REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S6E3 – Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson

If, like me, you’ve been enjoying this show but missing some of its more lighthearted aspects, this episode is just what you needed. Also, if you’re a fan of Hunter S. Thompson’s classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas … then you might get more of the references than I did, since I’ve only seen half the movie and never read the book. (Sorry.)

Poor Enoch. I’m glad he has his best friend to give his life purpose. (Also, did Fitz tear off that dead guy’s arms with his bare hands, or…?)

Anyway. It turns out the planet that Enoch recommended they take the crew to – Kitson – is a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”, to borrow a phrase. When their ship is stolen, the two have no choice but to try to obtain enough money to get off the planet by gambling at the planet’s casino. As a highly logical Chronicom, Enoch is good at counting cards, but awful at reading cues from other gamblers. This leads to Fitz playing a game where he’ll end up enslaved if he loses. No offense, Enoch – I like you a lot – but friends don’t let friends play games where they might end up in slavery. Even if there do seem to be no great alternatives.

Meanwhile, a scary bounty hunter tries to take out Daisy & company on the Zephyr. They don’t know who he is, but we know from the promo images that this is Malachi. Who is also, apparently, a Chronicom. Now that makes me think: are these Hunter Chronicoms trying to take out Fitz (and Enoch) because they’re messing with the timeline? That would seem logical, but also not especially original. I guess we’ll see. On another note, it’s always great to see Clark Middleton (who played the inspector) on my screen. The guy’s a fantastic character actor. I wonder if he’ll show up again this season.

But anyway! On to the most important/hilarious part of the episode. Davis, Daisy, and Simmons all eat some of what looks like a tasty, colorful snack once they find what used to be Fitz and Enoch’s ship. And if you saw the title of the episode, you can guess what happens next: oh, yeah. They all get super, suuuuuper high. Especially Davis, who ate the most. For Daisy and Simmons, that means they get to have an incredibly adorable, hysterically funny Fear and Loathing-y sequence in the casino while tripping on alien edibles. Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge are just plain fantastic together. Also, Jemma, you might think you’re a Ravenclaw – and maybe you started out that way – but by now you’re at least a little bit Slytherin, don’t you think? Furthermore, Monkey Fitz is possibly the cutest Patronus in the entire universe. Now I want to know what Daisy’s Patronus would be!

Some other favorites: this entire scene (especially, “I think my parents are mice!” and their sobbing affirmations of each other), “If I can’t Quake it I’ll break it”, and Jemma’s whole dolphin exchange with the bouncer.

The only part of the episode that left me frustrated was that Fitz & Simmons did not end up reunited (not to mention the rest of the Find Fitz team). Come on, show. There are a very limited number of eps left in the season. Sure, now Fitz & Simmons both know that they’re in the same time period now, but that’s not good enough. Malachi better not try to take Fitz back to the proper timeline and kill him there, or something. ‘Cuz that will also result in some laptop-throwing from your reviewer here.

Unfortunately, my source cut off before the final scene of the episode. From what I’ve managed to read, it was our only glimpse of Sarge and his team back on Earth this week. Sarge gets to say some ominous line, which, fine. We still don’t know what these invaders are actually trying to do. Hopefully next week will clarify that, as well as finally reunite the SHIELD folks who are out in space.

What did you think of the episode? What were your favorite lines? Did you also think there were some Stranger Things-esque musical cues going on? Let us know in the comments.