Infiltrated by Hydra and Chronicoms, will SHIELD survive past the bicentennial?

S7E6 "Adapt Or Die"...STILL IN 1976: After helping to sabotage the launch of a killer S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite, Coulson and May are captured inside the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lighthouse, and interrogated by the general (played by Patrick Warburton, with his droll drawl and glorious ‘70s ‘stache). Coulson and May are still in their vintage, comic book-accurate S.H.I.E.L.D. coveralls, not nearly as tight-fitting and cool-looking as the ones Steranko drew, but still appreciated by this fanboy.

May’s touch-empathic ability continues to give her a heads-up about who is human and who is not, and it leads to disturbing conclusions. Coulson has an equally disturbing realization about the Chronicoms’ evolving human-mimicking abilities that will change the game drastically.

One touch and May knows if you are human, or not.

Aboard the Zephyr, Simmons’ mystery condition is worsening, the only clues are the glowing device beneath the skin of the back of her neck revealed last week, and that Enoch seems to know about it. We learn its purpose, and also why Fitz has been missing from every episode this season so far.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Malick, the loose-cannon son of the founder of HYDRA, saw Daisy use her Quake powers and kidnapped her and Sousa last ep. His familial evil scientist genes are driving him to experiment on Daisy and transfer her abilities to himself. Sousa’s scenes with her post-experiment are touching, and perhaps an introduction to a future romantic relationship.

Coulson and May escape, and while May tries to convince the General once and for all of the Chronicom plan, Coulson finds their ship and destroys it, at a cost. But not before a virtual chat with the Chronicom leader that includes the best monologue of the season, about what makes humans superior to the Chronicoms, and why they don’t deserve to have our planet as their own.

Coulson's virtual chat with the Chronicom leader is a season highlight.

Director Mack’s parents, kidnapped last ep by the Chronicoms as leverage, meet their adult son. It’s a bittersweet “reunion.”

Mack bonds with Dad over the Zephyr tech-specs

The CGI FX get better and better every season. The scenes of the Zephyr in flight look absolutely real, and the scenes of the Lighthouse missile attack on the Zephyr is especially impressive.

This time, when the Zephyr jumps forward to another decade, it isn’t Enoch who gets left behind.

To find out who, tune in to ABC on Wednesdays at 10pm EST, on your DVR, On Demand, or at to watch the exciting final season!

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