THIS is everything that an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode should be.
Poignant emotional moments? Double check.
Character development AND plot development? Triple check to both with a few exclamation points thrown in.
The past few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, though solid in their own right, were clearly all leading up to what seems to be the starting point of the true action and drama of 3B.
“Spacetime,” brought with it a new Inhuman, capable of showing people small snippets of the future through touch, and a whole slew of new problems for Daisy and the rest of her fellow agents. A brief moment of contact shows Daisy some pretty horrific visuals and the team’s new focus is on doing everything in their power to prevent the events from happening.
Such events include: Lincoln covered in blood, FitzSimmons holding hands in the snow, and Coulson pulling his gun on Daisy of all people. Not what surrogate father figures should do Coulson.
The visions understandably freak Daisy out a bit and she becomes gung-ho on changing the future so that none of the above awful (FitzSimmons hand-holding not included) things don’t happen. As per Coulson’s logic, the only way to make certain that Daisy isn’t anywhere near that Inhuman or mysterious building is by keeping her as far away from it as possible. AKA he attempts to ground her and keep her safely tucked away at the Playground.
It’s an admirable effort but the team’s attempt at preventing Daisy from leaving the base promptly shot to hell when, after giving May all of the deets necessary to go on the mission in her place, Andrew Garner returns to the Playground and effectively stops the Cavalry from going after Hydra.
So then after all of that drama about ensuring that Daisy does not leave the base… she leaves the base. Coulson gives her the okay to go after the Inhuman, something he likely wouldn’t have agreed to had he and the team figured out that WardHive exists before letting her bounce on a QuinJet.
As it turns out, Hive and Malick are at the very building that Daisy saw in her vision, doing the standard nefarious things that Hydra villains do. There’s a showdown between SHIELD and Hydra that basically ends exactly how Daisy saw it (minus Coulson aiming his gun at her… ‘twas just a tricky mirror shot) but it just seemed really awful in small spurts. The bigger picture with all of the events wasn’t quite as traumatic as was believed going in.
Everyone other than the poor Inhuman makes it out alive but just as he’s dying he gives Daisy one last glimpse of the future.
And what does she see?
The very shot that opened the midseason premiere: a S.H.I.E.L.D. jet in space that explodes.
SHWAAAAAAA?! Does this mean it’s Daisy who might meet that unfortunate end? Or is it just Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulling an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and throwing red herrings at us left and right?
“Spacetime,” was an absolutely stellar episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and by far the best of this back half of the season.
Toying with plotlines that involve the future is something that very few shows manage to do successfully but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knocked it out of the park with this one. Because rather than suffering through a monotonous hour of television in which we already knew everything that was going to happen, we got to experience an awesome 60 minutes of watching our favorite characters do everything in their power to prevent said events… before ultimately going, “screw it,” and letting everything play out the way it was meant to.
Even though we knew what would transpire, having literally seen glimpses within the first few minutes of the episode, “Spacetime,” had enough twists and turns that we didn’t see coming to made it genuinely exciting to watch. There’s still a dozen mysteries surrounding Hive and his obsession with the robotic hand that killed his host Grant Ward, but this episode gave us a teeny taste of what his motives could potentially be.
Not to mention, the pacing was excellent. There weren’t any moments that seemed to drag on and bog down the episode. This episode was filled to the brim with action and it’s evident that, “Spacetime,” is really going to serve as the catalyst of the rest of the season.
Lash is back, the team finally knows about the existence of Hive, and we have a new potential clue as to whom the mystery person trapped in that space explosion might be.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tends to follow a similar pattern where the first few episodes after a premiere, or midseason premiere, are a bit slower in order to focus on information and I’m really excited to see that, as was common in the past few seasons, the pace is beginning to quicken. The tone of this season has been far different and there’s a looming ominous cloud that is making me think that these final seven episodes are going to be jaw-dropping.
Episode Grade: A-
- Literally everyone on the team other than Jemma having ZERO idea what Fitz was saying once he began speaking in full science.
- The entire faux fight sequence between the team. Watching Daisy try to give May all of the information she needed to go on the mission via a dummy sequence where Fitz, Simmons, Lincoln and a bunch of randos got pummeled by the Cavalry was GREAT. May: “Fall down.” Simmons: “Oh, sorry.” *falls down* Sublime.
- The team’s reaction to Ward being alive was the real life embodiment of this emoji:
- I realize the May/Andrew scenes were meant to be really emotional and heavy but in an episode this action-packed and exciting, they felt a little out of place to me. It was kind of a, “this is the only thing that could keep May from the mission so let’s do it,” kind of play
- On a scale from one to ten, how grotesque do you think Hive’s, “true form,” will be?
- Do you think Simmons’ potential, “Inhuman cure,” will ever be mentioned again or was it a plot that got thrown out the window once Andrew fully transformed into Lash?
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