The future-set saga might have finally come to an end, but the mission is far from over for Coulson and the gang. Now firmly back in the present day, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team has to figure out a way to break the time loop and save the future.
Spoilers ahead for “All the Comforts of Home,” the latest episode of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aired Friday, March 2, 2018!
“It’s all coming true.” - Yo-Yo
Picking up the threads of a story that started decades in the future was a tall order, but “All the Comforts of Home” successfully pulled off the challenge of transitioning this story back to the present day — complete with one heck of a surprise from the team’s stint on the Lighthouse.
Coulson and the team are still working to get their bearings when they receive word a mysterious light is shining down on the city, which seems to be connected to the remnants of information that still existed in the future about the cataclysmic event that wipes out humanity. Turns out it really is a beacon designed to call the Kree, but it’s being used merely as a trip to lure the S.H.I.E.L.D. team out of hiding. The shady General Hale has orchestrated the situation, and even managed to turn former ally Piper (a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was on May’s strike team, helped fight Hive, and became a moderate player during Director Mace’s tenure) against Coulson.
We still don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle when it comes to the post-apocalypse, but as Yo-Yo notes, things seem to be going according to “plan,” despite the team’s best efforts. Is it possible the Kree beacon used to lure out Coulson’s team is actually what draws the Kree to Earth in the first place in the future? In one of the episode’s most brutal and shocking scenes, Yo-Yo loses both her arms at the elbow in an attack from the mysterious new masked baddie, Ruby. Of course, future Yo-Yo was also missing her arms, so it seems that development remains on track in this new attempt to right the timeline.
Of course, this attempt to fix the future might have introduced a variable missing from previous tries: Deke also made the trip, thanks to his proximity to the monolith shard when everything exploded. He emerges, no worse for wear, back in good ol’ 2018. They play his crash course with the past perfectly, as he gorges on food, hugs trees, and generally geeks out at being able to see a world he’d only ever glimpsed in fleeting trips of virtual reality. They strike the perfect balance of laughs and poignancy, and you can really feel the awe in those moments. Of course, not being too familiar with how things work, Deke lands himself in jail and needs to be bailed out by Daisy. But still, it stands to reason his presence could be the catalyst to hopefully get things right this time around.
*The set-up and payoff for Hale’s daughter Ruby was one heck of a dark twist. From seemingly normal high school girl to highly trained killer weapon by episode’s end. The creative team had been setting up Dove Cameron’s intro as a big deal, and now we know why. She’s arguably the Big Bad at this point, working under her “mother,” Hale. She seems to be questioning the concepts of good and evil, and that’s ripe territory to mine. It’ll be interesting to learn more about her origin story, and if nothing else, she certainly presents one heck of a challenge for S.H.I.E.L.D.
*So we have another chronicom to take Enoch’s place (R.I.P.) with the arrival of Noah, who seems to be one of Enoch’s colleagues. We still don’t know how these mysterious robo-observers fit in, but they wouldn’t introduce another one without some type of plan in place. Look for that to come back around at some point.
*Now we know the origin of the Lighthouse: It was a long-forgotten S.H.I.E.L.D. outpost, which was retrofitted to house what was left of humanity once the world fell apart. We even get some hilarious retro intel from General Rick Stoner (played with panache by Patrick Warburton). Here’s hoping there are a few more of those projections lying around, because Stoner’s a hoot.
*Also, the Lighthouse apparently has a stock of forgotten monoliths stashed in the basement. Again, look for that to come back around.
*Mack's line: “Aaaaand we’re back.”
*We still don’t know much about Coulson’s mysterious sickness, but it’s clear he’s stealthily trying to prepare Daisy to lead the team in his absence. Add in the fact that future Yo-Yo said Coulson needed to die, and the pieces of this puzzle just get more and more intriguing.
Up next: Crusher Creel is getting back in action, as Shaw looks to assemble her own super-team.