Now THAT was one hell of an episode, True Believers. Let’s discuss.
We’ve had four weeks to mull over the cliffhanger from the last episode, which ended with Eli Morrow granted seemingly Molecule Man-like superpowers while Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie disappeared in a mysterious explosion. Now we pick up right where we left off. Mack and May come bursting in to the compound, and look just as confused as we are at the absence of their teammates. Some S.H.I.E.L.D. grunts aren’t so lucky. They run into Eli, who uses his newfound powers to murder them using the carbon in their own bodies.
Later, watching security footage, Mace and the team correctly surmise they’re outmatched by Eli. Most have an even more negative outlook — Daisy is the only one who thinks Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie might still be alive. Seeing Eli’s heel turn, May guesses he may have been the one who hired the Chinatown gangsters to steal the ghost boxes way back in the premiere. The team decides to contact Simmons and come up with a plan before making a move. Unfortunately for them, Simmons currently has a bag over her head and a top-secret mission to boot: She’s been recruited to solve the mystery of why Sen. Nadeer’s brother is still trapped in his Terrigenesis cocoon.
In her absence, May wants to use the newly recovered Darkhold to try and rescue their missing friends. Mack thinks that’s a bad idea, but he’s getting a little antsy himself. Mace tells him to chill out (“First we sharpen the axe, then we chop the tree”) and lies about contacting Simmons.
If you’re wondering how Gabe is taking the news that the two most important people in his life are either evil or missing (or both), the answer is: Not well! He blames himself, and wishes he’d had the chance to talk things over with Robbie before it all went to hell (literally, but more on that in a moment). Luckily, Gabe has Daisy there to cheer him up. Daisy is well-acquainted with loss at this point, and knows the feeling when someone’s gone — this isn’t it. Gabe notes that if Robbie were here, he’d go straight after Eli. Well, Robbie may not be around right now, but Mack certainly is, and he’s tired of waiting. Mack suddenly grabs Robbie’s motorcycle and rides it out of the plane, managing to punch one of Mace’s lackeys on his way out.
NEXT: There they are!