Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 6.12 The Sign
An exciting action packed episode this time out as S.H.I.E.L.D. races to stop Izel opening the portal which will bring her people to Earth. The penultimate instalment of season six is good old fashioned comic book fun and all the better for it.
Using the gravitonium device last episode Izel used Yo-Yo’s and Mack’s fears to manifest Flint, the inhuman from the future who saved them all. Using Flint’s powers to manipulate stone once she has possessed him Izel can now rebuild the three monoliths she needs to open the portal. I must confess I wasn’t sure at first why Flint was created by Yo-Yo and Mack’s subconscious fears but actually it’s a nice little plot device. Technically the monoliths could have just been created instead but bringing back Flint is a nice touch allowing Izel to use her powers to control him.
There are some fun scenes as Deke works with his future grandparents to build the devices needed to stop Izel from taking over peoples bodies. Jeff Ward is great as he plays Deke’s earnest attempts to win the approval of Fitz and Simmons. Their approval is short-lived however after he reveals he’s had help from his start up company staff who he’s somehow managed to ensconce in the lighthouse without anyone noticing. Quite how he secretly set up a fully staffed lab in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters is anyones guess but I hope someone in security got sacked. Anyway, quickly trying to impress FitzSimmon’s again, after they’ve realised he’s been stealing S.H.I.E.L.D. tech and passing it off as his own, Deke dons a propulsion unit and teleports himself to the temple. This is a slightly rash decision as he discovers it needs time to recharge and he’s now stuck in the midst of Izel’s shrike infected zombie horde. Luckily he meets up with an escaping Yo-Yo, Mack and Flint.
Conflict suddenly seems to explode from nowhere as Quake and Mack go at each other after Mack sends Piper off in the quinjet to get Flint to safety. Quake argues that he’s not even real while Mack pushes back at her on the decision to bring Sarge along. This infighting seems completely out of place and I’m not sure where they are going with it. Quake asserts that Sarge is the only one who can destroy Izel but Mack does have a point that Sarge tried to kill them all with his nuclear bomb.
Sarge seemingly continues his journey to becoming the new Coulson as he starts to display more of his mannerisms. This definitely seems to be how the writers are going to bring Coulson back completely. Agent May is ecstatic that the love of her life may still be locked somewhere in Sarge’s mind and confides in Quake that she hopes to expel the alien entity from his body. It was great fun to get a glimpse of the old Coulson and reminded me of the charisma that Clark Gregg brings to the role. I’m all for Coulson’s return and I’m exciting to see how this plays out in the season finale. Of course this all could end quite differently as Sarge tells May that even if his alien passenger is expelled he’s not going to be Coulson. He then stalls at the moment of killing Izel, unable to run her through with his magic sword. To make matters worse he has no such compunction when it comes to stabbing Agent May straight through the stomach and tossing her through the portal! I’m hoping this is some sort of grand plan to stop Izel. Either that or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has just taken a really dark turn.
The only slight blip in the episode, aside from Quake and Mack’s little tiff, is when May explains to Sarge that the pain he feels is really love. It’s a bit cheesy and slightly cringey, luckily the scene quickly turns before it can get too bad as this is when Sarge decides he can destroy the pain by swiftly killing Agent May. It’s an extreme choice to be sure.
The episode ends much like the last one with Enoch trying to recruit his fellow chronicoms in order to rebuild their homeworld. Things don’t seem to be going well as all the anthropologists have been reassigned to be hunters. I’m guessing this part of the story will lead into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s seventh and final season as I can’t see how it will get resolved with only one episode left. Some good groundwork has now been set for the finale with a lot of questions to be answered. It’s been another pretty solid season so hopefully they can stick the landing.