I’ve said it before, but for every answer we receive about Coulson lookalike Sarge, another question arises about him. This week is no different.
In previous episodes, it has been established that Sarge (unlike Coulson) could more than hold his own in a fistfight with a big bruiser like Director Mack, but over the last few weeks since Sarge’s miraculous resurrection, his strength has been growing dramatically. He’s obviously more than human, but what? Agent Daisy “Quake” Johnson takes drastic measures in this episode to try to bring out who or what Sarge really is, and awakens something truly powerful, but perhaps also something familiar and transformative, in a good way.
Villain Izel and a “captive,” reluctant, keep-your-enemies-close Mack are searching for a special tomb constructed from the same types of stones as the powerful alien monoliths, which have abilities much like the Infinity Stones from the MCU films. Izel believes the tomb, along with the graviton device stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D., will open a portal to her world, along with an invasion force that will take over the Earth and the rest of our galaxy. But she still needs human knowledge of the extinct monoliths to open the portal. The scenes of YoYo (who tried unsuccessfully to rescue Director Mack last episode) and Mack tied up to a column in the ancient Central American tomb is very reminiscent of the climactic moments from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, even down to the set design and music cues.
Meanwhile, back at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, FitzSimmons and Deke try to determine and create tech that can prevent Izel from possessing bodies at will. Deke continues to be a thorn in the side of this show for me. Now that he is in our present, he has everything he never had when he was in his own future: food, security, a home, friends, and family (his grandparents Fitz and Simmons)…and wealth, lots of wealth. Yet, he is still so, SO insecure and emotionally needy, it hurts to watch.
Sarge and Izel have been entertaining, mysterious, and suspenseful villains and storylines this season, and I can’t wait to see how the season ends next week…will the storyline be resolved, or will we get a season-ending cliffhanger?
Tune in to find out on the season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., next Friday, August 2 on ABC.