Watch as the Agents of SHIELD become Alien Commies from the Future! Marvel as your heroes take the place of well-known agents of the past! Ok, those lines only work if you can hear them in a 1950’s movie preview voice over style. It is, however, precisely what SHIELD gets up to this week. An episode that is mostly a throw-away, but it still managed to deliver some humor and introduce a few new mysteries.
The highlight is watching Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) impersonate none other than Peggy Carter and Daniel Sousa. The test method they devise to try to reveal potential Chronicom plants are kind of amusing. Just hearing Coulson saying moist more than once would make me crack. It’s when the actual Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) shows up that things start to go south. Of course, it eventually all works out, but with far too little interaction with Sousa. The episode also feels like it’s missing an appearance from Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), though maybe this episode was setting that up? Alien commies from the future indeed.
The More Things Change
Considering the last few weeks in the US, people will notice how the show deals with race relations and misogyny. They try to play it off with some humor while still managing to show how pronounced the issues were in the past (if anything, it is still a bit soft on the issues.) It’s satisfying to see Mack (Henry Simmons) knock the lights out of Gerald Sharpe (Michael Gaston), a Department of Defense worker the agents have been trying to interrogate for information. He feels like the face of all the bigotry and racism and intolerance that is rearing up again in the United States. Not that it ever went that far underground.
Just What Is Up With…
The two big SHIELD mysteries are Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley). Continuing on from “Know Your Onions,” May had been recovering from her encounter with the Shrike last season, and it’s been seeming a bit too easy. “Alien Commies From The Future” finally gives her a moment of weakness. I have to say it’s a vast improvement over the robot May we’ve been watching the far. It would be nice if the explanation doesn’t take too many episodes, though. Same for Yo-Yo. It’s clear now that she can’t use her powers, but why would real looking artificial hands stop her when obvious replacements did not? Or has she been without her skills since two seasons ago and I just haven’t noticed? It’s one of those things I could have missed.
What Comes Next
That’s it with the episode, though. The Agents manage to stop the Chronicom threat to the past, and I guess technically we’re ready to move to another period. Something feels unfinished in 1955, though. Maybe it’s just that things were relatively easy or that we didn’t learn anything new this week. I just have a feeling the big reveal of this era is yet to come.