“The Man Behind the Shield” offers some context to why Anton Ivanov (Zach McGowan) has gone to all the trouble to create the Watchdogs and hunt Inhumans. Although racist, it seems Ivanov’s real problem isn’t with aliens or Inhumans but with the man he deems responsible for beginning the entire series of events (questionable logic at best) beginning with stealing alien tech from Russia years ago – Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Far from a true zealot, the episode downplays the villain as the show ends the episode moving the LMD storyline in a new direction.
The latest episode does give us the rescue of Director Mace (Jason O’Mara) and Coulson and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) confronting Ivanov, but it is missing some crucial scenes in the last act that make it obvious just what is going on (even before two of the characters discover the truth for themselves). I am curious to see where the season goes from here as I’m unsure what Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah) gains with such a move.