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. “Alien Commies from the Future!”! As I said last week, 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. They kept the timeline in order, though at the cost of missing a chance to end the threat of H.Y.D.R.A. before it began. Also, while unfortunately stranding Enoch in the past to catch up to them the slowly. Makes you wonder when they will see him again, but for now the big thing is stopping the Chronicoms before their next move to stamp S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the history books.
This week took the team to 1955. Of all the places this team could have ended up, I didn’t mind the 50’s since this is one of the more iconic periods in time. Not to mention a crucial period in time for S.H.I.E.L.D.. This period doubled down as one important for the fact that it was another vital moment for securing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s future, and for bringing some important people in one place. A problem of course when you are still trying to ensure that there are no waves made while saving the world. That said, I found it exciting that the agents would be infiltrating one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most secure bases. Particularly because you would not have guessed that this base would end up being Area 51. It just makes sense in a Marvel Universe that they would be the ones behind a secret that big.
How they infiltrated, and how they approached rooting out the Chronicoms was the fun bit. This part I woulds say is the best bit that this season had to offer so far. It goes without saying that this is a show about agents. So you want to given them every opportunity actually be agents. This was a good chance to put them into the field and do what they do best. Infiltrate, interrogate, out agent other agents. These are the things which you end up valuing over anything else that will happen in an episode. That it was Simmons and LMD Coulson doing most of this as well was a refreshing change of pace. Even running into a familiar face like Sousa. His experience alone was enough to create a challenge for them. Though a good fight is also something to look forward to. That did not disappoint whether it was May, Yo-Yo, or even LMD Coulson in action.
Where with the last time period the Chronicoms seemed more concerned with keeping a low-profile, this time around they were much more active than they were before. Considering what is at stake for them too, it made sense that you would see decisions made by them which would suggest that they are growing frustrated with the interference. This isn’t to say that they ran in guns blazing, but when they made their move, it was all about getting the job done.
It could have been a slow crawl to explore what is going on with May and Yo-Yo, but I appreciated that they are tackling their issues with a sense of pacing. Neither of them are the type to sit on the sidelines, and this was the perfect time to address how moving from one big thing to the next so fast is not good for them. On one hand you have May who pretty much died. No one goes through that and comes back on the other side without some sort of trauma. Not even The Calvary. Her situation could have been a lot more complicated, but it mattered more that it was something simple and relatable. As for Yo-Yo, I felt the same about her situation. There could have been something much more to what she was going through, but it made more of a difference that it seems normal is a work in progress.
Now where I was weary about the time traveling was the cliche we would obviously get into. The biggest problem with doing this is the predictability which comes from having a diverse cast. Meaning you are going to run into issues of race, and at some point you have seen it all. Though with that said, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at least put the effort into making that sort of thing their own. They had fun with how frustrating it can be. Especially when it came down to the things someone like Deke could accomplish better than the rest of them because of his white privilege. That’s right, they said it, and I commend them for being bold enough to.
Speaking of Deke, I enjoyed that they found the time to address his place on the team. This is a version of Deke who is not who he once was. He found some peace in his life, and excels more at the life of a CEO. In other words, he’s not the guy you expect to pull the trigger on a kid. The tension between him and Daisy over this was important for the opportunity this gave him to express what kind of agent he wants to be. At the same time this worked because quickly they squashed the problem that is Daisy when she thinks she knows better than her orders. When you have problems like they did last week, this is where Daisy tends to be the most troublesome. She gets an idea in her head, and it is one which puts everything at risk. There was no better time than now to tell her to chill and follow the plan. Mack is clearly not the guy you want to piss off about not listening.
All in all, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Alien Commies from the Future!” was entertaining for what the agents got themselves into this time. The stakes were still high, but this wouldn’t be the same show if they didn’t have moments here or there to soak in an experience that no one else could say they had.