WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Collision Course Part Two builds upon the solid foundation in part one and the mystery of Season Six as a whole to create one of the best episodes yet. The result is a strong and satisfying ride as we slam face first into the latter part of the season, much like an uncontrollable truck into a tower made of dirty Fraggle Rock crystals.
When we last left our three groups of heroes, Fitz and Simmons are running out of ways to pacify an agitated Izel, Sarge fast traveled to the Zephyr with plans for a hostile takeover and Daisy and May are left babysitting two erratic atoms coming in rapid contact with each other, and also Sarge’s bomb. Things are looking dire for the various SHIELD crews in three unique ways. This episode treats each story with enough weight to make sure the stakes are palpable in each scenario. Under a lesser director and writer, the truck scenes shouldn’t have worked as well as they did, small, enclosed space staging being difficult enough as is without action and SFX scenes.
This episode had the unenviable task to bring multiple stories and characters together or to their end in 42 minutes. But none of the story threads felt any less important than the others, resulting in a balanced story and gratifying payoff when they all intersect. The pacing of the script also allowed for many great character moments throughout, especially near the end with Yo-Yo and Mack and Deke with everyone.
The mystery surrounding Izel and Sarge deepens this time around. We don’t get straight answers to any of our questions thus far when it comes to either of their motivations but a little bit of backstory is revealed. Izel appears to know more about Sarge and his non-past that Sarge does about her origins. They both talk in vague-speak but now it’s not as infuriating as it has been in previous episodes since these two are finally chatting with each other. They are two sides of the same coin, Izel represents intellect, Sarge is brute force. Izel remains very much in charge of her mission while Sarge is in a constant state of catch up. Whatever’s happened between these two characters has spiraled through planets and civilizations. This only reinforces the notion that our SHIELD agents are wrapped up in a long standing war between forces beyond their control. Both sides, regardless what they say, do not have Earth’s best interests in mind.
As for the remains of Sarge’s crew, we are somehow, against all odds, left with Snowflake as the survivor (for now). Professional serial killer as she may be, she at least seems tentatively OK giving the S.H.I.E.L.D. team vital intel. Whether she should ever be let out of lock up ever is a different matter as her innocent bystander body count is a little high, even for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s standards of allies. Pax met an unceremonious end but proved to spur on Jaco’s turn. Jaco’s heartbreaking choices made sense with his previous interactions with Yo-Yo and his sacrifice at the end felt right for his character. If his sacrifice made a difference remains to be seen. Mack turning Sarge’s own words against him as his selfish plans finally crumble around him was thoroughly cathartic. Sarge is reduced to being just a man with one single goal, one that will remain unfulfilled the more he goes it alone.
Collision Course Part 2 is also unique for having an extended cool down period for the later portion of the episode which felt more like a season ender. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is reunited and as far as they knows Izel went down with her ship. With the Big Bad wrapped up, characters that haven’t interacted in a long time finally get their moments and also set up new ones. Agent Davis remains an enigma, or possibly a red herring leading into the tag scene. His split up from Jaco on the ship and his lethargic, non verbal state on the couch with Piper is cause for alarm bells. But May delivers the biggest bang at the end with a scene no one saw coming setting up even more questions and danger ahead.
This week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD was a high mark which will hopefully continue into the coming weeks. It had a lot of plot to juggle in the air and did it with time to spare for the smaller moments. The momentum and narrative cohesion it brought to an otherwise lopsided season thus far was pleasantly welcome. Here’s to seeing where it takes us.
“Bobo!” “Who is this?”
Agent Davis – Cue the Ghost gif with Whoopi Goldberg “You in danger, girl.”
Daisy is MVP this episode by a long margin. After fiddle fingers couldn’t “dazzle” Daisy’s quick thinking saved everyone down there multiple times over.
Izel: ”I don’t think you understand the consequences.” Izel. None of us do. You haven’t explained any.
Izel: “Come for me.” THAT IS A BIG MOOD
Verdict: 5 out of 5.