A month is a long time to go without my S.H.I.E.L.D. pals, so as you can imagine the talk that this might be the show’s final season is torturing me. With the MCU being a billion dollar franchise, it would be silly for Disney-owned ABC to cancel a series with an average of 2.3 million “live” viewers (on Friday night) and a 117% increase in Live+7 DVR playback. C’mon guys, clearly there’s a “small but active fan base” (as Agent May said) watching. Not to mention the International fans. The big return to the past answered a ton of questions and set the stage for the second half of the season. Is it already too late to break the time loop? With everything that went down in the hour, it seems the writers are showing us the other part of the story. The stuff we missed when Coulson and the others were plucked out of time. Unfortunately, I get the feeling they’re simply reliving past mistakes. Anyway, let’s discuss the wild twist and turns that took place during this episode.
1. The Team’s Return
The arrival back at the lighthouse might have been a tad anti-climactic if not for the hilarious projection of Patrick Warburton as General Rick Stoner. It was not only great that the character filled in some of the blanks regarding “The Lighthouse,” but the subtle jokes throughout his tour had me in stitches. Warburton never fails to remind me of The Tick (the 2001 original TV show), despite all the great work he’s done over the years. Yes I hear the new show is great, but I haven’t made the time to see it. Anyway, the return to the past also gave us a new sentient Chronicom named Noah, since Enoch is busy with other matters at that point in time. This new character had some fun moments as well, and it’s a shame he didn’t survive the episode. I loved the fact the Kree Monoliths were stashed away at the lighthouse, as Enoch needs one to send the team to the future. Yo-Yo demanding Coulson get some medical attention reminded us he’s dying (and must die to break the loop). If this is the final chapter for the show, could Coulson die again? In a way, the series would have come full circle, but I’ll be totally heartbroken.
2. HIVE’s Beacon?
I’ll be honest, I watch so many tv shows that it’s hard to remember details like this beacon. I didn’t recognize the Kree orb, until someone pointed out it was HIVE’s beacon. Besides, wasn’t that orb destroyed back in Season 3? I’m assuming it’s a different orb, not the exact same one. The point was, the team knew from their experience with HIVE what it does… summon the Kree. However, the thing turned out to be a replica with a bomb. Still, we know from the prophecy that a light in the sky does bring the Kree to Earth at some point. Perhaps the real orb is out there, somewhere. I hear that the 100th episode brings back a few familiar baddies. We already saw Carl “Crusher” Creel in the closing moments. Don’t want to spoil anything, but lets just say there might be more to the name-drop than we realize. One last thing, I was so disappointed that Piper fell for evil General Hale’s plan. Can Coulson trust her?
3. Deke Lives!
Watching Deke appear in the present was a complete surprise. I thought we’d seen the last of him when Enoch exploded. It makes absolute sense that the energy between the shard at his end, and the new monolith Flint built would transport Deke back in time as well. Jeff Ward has been a delight this season, though I didn’t much care for his character at the start. Deke sacrificing himself to save humanity and his new friends was a game changer. Watching Deke hug that tree, almost eat ice cream from a garbage can, try “real” beer and later get drunk on Zima was a riot. How was the time traveler going to pay for all those drinks and food? Well, we found out soon enough. I enjoyed everything about the character’s return, including Daisy using the name Sinara to bail him out of the local jail. What’s a little confusing though, is that Deke’s not meant to be in this timeline with S.H.I.E.L.D. Is he ultimately killed saving someone’s life, so Fitz-Simmons name their baby boy after him? There’s a striking resemblance between actors Jeff Ward and Iain De Caestecker. Is there a family connection between Deke and Fitz-Simmons? Yeah, I’d absolutely love that twist.
4. Ruby’s Evil Side
The introduction of Ruby (Dove Cameron) was in no way subtle. I mean, she is evil General Hale’s daughter. Though the writers tried to mislead us with the character’s teen angst, the moment the female assassin stepped into the room at the end, I knew it was Ruby. What’s not so obvious, is how she went from admiring Quake to wanting her dead. The fact she asked her mother if she’s one of the good guys, implies Ruby is not sure which side she’s on. General Hale, herself, remains a mystery. I still don’t understand how she could shoot her two agents in the head. Is she a Hydra agent, or has she struck a deal with the Kree to survive the apocalypse? Hale did tell her daughter, that everything she does is to give her a good future. Ruby has proven herself pretty ruthless as well (see below), but perhaps Daisy shows her another way. Do you think Ruby would turn against her own mother? Anything’s possible, and the two definitely seem at odds.
5. Yo-Yo Loses Her Arms
We knew that future Yo-Yo was missing her arms, but who could have known Ruby was responsible and that the loss would take place so quickly? Didn’t we see a future version of Yo-Yo carrying a weapon, and mentioning the loss of Mack to Agent May? I’m thinking of those flashbacks to Robin Hinton’s childhood. Clearly, that was not thisYo-Yo. This is the version that’s destined to be murdered and brought back to life by Kasius for details of past events… His “seer.” Ah, the timey wimey stuff can get so darn confusing. What’s interesting, is that it appears the loop has begun. Are we simply watching the events that lead to the Earth’s destruction? If so, that means Coulson and company were deposited by the monolith forward in time. At a point after meeting Enoch at the diner and being abducted. That means another group of doppelgängers will eventually travel to the future to try and save the day. Could the snag have something to do with Flint building a new Kree monolith from scratch? The Yo-Yo thing is still unclear to me though.
What did you think of “All the Comforts of Home”? I wondered a while back if we will meet Kasius’ father in the second half of the season, and see the Kree invasion. It seems like that’s where the story is headed. We are watching the cataclysmic events unfold, right? What did you think of the team’s return to the past? Were you surprised to see Deke survived? Did Ruby taking Yo-Yo’s arms shock you? Your turn… I’d love to hear your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV.
About Me? PopCulture geek who loves turning people on to the latest and greatest in entertainment! If you're into superhero flicks, the best in sci-fi/fantasy and horror tv... then let's chat on Twitter at @hanko9