Malick kidnaps Simmons, plans to destroy SHIELD from orbit in shocking "Brand New Day"

Still stuck in the 1980s: son of Hydra Nathaniel Malick and his goons have kidnapped Simmons and hijacked the Zephyr, with an oblivious Deke also aboard. With help from a "wolf in sheep's clothing", Chronicom A.I. Sybil has infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D. mainframe. Malick now has the knowledge and the means to destroy every S.H.I.E.L.D. location on earth, and eliminate any future threat to the Chronicoms' plan to make Earth their new homeworld.

Even if Malick succeeds, he still cannot use the Zephyr’s time-jump capabilities. The only obstacle left is to find Fitz, since he seems to hold the key to any further timestream navigation. Only Simmons knows where Fitz is, but her implant allows her to resist Malick’s intensive and extensive mindscape search. The only good thing: Malick's mental invasion gives us another scene with Enoch, in Simmons’ memories.

Malick uses future tech to invade Simmons' mind to try to find Fitz.

One more scene with Enoch, in Simmons' memories.

Daisy’s half-sister Kora is a piece of work. Her “Brand New Day” scenario is a chilling proposal to Director Mack. It's another attempt at the "let's kill Hitler as a baby" argument, but on a much bigger scale.

Mack also has an emotional scene with Daisy as they contemplate the future, reflecting on Enoch's prophecy that this will be the team's last mission together.

The only action in this episode is a brief, but very Matrix-like fight between May and Kora, who of course cheats and uses her deadly powers.

Does May survive?

Will Malick find out about Simmons’ implant and locate Fitz?

Will we even see Fitz this season?

Will Deke go all "John McClane" and save the ship?

Is Malick successful in destroying every S.H.I.E.L.D. base on Earth?

Will the Agents defeat Malick, Sybil and the Chronicoms, and get back to the future?

To find out, tune in to ABC next Wednesday for the two-hour series finale, on your DVR, On Demand, or at

Sousa points out how ludicrous superhero codenames sound


• the 1980s video game-inspired opening credits S.H.I.E.L.D. logo

• several Die Hard references from Deke

• Sousa teasing Daisy about her superhero codename

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