Imagine the disappointment when you find yourself enjoying one of the most entertaining episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then struck with the realization that you would have to wait a whole extra week to see what comes next? They have really grabbed our attention between everything Deke, the adventures in space, and the madness of what Sarge and company came to this Earth to do. I mean, there’s some big questions up in the air right now. It was just anyone’s guess if this would end up being an episode primarily focused on space, or what’s happening on Earth. Surely enough some might want both, but for right now we are getting the best quality storytelling by splitting that time between episodes.
Considering the events of last week’s episode, there was a lot of fallout to follow across the board. I wasn’t expecting that this week’s episode would try to cover all bases, but I could overlook it right now since we already had a week without the show airing at all. Let’s start with things on Earth. It was painful period with S.H.I.E.L.D. after the losses they suffered on both ends of their missions. On one hand they lost May to Sarge, and on the other hand they lost Keller to whatever this new parasite is. Even if technically you could call what they did a success, the losses were too hard to ignore. From the minute this episode started you could feel the tension just with Mack and Yo-Yo. They finally had the talk that they were dancing around for so long. Then you had the build-up in suspense from Sarge as everyone is trying to figure out exactly what he must have planned for May. Where she now fits into his mysterious plans is just as big a question as the plan itself. Now as for __, it was anyone’s guess where they would continue to move forward with him. There could have been bigger plans, but for now it worked just having this one guy who seems out of his depth stepping into a world he was not fully prepared for.
Between Sarge’s larger plan and what he had planned for May, I’m glad that this wall of vagueness has begun to drop. Once they got to where they needed to be, it was straightforward in understanding what he is trying to accomplish by hunting all of these people who are supposedly shouldn’t be on Earth. Surely enough you probably could have begun to piece things together yourself, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not the kind of show where you want to assume things until you are one-hundred percent sure. He may not be the villain, but he is certainly someone working in extremes that has to be dealt with. This put a lot into perspective, though some other questions are still raised. I mean we still don’t know the origin of Sarge, who some other new faces are who are yet to appear, or where these parasites came from.
Of course they couldn’t help sciencing an explanation for the parasites, but this time around it was pretty cool. I’m sure everyone will have their theories about the connection between these parasites and the universe as a whole, and that should without a doubt keep everyone on their toes for when all is revealed later on.
Catching up with the rest of the team out in space, things were no better. Now that we’ve gotten our dose of Deke, this was the more exciting storyline to follow. I found it fun, but also crushing because this team is paddling up a creek without a paddle. Every step they take forward, it seems that they are at the same time taking two steps behind. Which sucks when they have finally seen Fitz with their own eyes only to lose him once more. The addition of Enoch into the mix was as well entertaining for the fact that he is not in the best place either. You wouldn’t have expected so much from him, and here we are challenging how far someone like him can be pushed outside of his comfort zone. Honestly, the contrast from everyone else on Earth is just great. This goes double for the interactions between Piper and Davis. Everything about their dialogue and responses to one another is gold.
Now this new situation they all found themselves in was cool. Obviously a bit of a distraction from saving Fitz, but who could argue with the opportunity to finally be introduced to Enoch’s people? The most notable of his people is introduced as Altarah. A welcomed introduction as someone who shares the exact same mannerisms as Enoch, but with a bit more of a darkness to her(it?). With that said, it was good that they did not waste time addressing what this other planet was that needed saving aside from Earth. Up to this week that had me doing flips in my head wondering if there was something I missed. Good to know that this was simply the writers trying to add a little more flavor to this cosmic adventure. It worked because this brought everything together quite nicely for this team without prolonging anything longer than necessary. That’s not to say that their ultimate goal was to bring everyone back home, because nothing is ever that simple. However, the alternative was worth the journey to this point for putting those together who needed to be together.
It was a bit abrupt, but it was worthwhile seeing what those final days were like for May and Coulson. We were going to get around to this one way or another, so they couldn’t have chosen a better time when May has someone who looks like Coulson in her presence.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Other Thing” did a lot, and I’m impressed they did it well. They went shuffling the pieces everywhere, but by the end of this episode got everyone where they needed to be, and us to a point where we could better understanding what we are expecting from the rest of this season. There was action, humor, and it was even heartbreaking at some points. You couldn’t have asked for it any other way after the week break we had.