Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - A Life Earned

The misadventures of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lost in time and space continues as adapting to their surroundings has negative effects on Mack (Henry Simmons), Daisy (Chloe Bennet) meets the Kree overlords and discovers their plans for Inhumans, May (Ming-Na Wen) gets her ass kicked, and the rest of the team stumbles around the space station for an hour (give or take a few minutes for commercials). One reveal that "A Life Earned" does give us is the identity of the man behind the mask we saw back in the first episode of this season. As to why he's been avoiding his friends since their arrival... um, that's less clear.

The episode has several odd moments, aside from Fitz's (Iain De Caestecker) sudden appearance and actions (which apparently will take a full episode to explain). First, why do the Kree refer to Daisy as "destroyer of worlds?" Yes, Deke (Jeff Ward) is under the impression Quake is responsible for Earth's destruction (despite the temporal paradox that makes it impossible - she isn't in the timeline to cause the Earth splitting in half), but why do the Kree go along with it? The introduction of Myko Olivier as the mind-reading Inhuman Ben is all too convenient to the episode's plot, filling in the exact gaps necessary to keep Daisy and Simmons alive and the rest of the team hidden (for now). I don't know who or what may be waiting for our time-traveling heroes on the surface of Earth, but I hope they get around to finding out sooner or later as I've had my fill of the Kree, the space station, and everyone ignoring the basics of time travel to suit the arc.

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