Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Recap “Rewind/Fun&Games”
We recap two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., one that gives us a lot of answers, and the other which ups the ante.
With the holiday break, we missed recapping Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s tour-de-force with Fitz and Hunter, so we’re smashing a few thoughts in about it ahead of the show’s return after Christmas week off.
You know, Iain De Caestecker is a fine actor, and his slowly going mad scene in the cell was fun. Especially when the actual answer, when everything else had been considered, “They were abducted by aliens,” was actually the true one. But the episode didn’t really pick up for me until Hunter parachuted in with the escape plan. hearing about how he and Bobbie nearly got married again until the ninjas showed up made me sorry we didn’t at least get that episode of Marvel’s Most Wanted as a stand-alone.
Fitz: “Please tell me your escape plan involves an actual escape?”
Also, there were ferrets. Useful ferrets.
It speaks to how much happened in the last year and a half, that Fitz’s sudden swift setting into “cold-blooded killer” mode to force “Enoch” to cooperate took Hunter completely by surprise. It’s only been 35 episodes or so since the pair of them left, but my how Fitz has changed. And it was nice to tie in latent inhuman Robin Hinton from the beginning of Season 4, she was sort of a loose end they’d forgotten about that worked really well for this storyline.
By the end of the episode, we’ve had a lot of questions we had going into this season answered. We’ve learned that General Talbot’s replacement is not going to be fun for any of these guys to come home to. And Fitz took the long way into the future, taking our Enoch alien man (who I’m still pretty sure is a Kree?), with him. But this makes an interesting conundrum…. how exactly do any of them get back now? Should they?
Meanwhile, back in the future, we knew the status quo couldn’t hold. Last we were here, May had been captured, blowing Daisy and Simmons story to bits. Fitz may have arrived, but he wasn’t just going to swagger in with an easy peasy rescue, not with half the team downstairs and the other half up. Once the special guests started dying left and right (RIP Tess), it was obvious that the team’s time on the Kree base was up, it was just a matter of how.
Enoch: “Do not fear. You are far more reprehensible than any other creature in this room.”
Fitz: “Thanks for that Enoch.”
It wasn’t just on the poverty-stricken floors that we were losing cast members. Upstairs, May was set against the telepath, Ben, the one who had saved Daisy and Simmons the other week. Obviously, for May to survive, Ben was going down. Fitz’s attempt to shut the fight down and save them both merely d4elayed the inevitable and gave Kasius a reason to kill Ben in front of his guests himself.
Killing Ben was the least of the wrenches thrown into Fitz’s plan. Next thing you know Kree are starting to crowd the camera, as Kasius’ older brother, the one who’s inheriting and keeping Kasius out in the earth rim racket, shows up to purchase Daisy on the behalf of the family. Now Fitz has a buyer he can’t compete against. Worse, now Daisy has a much more deadly opponent than originally assumed: Sinara, the Kree lady who’s been functioning as Kasius’ right hand.
Not that Kasius wants to sacrifice her on the altar of Quake: The Destroyer of Worlds, but his desperation to be allowed to go home means he’ll do anything his brother demands. Too bad that Fitz and Simmons had quite enough. (Simmons also got to take down Kasius, nice touch that.)
Daisy thinks Fitz showing up in a spaceship and a Maurader’s outfit was a baller move? Try the way he simply started shooting people casually and the two of them walked Daisy out over a conversation over who asked who to marry who first.
Simmons: I have a knife
Daisy: We can do better
Simmons: It was limited cutlery options!
Of course, this won’t go well for the humans who were under Kasius’ domain. The older brother obviously is far worse, and will probably have the entire base cleaned of human refuse next week unless the SHIELD team can do something.
Oh, and the bumper confirmed that yes, Enoch is a Kree. Not that that necessarily puts him on the bad guy list, but we still have no idea what the heck his motivations are or if Fitz should be trusting him at all.
By the way, this episode, (94) was Clark Gregg’s first turn behind the camera, and it was a bang-up job, one of the most intense episodes of a season that’s been the peak of the series so far. Supposedly something that happened tonight was also a big old hint about what will be going down on the 100th episode in six weeks’ time, so feel free to start guessing.