REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S6E1 – Missing Pieces

Our show is finally back! And right off the bat, I appreciate how the writers put in a “Previously” segment, because it’s been a loooong time since the last episode aired. Almost a year, in fact.

But it was worth waiting for. I mean, I’m a little disappointed that they’re not going to address the fallout from Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame at all – or at least not this season – but I also understand. Much as I’d love more continuity between the MCU and this show, I can also just enjoy this show on its own merits. Because it has plenty of merits.

I love Jemma and her Bangs of Getting Fitz Back No Matter What, pointing out that they don’t need to whisper. Hee.

One of those excellent things? Its cast. Man, have I missed these guys! Just as we all expected, Mack seems to be doing great as director of the rebuilding SHIELD: he cares about his agents, does his best to stay on top of the latest brand of weird things threatening the planet, and did I hear correctly that he wants to restart the SHIELD academy and name it after Coulson? Because … *cries all over everything* I wonder if that was all Mack, or all May, or both of them, or from the whole team?

Well, I say “whole team”, except Fitz hasn’t been found yet. I’m really hoping that doesn’t get drawn out for too long (we only have thirteen episodes this season, guys!), though of course the emotions his still being missing after one year brings up are intense and very believable. A little more on Fitz later.

So far, although it has its drawbacks as Jemma pointed out, I can’t object to Daisy’s strategy of making herself as worthy of fear as possible while she, Jemma, Davis, and Piper travel around in deep space. I love me some super-powerful Quake. Glad there’s some continuity about the Confederacy from last season, though they don’t seem to be the main bad guys.

While we all knew that Clark Gregg’s new character wasn’t at all like Coulson, seeing our first glimpse of him this ep was still shocking and painful. At least he seems to care about his team members? Which is great, except he appears to be trying to destroy Earth. Which is really not great. On the other hand, Clark Gregg’s direction of this episode was fantastic.

I really thought Keller was going to bite it during this mission, since he’s getting between Mack and Elena. But no, it was the other new guy who bit it. Sorry, Other New Guy with the ley lines theory. You died an honorable death. Though it must suck to be shot by a guy who looks exactly like your organization’s former heroic director.

Well. He certainly knows how to make an entrance.

Don’t have much to say about the new science doc yet. He seems competent. Also, no actual appearance by Deke yet…

Lastly, while I’m glad to have seen a glimpse of Fitz at the end of this ep, I’m also worried about him. Sure, he can speak an alien language now. That’s fine. After all, Jemma learned one in her spare time, so why not her lost husband-in-another-timeline? But I had this terrible hunch that he might somehow be suffering from amnesia – that he doesn’t remember Jemma at all. And if that’s true, I’m going to feel an awful lot like punching my laptop across the room. (I may have mentioned before: I loathe amnesia as a plot device to separate a couple.)

Oh, and also: dedicating the season premiere to Stan Lee? *cries again, some more*

Anyway, I’m excited to have the show back! Wondering how the heck all these mysteries and plotlines will be wrapped up in even fewer eps than usual, too. What did you think of the season premiere? Feel free to drop a comment and let us know!