Episode 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 entitled “Alien Commies from The Future!” has arrived! Leaving off from last week, our agents have just made their next time jump from 1931 to 1955 after saving Wilfred Malick from death, although Enoch was left behind. While Enoch was able to share his knowledge of the future and tell some assuredly incredible stories to Ernest Hazard Koenig, his future is unknown going into this week’s new episode.
Season 7 is forcing the core agents to be more on their feet than ever before as the Zephyr jumps forward in time nearly a quarter of a century. The show did a great job showing the stark contrast between the two decades, going into as much detail as possible with both the sets and the plot. While the 1930’s were a much simpler time, even dealing with the aftermath of the Great Depression, the 1950’s gave the people of the era so many more challenges to deal with.
The amazing thing about this episode in particular was that even though it was likely filmed a year ago, the plot’s content matter was as relevant to current times as it could have possibly been. The show did a really great job not completely glossing over the social issues that permeated everyday life during the era, showing the height of segregation and emphasizing that people in power usually didn’t respect many peoples’ opinions outside of white men. Mack , May, and Yo-Yo all had to face the racial stereotypes of the era head on and kept proving how strong-minded and clever they all are by figuring out ways around their nationalities. Deke showed the absolute perfect amount of frustration too when the only reason for him being the solution to interrogating Secretary Sharpe was his skin color and gender (“Stupid white privilege”).
The highlight of this episode was undoubtedly the return of Enver Gjokaj as SSR Agent Daniel Sousa from the too-short-lived Agent Carter (which of course ended FAR too soon). He turned out to be the MVP of the entire episode for me as all the scenes that he shared with the 21st-century S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were just so entertaining and fun in so many different ways.
Coulson and Simmons both got to let their inner fanboy/fangirl out in full force as they infiltrated Area 51. (Side note: is anybody shocked that Area 51 is a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base?) Simmons’ seemed to live out her lifelong dream as she got to impersonate probably her biggest idol, Margaret “Peggy” Carter, as she and Coulson worked through the base’s staff to try to root out the Chronicom mole.
Sousa played his meeting with Simmons perfectly coy, and I couldn’t help but chuckle the entire time Simmons was figuring out exactly who Sousa was while Sousa figured out her Agent Carter ruse. His interaction with Daisy was just as entertaining as she used a CIA cover and went through his entire history, recounting his incredible takedown of Hugh Jones and the Council of Nine (again, Agent Carter ended way too soon, cannot be said enough).
My only real complaint this week is how direct and predictable the Chronicoms’ plan was compared to the first couple of episodes. The beginning of the season had such nuance and elegance as the team tried to prevent the killing of FDR before they realized they really had to protect Wilfred Malick and keep the formation of Hydra in the timeline. This week, the Chronicoms basically just tried to blow sh*t up and the agents had to stop that from happening. I’m really hoping more complex schemes come back during the rest of the season since this week felt like the dullest plot of the three episodes that have aired.
May and Yo-Yo both went through more struggles this week as well, still working to recover from the traumas they both went through in Season 6. May in particular has been quite hard to figure out thus far, but she did show more raw emotion than we’ve seen in her entire run as they threw the smoke bombs to evacuate Area 51. Maybe she’s still dealing with some intense form of PTSD and that’s why she has been even more deadpan than normal so far?
In terms of the overarching plot for the entire season, I’m really curious to see what exactly happens with Sybil the Predictor, who seems to be potentially pulling the strings behind all the time-jumping shenanigans we’ve seen so far. She seems to have a good idea of exactly which strings to pull in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s history to potentially make the entire organization unravel, and with how little she was in this episode, I’m excited to see how much more they dive into her storyline.
The ending tag this week was also one of the funniest that this show has had in a long time. With the alien/UFO culture that existed so deeply in the 1950’s, Mack and Deke were beyond brilliant with dumping off the Secretary of Defense and making him think he was really abducted by aliens.
4 Failed Peggy Carter Impressions out of 5
Overall, “Alien Commies From The Future!” was still a fun episode even with its low points, keeping the quality of Season 7 incredibly high through three weeks. The tease for episode 4 already has me on the edge of my seat previewing the fall of Daniel Sousa, and I absolutely can’t wait to find out what trouble he gets himself into causing his demise. Hopefully it won’t take too much trouble to bring Chroni-Coulson back to full working order too after the EMP destroyed the two bad guys. Only 10 episodes to go!
- The title card for this week was absolutely perfect, invoking the feel of the old alien movies of the day and putting the audience squarely in the 1950’s from the get-go.
- As interesting as it is to see some of the team (largely May and Yo-Yo) struggle to get back to full strength, I really hope they can recover soon and help the team through their challenges again soon.
- Coulson looked so at home in the 50’s, perfectly clearing the entire population of Area 51 with some of the best references from the era (Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, etc.)
- Coulson saying “moist” was also one of the funniest moments the show has had in a while, and Clark Gregg played it impeccably as always
- As mentioned before, this show simply did a fantastic job addressing social issues. They are as relevant today as they were in the 50’s, and the plot did a great job showing them for what they were. (#BLM)
- WHERE IN THE EVERLOVING HELL IS LEOPOLD FITZ?!?!? (0 Fitz’s out of 5, we need Iain De Castecker back already!)