‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “The Last Day”
Last Friday, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and the team reunited on the surface and reconnected with some unexpected people and the legacy they left behind.
The episode kicked off with a flashback of young Robin Hinton on an S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet with May piloting and Jemma and other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on board. In the present, May tries to talk with Robin (played by Willow Hale), who certainly says more than she did as a child but still confuses people with how she communicates.
May is reunited with Coulson and the others and Deke recognizes Samuel Voss (Michael McGrady), a man who was friends with his dad. Samuel tells Deke that his father, Owen, is on his way back from a radio tower several days out.
Not knowing if the S.H.I.E.L.D. team survived the crash or not, Kasius sends Sinara to either collect Daisy’s body or bring her back alive. His other plan is to tighten his grip on the humans on the base. He cuts the lights and water on the human residence levels. Some blame Flint but are afraid to do anything with Mack at his side.
Coulson and the others look to Robin for guidance and learn that the last time they were seen together was at the diner and that Coulson should be able to “bring all the pieces together”. More foreboding words, “Today is the day it all ends.” Elsewhere on the ship, Deke and Daisy have a surprisingly calm conversation about their dads and the complicated relationships they had with them.
On the Lighthouse, Yo-Yo, Mack, and Flint head to level three to get the weapons that Fitz left behind. They witness a Kree using a special gas to keep the roaches away while getting something from storage. On the surface, Jemma and Fitz discover the technology used to bring them to the future, which was put together by Owen.
Robin gives May a drawing of the plane that transitions to a flashback of the year 2022. May, Simmons, and Fitz argue over how to survive with few resources. May advises the duo to continue working on their design for a time machine. While Fitz doesn’t have faith in the idea, Jemma hopes that if they don’t finish it, someone else after them will.
In the present, Mack gets his hands on a shotgun ax and the trio realizes that the Kree have sent the roaches to kill the humans. Mack comes up with a plan to take back level ten and the scene transitions into another flashback. In 2022, Yo-Yo goes on her own to fight the Kree, not wanting to rely on Robin’s sight or wait for the Kree to enslave them. Robin tells her that Flint will understand and Mack will help him, but in 2022 Mack is already dead.
On the surface, the team discovers a piece of the monolith and learn that Daisy’s inhibitor will have to stay put because they don’t have the tools or skill to remove it from the nerves in her brain. A mess up could paralyze her. Deke gets upset about the team having the monolith shard because it was his mom’s and his dad took it everywhere with him. He demands the truth from Samuel, who knocks him out.
After failing to get anything new from Robin, Daisy goes with Samuel to see footage of the last time she was seen alive. Around the ship, the others realize Samuel’s betrayal as Fitz and Jemma are locked in the lab and Coulson and May are cornered by his men.
Samuel’s aim is to stop Daisy from destroying the world in the past by killing her in the future. Of course, she beats him. He stabs Robin when he realizes he can’t kill Daisy. He doesn’t want her giving Daisy and the others answers. May and Coulson beat their attackers and rush to help Daisy. Coulson subdues Voss and May holds Robin as she dies. In the final flashback of the night, Robin calls May mom and seeks comfort from her. It turns out that May raised Robin after her mother died. Before she dies, Robin whispers to May how they get back to the past.
Aboard the Lighthouse, Yo-Yo gets Mack the gas that the Kree use on the roaches. He releases it onto level ten. It draws the creatures into one room where Yo-Yo places devices on them that turn them into dust. The human survivors side with the trio and take their metrics out.
On the surface, the others mourn Robin and May confirms that they go back to the past. Her only question is “Who’s Flint?”. Trouble approaches as Sinara arrives on the surface with orders to kill the others and bring Daisy back.
Thoughts on last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I’m amazed at the number of people who think Daisy destroyed the earth with little knowledge of her powers and who she is. It’s realistic especially when you think of they way informative or misinformation is spread and believed. When it comes to a TV storyline, it gets a bit old after a couple of people. Sure, her wondering off the ship alone looks curious, but without a motive, it doesn’t make sense for her to destroy the earth.
Voss’s betrayal and subsequent death felt like filler until Sinara arrived and a way to get Robin out of the picture. You can’t have the heroes relying on a seer to save the day. That makes it feel too easy. I was hoping Deke’s dad was still alive, but I guess that’s one too many new characters for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to cast. As for other new characters, I’m happy that Flint is an important part of the plot. Also, the flashback scenes were interesting. Shoutout to Iain De Caestecker who always shines during emotional moments. Among this episode’s moments, Fitz reacting to Robin seeing Jemma’s death in one of the flashbacks.
I’m giving “The Last Day” an 8/10.
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