By The Nerdling
Back in their own time, the Agents are faced with the daunting task of saving the world. A couple of friends make surprising appearances as well as a new foe.
Beware of World Ending Spoilers
“Aaaaand we’re back…”
With a last second run thru the monolith, all of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes it back to their time inside the Lighthouse in once piece. Ah, that sweet pre-Earth-Shattered-Future smell. A pre-recorded message from a former S.H.I.E.L.D. leader, General Rick Stoner (Patrick Warburton is always a welcome sight), pops up and informs the group the Lighthouse was built by S.H.I.E.L.D. back in the 70’s as a fallout shelter for some other world ending event that didn’t happen. But more help arrives in the form of another sentient Chronicom named Noah.
Noah watches over the Lighthouse, specifically the basement which holds such dangerous artifacts like the time monolith which sent S.H.I.E.L.D. to the future and a couple other monoliths which look just as ominous (I wonder if we get to see what they do before the season, possibly series, finale). On orders from Enoch, Noah has been keeping an eye out for possible apocalypse catalysts. There are a few items to keep an eye out for (including Thor’s appearance in New York), but a light from the sky in St. Louis is particularly troubling.
At first, it seems as if the light is what Voss referred to as the beginning of the end. But the light isn’t coming from the sky down, it is actually coming from a lab going up. It is the beacon Hive used to call the Kree to Earth. The team looks to head to St. Louis, but Daisy opts to stay behind and run back end. Coulson doesn’t push the issue this time.
New Loop, Same Problems
Using a series of tunnels around the Lighthouse, Coulson and Co. arrive in a small town near the Lighthouse, steal a van, and drive to where Fitz hid the Zephyr. At the lab in St. Louis, the team runs into an unexpected face, Piper. The reunion turns bitter with the arrival of a strike team headed by a mysterious masked woman.
The trap was set by Piper to help General Hale capture S.H.I.E.L.D. in exchange for not going to jail. Piper had good intentions. Hale lied to her, saying she was helping S.H.I.E.L.D. But the LMD(?) strike team are set to kill them all. She once again joins Team S.H.I.E.L.D. and helps to get them out of there. But not before the masked woman uses her Tron-like ring weapons to cut off Yo-Yo’s arms.
Everyone makes it out alive after destroying all of the LMDs and taking the Kree beacon with them. The masked woman ran before she could be captured. Mack wraps up Yo-Yo and gets her back to the Zephyr trying to comfort her as she proclaims it is happening just as her future self said. Arriving back at the Lighthouse, Jemma does her best to repair the damage. Daisy and Fitz move the beacon to the basement of the Lighthouse as Noah realizes it is heating up. He gets them to run and jumps onto the beacon as it explodes.
Just as the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is departing for St. Louis, Deke appears. The shard of the monolith he used to open it pulled him thru. To say he is excited to see Earth as it really was is an understatement. It all gets even better when he spots a bar. After trying beer and hating it, Deke discovers Zima (ah, hazy memories of Zima’s and jolly ranchers at the tender age of 17 I mean 21). Many Zima’s and some food later, Deke attempts to leave without paying his tab and is arrested.
Daisy, surfing police interwebs finds a report on Deke’s arrest. S.H.I.E.L.D. is officially most wanted, so it is not like she can go and post bail for the future visitor, but Noah refuses to get involved. He is only there to observe after all. Daisy takes her chances the small-town PD doesn’t pay attention to the big time criminal BOLOs and convinces the Sheriff she is a social worker taking care of Deke.
At the beginning of the episode, we are introduced to Ruby, the Quake-obsessed daughter of General Hale. She seems like a typical surly teenager, but there is much more lurking underneath. Ruby wonders if her mother is a good guy since she is tasked with capturing Daisy Johnson when she and S.H.I.E.L.D. were the good guys. Hale gives some non-answers about answering to superiors and warns Ruby to not skip her classes again.
When the masked woman arrives with the strike team to kill S.H.I.E.L.D., we assume it could be Hale. But the mystery is quickly solved. It is Ruby behind the mask! And she lives in some kind of secure bunker Hale operates out of. Ruby is quite disappointed Daisy was not there as she should have been, but Hale is disappointed in Ruby’s performance.
The episode ends with Hale recruiting Carl Creel for a super-secret team.
Any thoughts on who Ruby might be from the comics?
“We have a small but active fan base.” That had to be directed at us fans and it makes me love the writers even more.
Does Daisy still have the implant? No one has mentioned it yet, but I don’t think they removed it, right?
Rapturexvm on Reddit hilariously made this correlation.
Joel David Moore is also a welcome sight (hopefully he didn’t die), but I already miss Joel Stoffer’s hilariously, dry Enoch. Moore just doesn’t say “Unknown” as perfectly.
This Friday is episode number 100! A massive milestone for our plucky Agents, but it will also be a devastating one according to Clark Gregg. Fingers crossed we get a Fitzsimmons wedding that doesn’t end in massive death.
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.