‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “Orientation”
The last we saw the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team, they were free of the Framework before being apprehended and waking up in space in. On Friday’s season five premiere, we got our first taste of Coulson and the team in space and a big twist. Let’s recap!
Instead of picking up with the team in space, we got to see their arrest. They were placed in plastic bags like dry cleaning. They wake up in a room with an active monolith. Coulson appears on a ship and almost gets sucked into space. One by one the team appears on the ship where reptile-like creatures referred to as roaches are killing people. One of the people aboard, Virgil, introduces himself as the welcoming party. Mack misinterprets him as a threat and knocks him out.
May lands in a different part of the ship away from the other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A pole goes through her leg, injuring her. With the others, Virgil surprises them by knowing who they all are. He explains that he’s heard stories and always believed. He tells Jemma that Fitz couldn’t make the trip and that they will save humanity. Before he can explain more, he’s killed by one a “roach”. The others are saved by Daisy.
May is cornered by man (Jeff Ward) who tells her that he’s been looking for her. They fight, but he uses some type of gravity device to trap her against a wall. He places a device he called a metric inside her wrist. The others look for her, but get caught by Kree guards.
Mack punches one of the guards and they take him and Elena away. When they beat him, the Kree are surprised that he’s holding up against their punches. They think he’d be a good gift to someone name Kasius.The others are surprised when May arrives and the man with her talks the guard into letting them go. The man, whose name is Deke, reveals that he’s an acquaintance of Virgil who hired him to hide them. He refuses to help the team find Mack and Elena though.
May uses his gravity device against him and Coulson keeps watch. Daisy, May, and Jemma go look for their friends and Deke’s ship. They learn that hundreds of Kree live on the ship and that it’s not a prison, but a base. Elsewhere, Daisy takes out the Kree guards and frees Mack and Elena. Turns out that the base is 90 years old and that Deke was born there. On Deke’s ship, Jemma recognizes the constellations, but nothing else. In their various locations, the team learns that they not only traveled through space but time. Earth is destroyed and looks like this:
Deke’s friend, Tess (Eve Harlow) is heartbroken to learn that Virgil is dead. Deke explains that Virgil hired him to hide the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and all the stories of people coming from the past are true. Deke goes off to find the others when she promises to pay him double to keep them safe. Tess leaves May and Jemma to blend in and leads Coulson to Virgil’s room. She tells a suspicious man named Grill (Pruitt Taylor Vince) that Coulson is Virgil’s replacement.
Deke is pissed to learn that Daisy and the others killed two Kree. Mack comes up with a plan to leave the bodies on the restricted floor so the “roaches” can deal with the bodies. Elsewhere, Coulson learns that earth was ripped apart by some kind of disaster. In Virgil’s room, they find a flight log.
In the common area, Jemma saves a servant when he’s accidentally stabbed during a squabble for food. She’s taken to Kasius (Dominic Rains) while the others make a plan to find her. Daisy finds a room bathed in red light where touches a device that causes her to faint and wake up in what looks like an empty city.
Kasius is intrigued by Jemma. He orders the servant she saved killed and forces her to take his place. May distracts Tess, while Yo-Yo, Mack, and Coulson agree to work for Grill if he installs their metrics. They have them installed just in time to miss a “renewal”, an event where low earners must kill someone else or die.
May stops a man from killing the trio after Grill leaves them to protect himself. Tess kills the man. Grill returns and talks them out of trouble. They’re now stuck working for him.
Daisy finds Deke in the city and realizes this is his version of the framework; his business on the base. He rebuilt the software himself after Kasius deleted the archives. The pair is arguing over how to handle the Kree when an old news report about Daisy comes on the television in the bar. Deke put the pieces together and recognizes her as Quake. He even goes as far as to blame her abilities for the destruction of earth.
Final Thoughts and Rating on the season five premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I loved Mack’s humor throughout the premiere. We knew they were going to be in space, but having them be in the future was an awesome and unexpected twist. I have no idea how’ll they get back to their time and I love that. I had serious FitzSimmons feels though. Iain wasn’t in the premiere at all, although Fitz is mentioned. I did like the vague Thanos/ end of world references, especially after being hyped up by the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. The storyline is a smart way to incorporate Infinity War into the series. The new characters are definitely interesting. I like Tess the best since Deke and Grill seem to be jerks so far. Shoutout to Ming-Na for kicking butt while recovering from knee surgery.
I’m giving the two-part premiere “Orientation” a 10/10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on its new night, Fridays at 9 PM EST.
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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