This week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will reach the 100 episode landmark in the middle of its fifth season. While the cast members recently teased the future of the series during a special event in Los Angeles, they also used the occasion to tell SYFY WIRE about their favorite moments in the series to date.
"The one where Nick Fury showed up and gave me my giant gun to take out Garrett at the end of season was spectacular," recalled Clark Gregg. "A lot of the moments last season, with Ghost Rider. Seeing Ghost Rider brought to life was amazing to me. And some of the stuff that happens in the 100th episode is my favorite stuff of all."
Chloe Bennet couldn't pin down her favorite moment, but she had fond memories to share about Gregg and her female co-stars. "I have so many," admitted Bennet. "Getting to bond with Clark on camera and off camera, and building that relationship has been really special. Getting to do the incredible stunts has been amazing. Working with all of those amazing women on the show where 90 percent of the stunts have been done by the [same] women has been really fun and powerful."
For Ming-Na Wen, the decision came down to one of the most important revelations about her character, Agent Melinda May. "My favorite moment was when we finally discovered what Agent May's backstory was, and her whole experience in Bahrain, and how she was able to get that dreaded title of 'the Cavalry.' For me, it was a real enlightening moment to discover it was a very traumatic experience for her. That's why she became Agent May, really."
Fitz and Simmons have been as inexorably linked since the beginning of the show. Elizabeth Henstridge's choice called back to a pivotal scene in Season 3. "I think the moment that she got reunited with Fitz after being stranded on the planet. That was a lovely moment, just for me too because I missed working with Iain, and I think [Fitz and Simmons] are their best selves when they're together. That was a special moment." However, Iain De Caestecker was a little less nostalgic about the Fitz/Simmons romance. Instead, he said "I like Fitz in the early episodes when he wanted a monkey. I still yearn for those days."
Series co-creators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen hold the Fitz and Simmons connection in high regard. Tancharoen even picked one of the Fitz and Simmons scenes from the first season finale as her favorite in the show's entire run. "Fitz and Simmons trapped at the bottom of the ocean," recalled Tancharoen. "They think that they're not going to make it, and it's in that moment where Fitz realizes that he loves Simmons. I think that was just the beginning of the relationship that everyone's fallen in love with over five seasons."
"And also, it was based on a scene that we had written for auditions," added Whedon. "It had no meaning and it was just sort of a random scene. We wanted to see how they would play with each other and they were just so wonderful."
As for Mack and Yo-Yo, both Henry Simmons and Natalia Cordova-Buckley pointed to the Framework arc from the fourth season. "The storyline would have to be the Framework," said Simmons. "Dealing with Hope, I loved that whole story with Mack and his little girl." Cordova-Buckley added "I really love my scene with [Mack] last season, getting him out of the Framework. This season, my favorite has been my relationship with Coy [Stewart], who plays Flint. I just love being a mentor who is going through the difficulties that she went through."
Former Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Brett Dalton was also happy to share his pick for the highlight of his time on the show. And it's probably not the one you were expecting. "My favorite [moment] is still Ward trying to turn on the holotable," said Dalton. "Episode 13. He spends a very long time doing that, and I was very happy because the writers left that moment in and they didn't have to. It doesn't move the story forward whatsoever. But to see Ward, who always has the answer, struggle with something as simple as turning on a holocom table is really satisfying. They really let me go. They gave me carte blanche and let me do whatever physical comedy bit I wanted to do and it was very, very fun."
The reveal of Ward's true loyalties in first season is still a defining moment for the show. Whedon wasn't shy about declaring it to be his personal favorite as well. "Truthfully, Brett Dalton's turn is probably one of the most rewarding moments. Because we'd been struggling with not having spies on our show, we weren't allowed to say the word Hydra, and it's kind of the moment our show got momentum and went crazy. Having a spy among us was emotional and it gave us a great story. He played it so well. To us, that was one of the turning points of the show where we got our identity and said "anything can happen at any point, so keep watching. That has a special place in my heart."
"The turn is great," added Dalton. "Don't get me wrong, that is awesome. That was really fun, and that probably made the most ripples. But I just loved that one stupid particular moment because I felt that moment was written for Brett rather than the character, and I loved it."