I should begin this week’s review by saying the rumors of this season being S.H.I.E.L.D.’s last were exaggerated; ABC announced this week that next season, season 7, will be the show’s final one.
This episode, we learn a lot more about the alien mystery woman Izel’s mission and about Sarge, starting with how the Coulson lookalike survived being shot by Agent May in his holding cell, an act May has no memory of. But like many revelations on this show, the revelations only lead to more questions. A lot of fan speculation about who or what Sarge is, is debunked. Is he a clone? A shapeshifting alien like a Skrull? Let’s just say the answer is so complicated, I don’t think anyone could have guessed correctly.
Soon, other Agents report blackouts and losses of time, creating an interesting whodunit and how. It feels a lot like a game of Clue; figuring out who the murderer may be, one person at a time. To say more would be a huge spoiler; just watch and enjoy the ride and the suspense, and the mayhem. I will warn that not everyone makes it out of this episode alive.
A very entertaining episode, including scenes of Fitz and his “new” grandson Deke bonding over tech mysteries, brainstorming, and finishing each other’s sentences. Deke is still way too insecure for my taste, but he is good for comic relief.
Don’t miss the rest of season 6 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fridays on ABC.
• Great special effects, as usual
• Is Director Mack’s action at the episode’s end a sacrificial act, or a plan?