In the last episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team had successfully traveled back from the future after their season-long efforts in deep space to prevent the earth from being destroyed and humanity from being all but eradicated. Coulson (Clark Gregg) revealed his terminal condition to the team, appointed Mack (Henry Simmons) as Director, and retired to Tahiti for the remainder of his days with Agent May, bringing a bittersweet end to their love story.
It’s been one year since we last saw a new episode, and that much time has passed for the characters as well. May has returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. alone, and has been appointed Chief of Recruiting, to rebuild the agency. Mack tells her “we’ve got plenty of muscle, but we need more brains,” because S.H.I.E.L.D.’s brains are both out in deep space. Agents Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Daisy Johnson/Quake (Chloe Bennet) are using the battle-weary Zephyr to chase down leads to find the lost ship where Agent Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) lies in cryogenic suspension, while they dodge the ships of the Confederacy.
Meanwhile, on Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been tracking unusual energy spikes around the world. The cause of the spikes is revealed, but their purpose will most likely be an ongoing mystery and obstacle this season.
This is the final season of S.H.I.E.L.D. , but that hasn’t prevented ABC from continuing to improve the look of the show. S.H.I.E.L.D. had already established itself as an entertainment industry leader in high-tech gadgetry and computer display graphics, and the Lighthouse war room in this episode is especially impressive. The outer space scenes are movie-quality, as well as spaceship CGI.
One unfortunate note: in the past, S.H.I.E.L.D. has reflected the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but script secrecy and bad timing prevented the showrunners from incorporating the events of the Avengers Infinity Wars movies into this season’s storyline. I hope it doesn’t disenchant or confuse viewers, and keep some from tuning in each week.
• A cool new season logo
• this week’s episode directed by Clark Gregg
• did Simmons cut her own hair? I vote NO on the bangs
• a CHUCK reference
• a glam new look for Daisy
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays on ABC.