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. “Brand New Day”! The second to last episode of the series is here. This right here was the worst case scenario when you question how bad things can get when the wrong people come into superpowers. Though as we know with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the worst is always yet to come.
When it came to this week’s episode, I was pretty blown away by the boldness they took towards addressing just how messed up the timeline has become. If there was one thing which was nagging at mot of us, it was wondering just what kind of present the team would return to after everything that has already changed. They said it best themselves, the timeline is screwed up, but this was our time to understand just how screwed up it was. So I was satisfied with the answer we got that this right here is a different timeline they have created. One where the future is completely uncertain for these agents moving forward. Now of course you could say that this was to be expected, but when it comes to time travel? The rules aren’t set in stone till they are.
Now what did this mean for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents? This meant that now it was their turn to make their own moves. They know the rules, and now they found their chance to finally do what they are more accustomed to during times like this. In other words, being unpredictable. Who on the team took this to heart made this entertaining as well. It only made sense that Daisy would be at the front of this. that Sousa would follow behind, and it wasn’t hard to imagine that Mack would have the courage to tag along.
With that said, I loved the interaction between these three for the conversations they needed to have before this was all over. On one end you had Daisy and Sousa finally confronting the feelings they have for each other. It was still pretty indirect, but it was also fun and heartwarming. As for Mack, it was a big moment for him to be the guy to have that conversation with Daisy about their future. I imagined it going as differently as Daisy did, but it was good to have someone like Mack there who tends to have one foot on reality. Because the truth has always been that any mission could be their last as a team. For better or for worse.
Which brings us back to the Lighthouse with everyone else. I did not mind the direction they took May and Coulson this week. For May, it felt right that she would tackle the challenge of trying to get through to Kora. If it wasn’t for her new emphatic powers, it was the fact that May has had a history of miraculously being able to break through to people in need. Whether she was successful or not, it mattered that she was given the opportunity to do what usually would have been a task for someone like Coulson. That said, I had no complaints with the new role he took as a LMD. Up to this point, the focus was always on how much of him is actually Coulson, but this was the first time where he actually explored how much of him was machine. Better now than never if you ask me too. It would have been a waste if he never took advantage of what it means to currently be the smartest and most capable with tech.
Of course we should talk about Kora who was quite the devil for the game she played with the agents. This was a bold game too because we all pretty much knew how this was going to end. She didn’t come to the Lighthouse to be a sister, to be saved, or help in general. This was Kora being part of a plan that was set in motion the minute she was left at Afterlife to be captured. Now in spite of this, they still managed to hit us with an engaging interaction between herself and May. It was then that we were able to see that there might be hope for Kora. This was executed very well since they aren’t leading us on too much about the side she will take in the end.
I hope I speak for most when I say that it was about time that we got to see Fitz again. Even if this was while going through Simmons’ mind. It was worth the wait that this offered us the opportunity to begin understanding what went on with them as they created the fighting chance these agents have now. It was definitely heartbreaking too for the fact that they did nothing to ease our minds of the thought that Fitz might be dead. They did something drastic to make this happen, and I don’t think I’m ready to find out what.
This just leaves us with Nathaniel. He certainly didn’t fail to fill the role of villain in this episode. I thought it was very interesting how they walked a line with him between the anarchist leader he was trying to be, and the person they all know him to be at the core. You know, a Malick. Even behind all his talk, that didn’t change the lengths he was willing to go in order to create this new world. Kora made a convincing argument with her thirty, but that pales in comparison to someone who thinks that killing thousands is a justifiable cost for his dream.
In the end, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Brand New Day” nailed the set-up for next week’s series finale. I don’t know if this brand new day will stick by the end of the finale, but I do know that they have my full attention when there is no telling how this story will conclude.