Not only was it amazing to see Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) return to the series, but to have him come to Fitz’s rescue and help reunite our favorite geek with the team was everything. It’s funny, I was one of those fans that couldn’t imagine watching Marvel’s Most Wanted (the Bobbi/Hunter D.O.A. spinoff). Yet, when characters like Hunter are gone for a while, you really grow to miss them. This installment gave us a plethora of answers, and though the Fitz-Simmons reunion will have to wait a bit more, I’m incredibly impressed by the way the writers have tied all the plot points together. The little breadcrumbs they’ve left us make sense. Let’s just say, you can tell they’re not wingin’ it. There’s a plan, guys. It’s a shame more Marvel fans aren’t tuning in weekly. In my mind, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has evolved into one of the most well-written comic book series on any network. Alrighty, let’s jump into some of the best moments…
1. Fitz & Hunter Bromance
The true highlight of this episode (aside from all the awesome answers we got), were the scenes between Fitz and Hunter. When those two hugged, a little too long, at the start of the hour it just felt authentic. I’ve read that Iain De Caestecker and Nick Blood are mates in real life, so I’m sure their friendship made the episode a blast to film. It was basically the team up we never knew we wanted. Everything from the jokes, to the buddy road trip, to the quieter relationship conversations played really well. Fitz seems to have found in Hunter the bromance he longed for in Grant Ward. Of course, we all know how that turned out. Here’s hoping Nick Blood is invited back to the show once our heroes return to 2017 Earth. I’d love to see more of Hunter this season, as well as watch the Fitz/Hunter friendship blossom.
2. Revisiting the Diner
I’m a massive fan of watching the same scene from a new perspective. Here, we finally had a chance to watch S.H.I.E.L.D’s mysterious abduction, but from Fitz’s point of view. The poor guy didn’t know what hit him and before he realized it, he’s arrested, interrogated and locked up. Fitz, himself, was dying to get some answers, but naturally the government agents were clueless. Once we learned Fitz was left behind in order to save his friends, everything clicked. I knew that if anyone could find a way to solve this mystery and get to the future, it would be Fitz. The way Fitz reached out to Hunter and later tracked down the beer truck was bloody brilliant.
3. Officially Meeting Enoch
Six months of monkeys on the wall later, Hunter sprung Fitz and the two met Enoch (Joel Stoffer). There were so many questions about the alien who shed his skin in the season premiere. Anyone else think of Fringe’s Observers when Enoch shared his story? So, now we know that not only is he a sentient being from Cygnus who has been around some 30,000 years, but the kids drawings on his fridge belonged to Robin Hinton from Season 3. It took me a minute to remember her Inhuman father’s interactions with Daisy and his visions of death. The little wooden bird helped, as did Fitz’s explanation later. It’s Robin’s prophecy that led Enoch to send the S.H.I.E.L.D. team into the future to prevent an “extinction level event,” which we know is the destruction of Earth. It was interesting that Enoch said “unknown” when asked about the destruction of Earth. Is Daisy really tied to the event somehow? Wouldn’t Robin have drawn her as well? If “what’s written is written” is a certainty, that doesn’t bode well for 2091 Earth.
4. Badass Fitz
I say this all the time, but Iain De Caestecker is probably my favorite performer on this show. That’s not to take away from any of the other cast members, it’s just that he has played so many distinct variations of Fitz. Each one as deep and complicated as the last. He never fails to make me weep. Framework Fitz was a monster, but allowed De Caestecker to do some of his best work on the series last year. There are traces of that darkness still inside him, as we witnessed with Enoch earlier in the hour. In “Rewind,” Fitz also stepped up and was pretty badass during that shoot out at the base. Today’s Fitz is definitelynot the timid quiet geek we met years ago in Season 1. I like this guy, a lot.
5. Fulfilling the Prophecy
When little Robin informed Fitz the reason he wasn’t on the list was because he had to save his friends… the question was how exactly? I mean, they’re 70-odd years in the future. Did Enoch have access to another monolith? Wouldn’t that be too easy? Still, we knew from the previous episode that Fitz made it to 2091 and demanded Daisy fight to the death. While the reason for that is still up in the air, I loved the twist that Enoch’s capsule was the answer. Unfortunately, Fitz would have to go into a cryo-freeze chamber for decades. By the way, wasn’t that Star Wars “I love you/I know” reference just perfectly timed? With Fitz now in the year 2091, I wondered if he had an actual plan for fulfilling the prophecy. Future Enoch (or do they all look alike?) put that worry to rest when he mentioned having had time to put together a plan. Oh boy!
What did you think of “Rewind?” Who will Fitz be facing off against? Certainly not Daisy, right? Did the execution of the two government agents shock you? What did you make of that scene? Ready to discuss the episode in a little more detail? Then please, hit the comments below.
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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