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. “A Trout in the Milk”! Let’s start off by commending the showrunners on the chance they took on bringing Agent Sousa on this trip back to the present. Let’s also commend them on their choices of time periods so far. The combination of both created a feeling of excitement towards what comes next this week, because at the same time the fight is evolving between these agents an the Chronicoms.
This episode right here was insanity. Not only for the fact that the Chronicoms were ready to roll up their sleeves this week, but for the fact that these agents clearly are not ready for what it means to play by the rules of time. I enjoyed that it didn’t take long for us to see what changes with agent Sousa thrown into the mix. They were either going to go through that bit where he struggle to acclimate into a time that is unfamiliar to him, or he was going to begin being that guy we remember from the Agent Carter series. I would say that we got a mix of both from him. There was of course going to be some adjustment on his end, but not enough that he was going to forget what was going on right in front of him. Where this team doesn’t always come off professional, that is Sousa practically 24/7. As I said, these agents clearly were not ready for what it means to play by the rules of time, and it was surprising that for someone whose experience is fresh? He understood the weight of their situation a bit better. Someone had to be serious, focused, and paying attention to all the things which shouldn’t be happening. That person was Sousa, for better or for worse the way this affected his relationship with the rest.
Speaking of someone who understood the weight of their situation, that also made the roles which Deke and Yo-Yo played standout. Where last week was them addressing the problem that was keeping the status quo from their perspective, this was their week to act on that. This part caught me off guard because one would have thought they wouldn’t get the chance to actually do something. You would think that a tighter leash would be kept on someone who has consistently made it known that certain people would be better off dead. Either way, I’m glad that two like Deke and Yo-Yo were given that room to see how that turns out. There are some things they can’t fully understand yet about the dangers of H.D.Y.R.A., but they will know now.
If there was one takeaway from everyone’s actions, it was how they stressed the importance of considering the direct result. There were some things they slipped up on, and those decisions are going to change things in a big way. For example, there are some viewers out there who think using powers is a necessity. Though it’s not. What transpired in this episode made the statement that there is a reason why anything that isn’t Captain America super is not something the world is ready to see yet.
As for the Chronicoms, I was thrilled with the actions they took to take back control of their mission. Up to this point, you really wouldn’t have called them very threatening. As long as you knew what they were planning to interfere in, you knew how to stop them. However, that is the appeal of this enemy being the Chronicoms. Being mostly machine, they always have room to adapt and learn. There was no better time than now to prove that they were smarter than they were given credit for. At the end of the day it wasn’t just about understanding what sequence of events needed to happen in what order or when. It was about knowing these things and knowing exactly how to take advantage of that information. The Chronicoms turned things around by taking every single thing into account to anticipate what they had to do next. A good villain will keep you on your toes, and so far they are nailing creating that challenge.
That aside, there were other small developments to take note of. One dealing with Simmons’ plans. It is obvious at this point that there is much more going on here than she or Enoch have been forthcoming about. Now was the time to begin noticing some of those things and questioning how far she really went to prepare the team for what they had to do to take on the Chronicoms. Then we have May who of course would waste no time exploring what it means to feeling nothing, and experiment with what it means to only be able to feel what others feel who she makes contact with. It was also interesting to see that it went a bit farther than just emotions.
Overall, the stakes couldn’t have been raised higher after this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. To say that these agents are in over their heads right now would be one heck of an understatement.