Hunter and Bobbi have tracked Malick to Russia, where he is planning to build an Inhuman "sanctuary". However, not all of the Russian government support this plan and so Malick sets in a motion a coup using a local Inhuman, General Androvich (Kristof Konrad), to assassinate Prime Minister Olshenko (Endre Hules).
Now, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team finds its mission has changed from tracking Malick to saving the life of the Russian Prime Minister.
Parting Shot is told in part in flashback to the mission, while in the present day Hunter and Bobbi are being held captive and interrogated over the deaths of three senior Russian officials.
It's a clever narrative tool for this style of espionage story. However, an inescapable feeling of contrivance creeps in as the episode draws to a close. You know that under different circumstances Bobbi and Hunter would have got away scot-free, but here they're being set-up to spin-off into their own series, Marvel's Most Wanted.
My interest is piqued by the possibilities of this new show, but not necessarily in a good way. I have yet to hear how Most Wanted will be any different from the basic concept of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Over the past couple of seasons, Bobbi and Hunter have really grown on me as distinctive characters within the S.H.I.E.L.D. framework, but I'm not entirely convinced they can hold a show of their own that isn't just a retread of territory covered by the main show.
Parting Shot was a solid continuation of the spy-fi aesthetic begun in The Inside Man, spiced up with an interesting Inhuman supervillain for the agents to tussle with.
And, whatever my reservations over the backflips the script had to take to get them to that position, it served as a great send-off for Bobbie and Hunter.