Still in 1955, this week's episode 4 of the seventh and final season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opens in film noir style, stark black and white, with sexy sax soundtrack and a monotone Coulson voiceover right out of a vintage detective movie. Apparently, this episode is another fun experiment with the time period, but thankfully this time, the writer doesn't go overload the script with period idioms and slang. And, once again, the episode title card fits right in with the time period.
The team's mission this week revolves around Agent Sousa (from the awesome, but short-lived Agent Carter), and his final mission for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he tragically lost his life, but became an inspiration for a generation of agents. Hydra is involved in his death somehow, and its up to the good guys to once again decide whether to let history take its course, or nudge the timestream a bit.
As expected, the first thing Coulson does is find Enoch, the Chronicom ally that got stranded in 1931. He's been doing his best to keep busy until the Agents showed up again. In a bit of comic relief, he is a tiki lounge bartender, whose only purpose this episode is to play Lt. Uhura and connect team members who call with the Zephyr. Poor Enoch.
As usual, social commentary is again up front, as future guy Deke is learning firsthand how little things have changed for women and people of color from the 1930s to the 1950s. YoYo: "It always gets better, just never fast enough."
Speaking of YoYo, looks like she has decided to keep the human-looking hands that Simmons made for her. I am sure the SFX crew and the ABC bean-counters are happy too.
May's recovery from death in the other dimension continues to evolve in curious and interesting ways, especially when she is touching another person.
The storyline of Hydra Bad Guys vs S.H.I.E.L.D. Good Guys is told in entertaining film noir style, with plenty of dramatic close-ups and skewed camera angles for dramatic effect. Once again, the wardrobe and hairstyle crew nails the look for all the cast members. Look for a fun twist to explain the film noir look and soundtrack.
WIll the Agents change history, or go with the flow, even if it means a good man has to die?
Will they violate the Prime Directive AGAIN by bringing yet another person from the past aboard the Zephyr?
Will Enoch make it aboard this week, or get left behind for another few decades?
Find out on the final season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., airing Wednesdays at 10pm EST on ABC, on your DVR, On Demand, or at abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield