Malick Takes Focus On The Next ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

by Erik Amaya

After a harrowing loop in a time storm, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back in conventional time. But there is still a looming threat over the team’s planned return to the 21st Century: Nathaniel Malick (Thomas E. Sullivan). It seems he’s the worst of the lot. Since seeing Daisy’s (Chloe Bennet) powers in the 1970s, he’s accomplished so many things Hydra never pulled off in the old timeline. And now, we’re not even sure he’s Hydra anymore. Whatever his affiliation, the Coulson LMD’s (Clark Gregg) supposition in this preview for next week’s episode is correct: he’s a danger to the timeline. Will the team be able to stop him, heal the wounds left in time, and finally end the remaining Chronicom problem?

And speaking of Chronicoms, we were genuinely saddened by Enoch’s (Joel Stoffer) final scene. The current year gave it much more gravitas, but even if things were not as precarious in the world, his conversation with Daisy and Coulson would’ve been a highlight in a season filled with great moments. Enoch was always something of a joke machine (pun intended), but Stoffer gave him such an innocence and charm that you always wanted him to return. Now, though, it seems there is no return for him and his grim prognostication about the team’s future casts a shadow on the remaining four episodes.
Granted, his words are open to interpretation. The team may disband for any number of reasons. We’ll start with the craziest one: they inadvertently erased themselves from Marvel history and must lead quieter lives. For the couples — and we’re going to include Daisy and Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) in this now that that is in the mix — a life without constant danger is definitely something they deserve. Of course, that means Deke (Jeff Ward) and potentially Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) will face some of the loneliness Enoch spoke of.
Well, presuming Fitz is dead, of course. The show keeps leaning in that direction. The implant may not be guarding his location, instead it may be keeping Simmons from remembering her grief. We’d honestly be impressed if the show allowed their story to end so tragically, even if it turns out they did have some sort of a life together while figuring out the time drive. This week’s mix of funny and sad, as wonderfully directed by Henstridge herself, suggests the show has the capacity for a bittersweet end.
Oh, and Deke? The only ending he’s earned is a new history filled with a loving family. It’s the only way to make him less of a weasel.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Wednesdays on ABC.

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