This hour of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly started off with a bang… literally. Can you believe the Kree took out Fitz’s (or is it Enoch’s) ship so quickly? We’ll discuss this in more detail below, but considering the episode title I was really surprised Mack and Yoyo ended up staying behind with Flint. The writers have been hinting all season that something (or someone) important is waiting for our heroes on the surface. While watching Coulson and Co. “blend in” and survive their current post-apocalyptic situation has been fun, I’m starting to get antsy for some realanswers. The revelation that Robin Hinton’s alive, means she will probably help the gang understand exactly how they are meant to save humanity. No one’s going anywhere without Mack and Yoyo though, so you know the portal’s stashed away somewhere on Level 3. Eeeek! Does Robin know exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to accomplish in the past to stop the cataclysmic event? Anyway, let’s go over some of the coolest moments from this latest installment.
1. A Not So Easy Escape
The heroic escape from the mini-arena seemed rather improvised, didn’t it? Fitz confirmed as much when Daisy asked about his plan. “Get to the ship. Then we plan,” Fitz told her… Ah, not so much. That’s what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket, people. How were they going to save Agent May on the surface now? I mean, none of the others are pilots aside from May herself. If it was tough believing May could fly a spaceship, don’t get me started on Coulson’s experience. L.O.L.A., seriously? Definitely just had to go with the flow on that one. Fitz extracting the enslaving device from Jemma’s ear was another rough bit. Also, Daisy’s inhibitor was still active. Ugh! To add fuel to the fire, assassin Maston-Dar caught up with the trio in record time killing innocents left and right. Fitz, Jemma and Daisy weren’t having a good day. Until the big reunion, of course.
2. Enoch Saves May
I’ll be honest, Enoch going blue in the closing moments of the previous episode confused me. Had he been a Kree all along? If so, why help the humans save their world? After swiftly dispatching the roach threatening Agent May, Enoch reconfirmed he is a Chronicom from the Cygnus system. Joel Stoffer does such a fantastic job as Enoch, doesn’t he? I hope the character sticks around the rest of the season. I’d like to give a quick shout-out to Mark Kolpack and his visual effects wizards. These guys (along with Composer Bear McCreary), are the unsung heroes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If the show looks and feels like a Marvel movie week in week out (since the Pilot), it’s thanks to these artistic geniuses. The Vrellnexian “roaches” are just pure eye candy. Not to mention how mind-blowing the spacecrafts and the destroyed Earth look this season. How that chunk of planet has any atmosphere at all, well that’s another story. With May and Enoch finding safety with Robin’s group, I’m sure there’s plenty more VFX treats on dead Earth headed our way.
3. He’s Bait
Yes, I admit the kid wandering off was irritating. “Flint’s going to get one of our main characters killed,” is the first thing that popped into my head. After all, Mack and Flint have been bonding of late. Oh boy. It didn’t happen this episode, but Mack and Yoyo staying behind just wasn’t a good sign. Flint proved his worth though, taking revenge for Tess by killing the Vicar that ordered her execution. He later also protected the team using his levitating rock powers. OK, so the kid’s not too bad. Now Deke on the other hand, you can’t trust that dude as far as you can throw him. It was great that he came up with an exit plan, but Daisy stopping him from going first was brilliant. The addition of Jeff Ward this season has been terrific, even though his character has behaved questionably. Deke and the gang had some fun moments throughout the hour.
4. Kasius Makes A Bold Move
Watching Sinara’s reactions to Maston-Dar leading the charge, I kept wondering when she was going to kill that fool. Then boom… the orbs found their target! I absolutely loved that she didn’t denying killing Dar either, she was proud to have taken him out. Props to Florence Faivre for getting some dialog here. Faulnak’s reaction surprised me, but not as much as what happened next. There was no way Kasius would allow his brother to take Sinara from his side. Killing Faulnak was the only option, ultimately. Wouldn’t their father be pissed? Well, not if the murder was blamed on the “destroyer of worlds” and Kasius brought her to justice. What are the chances Kasius father and his armada appear on the show? Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? Anyway, that’s how you spill blood Faulnak. Good riddance.
5. Robin is a Survivor
I never imagined we’d meet up with Robin Hinton in the future. Which is weird because when you stop to think about it, she’s the one constant in this particular story. She is the person that sent the team on this adventure in the first place. Thanks to her precognitive gift, Robin is the only one that can provide any answers. What does she know about the cataclysmic event? Was Daisy really involved somehow, even accidentally? I am curious to learn exactly why events have unfolded the way they have. Are there limits to Robin’s powers? Perhaps the Earth’s destruction had to take place, before she understood (and could share with S.H.I.E.L.D.) what to do in the past in order to avoid their current timeline. Enoch sent the team to the future via the monolith, so it stands to reason he knows where it is. Is it hidden on Level 3?
What did you think of “Together or Not At All”? Did you enjoy the twists and turns? Did Kasius killing his brother shock you? What does Robin Hinton know? It’s your turn to share your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s discuss!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV.
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