Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “Past Life”

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By The Nerdling

S.H.I.E.L.D. has one last chance to make it home, but not everyone will see the future.  Yo-Yo receives a warning.

Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey… Spoilers

Coo-coo for Coco Puffs

Kasius thought he got the drop on the returning S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the Zephyr via his “seer”.  Surprise!  All he found was the impaled Sinara.  Coulson and Co. used the containment module to enter the Lighthouse on another level.  Enoch stayed hidden on the Zephyr to fix the machine.

The Kree leader was always a bit on the eccentric side, but seeing Sinara dead bought Kasius a ticket aboard the crazy-train.  With nothing left to lose, Kasius devices to weaponize all the Inhumans in his possession by giving them Odium.  The concoction will supercharge the Inhumans, but kill them after a few minutes.

Kasius mourning Sinara
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Kasius resolves to stop S.H.I.E.L.D. from returning to the past so they will not be around to stop his father from conquering Earth.  The “hidden blue gem” will be whole and perfect for the Kree to rule.

The Plan

Coulson, May, Daisy, and Deke ambush the Kree and free the Inhumans before Kasius can infect them with the rage tonic.  The Inhumans join Tess on the trawler to the sealed off human levels.  Tess warns that Kasius still has dead Inhumans and heard someone being revived along with her.  Yo-Yo volunteers to find the resurrected person much to Mack’s distress.

Flint uses Deke’s spacesuit to hurl the floating remains of Earth thru a widow on Kasius’s level and suck out any lingering Kreepers.  With the help of Fitzsimmons, Flint rebuilds the spacetime monolith with limestone.  Now all they need is everyone else.

Deke and Enoch
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Enoch is ambushed by the Kree and his kills them, but his circuitry is damaged and so is the machine.  Deke goes to help Enoch who can use the last of his battery to run the machine.  Of course, this will trigger an explosion that will kill anyone nearby.

Making their way to the rendezvous point, Daisy balks at returning to the past.  She fears if she is the reason the Earth is destroyed, then she cannot return.  Coulson ices Daisy and brings her to the monolith.  Flint joins Tess on the trawler, choosing to stay behind where he can do some good.

Feels like Déjà vu all over again

Yo-Yo makes her way to the resurrected Inhuman and gets one hell of a shock.  Kasius’s seer was not a precog like Robin.  It is the Yo-Yo we met during “The Last Day” flashbacks.  Yo-Yo fought the Kree and was killed, but she was revived again and again by Kasius to give information.  A wound from her fight or punishment from Kasius has cost the Future Yo-Yo her arms.

Future Yo-Yo is haunted by the memories of coming face to face with herself over and over.  Stuck in a horrifying loop where S.H.I.E.L.D. continually fails to save the Earth from being destroyed.  During their conversation, Future Yo-Yo has moments where she has hope S.H.I.E.L.D. is change the future this time.  But then the light goes out as she remembers past conversations with herself.

Past and Future
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The parting messages from Future Yo-Yo to Past Yo-Yo, “hold [Mack] for as long as you can,” and don’t save the dying Coulson.  Phil is infected with something and the other agent’s perpetual loyalty to him is the key to the downfall of Earth.  Past Yo-Yo leaves to meet the others just before the arrival of Kasius.

The End of the Beginning of the End

Mack is worried and leaves to find Yo-Yo only to discover Kasius holding Future Yo-Yo hostage in the arena.  Kasius downs Odium before slitting Future Yo-Yo’s throat.  Mack, not realizing it wasn’t his Elena, attacks the amplified Kasius.  The Kree Leader nearly beats Mack to death before Jemma sneaks up and uses Kasius’s ear-implant against him.  He is disoriented just long enough for Mack to shove the sharp end of the shotgun-axe through Kasius’s chest.

The Past Yo-Yo runs in confusing the distraught Mack, but there is no time for explanations.  Enoch’s battery is running out.  Jemma, Yo-Yo, and Mack run to the rendezvous point as Enoch triggers the machine.  He explodes, killing him and Deke.  The monolith opens, but does everyone make it thru?

Thoughts

Of course they do, it shows us in the promos for the next episode FOUR WEEKS AWAY!

“Past Life” wrapped up the future storylines perfect while setting up what is to come, including a possible appearance from Kasius’s father.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mack’s takedown of Kasius especially since it comes with help from Jemma.  I would have loved to see her issue the final blow, but it would have also changed Jemma.  Her revenge was perfect for the kind of person she is now.

My big worry is the changes in Fitz.  The scientist has seemingly embraced the darker instincts The Framework gave him.  Jemma has noticed too.  The look of horror on her face when he triggered a trap which decapitated several Kree says it all.

Deke did the hero sacrifice in the end and it is a fitting death for a character that started as such as selfish a-hole.  I’m devastated about losing Enoch.  Maybe the writers can find a way to have him come back.

Big question, what is killing Coulson?  The infection on his chest looks like what happened to Whitney Frost when Zero Matter infected her.  Or possibly palladium poisoning which affected Tony Stark in Iron Man 2.

Phil & Whitney & Tony Poisoning
Image Courtesy of ABC and Marvel Entertainment

Best Lines (Might miss Deke just a little):

  • Deke – “They shouldn’t give [guns] to anyone that’s not a really, really good person.” May – “You think there’d be a law.”
  • Deke – “I’m kind of trying to do the whole hero thing here, man. Is that your pep talk?”
  • Daisy “It was almost nice knowing you.” Deke – “And you’re a pain in my ass!”

After the Olympics has ended, the next Pod will begin and the “devastating” 100th episode!

See you 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, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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