The premiere of the final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left off with the team coming to the nauseating realization that to make sure S.H.I.E.L.D. is formed, they have to make sure HYDRA is created first. Fans of the show and the MCU movies know this is a dilemma that is definitely argued about among the agents; do they really have to save the most evil organization known in the MCU, or do we just kill HYDRA's grandpa now? Coulson and Daisy disagree about how to handle this for nearly the entire episode, until they find Director Mack who makes the ultimate decision.
The “McGuffin” in this episode is the delivery of chemical compounds that will lead to the super solider serum. Mack and Deke bodyguard Wilfred “Fred” Malick, the father of the creator of HYDRA, and make sure his delivery is made, and HYDRA will be formed. The bad thing of this compound delivery being made is that the Red Skull will be born, but the unspoken benefit is that now Captain America will also be created. I can’t believe the writer didn’t spell this out for the viewers.
Speaking of the writer, he went more than a bit overboard with his enthusiasm to include as many 1930s idioms as possible into the dialogue. Patton Oswalt’s character in particular doesn’t utter a single sentence that doesn’t include period slang. It’s fun, but overkill.
The Deke and Mack “Fred bodyguard” plotline goes on for too long and nothing much happens, other than handwringing about the future evil the grandfather of HYDRA will birth. At least there’s a decent shootout with Chronicoms.
The other great—make that EPIC—fight scene is between friendly Chronicom Enoch, and the recovering, but itching to get into the fight Agent May. May is not herself emotionally yet (her underwhelming reaction to seeing Coulson again is proof), but her fighting skills are just fine, thank you very much.
More details are given about the Zephyr’s time traveling protocol. Apparently, there are time windows that spontaneously open and close, and for undetermined amounts of time. Suddenly, the team has minutes to complete their mission and get back aboard before the Zephyr jumps through time again..
Does everyone make it aboard in time?
Does this mean the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be visiting different time periods this season?
To find out, tune in on your DVR, On Demand, or at abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield to watch the exciting final season!