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January 19, 2018 at 10:00 PM EST

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
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Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet
Action Adventure
We gave it a B-

At the very least, this episode certainly shows us why Robin Hinton always seems so scrambled. Its structure bounces back and forth between present day on the dilapidated Zephyr, where Coulson and the others are trying to figure out a way to save the world, and the past, where a child-aged Robin watches as humans transition from life on Earth to life on the Lighthouse, for reasons that don’t become clear until the very end. So let’s try to untangle this timey-wimey ball.

We start with Robin as a kid, on a much-less-rusty Zephyr. Simmons and May are trying to pilot the ship through a gravity storm, so this must be shortly after Daisy quaked the world apart. Robin says they’ll survive the crash, but notes that “there’s something else I need to remember.” She has the same problem in the present. As an old woman, Robin is even more enigmatic than she was as a young girl. One of the surviving humans living in the Zephyr with her, a man named Voss, says that she can’t separate past, present, and future. For instance, he’s about to head out to bring the rest of May’s friends on board, and he knows where they’ll be because Robin told him — a decade ago, that is. Coulson is currently in the midst of crashing the ship they stole from Kasius, but all the S.H.I.E.L.D. members survive the crash, just as young Robin predicted years earlier.

Coulson is eager to get any and all information that might help his team return to their own time and prevent this apocalypse from happening, but Robin isn’t very forthcoming. All she’ll tell him is that he’s the one who can bring all the pieces together, and that “this is the day it all ends.” Coulson and May appeal to Enoch for help communicating with Robin, but Enoch says she was only ever chatty with her mom; he has sometimes been able to get things out of her by staying at her side for days, but time is not a luxury they have anymore.

Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons find the machine used to activate the white monolith and bring them all here. They’ve even found a piece of the monolith, but apparently that’s not enough. If they could find more, perhaps they could reconstruct the portal and go back in time to stop this all from happening. But while they try to figure that out, Fitz and Simmons finally find themselves with some alone time, and put it to good use.

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