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. “Stolen”! I never like to be that guy to question if an episode could ever be topped, but that is how I felt about “As I Have Always Been” last week. Still I looked forward to what came next because this is a story where things are going to get worse before they get any better. If there’s one thing we know best about these agents, it is that they are at their most compelling when their backs are against the wall.
Just when you were thinking about how gut-wrenching last week’s episode was, here came “Stolen” which challenged how wrong things can go when these agents have lost all control of the situation. Afterlife falling apart like this is an insane twist that they threw these agent’s way. There are plenty of things that the outside world is not prepared for, and at the top of that list was always going to be the introduction of superpowers this early.
Which brings us to Daisy. It was never a question of if Daisy would have an interaction, but when. How they actually approached Daisy being tasked with protecting Jiaying was clever because there was what we expected from her, and what didn’t quite happen like you pictured. When you know Daisy this well, you know that she isn’t the best at fully comprehending the consequences of her choices. This could have been an easy choice for her to make another ripple considering everything which has already been changed. So it was nice surprise that it was someone else who created this scene where Daisy would find herself compelled to confront her mother for the first time since her death.
It was a captivating scene from start to finish. There are a lot of characters in a lot of shows who are owed moments like this, and I’m glad Daisy got this before the series concluded. The emotion poured into that confrontation between the two was heartwarming. Jiaying in particular was given the dialogue she always had in her before everything tragic happened in her life. This was one opportunity they did not waste, and it paid off. Especially considering how things ended between Daisy and Jiaying by the end of the episode. I also don’t think we will ever see a more motivated Daisy than how she was when everything was said and done.
Right now I wold say that the Chronicoms are playing their best game. Up to this point, they were making bold moves, but there’s was nothing about those moves which would really stand because their ambitions were never great enough. Enlisting the help of Nathaniel was brilliant for the fact that he oozes ambition, and what better way to shake things up than to simply gun for anarchy. And this isn’t even anarchy in the way most of us a familiar with the concept. This is a guy who wants to rock the boat in every way that he can. Giving old enemies and problem agents a second chance, giving powers to people who do not deserve them, setting things in motion that have no business being set in motion so many years ahead. This guy right here in such a short amount of time became a walking worst case scenario.
That said, I was thrilled with the plan which Nathaniel set in motion with Sybil. This was the first time where were seeing how dangerous that machine of theirs was. The power to see the future? To think that it only took now for them to use it in such a way which allowed them to know what was going to happen, and when. It was crushing to see the agents think they were keeping up, but this was never going to be one of those episodes.
The craziest thing was seeing how bold the writing would go to stomp things out which were never supposed to happen. So many Inhumans we were supposed to get to know years down the road, now dead at the hands of Nathaniel. It was said multiple times, but at this point? The timeline is definitely screwed. Some might think there should be a line they shouldn’t cross, yet where would the fun in that be? You have to give credit where it is due that the writers came to a point where it has pretty much become anything goes to create that reality where nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Stolen” really puts you on your butt, because they did not stop once rolling through with the punches. If this is what the birth of Nathaniel’s anarchy looks like? I’d hate to see what it could actually look like unleashed upon the world.