Agents of SHIELD 3.07 “Chaos Theory” Review

The seventh episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD‘s third season, “Chaos Theory,” provides some answers while proving that perhaps, indeed, there is a rhyme and reason within madness.

For the second time since the show’s creation, we were shown a flashback of Agent May — a different side of her, the side that we had seen only previous to Bahrain. She was happy, and thinking that she may quit S.H.I.E.L.D. (No pun intended!)

Coulson’s deal with the ATCU seemed to be growing slightly out of hand, but it also seemed to be somewhat helping with legitimizing S.H.I.E.L.D. once again. Daisy, though, isn’t happy at all to be making deals with Rosalind Price, and on their one-on-one, Rosalind did admit that she was frightened of unknown Inhumans — “For every Daisy Johnson, there is a Lash.” 

On the other hand, though, a new Inhuman training facility was revealed — codename, “The Cocoon.” There we got to see how Joey Gutierrez, the Inhuman from the season opener, had been dealing with his ability. He was less scared of himself and more proud of what he had accomplished, and for one terrifying moment, we thought that Lash had gotten to him —

Oh, did I forget to mention that Lash, the supposed ‘big bad’ of the first half of the season is Melinda May’s ex-husband, the formerly very calm and kind therapist, Andrew Garner?

Lincoln Campbell, not for the first time, proved himself to be useful, and far cleverer than he looked. While on the run, he discovered that Lash had to be someone within S.H.I.E.L.D. — while May ran into trouble, ICED and bound by Andrew while trying to talk to him.

And back at the base, Hunter and Bobbi shared a moment, agreeing to stay alive and not go back out after Ward. Because “[she] need[s] him alive.” Meanwhile, Fitz recovered data from Simmons’ sim card, a tear or two streaming down his face as he watched and listened to her recordings — along with a theory or two about who Will Daniels really was and where he was from.


Cut back to Lash, Coulson calls in the troops to rescue May, Daisy saves Rosalind with a new use of her ability (proving that even she doesn’t know the full extent of her powers), and Lincoln is out for revenge. It’s also mentioned that Lincoln does indeed have a ‘dark past’ — but what is it about the almost mysterious Inhuman that could be so dark? What secrets is he keeping?

After a fight, they manage to contain him — and May agrees to put him in stasis, at least slowing down the full transition from Andrew to Lash. So he can stay the man a little longer, at least in their minds.

Meanwhile, after his team took a hit, Grant Ward pays Gideon Malick a visit — admitting that what he wants is to cut off the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. He wants Phil Coulson dead, because without him, S.H.I.E.L.D. would never be able to recover. During their conversation, Malick receives a call from — SPOILER — Rosalind Price, who had just ‘spent the night’ with Coulson. So she and the ATCU certainly have more tricks up their sleeve.

But is Rosalind playing Coulson? Or is he, too, playing her? And will Ward agree to work with Malick, now that he knows that he may have a way to get closer to Coulson? Or will his motives change within the next few episodes?

For more answers and of course more questions, check out Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Many Heads, One Tale” next Tueday, November 17, at 9/8c on ABC.


“Many Heads, One Tale” – The S.H.I.E.L.D. team discovers dangerous truths about the ATCU, and Ward’s plans to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. take a surprising twist, on “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrianne Palicki as Agent Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell.

Guest starring are Blair Underwood as Andrew Garner, Constance Zimmer as Rosalind Price, Andrew Howard as Banks, Powers Booth as Gideon Malick, Mark Dacascos as Mr. Giyera, Nelson Franklin as Steve Wilson and Astrea Campbell-Cobb as flight attendant.

”Many Heads, One Tale” was written by Jed Whedon & DJ Doyle and directed by Garry A. Brown.”