‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finally Does Its Time Loop Episode Next Week

by Erik Amaya

It’s inevitable. If you do a time travel show, you will have to make a time loop episode. Someone will make a joke about Groundhog’s Day, or a more obscure example of this subgenre, and the selected key character will watch as their companions die horribly.
And now, it is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s turn to do it.
As seen in this preview for next week’s show, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) awakens from the healing chamber to discover the Zephyr has been caught in a time storm for, well, some time. She soon realizes all of this has happened before, but it seem the Coulson LMD (Clark Gregg) perceives the time-loop with greater clarity. Can the two figure out a way to pull the Zephyr out of harms way before its destroyed by time winds, chronovores, or the sudden appearance of a wild Dr. Strange?

Meanwhile, we appreciated this week’s focus on Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) and May (Ming-Na Wen). The two should’ve teamed up more often during the show’s run as they have a wonderful hot-and-cold rapport. As stated in the episode, emotions are not May’s thing (even before she became empathic) and Yo-Yo has always worn hers all over her jacket. But then to ask them to engage in any sort of intimacy lead to something hilarious and illuminating. Well, once they resorted to sparring.
Also, it was interesting to see a completely sympathetic Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) again after all this time. One has to wonder if the fate of her other daughter in the original timeline impacted her heart as much as the trauma she suffered from Hydra’s experimentation. Presumably, this will be a running plot in the last handful of episodes as Nathaniel Malick’s (Thomas E. Sullivan) tentacle becomes increasingly Inhuman. Wouldn’t it be crazy if she had to contact the Inhuman royal family on the Moon for aid?
Okay, we seriously doubt any Marvel production will ever reference that Inhumans TV show, but nothing is off the table in S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s final days. And as the team’s interventions continue to change the timeline, we expect they will return to a fairly different 21st Century. Open dialogue with Black Bolt could be part of that change.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Wednesdays on ABC.

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