Sunday, December 10, 2017

TV Review: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Season Five, Episode Two)




Last week, we got a closer look at that weird room in outer space we found Phil Coulson at the end of season four. We learn that the team are trapped on a Kree-ruled space station which seems to orbit a destroyed Earth. This station is well into the future, which means our heroes got themselves into some kind of time jump and are now trapped on a space-ship. We also found out that perhaps Daisy Johnson was the one responsible for destroying the Earth.

The news of Daisy destroying Earth is given to her by Deke, the new character who maybe-a-hero or maybe-a-villain. He explains the theory of a multiverse and how there are millions and millions of versions of ourselves, one making every choice we've ever pondered or gone down a direction in life that we never did in our real lives. I figured it would only be a matter of time before this show started playing with the idea of a multiverse, something that is fairly prominent in the Flarrowverse shows on the CW. No matter how Deke explains it, Daisy doesn't believe that she destroyed her home planet. I wonder how this is going to pay-off by season end. I hope this doesn't boil down to a big battle of doppelgangers, for two reasons. One, we saw a version of that already last season. Two, I have already seen so much of it in the Flarrowverse shows that I have had my fill of it. I hope something more exciting is at the door. 

It will be interesting to see how Deke progresses as a character. By episode's end, it feels like he might be more villain than hero. There is a Kree named Kaisus. He's the ruler of this space station. Apparently, the humans left on Earth blast off into the heavens after "Daisy" destroyed the planet. The space station was intercepted by the Kree and they left Kaisus in charge. Kaisus soon turned into a totalitarian style dictator, who turned the human colonies on the station into slaves. At the end of last week's episode, Kaisus enslaved Jemma. At the end of the episode, Deke leads Kaisus to Daisy Johnson and he soon enslaves her too.

Kaisus is kind of a gladiator-style ringleader. He finds people who can fight, displays their abilities and shows them off only to get them sold to the highest bidder. Most of this week's episode is devoted to Jemma meeting and talking to one of Kaisus' "champions," or people he trains to fight so he can sell them. This little girl in particular is an Inhuman, an Inhuman who can put her hands through things. The gladiator fight that takes place so that Kaisus can attempt to sell this Inhuman is fairly brutal. We are definitely seeing the Friday late night ABC ratings kick in. Because not only do we see a girl who is no older than a young teenager get brutally beaten by a man. But we also see a girl put her hand through his chest, killing him, with an arm covered in blood. Jemma is pretty distraught when her new friend is sold off by Kaisus.

Coulson, Mack, and Yo-Yo are working for Grill, who is a powerful, merciless human who has people forcefully work for him. There seems to be a Mafia-esque hierarchy within the human communities that has sprung from the Kree rule. In order to pay Grill back for anything, you have to work for him. Coulson, Mack and Yo-Yo meet Tess, who gets them out of a day's work for Grill in order to go on a "mission." Coulson is desperately trying to figure out more about this strange, new world. I love that there is a special section of the remaining part of the Earth called "616." If you know your comics, you know what that means. It's the number designated for the mainstream Earth in Marvel comics. There is something special about this piece of land, and it could lead to unlocking the answers of this season. 

Oh, and did I mention that the Earth's surface is crawling with these strange aliens?

One thing is for sure, this season is going to be unlike anything we have seen from this show yet, and that fills me with joy.

What did everyone else think?

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