The premiere of the final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opens where the end of last season left off, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. Zephyr (now able to travel through time thanks to Fitz and Simmons inventing it at the Chronicoms “insistence”) and crew in 1931 New York City. The team is trying to stop the Chromicoms from preventing S.H.I.E.L.D. from being formed, and eliminating their threat in the future. S.H.I.E.L.D. stands in their way of conquering Earth and reconfiguring it their new homeworld. Apparently the Chronicoms have watched both Star Trek: First Contact and Terminator and know an evil time travel scheme when they see one.
The ep opens with a nifty 1930s-movie style S.H.I.E.L.D. title logo, and the Chronicoms facing off with local police. They literally strip their faces off in a horrifying scene, so they can wear them. Shades of the Skrulls…they could be anyone.
Also at the end of last season was the unveiling of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest tech, the LMD (Life Model Decoy). LMDs were used extensively in S.H.I.E.L.D. comics, as frequent stand-ins for Nick Fury. Here, the LMD is the personification of Agent Coulson, with all his memories and emotions. Coulson died in the first Avengers movie and resented being brought back to life, and this time is no different. It’s painful to watch him come to grips with what he has become.
The Chronicom Hunt begins with period costumes and trying to blend in with law enforcement, with humorously cheesy badges created by Deke. S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t yet exist in 1931, nor does its precursor the SSR, but Coulson recalls his company history and the speakeasy nearby that was later used as an SSR safe house; it will do for an HQ. There, they meet fan favorite and S.H.I.E.L.D. regular Patton Oswalt, this time playing the speakeasy owner and mob-boss type. He has ears and eyes all over town, and with his help, they discover what seems to be the Chronicom plan to stop S.H.I.E.L.D. from forming: assassinate the man who as POTUS will later form the SSR…New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Coulson’s fanboy personality is intact; he’s an FDR fan and gushes about him and is eager to meet him. He even makes a Dad joke about “The New Deal” that echoes the episode title, that none of the younger agents get.
The rest of the episode is impossible to talk about without spoiling the usual twists that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is famous for. Just sit back and enjoy the vintage costumes, hairdos, cool cars, along with all the great fight scenes with the Chromicoms, and wonder, as I did, why Daisy doesn’t just “Quake out” on them. Maybe she just felt like kicking some ass.
Tune in on your DVR, On Demand, or at abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield to watch the exciting final season!