REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD S6E1- “Missing Pieces”

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WARNING! SPOILER ALERT FOR AVENGERS ENDGAME AND AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. S6E1!!

Remind Us of the Pain

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D doesn’t pull its punches. Right at the recap, the show punches us in the feels, making us relive Fitz dying and Coulson about to die. Thank you, because I wanted to watch this episode through my tears. The episode then shows past-Fitz in cryo-stasis, and then some ship slices through his ship.

Simmons: We don’t need to whisper. Sound can’t travel in a vacuum.
Davis: It makes me feel better

One Year Later

Flash forward one year. Cryo-Fitz’s spaceship has been sliced in two. We don’t know what decisions Enoch has made to save the two of them. Daisy, Simmons, Piper, and Davis travel deep space in the Zephyr in search of them. Mack is running a rebuilt S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the Lighthouse with May and Yo-Yo—and when I say “rebuilt,” I mean plenty of redshirts available to die this season. Please remember that on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when you name a redshirt,  he still remains a redshirt. I anticipate plenty of deaths and pledge to not fall for any characters *cough* Lincoln and Tripp *cough*.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Space

Characters Have Changed

We quickly realize our beloved characters changed since the previous season. Simmons’ experiences made her hard, not hesitant to torture. This reinforces my theory that Fitz truly is Simmons’ moral compass. Daisy, looking like a Barbie doll, is thus far her biggest change (and a jarring one as well). Those two actors, along with the ones playing Piper and Davis, emote physical and emotional fatigue from their year-long search. Mack isolates himself, worrying—“heavy wears the crown” and all that. It’s no wonder he and Yo-Yo split up. He disagreed with quite a few of her moral choices last season. Yo-Yo appears more subdued, keeping her relationship with Agent Keller a secret.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Space team

Redshirts

I talked about redshirts earlier, and one named redshirt already dies in this episode. RIP Agent Fox. We also have Benson, an alcoholic science teacher May and Mack recruit to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy in Coulson’s name, which we should see next season. Runco annoys everyone by being a pen clicker. Too bad baby faced Agent Fox died first. I would have chosen Runco. Finally, we have Agent Keller played by a favorite of mine, Lucas Bryant. I look forward to seeing these new characters develop this season. If it’s written half as good as last season, they will all break my heart.

Two Groups

We have two sets of antagonists thus far. In space, the Confederacy still hunts S.H.I.E.L.D., a satisfying tie-over from last season. Maybe we’ll get to see Kasius or his dad–or better yet, Sinara. On Earth, Sarge and his people emerge from who knows where (another timeline maybe?). I can only hope that Sarge becomes a good guy seeing how he wears Coulson’s face.

Agent Fox: You’re from SH.I.E.L.D.
Sarge: Never heard of it

Uncertainty

Mo Tanchereon and Jed Whedon shoved a lot of changes in our faces when they created this episode. They provide a lot of information while ignoring the main question, “What happened after the snap?” For the first time watching  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I am unclear where it falls in the timeline. None even our main characters are really given time to shine. Fitz is barely in it. Mack just broods. Deke is non-existent. Also Sarge has only one line.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Sarge

Side note: For those who watch with closed captioning, during the stinger, the closed caption of the alien language is placed precisely on top of the English translation. I guess only hearing people are allowed to understand what Fitz is saying.

Snowflake: Don’t worry. You’ll be a butterfly

What did you think about the episode? Alternate realities? Clones? LMDs? Is Fitz on drugs?

My Verdict: 3.25 out of 5

Carolyn is the TV/Movie Coordinator for DoYouEvenComicBook.com. In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

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