‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “A Life Earned”
Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Daisy doesn’t check in, the team worries for her safety along with Jemma’s. Kasius knows the stories the humans told of S.H.I.E.L.D. and decides to use Quake for his own gains. Spoilers ahead for season five, episode four, “A Life Earned”.
Kasius takes Daisy’s blood and lets word slip that he has the “destroyer of worlds” in his inhuman lineup. A number of collectors from across the galaxy head to The Lighthouse to make an offer for her. Daisy goes along with Kasius’ demands only after he threatens Jemma’s life. She displays her powers in front of he and Basha, who offers to buy her. Kasius, still scorned by Basha’s behavior in episode four, denies her offer and dismisses her. Later, he pays Deke and tells the man that he’ll get more if he can find any other time travelers and those who may help them.
The others are stuck dealing with Grill who wants to use Mack as his muscle now that Zev is gone. His target, a guy named Gunner who owes him money and is getting a package from level 35. Grill believes it’s Kree tech. Deke lies to the others when he sees them, but decides to be more helpful when he learns that there are people alive on the surface.
Yo-Yo is able to ease Mack’s worries about roughing up Gunner. She’s more willing to go along with the plan if it keeps them safe because of where and how she grew up. When Daisy is alone with another inhuman, she confronts him about the system of selling inhumans. Ben explains that their families are at risk if they don’t perform. He warns that if they’re paired up that she should at least try to win because he will.
Later, she pulled into an interrogation with Jemma present. The telepathic inhuman that Daisy met earlier, Ben, is brought into the room and used to reveal if they’re telling the truth or not about the other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Kasius believes to be on base.
Things are more difficult when their stories have to align and Jemma can’t hear anything unless Kasius speaks to her. Unbeknownst to everyone, Ben has the ability to let others read his mind. He allows Jemma into his thoughts so she gets the story right. Although Kasius lets them go, he still warns Sinara that there are others on the space station.
When Mack and Elena go to confront Gunner, they threaten the package he’s waiting on, only to learn that the package is a child. The man becomes irate and tells Mack that people like him who only know violence don’t deserve children. This hits a tough spot for Mack, who had to experience losing his daughter Hope for the second time last season. Elena has to pull him off of Gunner. On level 35, Coulson and May find the baby Gunner is waiting on. Deke explains that the Kree have made it so humans don’t get pregnant the normal way anymore. When they go through the computer they learn that Daisy is imprisoned and the Kree have added her DNA to their breeding program.
May punches Deke for lying, but before they can question him Sinara arrives. May fights her while the two men escape. She is able to hold her own until her injured leg takes a hit. This gives Sinara the advantage. Elsewhere, Coulson learns that Deke’s parents were believers of the old stories and were presumably killed because of it. He wants to be a part of Coulson’s plan because the voice from the transmission is his father’s. Coulson wants to believe him, but can’t trust him and locks him inside a room. Mack welds the door shut for extra measure.
Later, Mack and Elena share an emotional talk as Mack deals with the pain brought on by Gunner’s comments and the fact that Grill tells him that he fits right in. Mack explains that losing Hope the second time was harder and questions if he was a good father. When the representatives from across the galaxy arrive, Kasius puts the spotlight on Daisy. From the crowd, a masked man steps forth and says that since she’s the destroyer of worlds she should fight to the death. The face beneath the mask is Fitz.
Final thoughts and rating for last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Friday’s episode gave fans everything; actions, emotion, story development, and Fitz! Alright, so we saw Fitz for a nanosecond, but after not seeing him three episodes straight, it was exciting to see him. I’m not surprised that he’s in the future with them because jumping back and forth between the team in the future and him in the past would have become tiring and probably messy.
I’m interested in the Deke’s backstory, but I still don’t like him. I don’t think to weld him into a room is the best idea, but we’ll see how it plays out. The fight scene between May and Sinara was exciting. Our favorite badass took an L, but she looked pretty cool doing it, flipping over Sinara’s spheres and batting them away like an MLB pro. Let’s hope she’s okay, despite being taken captive.
Henry Simmons and Natalia Cordova-Buckley have amazing on-screen chemistry and can make me cry like nobody else on the show with their scenes. I’m glad the writers are not sweeping what happened last season under the rug. Mack’s emotional pain and battle with himself is going to be something I look forward to watching develop and shift throughout the season. AOS writers, please stop making me tear up.
I’m giving “A Life Spent” a 10/10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 PM EST on ABC.
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