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December 22, 2017 at 11:22 PM EST

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

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
tvpgr
TV-PG
seasons
4
run date
07/19/13
performer
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet
broadcaster
ABC
genre
Action Adventure
We gave it a B+

Enoch takes Fitz and Hunter to a nearby park, where he introduces them to a young girl named Robin. Remember Charles Hinton (Bjørn Johnson)? He was the Inhuman from the back half of season 3 who was able to give people visions of the future by touching them. Robin is his daughter, and she’s inherited a similar ability. She too has visions of the future, but since she’s only a little girl, she’s not always able to make sense of them. She depicts them through her childish drawings, and sometimes gets past, present, and future mixed up.

It was Robin’s visions that told Enoch to send Coulson and the others to the future, in the hopes of stopping an extinction-level event for humankind. Enoch, who has been on Earth for thousands of years to observe humans like an alien anthropologist, only allows himself to interfere in human affairs when the stakes are that high. He sounds a lot like Uatu the Watcher, actually. Anyway, Robin is also the one who instructed Enoch to leave Fitz off the initial list. Why? Because he needs to be the reinforcements, to get there and help save them.

Luckily, the spaceship that brought Enoch to Earth thousands of years ago is capable of making such a journey. The only problem is, it’s contained back at the military base Fitz and Hunter just broke out of. So the two of them break Hunter’s cardinal rule of espionage (never go to the same place in different disguises) and infiltrate the base disguised as repairmen coming to fix the hole in the wall they created in their escape (brilliant!). With the help of some ferrets, they’re able to cause enough of a distraction to make off with the ship, including a fun role reversal where Fitz holds off the attackers with gunfire while Hunter pilots the high-tech spacecraft.

Lacking a monolith, Fitz has to go to the future the hard way: by freezing himself cryogenically for 80 years. After an emotional goodbye with Hunter, he seals himself up. When he wakes up in 2091, Enoch informs him they’re about to go up against the worst mobsters, monsters, and mercenaries in the galaxy. 

Oh, also, the head military woman who replaced the injured Talbot is definitely evil. When her detectives fail to apprehend Fitz and Hunter, she shoots them both in the head. So expect her to rear her villainous head again if the team ever makes it back to the present.

I’m really satisfied with this episode. Without the crazy new sci-fi setting, it felt a bit like classic S.H.I.E.L.D., and it was awesome to see Hunter again. Fitz is one of my favorite characters on this show, and I was really missing him the last couple of episodes. Glad to see he’s back, especially since he’s still clearly wrestling with his actions in the Framework. I’m expecting a good arc ahead, and of course can’t wait for him to reunite with Simmons. Together, they form the beating heart of this show.

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