Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Recap: Together Or Not At All
This week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is putting the band back together. Well, sort of.
Let’s begin where we ended this week, with the character who was not allowed a reunion with the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team: Agents May. The Earth’s surface is supposed to be a death sentence in this world and probably would have been for her eventually. But then Enoch turned up. Despite last week’s bumper suggesting we’d been duped, he’s *not* a Kree. That was a disguise. He really is the robot he insists he is. He was following Fitz’s orders to go after May and save her.
But even Enoch, despite his deus ex machina status, did not see Robin’s return coming. (Now that she’s 98 years old or so, I presume.) So the good news: May is saved, Enoch is not a traitor, and we have the Zephyr again. Now we just have to figure out how to fly it through time? Maybe Enoch has an answer to that. Either way, I have to assume at least one of the masked men is related to Deke.
May: I’m a fighter
Enoch: Still? It may be time for a career change.
Speaking of, Deke showing up in the middle of Team Daisy’s escape was a nice one right? With half the guest stars killed off in the last episode, the series needed to bring Deke back and have Flint step up in order to fill out the ensemble. Still, I was with Simmons. He was the one who delivered Daisy to Kasius? Oh, well kill him then. (I know, we need to reunite him with dear old dad back on Earth. Sure, sure.)
Speaking of which, was I the only one who thought Simmons cut Kasius’ throat last week? What even? She just cut his cheek? That’s it? Maybe in Season 1, I would have believed this. After all, Simmons was still the type of “no death please, we’re scientists” girl character. But she’s been through way too much since then. Simmons murders people now. Yes, it was a butter knife, but if it could leave that kind of cheek scar, she could have done much more in the throat department. May would be very disappointed.
(Also, Simmons’ ear-thing could get easily pulled, but Daisy’s inhibitor is forever? I suppose.)
To be fair, killing off Kasius last week would have put the much more terrible brother in charge, and probably killed all the humans. Leaving Kasius alive meant that instead, the brother wound up dead (along with his mohawked maniac sidekick with the ungodly name of Maston-Dar.) So now Kasius has a path home, with his love, Sinara. He just has to blame his brother’s death on Quake, Destroyer of Worlds, and bring her back to his father himself.
For all that the Kree have been bad guys, I did appreciate the character development between those two this week, though I still think that Kasius proved he was willing to throw Sinara under the bus at the first opportunity. She trusts him though, which will probably be her doom. Also, have we considered that Kasius’ father sent him on a suicide mission, and was so mad the kid didn’t die, he banished him for it? This doesn’t seem like the type of father one should be so eager to go home too.
Coulson: C’mon. A roomful of secret agents, scientists, and superheroes. Someone give me something.
As for the team, Coulson, YoYo, and Mack basically spent the hour treading water and trying to keep Flint from going anywhere, until Daisy and company showed up. I appreciate that Mack is going father figure on the kid, but really, what happened to “we all stick together?’ This was supposed to be “together, or not at all,” right? And instead, we found ourselves redivided by the end of the hour.
I mean, I get it. The point is that without Mack, YoYo and Flint hanging back on the station, once May and the Zephyr are added to the team, there would be zero reasons to go back to the station. None. They just need Enoch to send them home (however he does that) and then we’ll be in the next “pod” story featuring our Merry Murderess version of General Talbot, and figuring out how the world was actually destroyed, and why Daisy took the fall for it in the history books.
Keeping three (well, at least two) of our cast on Kasius’ station means that we still have an investment in what’s happening here in the future, in saving the rest of the humans who are on the station, and overthrowing Kasius, which we assume will happen on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s way out the door back home again.
All in all, this episode continued the power streak this season’s been on. Unless somehow it all comes crashing down like so many spinning dinner plates, Season 5 is shaping up to be the best season of the show yet. No wonder ABC hinted they’re considering greenlighting Season 6 at the TCAs this week.
Coulson: Daisy?! How did you escape?
By the way, speaking of the “pod” format, we’re heading into Episode 8 next week, which was the pod divide point last season. (The “Ghostrider” tale was 8 episodes, the “LMD” and “Agents of HYDRA” were each seven.) Unless a whole *hell* of a lot happens in the next 44 minutes, it seems our space story is destined to at least encompass the first half of the season. Though considering the way Season 5 is playing out, calendar-wise, having the first 11 episodes or so comprise one story and then the other half comprises another probably works better.
As we close this episode, Coulson and company are crashing their vehicle somewhere on what’s left on the Earth’s surface, while Kasius and Sinara are realizing that there are humans still inhabiting it. Will that distraction help Team Mack set up the Flint Uprising? Considering that next week’s episode is called “The Last Day” I assume that if nothing else Robin (and her newfound ability to talk) will reveal to Enoch and May how the Earth got in this situation, so that when our heroes got back to the past, they have an idea of what they’re trying to stop.
The trailer suggests next week Mack will survive Roach Level 3 long enough to be reunited with his axe-gun. Kasius will definitely want that to add to the weapons collection when he sees that.