Last week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was without a doubt one of the most memorable episodes of the series for the fun it gave us in outer space adventure. 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. With that said, I couldn’t help but look forward to the same entertainment from us finally catching up with what Deke has been up to on his own. He wanted to forge his own path, so one had to wonder what could force him back into the action. Now we have our answer, and it was more than enough to anticipate this new episode for.
From the start of this episode they were quick to jumps into Deke’s whereabouts, and as expected he gave you something to smile about. You would question what the heck was going on in the opening scene, but it was hard to argue with anything you knew was simply happening in his head. The reality that he snapped back into, that was the true shocker. When you pictured Deke trying to live it up in the present, you would not have imagined how far he was able to get on his own. Not when the last time we saw him he was still getting used to the most basic things that people in this time period had that he didn’t. He took the opportunity to make it in his own way, and I couldn’t have been happier in contrast to what everyone else was still dealing with on their end. I suppose the best way I could actually describe the approach is refreshing. That is despite wondering how he got away with some of the things you would expect S.H.I.E.L.D. to interfere with, more directly. With that said, for Deke himself, his change in personality was also refreshing. There was more confidence to him, more motivation, and a willingness to put himself in front. There was certainly more boldness to jump into action, even when not needed once more.
Now with all of that said, the only problem I found was in where Deke could possibly become a target for Sarge and his team. While their overall mission is still vague, the detour they have taken to hunt down people who don’t belong also comes into question. How does this help them destroy the world? Are they actually trying to destroy it? We might need some answers soon so that this doesn’t turn into a wild goose chase.
How the hunt for Deke also tied into the agent’s hunt for Sarge and company connected quite smoothly. At this point the tension is great considering the agents have taken one too many loses to these strangers, and we know that Mack and May are the two who hate losing more than most. I can’t say too much stood out for them this week, but their reactions to what Deke had been up to the past year said more than enough. At the same time this was probably one of those episodes where you were bracing more for a good fight. A good fight we did indeed get. It was awesome to once more see why Mack was the guy to be scared of when squaring up with someone more his size. Better that we had confirmation that he was still going to be an agent on the ground despite being the Director. That’s not to say that Directors don’t normally see action, but things can change. As for May, another awesome action scene, and to top it off found herself having that long awaited interaction she was fighting for.
Like the first episode, I also enjoyed seeing some new faces among the agents stand out. It’s hard at this point to attach to anyone given recent occurrences, but the attempt is always appreciated so that character interactions are never the same every week.
Yo-Yo and Keller taking things public didn’t quite go as pictured, but I’m glad that they weren’t trying to play trivial games between the two. It’s either something that’s going to happen or it isn’t. Not to mention, they’re agents. This isn’t one of those times where you want obstacles tossed into the story that shouldn’t keep any of them from getting the job done. So the actual challenge they faced was a better alternative. Especially since this was what concerned the apparent parasitic alien threatening the human race. That they would have to deal with this possible outbreak was a big shift in gears for the two. I was also a bit worried when this development took place because in a show like this they have no problem killing off someone like a love interest to further a storyline. So by the end of this episode, was I disappointed with how things ended for the two? Unfortunately, yes. They could have gone a different route than the one they chose, and I was just commending this season on bringing in more notable faces onto the team.
How Deke’s story ended was probably the highlight of this episode. Nothing says entertainment value than seeing everything overly dramatized and sequenced through the use of online stories. The thought of them always makes me cringe(Snapchat), but credit where it is due for the creativity.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Code Yellow” was just the episode we needed for those of us who wanted to know what the funnest character had been up to all of this time. I do hope that this isn’t the last that we see of him either. Good things should come from someone who holds enough information to reproduce things that shouldn’t be possible to make at this point in time. I had a problem with a couple of story choices made, but for now the entertainment value of Deke’s adventures outweighed what was problematic. Those things should be properly addressed next week unless they decide to take us back into space with the other half of the team.