Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Recap: A Life Spent
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. settles into Friday nights at 9 p.m. with yet another twist reveal, one that we now wait for the rest of the cast to catch up to.
After last week spent two hours twisting and turning, this week opened with a single big twist. There’s a colony still surviving on Earth, deep underground in a bunker. So….are we going to find a 120-year-old Fitz hanging out there? Or just a shrine to his memory? Or his head in a jar, Futurama-style? Because c’mon let’s face it. If there’s a bunker deep under the Earth’s crust that survived the cataclysm, Fitz was behind that.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to find out and spend another Fitz-less hour in our new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. world as a result. Instead, this week saw our team (now in their split up format) either find how they can make the current situation work for them or fight it to their detriment.
May: So, less than 24 hours and you’ve already been taken prisoner! Is that a record?
Coulson: Not even close!
Let’s cover the three plotlines as they stand:
Team Metric, aka Coulson and company, who now work for the baldheaded Grill. Those who have been metric’d: Coulson, Mack, YoYo, and May. They are the ones who are most at risk, since they are hanging with the chum of the Earth down below, and next time the blueskins upstairs decide to do another Hunger Games round, they could turn red.
But until that day comes, they’re not doing badly for themselves. Tess is looking out for them, as best she can anyway, much like it seems she does for the kid Flint. (Apparently, he’ll be a recurring character this season too.) She got them to be part of her trawler team to do scouting missions of the Earth remnants and trying to cover for them when they forget they’re at the bottom of the food chain here. (Which is every five minutes.)
Mack: You were all pinned to the wall, flailing around like a bunch of hungry hungry hippos!
Coulson: Huh. In my mind it was cooler than that.
In repayment, YoYo is using her Inhuman powers to remove all impediments to their mission. Her grab of the gun from Grill’s office during her metric-less ten seconds turned out to be useful for planting on Zev in order to discredit him after the mission goes sideways. It also put the team in Grill’s good graces for the time being and earned them at least one more run at finding those who are in the bunker awaiting the arrival of “The Delegation.”
Let’s hope that Tess does prevail in keeping them off the surface though. She’s right: nothing can survive there except roaches. (How long does it take for someone in this group to do the math here though? “There arere’s a group of humans still on Earth!” + “Well they can’t be on the surface!” = They are… underground!) At least, as we leave this plotline until next week, we have caught up with the end of Season 4 bumper scene that first revealed we were in space. Knowing the speed in which S.H.I.E.L.D. moves nowadays, May will be back in her own bed soon enough.
Meanwhile Over on Team Gold Foreheads (a team that currently consists only of Simmons), we learn what the Kree are up to. They’re playing with Inhumans like toys.
Apparently, all potential Inhumans now undergo Terrigensis at 18, and those who survive are trained to be gladiators and fight for the amusement of the very rich.
Coulson: Say what you will about our future dystopian horror show… it has a nice view.
This also puts a fun little spin on the scene last week where the Kree torturers stopped beating up Mack and considered that he might make a good offering to Kasius to fight in their gladiator pits. We assumed those were just plain regular fighting pits, which yes, Mack would do well.
Now we know those are pits where Inhumans fight Inhumans, which would have made YoYo the proper offering, not Mack.
Speaking of Inhumans! While Simmons was (unknowingly) coaching a sweet little 18-year-old to rip the hearts out of her opponents, Daisy was on her way to their headquarters to… I don’t even know what Daisy thought she was going to do when she got down there.
I mean, I get it. She has images of Simmons being tortured like she saw Mack and YoYo being tortured. Daisy is hardheaded in the extreme, nothing was going to stop her from trying to reach Simmons and shake a few Kree down in the rescue. The problem is that’s not actually what is happening here.
What’s frustrating is Deke clearly knew that but rather than explaining that Simmons is probably just a little deaf right now, he just went around taunting Daisy, schoolyard bully style: “Quake! Destroyer of Worlds!” How does this help anything?
Kasius: So this is Quake, Destroyer of Worlds. How is it possible she’s here?
Deke: The important thing is… she’s yours.
My only option is to believe that Deke’s claim of “playing the long game” is actually that: he is trying to get Simmons out of there. Maybe even stop some of the terrible slave trading things the Kree are doing. But his methods, and his refusal to reveal what this long game is, is frustrating as hell.
Interesting plot point though: Kasius knows about this “Quake: Destroyer of Worlds” reputation. Does *everyone* know about this? Is this the propaganda Kree News has been putting out for the last 90 years? Next week’s conversations with Kasius will hopefully clear up some of these questions. Let’s just hope we don’t only see them from Simmon’s POV.
As Daisy points out, she couldn’t have done this. I would say she should be pointing out that she’s left that time stream, and therefore isn’t there to do such things, but her argument isn’t bad either: She’s just not that powerful an Inhuman. So what did shake the world apart?
As it is, with Daisy’s arrival or without, we should still be worried about Simmons. Our female Kree (does she have a name?) clearly was trying to set Simmons up to fail. And her correct assessment that Simmons is different because she has compassion was not only right on the money but sounded… contemptuous.
Not a good combination. Fitz, work on it faster.