Yeah the timey-wimey flashback stuff threw me for a loop. How about you? Once you realized you were watching the futuretimeline’s versions of our characters, everything started to make much more sense. As Coulson said, Robin was the connection between the two points in time. It was wonderful to start filling in some of the blanks courtesy of Robin’s long history with S.H.I.E.L.D. We also learned a bit more about Deke and his family, which was nice. Guess he’s not a total jerk after all. The survivors on the surface made their big move and broke our hearts in the process, though Voss’ actions did make sense from his point of view. As I suspected, the monolith is out there… somewhere. I honestly can’t say I expected it to be in a million pieces. Also, it appears Flint is much more important to the story than we could have imagined. Coulson and company’s time in space is quickly coming to a close, but for now let’s discuss the best stuff in this latest hour.
1. Surviving the Crash… (Twice)
Since episode 505 “ Rewind,” I’ve been hoping the writers might revisit the past again. That’s the only honest-to-goodness way for the audience to seehow things went down. However instead of the original (or prime) timeline’s events, we got to hang out with the future timeline’s version of our heroes. Ah, so that’s how Zephyr One ended up on the chunk of remaining Earth near the lighthouse. Fitz and Simmons worked on the schematics for the device that ultimately powers the monolith. They snuck in a kiss too, which was sweet. Yo-Yo was angry that Mack was gone, while May took on the responsibility of raising Robin. What about Coulson and Daisy? Did their future-selves not survive the planet’s destruction? Did I miss something? The team miraculously lived through Coulson’s piloting, and the crash landing was brushed off with a cute joke. That’s OK, there’s too much going on to get hung up on little details like that. The flashback sequences really were the highlights of the hour for me.
2. Kree Monolith Mystery
Of course only Fitz-Simmons could design the whatchamacallit that powers the Monolith in the future. They weren’t around to build it though, which is where Deke’s father entered the picture. I loved learning that Owen built the device that ultimately sends our heroes home. Deke’s serendipitous connection to the overall arc was a cool touch. The catch, as Fitz explained, is that they’re caught in a causality loop. Which Wikipedia defines as “a specific moment in time that repeats itself continually inside an independent fragment of time.” Whoa makes me want to pop Syfy’s 12 Monkeys in the Blu-ray for a rewatch. Anyway, the question remains, what will the team do differently this time around to avoid the cataclysmic event? Do you think the writers will allow us to witness the destruction of Earth, then drop us right back at the diner? That would be absolutely insane, wouldn’t it? It’s much more probable we’ll see most of our beloved heroes perish in the future, before returning home and resetting time.
3. Yo-Yo Exterminates the Roaches
Is Yo-Yo Rodriguez a badass or what, guys? Natalia Cordova-Buckley always gets the coolest slo-mo scenes. All the talk of Level 3 in the previous episode set high expectations for a showdown against the Vrellnexians (which Yo-Yo gave up trying to pronounce – Ha!). It was amusing to watch Mack, Yo-Yo and Flint arrive at Level 3 only to learn the roaches had been released on Level 10. Nice twist there writers! Sadly someone had to pay for S.H.I.E.L.D’s escape, as Kasius was done messing around. If you think about it though once the timeline’s reset, none of those deaths matter much any way. None of this future’s events would have taken place. Still, this particular mission was our big action sequence of the week and boy did it deliver. I just had to rewind and watch Yo-Yo take out those damn roaches again and again.
4. May’s Promise to Robin
While it was sad to learn that Robin’s mother didn’t make it, May stepping up to help raise the girl was a clever turn of events. I confess, I teared up watching the cuts back and forth explaining the mother/daughter bond the two shared. The fact Melinda May would be present “in the end” was heartbreaking. Do you think we’ll find out how future timeline May died? I mean, Robin did mention seeing her death. I had a feeling the title of the episode “Last Day” hinted at Robin’s demise. I just kept my fingers crossed hoping the seer wouldn’t die before telling May how they’re supposed to get back home. Killing her off with zero answers would have been ridiculously frustrating. Did you guess the Inhuman boy, Flint, was the key?
5. Who’s Flint?
The instant May asked about Flint at the end, I understood how his powers were meant to save the day. Many fans had been theorizing the boy might repair the Earth, as his power is to combine rocks with his mind. However, to me the chances of that seemed as unlikely as Daisy quaking humanity into extinction. I am dying to find out exactly how that happened, by the way. Okay, so this official photo above from episode 510 “Past Life” might be considered a slight spoiler, but Flint repairing the broken monolith is the onlyoption that makes sense. The search for those missing rocks is the real challenge heading into the next few episodes. Well, that and avoiding Sinara’s murderous rampage. Robin mentioning Flint in the flashbacks made no sense to anyone, because the kid wasn’t even born yet. However, in the future Flint has proven his worth time and again. It’s ironic that everyone, except May, knew about his special gift.
What did you think of “The Last Day”? Did Robin’s story wrap up too quickly? Any idea Flint would play such a crucial role in getting the team back home? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so let’s discuss the episode in the comments below. I can’t wait for episode 509 “Best Laid Plans.”
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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