REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7E1 – The New Deal

Guys. Guys. I’ve missed this show SO. MUCH.

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Loving these costumes so far.

All right, let’s get started. It’s wonderful to have original flavor Coulson back, but gosh, watching him get brought up to speed with two years’ worth of info in such a short time was painful – almost watching-him-relive-Tahiti levels of painful. And watching Mack, Daisy, and Simmons watch him do that? Also painful. We’ll be watching every character deal with the reality of LMD Coulson throughout the season, I’m sure. I’m also sure we haven’t seen the last of Coulson himself processing this new reality of his existence. Knowing how little he wanted this kind of thing, it will be out of character for him if there isn’t some angst and maybe even resentment left on that issue. But I don’t mind that he’s going all-in on this mission for now. I love our AC.

It was reasonable for the show to hang a lantern on the issue of Fitz and Simmons continually being separated by space and time. Yes, as Yo-Yo pointed out, those two have lots of practice at it. That doesn’t mean, however, that viewers (including me!) won’t be furious if they don’t end up together at the actual end of the show. Earlier that that would be fine, too. Also, Yo-Yo with her new hands? That was me holding back a tear.

So as we expected, Patton Oswalt is playing an ancestor of the Koenig brothers. I would not be even slightly surprised if his interactions with Coulson, Mack, and the rest of the team lead right into his future involvement with SSR. That would be very appropriate and time loop-y.

Speaking of time loops, I really like how Deke laid out his theory of time as a river. “Ripples not waves” is a good motto to live by in the past, Mack. We’ll see how well the team manages to stick to that. Heh. And I’m also liking how Deke is using his adaptability so well for the team thus far. He’s really grown as a character and an agent, and I am here for it.

I’m glad Enoch is still around. It’ll be a shame if we don’t see him interacting with Fitz much or at all, but he’s almost always a delight. But speaking of Fitz, we better at least see him within a few episodes. I miss Bobo.

The men looked great in this ep, but I think we can all agree that Daisy in the green dress was the standout look.

May’s appearance at the end there was, uh, both creepy and cool. Wondering what kind of lingering effects she’ll have from her time in the other universe, after being basically dead. Hey, now she and Coulson have something else in common!

The overall feel of this season, based just on the first episode, is that it will yet again be fresh and distinct from previous seasons while still of course fitting into the show’s continuity very well. It’s also got a bit of a Timeless feel to it – which I don’t mind in the slightest! (Too bad a crossover wouldn’t work at this point…) And naturally, Hydra still has to be around. No doubt the characters will struggle with the ethics of having to keep their archenemy organization alive alongside SHIELD through time.

What did you think of the season premiere? Any predictions for plot elements to come? Let us know in the comments.