideout and confirm to Coulson that Blake is indeed the leader of the group. Ruben makes the mistake of following Mack, Daisy, and Fitz to the location of the Watchdogs hideout and gets scared away by Daisy’s powers, which he believes to be coming from his brother. While Mack chases after his terrified brother, Fitz gets hit by a bullet of sorts made from the Nitramene. This turns into a live bomb basically sitting on his neck that Daisy ends up having to neutralize with cold.

Coulson and Lincoln have gone to one of Blake’s safehouses and end up coming face to face with him. When Coulson tells Lincoln to kill Blake, Lincoln instead hits him with his lightning powers and realizes that the Blake in front of them is no more than a hologram. Mack follows Ruben back to their family home which, unbeknownst to them, is being targeted by the Watchdogs who follow them. Mack is able to take them out and convince Ruben that his older brother is doing good work with S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode ends with Coulson coming to realize that the Watchdogs are being funded by Hydra and we are shown Blake making a deal with Hydra for guns and manpower in exchange for the giant weapon he stole from the ATCU facility.


I thought this episode was a good chance of pace from the overtly emotional episode last week. It was nice getting to know Mack a little better and getting to see that Hydra really has a hand in everything that is going on in that world. I am curious to know what Hydra wants that huge weapon for and to see how the team deals with Hydra now that they are down two of their most battle ready agents.

Catch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesdays on ABC at 9/8c!

-Megan_Highwind has left the party.

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