LAST TIME ON MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: LMD Coulson sacrificed his physical body to destroy the Chronicom base, and the Zephyr jumped forward in time to the early 1980s, then weirdly and immediately jumped again, stranding Director Mack and Deke.
Mack had taken off on his motorcycle to get some air, dealing with the discovery that both of his parents had been killed by the Chronicoms. Deke ran out to warn Mack that the clock was unexpectedly ticking down, but was too late.
THIS WEEK: After Enoch got stranded (TWICE!), now it’s their turn to kill time until the Zephyr pops up again. Mack’s in no mood for company, so they go their separate ways. While Mack goes to his parents’ home to grieve alone and be a hermit, fans of the show can probably guess what an opportunistic guy (with future-knowledge of say, the pop music hit charts) like Deke does to survive and make money.
It takes nearly two years for Mack and The D to reunite. Mack has grown a mountain man beard, and Deke has transformed himself into a pop star, with a motley crew of a band. Mack is steamed to discover that Deke has transformed a S.H.I.E.L.D. base into a party pad/HQ, and while it may all seem like comic-relief, there is a method behind Deke’s madness. Deke also reveals to Mack that Coulson has cheated death once again, which should be no surprise to viewers, as Coulson boasted in the last episode that "it's kind of my superpower." What IS a surprise is how Deke has chosen to manifest Coulson's consciousness. To describe it further would spoil a really fun visual reveal.
Mack has arrived just in time to help, because Sybil the Chronicom, who reads the threads of time and has guided the ‘Coms on their journey through the decades, has also survived the explosion, and has been reaching out from cyberspace, spending the last 20 months seducing a Radio Shack-y computer geek into building her a body and some new killer soldiers. Cue The Terminator theme music. Homages to other '80s sci-fi thriller/horror movies and cheesy slasher flicks follow...
The ‘80s references are everywhere in this episode, starting with the rad “Bill & Ted” episode title. I won’t spoil them all, but every scene contains at least one visual or verbal reference, from The Breakfast Club to Members Only jackets to Short Circuit…have fun finding them.
The producers are obviously still having a blast continuing to mimic the look and feel of the entertainment of the era the Agents are stuck in. This time, the tv-episode style and tropes of the 1980s are in full force, complete with synth soundtrack, quirky zoom-ins, freezeframes, and unusual camera angles.
How long will Mack and Deke be stranded? Can the ragtag trainees defeat the killer robots? When will the copyright infringement lawyers arrive with a cease-and-desist letter?
To find out, tune in to ABC on Wednesdays at 10pm EST, on your DVR, On Demand, or at abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield to watch the exciting final season!