Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really have their hands full now. “The Other Thing” might explain what’s going? Maybe?
Deke Shaw’s (Jeff Ward) return was pretty dramatic. Sarge (Clark Gregg) and the gang are hunting him down. Sarge’s team hunt people…or beings who don’t belong on the planet. Deke was one of these people because he’s from the future. They didn’t get Deke, but Sarge and Snowflake (Brooke Williams) did take Agent May (Ming-Na Wen).
Mack (Henry Simmons) and his team captured two of Sarge’s team, Pax (Matt O’Leary) and Jaco (Winston James Francis). One of the beings that Sarge’s team killed ended up at the lighthouse. It looked like a regular guy, but inside of him was a winged creature. The creature flew into Agent Keller (Lucas Bryant), causing his body heat to increase. It eventually killed Keller by projecting large crystal spikes from Keller’s body. According to Dr. Benson (Barry Shabaka Henley), the creature was highly explosive and could destroy the entire lighthouse. Agent Yo-Yo Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) had no choice but to kill her new boyfriend.
Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Daisy (Chloe Bennett) are still in space. Simmons found Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and lost him again. A Chronicom hunter took Fitz, but left Enoch (Joel Stoffer). Enoch is the key to finding where they took Fitz and why.
Sarge drugged May to keep her from fighting back. This caused her to dream about Phil Coulson in Tahiti. It must be hard to look at Sarge and not think about Coulson. She starts to wake up, confused because of his face. May wakes up with handcuffs on. The van stops and Sarge sends Snowflake out on a hunt. May asks what Sarge plans to do with her. He says he’s going to turn her.
May doesn’t say much to Sarge. She just glares at him. Sarge says he’s been to a lot of different worlds, but never a place where people recognized his face or acted as they knew him. He thinks May hates this face and he wants to know why. Sarge found out some details about Coulson from Deke. He learns May was in love with Coulson.
Sarge thinks Coulson was an alien, clone or a shape shifter…anything but human. May insists that Coulson was everything that Sarge isn’t. “You know what they say, every dream is someone else’s nightmare.” May says Sarge is the impostor. She knows every detail of Coulson’s life. Sarge needs to question who he is.
Snowflake radios in saying she got their target. Sarge ends his conversation with May and puts a bag over her head. She falls asleep again and dreams of Coulson in Tahiti. She is laughing at Coulson’s story about how he wanted to ask her out when they met. He was too nerdy for her back then. She asks for a refill and something goes wrong. Coulson is getting weaker.
Enoch is sad. Decommissioned, hunted, and he won’t stop talking about it. Daisy and Simmons need to know who the bounty hunter is and where he took Fitz. Enoch, still moping around, only says he will never forget his one and only friend. The girls tell him that they are his friends because in the future, he sacrifices himself to save them. He doesn’t quite understand why he’s being hunted by the other Chronicoms. He says they will never release Fitz. And Simmons will never stop fighting for him. The ship loses what little power it has because a Confederacy ship has disabled it. Daisy tells Davis (Maximilian Osinski) to set a course for the nearest star system but more Confederacy ships show up. There’s no way out.
Everyone but Enoch prepares to defend the ship. Enoch says The Confederacy immediately destroyed the ship that he and Fitz were on. If they wanted to destroy the Zephyr they wouldn’t have hesitated. Enoch thinks this is not The Confederacy and opens the hatch to the larger ship. A woman named Altarah (Sherri Saum) steps through the hatch. Altarah is a Chronicom and was once Enoch’s superior. She’s been looking for him to arrest him for tampering with the universe. Enoch is ready to face judgment.
Deke needed surgery after being chased down by Sarge. He’s fine though. Mack, on the other hand, is very worried about Yo-Yo. Although he wouldn’t acknowledge it, he knew about Yo-Yo and Keller’s relationship. When Mack checks in with Yo-Yo, she tries to keep it professional, reporting on what Jaco and Pax aren’t saying. She doesn’t want him to worry about her, but Mack can’t help but worry about them all. Mack is trying hard to be a good director like Coulson, but a lot has gone wrong and several agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are dead.
Yo-Yo says he lost the privilege of confiding in her when they broke up. But she does adds one more concern to his list…Dr. Benson. She tells Mack to keep an eye on him. Mack checks on Benson, but Benson has no answers for him about what happened to Keller. Benson’s hands are shaking. He tells Mack that he needs a night off. He’s pretty shaken up by what happened to Keller. Mack says he has concerns about whether or not Benson is a team player. Benson knows it was Yo-Yo who has concerns and agrees that he’s not at his best anymore. But if Mack isn’t going to give him the night off, then he needs to leave him alone so he can work.
The Other Thing
Sarge removes the bag from May’s head. She is still tied up and facing a man who is bound and gagged. Sarge wants May to kill the guy, but Snowflake shoots him in the head first. Sarge gives her a knife, instructing May to stab him under the rib cage when the screaming starts. Snowflake and Sarge leave the room. May unlocks her handcuffs and the dead guy gets up from the floor. May fights him off, but the guy isn’t human. There are screeching noises coming from the guy’s mouth when he opens it. At one point he pins may down and open his mouth over hers.
May literally breaks the guy’s legs and he still keeps coming for her. She finally beats him down and he’s out. May breathes a sigh of relief but then the screaming starts. The same thing that happened to Keller, happens to this guy. Large crystalline spikes come out of his body. May jumps over his body to get the dagger and stabs him up through his rib cage. Sarge and Snowflake return to see how she did.
The creature is a shrike. Primal, simple beings that jump to a new world and infect a host. If the host dies, they go berserk in search of a new host. It turns the hosts’ energy into supercharged destruction. May realizes that Sarge and his team are hunting these creatures. Sarge says they track anything that doesn’t belong on that world and kill it. That’s why they went after Deke. Sarge’s tracker says Deke doesn’t belong there but he’s not a shrike. He asks what Deke is. May says he’s just exhausting.
The Chronicoms put Agents Davis and Piper (Briana Venskus) in a cell together which is fun because they fight like children all the time. Daisy and Simmons go to the bridge of the ship. Altarah tells them that their home world, Chronica II has been destroyed. All that is left of their race is in the fleet of Confederacy ships.
They heard whispers of strange phenomena happening throughout the universe. Destroyed worlds caused distortions in the fabric of space. That created a plague that consumed Chronica II, but they don’t know what caused the distortions. The Confederacy showed up to pick away at what was left of Chronica II and didn’t expect the Chronicoms to fight back. They took the Confederacy ships because they didn’t have a fleet.
Altarah knows about the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. time travelling adventures and she wants to know how they got back. The truth is, they don’t know. Everything was already built when they got to the future. Altarah thinks they are lying and shows them a hologram of Fitz. Daisy threatens to quake her, but Altarah has Fitz on another ship. She counter threatens to send him in deep space where they can never find him if Daisy harms her.
Yo-Yo checks on Benson and he’s stand-offish. She justifies her concerns saying she saved his life despite having to kill her boyfriend. Benson understands though. He knows all about tough decisions. His husband was in a car accident. Benson had to make the decision to take him off life support. It hurt but he knows it was the right decision. Yo-Yo made the right one as well.
Yo-Yo looks at the blade asking how it killed the creature. The blade generated a chemical reaction, paralyzing the creature. It took on an inert hardened state and died. The creature is now made up of the same stuff as the crystalline spikes. He shows her an x-ray of the creature and Yo-Yo recognizes it’s molecular structure.
Mack and Yo-Yo show Benson the monoliths that were in the lighthouse before it blew it. The monoliths controlled space and time. There is another structure, but S.H.I.E.L.D. never found out what it does. Benson says the molecular structure matches that of the dead creature. He suggests it may control life and death. They think the first victim was looking for ley lines convergence point. Benson says ley lines are a matrix of planetary energy. If the creature made it to the convergence point and initiated the same process it did with Keller, the results would be catastrophic. Benson tries to remember something the man in the wall said…
Piece By Piece
The word is Pachakutiq. Sarge says it means the death of everything. He says the creatures are singular and are only focused on serving their creator, a monster. He’s seen it too many times and this is the closest he’s come to stopping it. Sarge says he’s been hunting the creator for as long as he can remember because he’s been alive for 100 earth years. He says May’s man may have run out of time, but “the tick of the clock is only getting louder.”
That’s the same thing Coulson said to May when they were discussing what’s next for her. He thought she should be a teacher, but May says it sounds like hell. Coulson replies, “You know what they say, every dream is someone else’s nightmare.”
Sarge continues his rant saying the shrikes are cancer. He’s going to make sure this is the last planet they infect. When the creator arrives, he’s going to burn it all down.
Enoch tries to talk some sense into Altarah and she questions his loyalty to their people. She threatens to kill all of the humans, but Simmons and Daisy stop her telling her about the monolith in the future, but again. They don’t know how it works. Enoch saves them by telling her that Fitz is the only person who can figure out time travel and Simmons is all the motivation he needs to do it quickly. If she’s in danger, he will work hard to save her. Altarah orders her people to take Simmons and kill Daisy. Daisy quakes the Chronicoms and they run.
They grab Piper and Davis and try to run to the ship but the Chronicoms catch up to them. Daisy tells everyone to fight. Simmons realizes the only way to save everyone is if she stays behind with Fitz. She thanks them for following her for the last year, but she won’t put them in danger anymore. Daisy doesn’t want to leave her but Simmons says whatever happens, she will be with Fitz. Simmons leaves with the Chronicoms.
Sarge drives the van to their next target while Snowflake watches May. Snowflake flirts with May, but May is more interested in how the girl fits into the gang. She tries to antagonize Snowflake by saying Sarge doesn’t trust her. Snowflake just wants May to be on their team. As she is telling May about all the fun they can have, Snowflake walks close enough for May to grab her and knock her out.
May goes after Sarge and he puts up a pretty good fight. He even tries to use his looks to subdue her, but he doesn’t know May very well. She is able to knock out Sarge and set him up in the passenger seat. May handcuffs Sarge and looks at him. She sees Coulson again. Coulson is asleep and one hand is hanging down. She moves his hand to his stomach and lets him rest. In the van, she takes one last look at Sarge and puts his hand on his stomach. She starts the van and drives away.
At the lighthouse, Benson asks Mack to let him go to Yucatan Peninsula where the first monolith was found and then South America. The word Pachakutiq is Incan and he thinks there is a connection. Mack asks if he is really on board with the mission or is he running away. Benson says they need to turn over every stone to find out what they’re up against.
Distorted radio transmission is trying to come through. When it’s cleared up, they hear Daisy requesting permission to land. Mack and Yo-Yo meet the space team at the dock. Davis and Piper are getting along, happy to be home. Mack hugs Daisy and notices they are missing a couple of scientists. Before Daisy can answer, Agent Khan (Shainu Bala) interrupts saying May called in and is on her way back. She also said she caught him. Yo-Yo and Mack give Daisy a funny look before she asks who May caught.
Back in space, Enoch visits Fitz to tell him what has transpired. Fitz is not happy to hear that Simmons is being held prisoner. He’s even more upset when Enoch tells him that she is his motivation to develop time travel for the Chronicoms. Fitz gets angry, saying the last thing he wanted was for Simmons to be in danger and Enoch knew that. Fitz tells him to leave. Enoch says they are almost to their destination. He tells Fitz that he will always consider him a friend. Enoch sets off a gas in the cell and Fitz passes out.
Okay. We finally have some answers. Sarge is hunting world destroyers. So why didn’t he just say that in the first place instead of leading everyone on a wild goose chase? I guess it would have been too easy.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is pretty good at hiding details that connect everyone’s story. It took a little while but we now know what the end goal is. Stop the world from being destroyed. And there is a connection to the time travelling story line as well. If the creatures were with the monoliths that control time and space, does this mean that one of the creatures is that monolith in a dead state? Maybe the creator becomes the monolith. Either way, how does this affect the world’s future? Sounds to me that we’re back to where we were in season 5.
Piper and Davis need their own one shot. Just sayin’…
We’re almost halfway done with the season, so I’m sure things will quickly pick up and we will see that FitzSimmons reunion we’re always waiting for. I guess the only question now…is Sarge really Coulson? Hmmmmm…I wouldn’t put it past Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to twist the story.