Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 05×10 – “Past Life”

 

The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are in space in the ruins of the Earth in 2091 and it’s race against the clock to get back. If you aren’t caught up, read more here. Let’s go!

Enoch Deke
Source: Marvel Television/ABC Studios. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Joel Stoffer as Enoch, Jeff Ward as Deke Shaw.

Looks like the Zephyr One made it through the asteroids! The S.H.I.E.L.D. jet reaches the Lighthouse, and Kasius and his Kree guards open it up. There is no life on board; however, Kasius is enraged to find the body of his right-hand woman, Sinara. Also on board, hiding, is everyone’s favorite technically-lifeless automaton: Enoch, the several-thousand-year-old Chronicom. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have escaped via one of the pods, and Enoch will activate the Monolith fragment remotely.

While Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Daisy Johnson, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and Deke Shaw look for the rest of their crew so they can return through time, Deke complains that their plan doesn’t involve killing Kasius. Not everyone gets to “go home” and leave this behind. The rest of the crew (Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Flint, and the recently re-animated Tess) are looking for them. Tess is concerned about the other Inhuman she heard being tortured and/or re-animated, and so Yo-Yo goes back to get them, sending the rest ahead to save the Inhumans that were under Kasius’ trainer Tye’s care.

In his medical wing, Kasius’ doctor is unable to revive Sinara. He can revive humans because of their simple biology; Sinara is Kree. Unhappy with this answer, Kasius kills the doctor and resumes talking to Sinara’s corpse. He sends for Tye. When Tye informs him that the remaining Inhumans weren’t skilled enough to end the revolt, he force-feeds Tye something called Odium. He explains that it is what Kree take when they face defeat on the battlefield – it will give them rage and strength until their heart gives out. Tye becomes animalistic and starts bleeding black from the eyes and mouth.

The two teams meet up and help get the population of Inhumans to the Trawler, killing the Kree guards in the process. The aggressive Odium-Tye shows up and starts fighting Coulson and then Daisy, claiming that his boss “freed him”. Coulson unloads an entire I.C.E.R. clip into him, but it takes Daisy stabbing him in the heart to stop him. They send Tess to pilot the Trawler, but not before Coulson has a heart-to-heart with her about being brought back to life and the difficulties it entails.

Kasius is upset, and explains this to Sinara’s corpse – Sinara, Tye, his guard; all failures. He reveals that his father tried to conquer Earth years ago and S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed it trying to stop him. He decides that it is up to him; it’s his last resort. If he takes the Odium, he can kill S.H.I.E.L.D. and give his father everything he ever wanted, while restoring the family name.

Yo-Yo makes her way through the Lighthouse and finds the tortured Inhuman – Kasius’ seer. The chained seer sits up and reveals herself to be Yo-Yo – a paler, more tired Elena Rodriguez from the future. Past-Yo-Yo refuses to believe it, but Future-Yo-Yo assures her that she knows; she was there too and didn’t believe herself either. She promises that she isn’t an LMD or Framework illusion, and explains that Kasius repeatedly killed her and brought her back over the last 70 years. She tells Yo-Yo that Mack will die and reveals that – like the Slingshot from the comics – she has had both of her arms amputated.

Coulson and May receive a radio transmission from Enoch. The Kree have found him, and he is under attack. Deke decides to finally be a hero, and leaves to save Enoch, knowing he will probably die. Daisy tries to go with him, but he convinces her that she needs to go back in time to save the world. Elsewhere, Mack and Simmons are trying to help Flint figure out how to build a Monolith while Fitz rigs up a trap for the coming Kree. Fitz gives Flint Deke’s Star-Lord-like spacesuit as the Kree enter and Fitz activates his trap, decapitating the guards (and deeply disturbing Simmons).

Future-Yo-Yo tells Past-Yo-Yo the secret to saving the world: that Coulson is dying and knows it, and that the only way they can prevent the world – prevent all of this – is to let Coulson succumb to his illness.

Coulson covers the spreading poison spot on his chest and he, May and Daisy get the doors open. Daisy abruptly tells them that she isn’t going back. If she doesn’t return, she can’t destroy the world – there’s nothing to prevent. She is firm on this. Coulson tells her that he needs her to lead, and shoots her with an I.C.E.R., knocking her unconscious. He carries her to where they are building the new Monolith.

Simmons silences one of Kasius’ slave servitors as Flint floats around outside in his spacesuit, shooting the debris rocks they need for the Monolith inside and killing the guards. He works on rebuilding the Monolith as Simmons extracts the deafening device from the servitor’s ear. Mack offers Flint a place to stay with him and Yo-Yo when they return to the past, but before Flint can answer, May, Coulson and the unconscious Daisy arrive without Yo-Yo. Mack goes off to look for her while Flint rebuilds the Monolith with his rock powers.

Mack finds Yo-Yo in Kasius’ gladiator arena – rather, Future-Yo-Yo, but he doesn’t know it. He is horrified to see her arms missing, and even more horrified to see Kasius with a knife to her throat. Kasius takes the Odium and slits her throat, causing Mack to see red in grief. Kasius starts bleeding black from the eyes and mouth and jumps down into the pits to fight Mack. They have a long, brutal fight before Kasius gets the upper hand. Mack assures him that there is nothing else he can do to him and takes the blows. Simmons sneaks up behind Kasius and puts the deafening device in his ear, distracting him, and Mack kills Kasius from behind with his shotgun axe, just like Coulson’s death in the Avengers. He tearfully tells Simmons that Yo-Yo didn’t make it when Yo-Yo runs up and comforts him, explaining that it wasn’t her and it’s time to go home.

Kree guards break in and damage both the Zephyr One and Enoch. Deke saves him by killing the guard, but Enoch tells him they should focus on repairing the ship so they can power the Monolith shard and activate Flint’s Monolith remotely. They don’t have enough time, so Enoch decides to use his internal battery to power the machine. However, this will kill him and anyone near him – a revelation Deke isn’t okay with, especially since Enoch will need someone else to flip the switch after he dies. Coulson radios the pair and Deke accepts his fate, reassuring Coulson that they are ready to go. Enoch’s battery starts draining faster than expected, so Fitz tries telling his old friend to hang on via walkie-talkie as Mack, Yo-Yo and Simmons sprint to the Monolith. Enoch’s battery overloads, exploding him and Deke and activating the Monolith.

We don’t see if they make it. We don’t see if any of them make it.

In the post-credits scene, our epilogue to the adventures of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2091, Flint and Tess look on from the Trawler and hope that S.H.I.E.L.D. made it in time. But they did give them one thing – hope for the future. Tess gives Flint Virgil’s model of Earth, and tells him to use it as a blueprint in rebuilding the planet.


It’s too soon to make a R.I.P. post for Deke and Enoch, but damn will I miss those fellas if they are really gone. I grew to love them a lot. It’s not too soon, however, to make a R.I.P. post for Kasius and Tye. We hardly knew ye, you magnificent evil bastards.

This episode was a strong one and I’m so excited to see where we go from here. I give it a 9/10.

We will take a bit of a break until Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in a month, but keep an eye out for our Black Panther posts! I know you are as excited as I am.

Author: Jesse "The Clairvoyant" Rolufs

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