Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are used to being the Go-To team when a problem arises. In “Toldja” the team has to deal with not knowing everything they need to save the planet. Meanwhile, Enoch (Jeff Stoffer) saved Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) from the Chronicoms. But where did he take them?
Anthony Michael Hall guest stars in the episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
We go back to planet Kitson where a woman (Karolina Wydra) with bright red hair is looking for a crew. Enoch, Fitz, and Simmons arrive in the middle of the bar. Kitson is the last place that Fitz wants to be. The last time he was there he got caught cheating with a synthetic. That synthetic was Enoch. The last time Simmons was there, she and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) went a psychedelic trip through the casino. I don’t think she was really aware of what was going on around her.
Enoch used an interplanetary conveyance disc to transport them to Kitson. It is supposed to take them to the last location it was used. Enoch sees no problem in reprogramming the disc to take them somewhere safe. Except that someone found his disc and used it. Fitz is agitated and yells at Enoch for messing up again. Simmons just wants to go home.
The Great Escape
Enoch is watching the door of the casino, waiting for their moment to run. Fitz and Simmons are watching the games and trying to look interested. Simmons mentions that Kitson was more fun on drugs and Fitz is confused. He says the place is nothing but trouble. The guards leave the entrance and they walk toward the doors. They are stopped by security and taken to Mr. Kitson’s office.
They are restrained when Mr. Kitson (Hall) arrives. He talks about how his great grandfather built the casino and the brothel. He says Fitz jeopardizes his business when he used a synthetic, Enoch, to cheat. Fitz explains that he was trying to get home, and Simmons tries to appeal to Mr. Kitson’s good nature. Mr. Kitson is only interested in killing them. Fitz tries to make a deal, saying they can work for him, but Mr. Kitson has no use for scientists. He will kill them and put Enoch in the brothel.
Mr. Kitson straps them down to a guillotine along with the creepy guy from the bar. Mr. Kitson starts taking bets on who will lose their head first. The redheaded woman approaches Mr. Kitson and offers to buy Fitz Simmons from him. At first, he doesn’t want to sell but she has a knife to his bag. She also knows that he has a button that controls who dies. Kitson kills the creepy guy and hands over Fitz Simmons to the redheaded woman.
May (Ming-Na Wen) arrives at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ with Sarge (Clark Gregg) and Snowflake (Brooke Williams). They take Snowflake to a holding cell and Sarge goes directly to the SHIELD Command center. As they walk through the corridor, everyone is staring at Sarge. Mack (Henry Simmons), Daisy, Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), and Deke (Jeff Ward) are waiting for him. Mack prepared Daisy for what she is about to see, but it’s still too much for her. She immediately leaves the room. Deke doesn’t like it either and runs after Daisy.
May bring everyone else up to date on Sarge’s story. He says he’s over a hundred years old. His team is hunting creatures called shrikes and their creator is coming to destroy Earth. Mack says she left out the part where Sarge and his team kill people. Yo-Yo tells them about what happened to Keller. Sarge blames them for not leaving the blade inside the body. The shrike take time to die. Yo-Yo gets upset, but Mack holds her back.
It’s obvious to Sarge that Mack is in charge. He says they need to let him go or everyone will die. Mack thinks Sarge is threatening them, but Sarge says it’s just a fact. So Mack replies that no one, including Sarge, is going anywhere.
Stubborn is as Stubborn Does
The guards take Sarge to a holding cell. Mack asks Yo-Yo to interview Jaco (Winston James Francis) again. He hasn’t said anything since he arrived. Mack thinks if he knows that Sarge is there, he will talk. May gives Yo-Yo her condolences for what happened to Keller and Yo-Yo leaves. May asks Mack what else is going on, besides Daisy being home. He says that Simmons is still in space, but they found Fitz.
Yo-Yo goes directly to see Jaco. He’s laying in bed, ignoring her. She mentions Sarge’s capture and Jaco tells her to let him go. She says they are going to be there for a while, so he should just start talking. He tells her about his family and how they died. The only reason he lived was because of Sarge.
Jacko starts coughing so Yo Yo asks if they can get him medicine to help him breathe. He asks if she will let Sarge go and Yo-Yo says no. So Jaco turns his back to her and says he doesn’t want anything from her.
Game of Wits
Mack interviews Sarge, but he’s not cooperating. Instead, he tells Mack that they’re not ready to hear what he has to say. Earth is a nice planet and it would be ashamed to lose it. Mack considers him to be a murderer, but Sarge says he killed those people because they got in his way.
Mack asks about the shrike creator. Sarge told him the creator was a monster. Sarge says some people consider the creator to be a god. But that would never happen here because Mack only believes in one god. Sarge is amused because he’s seen gods up close. Mack is about to get that opportunity and Mack isn’t ready. Mack says he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to protect his people. Sarge says he needs to get used to seeing his people look to him because by the end of the day Sarge will be leading them.
Since You’ve Been Gone
Daisy is running diagnostics on the Zephyr when Deke finds her. He tries to show off for her, telling her that he has a lot of money now. Daisy doesn’t really care. Deke says she was the inspiration for his tech company because she told him to go out and see the world.
Enough about Deke, he wants to hear about Daisy’s adventures in space. She asks how much he knows, but Mack hasn’t disclosed much information. She says the important thing is that they found Fitz. Deke is confused because no one told him they were looking for his grandfather.
Mack and May are going over Sarge’s equipment. They need to hack into Sarge’s tracker so they can find the shrikes for themselves. Sarge won’t tell them anything so Mack isn’t sure how they are going to do that. May says Sarge was interested in hearing about Coulson and why they look exactly alike. She tells Mack to use that to make Sarge talk.
Deke interrupts, angry that Mack didn’t tell him that Fitz died. He says it proves his multi-verse theory because Deke still exists. And he’s mad because Mack didn’t tell him about the trip to space. Mack yells back that Deke left. He had no interest in helping the team. Deke says he would have gone with them to search for Fitz if he had known. Mack promises to put all of his resources into finding FitzSimmons once things on Earth calm down. For now, Mack needs him to hack into the tracker.
Just Another Life
Jaco is still having a hard time breathing. Snowflake can hear him from her cell. She says to herself, she knows it burns, but it will be worth it.
Agent Khan retrieves Sarge for Mack. They go to Mack’s office where a hologram of Coulson is standing in the middle of the room. Mack comes out of a dark corner, saying how strange it must be coming face to face with yourself. Sarge knows he’s up to something and asks if Mack is trying to make the situation personal. Mack says he has to be a person for it to be personal. Sarge says he will be satisfied when he takes Mac out of the picture.
Mack says Coulson taught him what S.H.I.E.L.D. is about. It’s about doing the right thing and saving lives, not taking them. Sarge says some lives of already been taken and he can’t get them back. That’s the difference between Sarge and Coulson. Coulson put a value on life. He especially cared about those who are loyal to him and Sarge doesn’t.
Mack tells Sarge at Jaco isn’t well and was refusing medical care. He wants Sarge to cooperate with them so they can help Jaco. He can help Jaco by helping them. Sarge thinks Jaco has seen a lot and he might have had enough. Mac says Jaco is just another life that’s not worth anything to him but Sarge doesn’t say anything.
Facing the Facts
Later Mack checks in with Daisy. She says she’s good, but Mack tells her that Sarge’s DNA is a perfect match to Coulson’s. Daisy gets a tiny bit upset because that is not Coulson. She wants to run away from this situation and changes the subject to FitzSimmons. She’s ready to go back and find them, but Mack says he needs her on Earth.
Daisy says he has everyone he needs, but Mack says he needs someone who will be direct with him. Daisy points out that Yo-Yo is a very direct person, but that relationship is strained. She says it’s crazy that they aren’t together because they love each other. That’s something that Mack doesn’t want to talk about.
Deke interrupts. He hacked into Sarge’s tracker. There are three dots indicating beings who don’t belong there. One is Deke and the other two have to be shrikes. Mack sends May and YoYo out to find the shrikes.
Waking a Dragon
Agent Khan goes to check on Jaco, but the big guy is not breathing. Khan calls for a medical team and Jaco opens his eyes. When he sits up, he starts breathing smoke. Khan cancels the medical team and calls for back up. He heads for the door and Jaco stands up and walks towards the door too. Khan has to duck for cover because Jaco starts breathing fire at the door. He’s trying to melt the metal. Mack and Daisy get there quickly. Daisy quakes the door, then quakes Jaco, knocking him out. It looks like Jaco was Sarge’s escape plan.
Mack goes to talk to Sarge again. He dances around the conversation about Sarge’s escape plan. He lets Sarge know that they were able to hack the tracker. Mack sent out his people to capture the shrikes and bring them in, without killing anyone. Sarge says Mack doesn’t know what he’s doing or the danger that he’s putting his people in.
May and YoYo easily find their targets and head back to the quinjet. They put the shrikes in a containment pod and something strange starts happening. The two shrikes break out of their handcuffs and start shaking. They start screaming and hold to each other‘s arms. Yo-yo reports to May that something bad is about to happen.
May radios into Command to let them know what’s going on. Mack tells her just to keep them contained and head back to HQ. Mack realizes that Sarge knew this would happen. Daisy suggests they bring Sarge to command to help.
Sarge walks into Command and already knows exactly what happened. He says the only way to kill them is to stab them with his blades, but it’s too late for that. Now the shrikes are going to kill everyone on the quinjet. Mack gets angry, demanding Sarge tell them how to fix it.
Yo-Yo tries to shoot the shrikes, but it’s too late. Crystallized spikes start coming out of the shrikes, killing one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The spikes fill up the containment pod and blacken out the windows. They can’t eject the pod because the shrikes consume life. Mack asks Sarge what they need to do. Sarge is ready to negotiate his release for their safety.
May keeps calling into command, asking what to do. Mack asks Sarge what he wants. He asks for his team to be released and to get their van and equipment back. And then he will give Mack something that might save his people.
The situation is getting worse. May informs Mack that Yo-Yo is in the cargo bay with the pod. Mack agrees to Sarge’s terms. Sarge says the cold air will kill the shrikes. May has to fly to a high altitude and open the bay doors. But there’s not enough time for Yo-Yo and another agent to get to safety. May has to open the doors now.
The spikes break through the windows as the containment pod starts to collapse. One of the spikes almost hits the other agent, but Yo-Yo stops it and crushes it. The rest of the spikes begin to break away as the shrikes begin to die.
May reports back that they are fine and are headed home. Sarge tells them not to get comfortable. There are a lot more shrikes out there and their creator is headed to Earth. Daisy asks what they need to do next and everyone looks at Mack. Mack looks at Sarge who stares at him and says “toldja.”
Luck Be A Lady
The redheaded woman’s name is Izel. She’s been searching for a crew who has nothing to lose. Fitz and Simmons say that that’s not really them they’re just scientists. Izel says that is exactly what she needs. She needs someone who can help her recover artifacts that were stolen from her. They say that they don’t have a lot of knowledge about any other planet other than earth. And that’s why she bought Terrans because that’s where they’re going. There’s just one problem. She doesn’t have a ship. Fitz has an idea of where they can get one.
Fitz takes Izel to the freighter that he and Enoch stowed away on. The new crew is apprehensive about helping Izel, but she persuades them with a knife. And FitzSimmons declared that they are taking the ship back. Enoch will not be going with them though. He says his mission is over and he has to help his people find a new home. He gives Fitz a device to call him if he ever needs too. Farewell for now Enoch.
I’m really liking this journey that Mack is on. He was the perfect choice to succeed Coulson. It’s obvious that he’s struggling with his ability to lead. A lot has happened and this is his first big test. But I have confidence that he will come out ahead. The real key to Coulson’s success was his trust in his team. Mack trusts them, but his relationship with Yo-Yo needs some work. He’ll figure it out before it’s too late.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are on a collision course. I have a feeling Izel has something to do with these shrikes. And I can’t wait to find out how.
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