The Agents of SHIELD get branded as "Alien Commies From The Future" in the latest time-travelling ep
The last ep ended with the S.H.I.E.L.D. Zephyr, now with limited time travel capabilities, following the Chronicom ship forward in time. Long story short, neither ship is able to go back in time again to reattempt the failed mission, but the Zephyr can “draft” behind and follow wherever their foe goes.
My theory that each episode of this final season of S.H.I.E.L.D. may take place in a different time period proved true. The Zephyr crash lands in 1955 Nevada, near Groom Lake, as all UFOlogists know is the location of Area 51. I loved the discussion between Coulson and conspiracy theorist Daisy about all the mysterious Area bases. This week, the title card showing the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. logo looks like it was right out of a 1950s B-movie about outer space monsters.
Director Mack and Deke decide to go on the offensive and use the Zephyr’s tech to try to find the Chronicom ship, while he sends an Away Team to figure out and foil the new Chronicom plan to eliminate S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team, now in 1950s clothing, decides to kidnap a Department of Defense executive stationed at the nearby base and interrogate him, hoping for info about what made this specific location so interesting to the Chronicoms. The writer makes a point to expose the DoD exec’s rabid racism during interrogation attempts by Mack, May, and YoYo. Weirdly, he “why not?” reveals to “pinko” Deke that there is a secret weapon being developed on base, but it’ll be useless because it requires more power than they can muster. The quickly Agents realize the Chronicom plan: to blow up the base, the future S.H.I.E.L.D. scientific brain trust and S.H.I.E.L.D. VIPs, arriving for a weapons test.
Coulson and Simmons pose as the kidnapped DoD employee and a familiar, British-accented, future S.H.I.E.L.D. Director to get on base and root out any Chronicoms before they can execute their plan. Their questioning of base employees is a highlight, as they use many humorous tricks to prove they are human, not alien androids. Coulson even borrows a page from a famous sci-fi movie interrogation book.
Things are going well until one of the arriving VIPs turns out to be Agent Sousa, from the short-lived Agent Carter tv series. Simmons’ cover is about to be blown sky high.
Enter another S.H.I.E.L.D. undercover agent to convince Sousa to stand down, and YoYo and May pose as pilots to get on base and provide the muscle to get rid of the Chronicoms. The final battle that rages on the weapon site is creatively choreographed, as are all fight scenes on this show.
There’s also a humorous way the Agents get rid of the DoD exec, that adds to the local mythology.
Do the Agents succeed in foiling the Chronicom bomb plot? If they do, where and when are they headed next?
To find out, tune in to ABC on Wednesdays at 10pm EST, on your DVR, On Demand, or at abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield to watch the exciting final season!