Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “A Life Earned” Review
For better or for worse, many pieces have been moved around to where they need to be for us to start getting somewhere on this station. Characters were making bigger moves than they should, and a bit early, but at the end of the day this isn’t the kind of world where people get comfortable where they’re at. It was a hard pill to swallow for Coulson and the team to learn who they can trust and who they can’t. Like they said, what’s left here of humanity has already lost just that. So you fear what happens when survival is all that’s left on the table.
The encounter between Kasius and Daisy was just what we needed this week. Not what you would want under these circumstances, but it seems that this was just the moment for someone like Kasius to finally start talking about his intentions for this place and humanity. The truth wasn’t too hard to understand. It would have been the same thing desired for anyone else in his position. If you really had to sit there wondering what that may be, then there were definitely some hints missed during last week’s episode before the exhibition match. Where this takes Daisy next was interesting because once more we see the influence of inhumans brought beyond Earth and to this station. For someone like Daisy it was a big thing for her to finally get to share in the same awakening as Jemma. You can have the purest of heart, but that doesn’t mean anything here. You’ll surely fill a rare role, though it’s almost like a disease that keeps you from focusing on your survival and that of those you care about most.
That aside, Daisy also has an engaging interaction with some new faces. Some new, while some others we were getting a lot more dialogue from. Last wee I can’t say that I would have accepted that there was a true north for this plot. Up to this point it was simply a game of survival and recon. Arguable since they are agents of course, though this is a show where sometimes you need things to happen and there has to be momentum put into every scene that follows. We got just that through Daisy’s defiance of the way things are dealing with Kasius.
For Coulson and the rest, one would have thought that this would be the time to lay low. If that was you, then you’re probably watching a different show. With the one person who could move about freely captured, now there isn’t much keeping this group from trying to get answers on their own. Again this part of the story gives you mixed feelings. You want to see these agents figure this place out and the true nature of their mission, yet at the same time you don’t want them stepping on too many feet along the way. It only takes one slip-up for someone aside from them to get caught in their mess. Nonetheless as a whole this is exploration at the core. With that said, getting into trouble is the only outcome of their snooping and for that things did get exciting through their usual brand of action.
Mack seems like the next person for them to test, and for him this might be the most important. Everyone one else so far was putting in a place where they were able to at the very least stay true to who they are. He on the other hand is being asked to do some things that he just earlier said wasn’t necessary. While they are clearly role filling through Mack here, it goes without saying that in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t hurt to have that one person who has their foot planted on reality. To that extent where at the very least there is a true struggle to adapt.
This week it was Deke who got the spotlight and now I can say that he is someone who grows on you. Plenty about him was not all too appealing. He wasn’t a bad character or badly written, just someone who did not meet any respectable expectation for a hero. In the heat of the moment they planned the execution just right for us to finally understand what goes through his head. We needed to know why he hates people playing hero, why he thinks he knows best for these people. Luckily all of that began to make sense here and gave him greater relevancy to the events that follow.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “A Life Earned” was chalk full of things that we needed to know about where this plot is taking us. Kasius’ plans weren’t all too shocking, though the things that everyone is willing to do to work against him or to survive is what grabbed your attention most. Especially this twist at the end of the episode that adds one more crucial question to the mix. Hopefully it also adds some clarity to this multiverse theory that surrounds the destruction of a planet by someone who isn’t even on the planet to cause it. Mindbottling right?