There’s one thing that has impressed me so much about this new season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and that is how they hit the ground running from episode one to never let up. I never expected that at this point they would already reach a point where they were preparing to face down the big bad. Neither did I think that this would be the episode where all the storylines finally converged. They wasted no time, and that is something to appreciate at the end of the day. I could not wait to see what these agents are able to do when once more forced to kick it into high gear to save the world.
Sarge made one heck of a situation worse through this desperation move to stop the shrike. Revenge and hate has been driving him all this time, though now was the time for them to show what lines he was willing to cross in order to make sure that the shrike threat ended on Earth. They did not disappoint with this powerplay he made, nor the way that he continues to be an obstacle for the agents at the same time. Landing himself on the ship was an interesting choice for a stage in their plan that left too much to chance. You try to take the ship, but is the element of surprise enough? Just one of many things which challenged Sarge to really bring out the monster that you knew lurked in him. I would say that through his action this episode, it was fair to call him the villain at this point. I mean, Izel is without argument the big bad. However, there is no denying the danger of someone who has everything to gain and nothing to lose from attempted big move.
What I found impressive about the runaway truck scene is how they have used Deke. Up to this point you would have assumed that they would have relied heavily upon Benson as the brains, but it shakes things up for them to turn to Deke of all people. You knew that he was smart, but this was the time to really show that when disarming what is essentially an atom bomb. There was a great sense of urgency with only minutes on the clock. A little humor here and there didn’t hurt either. Some say that this can take away from a serious moment, but you make exceptions when the source is Deke.
On FitzSimmons’ end, the pacing was excellent because we jumped straight into that air of awkwardness these two are experiencing when they figure out that their return trip is not without an unwelcome guest. As I said last week, my main concern at that time was that they weren’t picking up on what wasn’t right about the crew. Sometimes that wheel gets turning in their heads and they ignore everything else around them. This wasn’t one of those times for them to lose themselves. So with that said, it was definitely chilling considering there’s not much they can do to stop someone who has already won the numbers game.
While you appreciate FitzSimmons getting smart, it did also help that Izel dropped her charade. Like Sarge, she is quite the odd case. Izel is the big bad, but she’s an alien that does not realize this. That is why it was so terrifying how you never knew what to expect from her. We know that she can control the shrike, but there’s something more to what she can do which makes you uneasy. Especially considering we did not see the end of her by the end of the episode. I was a bit troubled by how painfully predictable that was, but this is one of those scenarios where you are for the most part bracing for how everyone else will be hit with the realization that the battle isn’t over.
What caught me off guard was how fast everything moved between what needed to be done to save FitzSimmons, and what needed to be done to ensure that Izel did not succeed in making contact with her tower. With so much going on, it only made sense that they were trying to make this as straightforward as possible. There’s one thing you can’t take from the writers this season, and it is that they never dragged anything on longer than need be.
When everything cooled off at the end of the episode, there was that one scene you tend to welcome where all of these agents are simply able to be people for just a short time. Normally these moments are fleeting, and sometimes they might do this just to throw a twist at us last-minute, but I enjoyed that they followed through with this all the way to the end. The icing on the cake was of course a speech from Mack that was just as heartfelt as any other he could give. Aside from that, it was cool that some characters could find a moment to address things between each other that the mission did not allow.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Collision Course (Part II)” was a thrill for everything unexpected for this second half of the mission that could have saved the world, or doomed it. The momentum didn’t let up till it was over, and they made every minute count where these characters could finally cross paths again after so much time apart. I look forward to figuring out where things are not as they seem. I just hope this isn’t one of those things where they are preparing to kill off a character we like to raise the stakes.