Official synopsis for Spacetime:
“When Daisy gets a horrifying glimpse of the future, S.H.I.E.L.D. races to prove that fate is not fixed.”
I count this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as one of the series’ best, due to a compelling storyline, top-notch action sequences, and a Terminator reference! Whilst the movie reference didn’t add to the episode’s impact, it certainly made me laugh when Lincoln admitted he’d never seen the film, only for Coulson to tell him he’s off the team. As if it were that easy. The real messages of Spacetime came whilst following the team through a race to change the future, and witnessing a shift in power.
Gideon Malick has been in control of a lot during the season, but one thing he is having a hard time controlling is Hive, who premiered his new, rejuvenated look this week. Brett Dalton plays the part unbelievably well, and every time he comes on screen as Hive I’m waiting for something terrifying to happen. This week Hive finally shed some light on the one thing Malick has been craving, true power.
You may remember Coulson’s first robotic hand, cast aside after taking Ward’s life on Maveth. As it turns out, Hive kept it. Hive tells Malick that there’s nothing like actually taking someone’s life, rather than ordering other people to do it. Hive then leads Hydra to the tech company that made a component of Coulson’s robot hand, where they find an exoskeleton that Hive urges Malick to put on. Malick gets super strength, and can finally feel powerful, just like Hive’s Inhuman brethren. It’s a chilling moment seeing Malick gifted with such a weapon.
The storyline this week revolves around the team discovering an Inhuman that can not only see the future, but show that same future to whomever touches him. Daisy is contacted, via a 911 dispatch call, by a man she has never even met. He tells her that the touch of a homeless man, Charles, showed her her arrival, subsequent attack by Hydra, and his own death. As Daisy watches on impotently, Hydra takes Charles, who is clearly Inhuman, just as Daisy tries to save him. She inevitably touches him, triggering a vision of her own future.
What would you do if you saw into your future? Would you think it could it be changed? According to Fitz it can’t be. While Daisy retold the sequence of events in her vision, she decided that she had to try and change it to save Charles from death. Fitz then gave the team a dumbed down explanation of time, basically boiling down to the fact that the future can’t be changed, even if you know what’s coming. This scene reminded me of the much missed team dynamic of season one, and represented one of the few examples of true teamwork seen all season.
The expected turn of events as seen by Daisy did not however show Andrew Garner’s sad return. Garner gave himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. stating that his next transformation into Lash would be permanent. I have a theory: if Lash is going to stick around now, even as a captive, then maybe he’s the one who takes down Hive? We shall see. It was heartbreaking to watch May see Andrew transform one last time. I couldn’t help but think of Star Trek as she put her hand up to the glass, mirroring Andrew on the other side. May’s vulnerable moments in the show are uncommon, and it’s nice to be reminded she can have feelings and feel hurt too.
Fitz’s prediction that the future could not be changed was proven to be correct (I didn’t doubt him for second). The big reveal was that Charles didn’t need saving, Daisy did. When Daisy arrives to the rooftop of the building, Malick attacks her with his new getup only to be save by Charles. Although Charles saves Daisy, he unfortunately still dies after making her promise to protect his daughter, Robin. Something Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does well is humanizing characters even when they aren’t all human. I don’t mention Chloe Bennet’s performance on the show too often but she did an amazing job in Spacetime.
A definite highlight from Spacetime was witnessing the final shift of power in Hydra that’s been teased since Hive entered the picture. We know that Malick is losing control of Hive, and it turns out that a better question to ask would be whether he’s ever been control of Hive at all. In his interactions with SHIELD Malick has been the manipulator, but now it feels like he’s being manipulated. Malick clearly saw something in the future that Charles showed him that not only didn’t he like, but also seemed afraid of.
I’m looking forward to finding out if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can keep up momentum after this week’s episode. Action-packed plus a good story to follow helps me look forward the upcoming weeks. Plus, we need to eventually find out who dies in the spaceship. For now we know it’s been hinted that it’s someone who wears a crucifix, which means it probably won’t turn out to be YoYo. So what did you think of Spacetime, and do you have any predictions for the upcoming weeks? Comment below or hit us up on Twitter to chat!