Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson” Review

The second episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us a stronger focus on the action from Earth. That’s not to say that we didn’t have scenes given to Fitz and Enoch’s struggle for survival out in space, but a majority of the time went to the fleshing out of this new threat on Earth. Given that, this week is one to shake things up when we have a lot more to look forward to from everyone out in space.

Getting back to Daisy and Simmons, I was prepared for an intense scene, and was not disappointed. After everything that Simmons has been through, she is far from the agent who used to be so cautious before jumping into the fire. Now here she is throwing the team to the edge of the galaxy while low on resources. While this was where they needed to be, the problem here was a lack of agreement that this was the right call. Personally I enjoyed the conflict because like I said a couple weeks ago, having a strong presence from Piper and Davis is always welcomed. With that said, it was anyone’s guess as to how this team could end up on a “groovy situation”. They could have picked up a strange drink on Kitson, they could have been drugged, the possibilities were up in the air. How they actually found themselves on this trip was better for the humor involved in their ignorance to foreign substances. I mean, the mood took a big 180 in the best of ways. Davis had his moment, and the party kept going for Daisy and Simmons.

CHARLOTTA MOHLIN
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson” –  FRIDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth) CHARLOTTA MOHLIN

There was only one inevitability from this episode, and that was the crossing of paths with Fitz and Enoch. The build-up to that point for Daisy and Simmons was exciting. They didn’t experience Kitson the same way that the other two did, but they kept us on their toes about what to expect knowing that they were not in their right minds. That an action scene was even possible was a treat. Nothing too intense, though fun all the same considering so much could have easily gone wrong.

Every scene so far that Fitz and Enoch have shared has so far been nothing short of brilliant. Danger at every turn, and so far only able to rely on their wits to get themselves out of the latest obstacle. For this episode in particular, there was a larger focus placed on the dynamic shared between Fitz and Enoch. I for one found it to be heartwarming, especially from Enoch’s point of view. These aren’t the kind of guys who have fun, run headfirst into danger, or strongly rely on someone else (Simmons aside), but here they are. It sucked that these two just couldn’t catch a break, though you couldn’t have asked for a more solid duo who managed to bring out the best in each other. After this episode I fell in love with Fitz all over again because it was about time that someone could genuinely crack his shell. Even with Simmons his edges were still a bit rough, but Enoch back him far enough against the wall that it was impossible to be cold or unfeeling.

What I also did come to appreciate this time around was getting a better understanding of what kind of danger Fitz faces. It’s one thing to know that he is a wanted man, but there are still some details that would make a big difference in separating him from any other person who could be wanted in the galaxy.

IAIN DE CAESTECKER, JOEL STOFFER
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson” – FRIDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth) IAIN DE CAESTECKER, JOEL STOFFER

Exploration as I have said before is one of the better elements of these past two seasons. The fact that we aren’t done with space travel has been a thrill because the discoveries are endless, and the sense of wonder knows no bounds for these agents who have barely scratched the surface of what lies beyond Earth. Taking us to the planet of Kitson was as good as it gets. It’s not shocking that one of these planets just happened to be a casino, but again, this is all pretty new territory in the MCU. Overall, the games were unique, the aliens were diverse, and the setting was flashy without being like every other casino we have seen in a space story.

Some possibly could have wanted to see what came next for the agents on Earth, but I appreciate that they aren’t trying to pull us in too many directions in a single episode. What we got here worked great because there was just two sides of a story converging to one point. That meant excellent cutting from one scene to the next and a solid timelapse.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson” is without a doubt one of the most memorable episodes of the series. If you ever told me before that these agents would find themselves on an alien casino planet? Or even on one while tripping balls? I would have laughed in your face that this isn’t that kind of show. This is one of those times where it is great to be wrong.

 

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