Agents of SHIELD: Season five, thus far
Original air date: May 24, 2019
After waiting a year for new episodes, I had to wait even longer due to traveling—but let me tell you, these first three episodes were so worth the wait! Maybe the fact that I binged and watched the first three episodes curled up in my bed with my dog is giving me some warm, fuzzy feelings, but I am loving this season so far. Especially the most recent episode.
The introduction of Sarge (aka not Coulson) in the season premiere was badass; if ever I get my own show, I want to come on in a giant, decked out semi. In the second episode, Sarge opted for some very un-Coulson sunglasses and that little scene was so great at driving home this is not Coulson. Agent May called him Coulson and it triggered something in him, and we learn he is (plus some radiation and such) genetically identical to our Coulson. So, what is he? Are we dealing with parallel universes, alternate timelines, clones from TAHITI? There is so much we don’t know—I can’t wait to find out what it will be.
What we do know is very little; it seems that Sarge and the gang go world to world and destroy the planets, why? That is unclear, is it for someone else? Is it just for fun? Again, we must wait and see. One thing that is very clear, is this is a study in nature versus nurture. Sarge is very different than Coulson and I will admit, I kind of love it. It is a nice change of pace and the dynamics of the show have shifted that makes it feels fresh and I’m more excited than ever to keep watching.
The agents that are on Earth will have their hands full dealing with this crisis and I’m curious to see how Agent May is going to deal. So far she is punching and kicking everything in sight– which led to a great fight scene in the semi. I love watching her beat people up! Even though she lost– and I don’t think she will take too kindly to that– next time is going to be intense. My fear is that when the time comes, her feelings for Coulson will interfere with doing what needs to be done. It may come to the point that Sarge will need to be eliminated and I don’t know if May will be able to do that. I guess Sarge could also become an ally, but I don’t know if I want that to happen, it would feel a little bit like a cop out—Coulson died, but here is his replacement.
Mack might not want that to happen. I think he has grown into the Directorship of SHIELD nicely. He has been able to use his new position to distance himself from the others, and more specifically from Yo-Yo. After all that happened last season, there was a lot of stress put on their relationship, so I’m not surprised they aren’t together. I don’t know how healthy (mentally) it will be for Mack in the long run, but SHIELD is acting as a shield for him, and maybe a step back is what is the healthiest choice for him right now.
Yo-Yo appears to have moved on nicely and with Agent Keller (Haven Alumni, Lucas Bryant), this is a move I approve of. I hope he gets a first name, or it might be a short-lived romance. Agent Keller isn’t the only new addition: Dr. Marcus Benson (Barry Shabaka Henley) has joined the team as the brains of the group, and I like him. I like the way he calls them out on their mistakes and is more cautious about how they do things. I think a new outlook on things was needed and I hope he continues to be as he is now. I’m glad he is there to assist while Simmons, Daisy, Agent Piper, and Agent Davis are in deep space looking for Fitz.
Which brings me to the latest episode, Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. First, I love the idea of more adventures like this for the agents in deep space and I hope this isn’t the end of that. I like the Star Trek vibe that is going on with this part of the story line and more over, I enjoyed seeing the agents not at their best, but still getting the job done (mostly).
I think about ninety percent of the population can relate to Simmons and Daisy trying to act sober while entering a club, and I feel they acted it out perfectly. I enjoyed this was a more light-hearted approach to a rescue mission. Sure, they didn’t save Fitz, but it was the most fun I’ve had watching a show in a long time. I think we as the audience needed the levity to help soften the blow that Fitz and Simmons are still not reunited. They did have a moment, and that moment is what will propel Simmons to keep searching to get Fitz back.
I do think they will be reunited eventually, but the journey to it is going to be fun to watch. Enoch let Fitz (and us) know that not all Chronicoms are made the same. He is designed for anthropologic studying and sensual relations (I snorted when he said this) and others are Hunters. Which is what the agents encountered and what grabbed Fitz. I’m guessing hunters are sent to clean up timelines, but in this case, I hope they fail. I guess they could be working for the Confederacy, but that seems a little doubtful. Alas, something else we will just have to wait and see.
The journey thus far has been enjoyable, and I think working with a smaller amount of episodes is actually working in the show’s favor. With only 13 episodes, the story needs to be more concise and I think we will get our answers sooner rather than later.