The end of last week’s ep was all about capturing people. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. captured two of Sarge’s apocalyptic crew, Sarge captured Agent May, and a cybernetic bounty hunter captured Fitz who, along with Enoch —his Chronicom (synthetic human) companion—are wanted for “tampering with the universe.”
In this week's episode, "The Other Thing," a fleet of spaceships arrives and captures the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship Zephyr. They are boarded by Chronicoms, claiming to be the last survivors of their race, their world destroyed by a plague of creatures like the one that killed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Keller on Earth in last week’s episode. Fitz is wanted for his supposed knowledge of time travel, to allow the survivors to turn back time and save their world. His captor is also revealed to be a Chronicom. Will Enoch help his “bestie” Fitz, or betray him and help his own people?
Back on Earth, Sarge and May spend a lot of face time together, getting to know one another. Sarge’s mission is finally revealed, and things are not what they have seemed.
Sarge roofied May to capture her, and she spends much of this episode drifting in and out of consciousness, experiencing both heart-warming and heart-wrenching glimpses of the final days she spent with Coulson in Tahiti.
In stark contrast, if you have ever had the sadistic desire to see Coulson and May in a knock-down, drag-out, last-one-standing brawl, this episode provides the closest you will ever see!
Back in the S.H.I.E.L.D. lab, research on the alien creature (which we learn in Sarge’s scenes with May is called a shrike) reveals it is made of a similar substance to the mysterious alien monoliths that have Infinity Stone-like abilities that can control space and time.
How does all this tie together? Stay tuned to the final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fridays on ABC to find out!
• “I was being nice…”
• Agent May’s own “Alien” scene
• May’s famous Victory Hair Flip