This very FitzSimmons-centric episode is one big mindgame…literally. Held captive by the Chronicoms who are attempting to force them to recreate a method of time travel, Fitz and Simmons are placed into a dangerous “cerebral fusion machine”…an inescapable, virtual prison of the mind. They will be released when they complete their task. Anything they need to accomplish this can be imagined and instantly created. Unfortunately, that also means memories can instantly appear for them both to experience, whether they intend them to or not.
This is not the happy FitzSimmons reunion they, or we, were hoping for.
Simmons is so frightened she literally retreats into her childhood for comfort and security. Fitz is slammed hard as he realizes how much he has missed while he has been in cryosleep in deep space and then trying to find a way home. His own proposal, wedding, and funeral (it's complicated), and also the death of Coulson…it’s too much for him to handle…bad aspects of his personality start to manifest, the same happens to Simmons, and suddenly they have their inner demons threatening them both.
The rest of the episode has them reliving several common university and S.H.I.E.L.D memories, some happy, some sad, while trying to avoid the dangerous ones from killing them. To bolster each other, they chant their longstanding credo: “Together, we can do anything”…including escaping this inescapable prison, they hope.
As a hopeless romantic, the Fitz-Simmons love story has been a pleasure for me to watch evolve over the last 5 seasons. These two have been through so much together, and it has only made their bond stronger. The events of this episode force them to face the worst in each other: their fears and insecurities, their dark sides…a forced therapy session that makes them realize that despite all the bad revelations, the ultimate good one is that they love each other no matter what. Their final, cathartic scene where they realize this will bring tears, followed by one of the biggest laughs ever on S.H.I.E.L.D., as their outpouring of love affects their virtual environment.
Do they escape their inescapable prison? Watch and find out for yourself in this very enjoyable and emotional episode.
Enjoy the final season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fridays on ABC.