By The Nerdling
While Mack, Yo-Yo, and Flint fight for the Lighthouse, the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempt to get answers from Robin.
Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey… Spoilers
After a quick scouting trip thru Level 3, Mack, Yo-Yo, and Flint (Pebbles!) find the case of weapons Fitz left for them in the past. Seeing Mack reunited with his Shotgun-axe was almost as satisfying as the Fitzsimmons reunion. Making their way back to the lower-levels to the other humans (who now hate Flint), the trio spy the Kree herding the cockroaches. Kasius wants retribution on the humans since his prized Quake was able to flee to the surface.
The three head to the lower levels to try and save the humans, but it is too late for many of them. Mack and Flint spread the gas the roaches hate thru the ventilation system to corner them in one area and Yo-Yo plants the disintegrating bombs on the giant, blood-sucking bugs. The last few surviving humans find themselves now indebted to the kid they blamed for their suffering. Mack uses their gratefulness to rally them against Kasius, the real reason for their misery.
On the surface, inside the Zephyr, is when time and answers become blurred and we get a sense of what it is like inside of Robin Hinton’s head. Jumping back and forth between (one or more) timelines is a bit difficult to recap, but I will do my best.
Everything centers around May. Not the Calvary or Pilot version she reasons is all she has to offer the team, but the motherly May events in Bahrain stifled inside of her. Occasionally we saw minor glimpses of this May with Daisy and Jemma, but the relationship she developed with a character we had only met a couple of times before was magnificent and heartbreaking.
Flashing back to the past (and possibly other timelines), we find Robin was raised by May after the death of Polly. When the Earth-shattering event happens (still not clear it was Daisy who caused the earthquake), May and Jemma along with other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents grab Robin and take her to the Lighthouse in the Zephyr. The plane crashes just outside of the bunker, but everyone survives and makes it to the Lighthouse.
Glimpses throughout the years inside the bunker, just barely surviving, spells lots of loss and horror for our heroes. Coulson, Mack, and Daisy are never seen in flashback. Mack’s death is alluded to by Yo-Yo. The Kree have come to help humanity, but their true colors (pun intended) start to show and the alien overlords start to abuse their power. Yo-Yo, having lost her faith when she lost her love leads a suicide mission against the Kree.
Fitzsimmons (notice the wedding rings!) work on a time-traveling device Robin tells them they need to build to save humanity. Even though he works on the schematics, Fitz doesn’t believe they can create the machine. Furthermore, he becomes despondent with his work after it becomes clear to him the destruction was caused by Daisy, despite having seen the result of the destruction, and Robin keeps telling him about the death of Jemma. May urges him to keep the faith, but like Yo-Yo, too much loss has stamped it out of him.
All the while, Robin’s visions take her from the past, to the present, then the future in no understandable order. May, in all timelines, does her best to comfort and understand Robin. May is the one person who sticks with Robin, even when the others can’t handler her visions.
In 2091, even though she has not lived through her past with Robin yet, May is the one with Robin as she is dying. The human survivors on the surface look to take out Daisy to keep her from traveling back in time and destroying the Earth again. Unable to kill Daisy, Vos fatally stabs Robin to keep the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from getting the answers to travel back in time.
As the precog is dying, she whispers in May’s ear the answers past-May asked her not to tell until they are reunited in the Zephyr. Everything hinges on Flint.
There is so much to unpack from this heart-strings yanking episode. But the biggest question is, are there multiple time-loops happening in the flashbacks? Conversations seem to point to this possibility. Fitz mentions Daisy has seen the outcome of her destruction, but still chose to cause the Earthquake. Does this mean they time-traveled already, or did Daisy see the destruction thru Robin’s drawings?
Right now, there are three possible time-loops: (1) the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were never taken from the dinner and the Earth is cracked open like an egg, May raises Robin, (2) Enoch finds Robin, sends the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to the future, they made it back, but still didn’t prevent the world-ending event because Robin didn’t know about Flint yet, (3) S.H.I.E.L.D. is sent to the future, meets Flint, Robin understands he is the key (i.e. current timeline)
Fitz says “for all I know we’ve tried a thousand times,” to change the future. He even states Vos attempted to stop the future from happening. Could this be the same Vos who killed Robin, or Vos’s father?
Speaking of fathers, let’s talk about Deke’s. Virgil has been communicating with the pseudo-Star-Lord’s father, but Vos eludes to him being dead. When and why was he killed, or is he actually dead? It was Deke’s dad who built the machine that opened the monolith using Fitzsimmons’s schematics. Does anyone else think Deke’s dad is the son of Fitzsimmons? How else would he know about the schematics?
Again, there is a lot I didn’t cover here. Sorry about that.
Next week sees the possible final confrontation between Kasius and S.H.I.E.L.D.! It looks as if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be taking a hiatus over the Winter Olympics, so next week might also be the last new episode for three weeks.
The Nerdling was born in the majestic land known as Texas and currently resides there after several years of journeying through Middle Earth in a failed attempt to steal the one Ring from that annoying hobbit, serving the Galactic Empire for a time, and then a short stint as a crew member on the Serenity. Since moving back to her homeland, Nerdling flirted with a hero reputation. Saving children from the dangers of adoring domineering, sparkly vampires (champions with souls are the only vampires worth loving) and teaching normals the value of nerdom, all while rooting for her beloved Dallas Stars. Then came the Sokovia Accords and her short spell of saving others came to an end. With Darth Vader’s reputation rightfully returning to badass status, Nerdling is making her way back to the Empire. They do have cookies, you know. You can find her on Twitter @nerdlingstale.