Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “Best Laid Plans”

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By The Nerdling

Mack and Yo-Yo rally the humans against Kasius and get an interesting surprise.  The rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. look to get the Zephyr flying back to the Lighthouse. 

Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey… Spoilers

The Revolution Will be Televised

The human population has banded together and use Fitz’s weapons to take back the upper levels from the roaches and Kree.  Infuriated, Kasius has one another trick up his sleeve.  Thru Kree tech (GH-325?), the Blue’s leader dispenses the resurrected Tess.

After the hugs and apologies for getting her killed, Tess passes along her message from Kasius.  The humans must surrender all the children over ten years old as well as Flint and Daisy.  If they refuse, Kasius will “end the human race with the push of a button.”  Mack, curious as to how exactly Kasius will enact his endgame, breaks open a control panel.  Kasius planted bombs on every human level rigged to blow the oxygen lines and incinerate everyone.

Mack and Yo-Yo offer to turn themselves over to Kasius to buy time while the humans remove the bombs.  The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attack Level 35 and gather all the Inhuman breeding supplies as collateral.  Tess returns to Kasius with a new message.  If he doesn’t go to meet them, the agents will destroy his ability to create more Inhumans.

Getting the upper hand on Kasius
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The distraction works as Kasius is caught monologuing.  The humans place the bombs on the lower floors between them and the Kree and take shelter on the top levels.  After his grandstanding, Kasius presses the button and closes himself off from the humans.  Mack, Yo-Yo, Tess, and Flint blow the Inhuman DNA and run.

Causal Loop Paradox

Robin’s final message to May, use Flint’s powers to reconstruct the monolith so they can return to their own time and stop this future from happening.  Or as Coulson sums it up so succinctly, “it’s a rock, Flint controls rocks.  I don’t know.”  With a massive gravity storm coming their way, the others want to take shelter in the caves, but the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents know everyone in the Lighthouse do not have that much time.  The only option is to get the Zephyr up and running again.

Fitzsimmons get to work and find the plane’s upgrades disconcerting.  The Zephyr has been modernized using next-gen schematics Fitz had been working on, but those designs were purely theoretical.  Even more disturbing, they find gravitonium inside the ship explaining why it held together on the surface for so long.  Fitz designed the modifications to the Zephyr because they had already lived the future and returned.  Which means they have already failed to save the Earth at least once.

Riding the Storm

Coulson locks up Vos and leaves his fate in the hands of Deke.  He confronts the once family friend needing answers as to why his father, Owen, is dead.  Vos explains Owen became violent and had to defend himself after Vos argued killing the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, not helping them, was the best way to stop the apocalypse.  Deke wrestles with the idea of executing Vos.  In the end he can’t quite bring himself to be that cold-blooded.  When the rest of the humans evacuate to the cave, Vos goes with them.  But not before he advises Deke to let Kasius have Daisy so she can’t destroy the world.

With the engines blown to hell, Fitz suggests they utilize the gravity storm to lift them up and use the thrusters to guide their way back to the Lighthouse.  May disengages the anchors, but a couple remain stuck.  Daisy and Deke go to take care of the problem and discover the stowaway Sinara.

Daisy Killing Sinara
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Daisy releases the anchor just before Sinara’s attack.  The two women battle it out in zero-gravity.  Sinara eventually gains the upper hand on Daisy.  Deke’s conscience is still present and uses the claw weapon to stop the Kree warrior.  Sinara knocks Deke out and goes in for another attack, but ends up impaled on the metal pole by Daisy.

May guides the Zephyr towards the Lighthouse.  Coulson radios Mack to let them know they are on their way and to keep Flint nearby.  The Kree guards intercept the message and go to Kasius.  But the Kree leader already knows.  He has a seer of his own.


The big takeaway question is who is Kasius’s “seer”?  The prevailing theory on Reddit is Yo-Yo.  It is possible she was killed in the fight against the Kree and was resurrected, like Tess, and has been feeding Kasius information since.  It would explain how he knew Yo-Yo’s full name when he saw her, but didn’t recognize Jemma.

If the “seer” ends up being Ward, I don’t know if I’m going to facepalm or applaud the writers for finding new and creative ways to keep that character coming back.  Either way my reaction will be…

Kasius Yelling
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I’m happy to see Tess alive.  I really felt like her character was killed off unfairly and it was nice to see her finally be brave enough to stand up to Kasius.

Coulson and Daisy telling May what a great mother she would make without hesitation was too beautiful of a moment.  Love the “mom face” comments from Daisy.

Fans guessed the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were caught in a loop and thankfully the writers didn’t string a conformation of this along.  It is going to make for a very exciting second pod to see how everyone is going to prevent the Earth from getting destroyed while second guessing if this is something they have already done.

Vos gave us a clue as to how the world ending even started.  He tells Coulson “there was a light from the sky,” according to history, it was aliens and S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t stop them.  They instead “brought Hell to Earth.”  Is the light in the sky Thanos?  Is this the tie in to Infinity War?

Next week, things come to a head as the SHIELD agents make one last attempt to get back to their time before the three-week hiatus.

Till Then!

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.