‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “The Other Thing”
After Keller’s death and May being kidnapped by Sarge and Snow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us peeks at Tahiti and more on this season’s arc in “The Other Thing”. Here’s a recap and review. May gets drugged by Sarge to keep her at bay, leading us to get a few short flashbacks of her time in Tahiti with Coulson. The man gives Snow a mission while her teammates are still m.i.a. He works to break May and her on his side.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Mack tries to comfort YoYo about Keller, but she shuts him down, reminding him that he pulled away from her. She keeps things professional referring to him as boss. She also advises him to keep an eye on Benson as he investigates the parasite. Elsewhere on base, Deke wakes up from surgery but isn’t seen.
Out in Space
Enoch continues his version of moping, which annoys Agent Davis and co as they work to repair their ship and find out where Fitz is. Before they can get any information from the Chronicom, they’re surrounded by a Chronicom fleet. Enoch’s old leader, Altarah (played by Sherri Saum), arrives and tells him that he’s to be judged for his actions. They take the team aboard their ship.
Altarah reveals that the Chronicom homeworld is gone as well as a number of other planets due to an unknown phenomenon. She questions how Jemma and the other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. time traveled so they can do the same.
Jemma and Daisy hesitate to give away details even though they don’t even know all the details of their time travel. Altarah threatens Fitz’ life if they don’t cooperate. Enoch tries to convince her not to kill Fitz and co, but Altarah is stubborn until Daisy and Jemma explain that the machine that controlled the monolith was just there and if Fitz had built it, it was because he had his entire life to figure it out and the end of the world as motivation.
Learning that Jemma can be his motivation, Altarah orders that everyone but Fitz and Jemma is killed. Daisy uses her powers to knock the Chronicom and her guards out before she and Jemma run off. It isn’t long until Altarah and her guards corner them and Jemma surrenders herself to keep the others alive. Fitz is pissed when he learns this and lashes out verbally at Enoch before he’s knocked out by gas.
Face to Face With the Past
Elsewhere, Sarge interrogates May about what Coulson was, believing him to be a shapeshifter of some kind. May knows all about Coulson’s parents and childhood. She knows he was just a human. She turns things on Sarge and tells him he should be concerned about what he is.
Later, Sarge and Snow lock May in the room with a man who had been infected by a parasite and then killed. They leave her with one of their knives. She does her best to defend herself, but when the parasite starts tearing apart the man’s body the same way that happened with Keller, she has no choice but to use the knife to kill it.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Mack checks on Benson’s progress with learning more about the parasite. Benson is stumped and asks for a night off. He recognizes YoYo and Mack’s concern and explains that his best days were 20 years ago. Later, YoYo vents to Benson about her indecision of killing Keller. He shares how it was his choice to turn off his husband’s life support after an accident left him brain-dead.
Back to his findings and away from their mutual heartbreak, he shares that it took 6 hours for the parasite to actually die. When he shows YoYo a scan of what it looked like alive and dead, YoYo recognizes the energy signature. It’s the same as the monoliths they interacted with before; one for time, one for space, and the third unknown.
Across the country, Sarge calls the parasite creatures Shrike. He explains to May that they go from world to world destroying planets to serve their creator. He also reveals that he’s over 100 years old. His plan is to kill the Shrike’s creator when they arrive. On the road again, May lures Snow close enough to knock her out. She overpowers Sarge and handcuffs him to the door before taking over the truck. She calls S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ just as Daisy, Davis, and Piper make it back home.
Final take on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6, Episode 5
This episode gives us a lot of good information and starts to tie in previous season’s plot points even more so there’s plenty of dialogue that revolved around information dropping. Luckily, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. always manages to build tension and make the reveal of the season’s arc interesting. I loved seeing all the moments of May and Coulson, even though they were bittersweet. I also loved watching May turn the tables on Sarge and Snow.
I’m still trying to get a radar on the Chronicoms we’re meeting. I’m not quite sure how I feel about them. Lastly, I’m glad Daisy and co. are back on earth, but bummed we’re missing Fitzsimmons. I’m giving “The Other Thing” an 8 out of 10.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays 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_.
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