Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “The Devil Complex”

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By The Nerdling

All of the freaking feels.

Spoilers for the Future

If it seems too easy…

The Lighthouse makes for a great hideout, but with General Hale and the rest of the US government looking for S.H.I.E.L.D., it makes getting needed supplies (including proper British junk food) a bit difficult.  In hopes of coming to some kind of agreement or understanding, Coulson and Co. track and kidnap General Hale.

S.H.I.E.L.D. ambushes her car, knocking out her and her driver, then bring them aboard the Zephyr.  The interrogation with Coulson doesn’t go so well, especially after Hale reveals she let S.H.I.E.L.D. track her.  The driver is no ordinary goon, it is Carl Creel in disguise and he’s has a bomb strapped to his chest.  Another big surprise, Anton Ivonov (a.k.a. The Superior) is also a part of Hale’s crew.  Of course, not willingly.  Hale found his head in a jar.  Hale invites Coulson to come back with her and much to May’s protests, Coulson accepts.

“People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden”

Turns out getting the gravitonium was only step one to closing the Fear Dimension.  Now Fitz needs to find a way to get the element inside the thing to do the thing without touching it.  Fitz knows there is a solution he is not seeing, but the stress is getting to him.  Not helping matters is the manifestation of the Maveth astronaut which haunted Jemma on the desolate planet.

The Doctor and Fitz
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The situation goes from bad to worse when Framework Fitz (a.k.a. The Doctor) appears and knocks an overly enthusiastic Deke out.  The Doctor ominously tells Fitz he is there to finish what Fitz started.  The immaculately dressed Fitz knows how manipulate the gravitonium and seal the rift.  Daisy.  Or more specifically, Quake.

The Doctor rebuilds the robot goons being used to build Yo-Yo’s new arms and programs them to distract Jemma, Mack, Yo-Yo, and Deke.  Evil Fitz gets the drop on Daisy and sets her up on an operating table.  Fitz catches up to The Doctor just as he is about to remove the inhibitor and the two argue over the damage it could cause.  Daisy is in tears pleading for an explanation when Jemma arrives.

The Doctor isn’t a manifestation from the Fear Dimension at all, but an apparition in Fitz’s mind much like Jemma was for him at the beginning of season two.  Realizing his bad-side had the right idea, Fitz removes the inhibitor and walks Daisy thru getting the gravitonium in the thing to do the thing.

The Fear Dimension is closed, but at what cost?  Fitz knows what he did will have massive repercussions, but he can’t quite get himself to feel apologetic for it.  Daisy most likely won’t forgive him for restoring her powers and possibly taking the next step into ending the world.  Fitz also knows he has changed his relationship with his new bride for forever.  The Honeymoon phase is over before it has even begun.

Deke knows all will be alright.  He recounts to Jemma all the stories his mother used to tell him about Jemma and Fitz, her parents.  How Jemma would allow Fitz to win arguments to stroke his ego.  Or how she was the only one who could make his prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella with the hint of pesto aioli sandwich.  Jemma is so shocked at the Deke’s confession she and Fitz are his grandparents, she throws up.

Jemma and Deke Bonding
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Just getting this out of the way, I don’t think Jemma puking means she is pregnant.  I think the stress of everything got to her.  Frankly, if I met my future grandson before I was even pregnant with my kid, I would probably lose my lunch too.  Of course, if that moment shows up in the “last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recap, we know that I was wrong and Jemma is with child.

I never thought Deke would make me cry, but his moment with Jemma was just so beautiful.

Once again, the writers found a way to turn a trope on its head.  I was fully expecting The Doctor to be a manifestation of the Fear Dimension, but the writers made a call back to something Fitz hinted at back in episode 5.

Does anyone think Daisy and Fitz’s friendship will ever recover from this betrayal?  Coulson may have shot her to bring her back to the past, but she had the inhibitor still in her head as a safety net.  This allowed Daisy to forgive Coulson.  I don’t know if Daisy could forgive this, especially since Fitz feels he did the right thing at the time.

This heartbreaking moment was overshadowed, by everything else.  So, I felt compelled to show it to you here.

Mack reaching out to Yo-Yo
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I feel like Yo-Yo’s determination she is going to make it to the future is going what gets her killed.  She is going to put herself into a no-win situation assuming she won’t die.  What will be the real kicker is her death will not be what is going to stop the loop, just maybe substitute Mack for her in the future.

It seems to me the mysterious person Hale was talking to at the end of the episode could be Kree and possibly even Kasius’s father.

Also, if the previews for next week are to be believed, General Hale is HYDRA!

Till Next Week!