‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “Best Laid Plans”
Friday on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team dealt with the aftermath of Voss’ betrayal and Robin’s loss, while Mack and Elena tried to make sure Kasius didn’t get his way on the Lighthouse. “Best Laid Plans” picked up with the humans taking out all of the Kree guards sent down to their floors. Kasius is, of course, unhappy to learn that they’ve survived the roaches and took out eight Kree soldiers with guns, but he had a power move prepared.
On the surface, the team worked to understand Flint’s involvement and get Zephyr One off the ground while preparing for a gravity storm. Their plan, fly through the storm. Enoch isn’t for it. We got a Philinda moment as the pair discuss May’s role as Robin’s mother. Downstairs, Deke decided to let Voss live. The man tells Deke that he’s no killer and to let Kasius have Quake. His hope is that Kasius will kill her for them so she won’t go back in time.
Back on the base, Mack went into Dad mode when Yo-Yo tried to teach Flint how to use a gun. He’s worried about their rebellion since none of the humans have training. Their discussion is interrupted by the arrival of Kasius’ power move, a resurrected Tess. Maybe he took her to Tahiti.
She feels off but warned them that they needed to hand Flint over or Kasius will kill them all. From her viewpoint, Kasius is a god. Flint and Yo-Yo are adamant they go face Kasius head on, but Mack isn’t down with that plan. The Kree’s demand list includes Flint, everything he needs to continue breeding Inhumans, every child older than 10, and motivation for Daisy. No deal and he’ll burn them all.
While Coulson took a moment to charge his hand, Daisy expressed concern about getting her powers back. She doesn’t want to risk going back in time and actually destroying the world. Elsewhere, Fitz and Jemma realized that the ship had been altered by their own design in the past after they left the future.
Jemma concluded that it’s the Causal Loop Paradox; they only know how to design the artificial gravity in the past because they’ve already seen it in the future. We’re all confused but we do know that the team is apparently stuck in a time loop. It’s confirmation that they make it back to the past, but no answers yet on how or if they’ll break the said loop.
On their first liftoff attempt, the engines blew and they began evacuating Voss and the others to the caves for safety. Elena and the others find the bombs that Kasius has planted on all of the oxygen lines, while Tess continued to urge them to give the Lighthouse leader what he wanted. As they scrambled to prep for evacuation, Voss told Coulson that history says there was a light in the sky caused by aliens and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to stop it, Daisy particularly, and failed.
Mack and Yo-Yo decided to turn themselves over to Kasius, threatening his breeding equipment should he refuse to show. He was confident that he’d beat them, but all was not as it seemed. When they face-off with him in the halls, the humans removed the bombs. Yo-Yo got in a few verbal jabs on the Kree leader who recognized her from the past. On the surface, Sinara arrived on the ship just as Jemma gets the idea to cut the anchors to get the plane in the air. The Kree warrior and Daisy fought in a cool scene with the pair sometimes flying through the air as May piloted through the gravity storm. Deke helped out when Daisy struggled. In the end, Daisy is able to impale Sinara, killing her.
Kasius was furious that all of the human floors united together and Yo-Yo and Mack outsmarted him and got away. With Daisy and the team on their way back to the base, Kasius sought answers from his unknown seer.
Final thoughts on Friday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yo-Yo and Mack facing off against Kasius made me hype. I couldn’t help but cheer for Yo-Yo and all her verbal jabs at Kasius. Not sure how I feel about Tess’ resurrection, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I love the little family Mack, Yo-Yo, and Flint has become. Sadly, because he’s from the future, I don’t see the trio having a happy family ending.
The time travel loop explanation went over my head a bit and now I’m beginning to understand how the others feel when Jemma and Fitz talk science. I’ll have to rewatch the scene to make sure I understand what’s going on. All I know is that time loops sound complicated. “Best Laid Plans” was an entertaining episode with good pacing and well-developed tension.
I’m giving the episode a 9/10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Friday at 9 PM EST on ABC.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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