‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “Missing Pieces”
Last night, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned on ABC after almost a year-long break…give or take a few days but who’s counting? The premiere’s story brings us a year after Coulson’s death and the team’s new dedication to finding a second Fitz who’s asleep in cryosleep somewhere in space. The season six premiere, “Missing Pieces” was directed by Clark Gregg.
“Missing Pieces” kicks off with Enoch waking Fitz early, just before their ship is destroyed. A year later, Agents Piper (Briana Venskus) and Davis (Maximilian Osinski) are off planet with Daisy and Simmons and on the hunt for Fitz. Back on earth, a big bald dude came through what looked to be a portal in a wall. His companion gets caught halfway through and dies. Earth’s new guest shoots down May’s zephyr when she and Agent Keller demand he stand down.
Back at HQ, we get to see Mack in action, developing a plan of action to find the man. In his moment alone, Mack goes back to the cube Coulson left him for advice. May tries to soothe his worries about matching Coulson’s leadership. Later, we get a training scene between May and YoYo that I loved. We learn that YoYo and Mack are no longer together mostly due to him diving into his new role and pushing her away. May encourages her to move on with Keller (Lucas Bryant), an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. that’s into her. It turns out that YoYo and Keller are already together but are keeping it quiet to spare Mack’s feelings.
Out in deep space, Simmons and co. find only disappointment when they discover Fitz’ cryo-chamber is empty. While Daisy loses hope and decides it time to head home, Jemma finds an inscription inside the chamber. Back on earth, May and Mack talk to Dr. Marcus Benson (Barry Shabaka Henley), one of Andrew’s old professors and May’s recommendation to head the new S.H.I.E.L.D. academy.
He is hesitant to join but comes along. Elsewhere, our unknown visitor meets up with two friends who come through their own portals. He asks them about someone name Sarge, who will be coming soon.
While Mack and crew find coordinates for their visitors’ next appearance, our agents out in space have a disagreement on whether or not to go back home or follow Jemma’s new lead. Despite everyone else in her four-man team voting to go home, especially Davis who has a child, Jemma decides to make the jump when Intergalactic Confederate ships find them.
A Familiar Face
Back on earth, Mack and the other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are taken off guard when their enemy opens a portal in a Natural History Museum site in Indiana. Out of the portal comes a truck that they all barely dodge. Here, viewers and agents alike are introduced to Sarge, the leader of this new group who just happens to look like Phil Coulson. When a young agent refuses to let go of one of his partners, Sarge kills him before walking away. May looks in a daze, bleeding and trying to get herself together.
In deep space, we find Fitz speaking in an alien language in a workshop. He looks the same except his eyes are an ice blue.
Final thoughts on this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Can I tell you guys how salty I am that YoYo and Mack aren’t together? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. better stop making us fall in love with these couples only to break them up, have a partner die, or have them be lost in deep space. It’s exhausting. It’s not that I want to live in a fantasy world where all relationships work, but darn, can a girl get one stable couple?
As for the rest of the plot, I’m digging Mack in his new leadership role. I really enjoyed Piper and Davis’ dynamic and look forward to more. I also can’t wait to see what Fitz’s arc is but I’m not happy with Simmons going against her team’s wishes and making the jump to deep space. I’m not sure how I feel about Clark Gregg’s Sarge, but he did an amazing job directing the episode. I’m looking forward to seeing this season play out. A lot of sources say this season isn’t canon with the rest of the MCU, so I’m interested to see what route they go.
I’m giving “Missing Pieces” a 9 out of 10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Friday nights at 8 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_.