Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5×04 Recap: Nothing Memorable but the Preview

This episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was almost completely filler, but luckily, a surprise twist at the end and the preview for the next episode gives me hope that next week won’t be nearly as boring.

This episode had some moments that actually mattered to the plot, but they just didn’t feel like they actually mattered. Daisy met an inhuman, Ben, that can read minds and send others his thoughts. While initially willing to play Kasius’s game of making inhumans fight each other in order to help his family, upon discovering that Kasius was planning to destroy their base, he decided to help Daisy and Jemma.

Daisy and Jemma appeared to successfully get away with their lie that they were the only ones who came through time. However, Sinara still suspected that May, who helped Simmons save the life of the servant in the second episode, was also from the future. She fought May, who was trying to give Coulson and Deke time to escape. The last thing we saw of May was Sinara standing over her with one of her killer orbs. It’s highly unlikely May is dead – especially not when Kasius would likely have use for her just like he does with Daisy and Jemma. That’s part of the reason that, although May’s apparent murder/capture was a major event, it didn’t feel that impactful.

Coulson and Deke did escape, thanks to May, but not until after Coulson learned that Deke betrayed Daisy. Here we learn more of Deke’s backstory. His mother was killed for believing in the prophecy that SHIELD would come to save them and his father was exiled to the surface to die. Apparently Virgil’s mysterious friend on the surface is actually Deke’s missing father. Coulson doesn’t know whether to buy the sob story or not, so he and the remaining team lock Deke in his room just in case.

Meanwhile, Mack was forced by Grill to threaten a man named Gunner who owed Grill money, but was supposedly getting a package from the mysterious Level 35. It turns out that package was a baby. Babies are not created through pregnancy in the future dystopian world as all of the people are sterile. Mack felt guilty, given his own heartbreaking history with his daughter, Hope, who he lost twice – once in reality and once in the Framework. Mack has struggled the most with balancing morality and survival on the station, and this incident pushed him over the edge, though Yo-yo helped to bring him back.

Overall, the only moment that made me sit up and take notice during this episode was when the mysterious bidder in the mask at Kasius’s auction stepped forward, removed his mask, and revealed that he was in fact Fitz. Fitz demanded that Quake’s demonstration of her powers be a fight to the death. Next episode, we’ll see how Fitz got there, and hopefully see what his plan is.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs Fridays 9/8C on ABC

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