REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S5E4 – A Life Earned

Dang. Just when you think things can’t get worse! …Or maybe more accurately, when you really hoped they might not, but you were pretty sure they would because you’ve seen this show before. Heh.

Just how much power does Daisy have? And will the other Inhumans fight with her or against her? (Photo courtesy ABC/Jennifer Clasen)

So this week, Daisy is the star of the show – the Kree’s show, that is. Turns out it’s not just the humans on the Lighthouse that know her as Destroyer of Worlds: the Kree do, too, as do all of the races that come to one of Kasius’s Inhuman exhibitions. Of course, Daisy would be a worthy prize for any of them. But he knows the human legends about SHIELD coming to save them, so he’s very suspicious that it’s only Daisy and Jemma who came from the past. Fortunately for Jemma, Daisy, and the rest of our team, the mind-reading Inhuman whom Kasius brings in to check their stories wants to help, so he makes sure Daisy and Jemma’s stories are straight. This new Inhuman guy is interesting. His motivations – to save his family as well as the rest of the Lighthouse’s inhabitants – seem legit. And of course it’s not at all surprising when he learns that Kasius wants to get away from the Lighthouse, and burn it all behind him. What a great guy.

Speaking of people’s motivations, it was good to learn more of Deke’s. I’m inclined to believe his story about his parents, and the shock of hearing his father’s voice on Virgil’s radio. But I’m also not at all upset that Coulson doesn’t trust him after what he did to Daisy. After all, if Coulson had trusted him after he betrayed his surrogate daughter, that would have been majorly out of character.

Meanwhile, what the hell did Sinara do to poor May? Ugh, can’t she ever catch a break? That’s one question I hope next week answers right away. I mean, it’s great that Coulson, Yo-Yo, and Mack are all relatively safe now, but … May!

And then there’s Yo-Yo and Mack. Henry Simmons broke my heart with both his reactions to Gunner’s words, and his questioning his own ability to be a good father. Oh, Mack. I’m so glad Yo-Yo was there to reassure him with those true words: yes, the Hope in the Framework wasn’t real, but the way Mack behaved toward her, the way he loved her – those were real.

Finally, that twist at the end. I don’t know about you all, but I was actually surprised. I mean, I was fully expecting to hear more about Fitz this week, and maybe see him working feverishly back in the past. But having him show up in the middle of Kasius’s exhibition? That was a bit of a shock.

Fitz! Where have you been?? And more importantly, how the heck are you here?!

So, now we know that our agents have to: A) save Jemma and Daisy, if they don’t save themselves, B) rescue all the Inhumans from Kree clutches, C) save everyone else on the Lighthouse and/or prevent the Kree from destroying it, and D) work in concert with the people who are still on the Earth’s surface, hopefully ending with our agents getting back home. Not too bad, really.

What did you think of Fitz’s surprise appearance? Did you see it coming? Let us know in the comments.