Monday, March 5, 2018

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - All the Comforts of Home

Despite having made it back to the present Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team appear to be still stuck in the inevitable timeloop of the Earth's destruction and surrender to the Kree Empire. Aside from the authorities, there's also a death squad after the remaining agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. inexplicably led by General Hale's (Catherine Dent) bitchy teenage daughter Ruby (Dove Cameron). The final scene's reveal of the fact is surprising, but more from a WTF is going on perspective than any kind of clever reveal through good writing.

As someone who was desperately hoping for the show to go in a different direction once Coulson and his group were returned to their own time, I'm frustrated to see the lackluster arc of the first-half of this season continue. The attack on Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) is gruesome, but hardly surprising as the show has doubled-down on its awkward time paradox. Deke (Jeff Ward) as the cliched man out of time provides most of the episode's humor, but given the dark ending I'm guessing laughs will be harder to come by in the coming weeks.

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