What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Know Your Onions”! To save the world, they have to save H.Y.D.R.A.. Could you think of a more messed up situation for these agents? From the minute they dropped this bomb on our laps, they had my attention because so many things can go either right or wrong having a hand in an event so small, yet so impactful that it sets everything in motion.
From the minute this episode kicked off, we were thrown right back into the thick of it. The team doing all they could to make sense of what was unfolding, and the Chronicoms doing everything in their power to make sure S.H.I.E.L.D. never comes to be. Where we were met with the most tension was following Mack and Deke to ensure that Freddy makes his delivery without problems. This could have been very straightforward, but where’s the fun in that. Knowing the kind of guy Mack is, it wasn’t hard to believe that he would struggle just going with the flow. He would be that guy to get unwound about what he was allowing to happen, not knowing the full details of H.Y.D.R.A.’s plans, or simply feeling like he didn’t have much control over the situation. It was also a good struggle for what this in turn brought out in Freddy. Now was the time for us to begin seeing more of what the future had in store for him. That version of him who was full of greed, and willing to do anything to get ahead. This made the revelation of who he was hit harder.
Things only got problematic when there had to be that one person on the team who couldn’t get with the plan. I know there had to be some way to stir some drama, but I do feel like they could have done a bit better between who the problem agent had to be, and what that choice was that they were trying to force. The second episode, not even the third, would be the time to rock the boat with time travel cliche. Now this isn’t to say that they missed the point of this situation, because that didn’t go overlooked. At the end of the day they still nailed being able to put these agents in a position where they questioned their values. Is it really worth the preservation of the future to save their greatest enemy? It’s not a question you take lightly.
I would say that the best takeaway from this episode was the involvement of Koenig. This was a fan favorite for a long time because of the personality he brought to the team numerous times, the mystery he brought with every new ‘sibling’, as well as the truth to why so many of him exist. It is appreciated that with the final season they would decide now is the time for us to meet the first Koenig, and understand what set events in motion for him to have survived through the use of numerous LMDs throughout the years. At first I was a bit hesitant about the role he played in this for the fact that he was too in the middle of things. The one thing they kept stressing was about ripples, not waves. Yet they were making waves consistently with him. This left you wondering if they needed to be the ones to set him on that track, or if he needed to get there on his own. None of us actually know what got him there, but how it happened because of the team’s actions in the past? Not a bad development at all.
What happened with May was an interesting development. Obviously we were going to get a good bit of action out of it since this May was not fully in her right mind. Though there was much more to look forward to than that, which was more important this time around. We saw some changes in May which should change shake things up for her this season, compared to the May we got last season who was very out of character for her recklessness. Without the real Coulson or Sarge to cloud her judgement, all that’s left is a May who is once more all about the mission. Considering what is at stake right now, that might not be a bad thing to have for this team.
Something else which may catch your attention is the writing for Yo-Yo this week. You would think that with these new arms and recovery from the Shrike that she would be back one-hundred percent. However, that is much easier said than done for someone like her. If May couldn’t come back without some complications, it made sense that even someone like Yo-Yo would have some things to work through before getting back to who she was before. You only really question if this problem is more mental, or one that runs deeper and has affected her powers.
As the second episode of the final season, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Know Your Onions” was a thrill for the way that they rode the momentum from the season premiere. That is honestly going to be the one thing they need to take advantage of most. Momentum, pacing, and intensity. So far they are on the right track keeping us at the edge of our seats for what is right now a race against time.