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REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5×11 “All the Comforts of Home”

As the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the show’s mini, Olympics-induced, hiatus, “All the Comforts of Home,” didn’t hold back. Putting a metaphorical (and likely temporary) nail in the coffin that is the “Space Arc,” the episode pivots immediately into what looks as though it’s going to be one insane back-half to an already world-ending season.

Spoilers ahead!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brought our favorite spies and a tag-along back to present-day Earth, where there seem to be more problems awaiting them than the gang likely anticipated. While the group managed to escape the Kree and make it back to the Lighthouse of 2018, they’re certainly not done being hunted. The group discovers that all seven of them are on the nation’s MOST WANTED list, which makes things difficult considering they have a world to save.

Not an easy thing to do when every government employee in the country is on the lookout for them… more specifically, that nasty piece of work General Hale.

Yes, the very woman who kept poor Fitz imprisoned for 6 months before swiftly executing her own lapdogs is using every resource she has to find the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang… including her own flesh-and-blood.

In terms of plot, “All the Comforts of Home,” was largely fueled by a mysterious beacon that the team discovers is being sent from a government base. Realizing that the beacon is similar to the one Hive used to call the Kree, and understandably very much not wanting the blue aliens they’ve just escaped to come raining down on Earth, Team S.H.I.E.L.D. promptly dives into a new mission to shut the beacon down.

Which, of course, is easier said than done.

Because, as it turns out, the beacon was actually a trap set-up by Hale and her agents to lure Coulson and Co. out and bring them down. The team manages to find and shut-down the beacon, but are almost immediately greeted by a group of masked mercenaries with orders to kill.

The team manages to escape with the beacon but Yo-Yo finds herself on the wrong side of Head merc’s blades, losing both of her arms in the process. No bueno. The team rushes Yo-Yo back to the Lighthouse where Jemma promptly puts her Doctor title to good use and patches up our favorite speedster.

But, as is always the case where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is concerned, the worst has yet to come. Because it turns out that the beacon is a double trap AKA a bomb rigged to blow in the Lighthouse’s storage facility… an explosion made even worse due to the fact that it occurs in the presence of three monoliths that S.H.I.E.L.D. has locked away.

Back in the baddie base, it’s revealed that it is General Hale’s teenage daughter, Ruby, who is the masked assassin that just made Yo-Yo a double amputee. Even more terrifying is Ruby’s obsession with one Daisy Johnson, who looks to be the primary target for General Hale’s deadliest agent.

While all this is going down, Deke Shaw is living his best life in the new world that he never thought he’d experience. Somehow, the space-traveler shifted through time as well and winds up galavanting around like a giddy school boy. Naturally, Deke gets himself in trouble (of the drunk and disorderly variety) and winds up in the jail cell of a small town located above the underground Lighthouse. While the rest of the team focuses on getting the beacon, Daisy tracks down Deke and scurries him back to the Lighthouse before he can draw too much attention to himself.

Boom!

“All the Comforts of Home” has proven once again that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a show that can pivot on a dime and keep things fresh. It’s hard to believe that stakes could get any higher than being trapped in space 75 years in the future, but the show has made it clear that Earth of today is just as dangerous for our favorite characters. This hour of television provided a nice balance of humor and OH MY GOD THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN moments, and even gave a nod to the comics!

Episode Grade: B+

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