‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 7.03 & 7.04 Review: The 1950s Bring Back Agent Daniel Sousa

Another couple weeks, another couple new episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The end of episode 4 confirmed what we were all expecting: that every time period will receive a two-episode arc. What we weren’t expecting was that our lovable agents were going to add some fresh blood to the team.

Of course, I’m referring to Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) of Agent Carter fame. Seeing Sousa back in the flesh, and interacting with the agents, was an absolute treat! I don’t remember Sousa being so damn likeable and entertaining to watch. His interaction with Simmons posing as Peggy Carter was great as was Coulson fanboying at meeting him. Coulson is a true Captain America and Friends fanatic.

However, S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to give Sousa a larger role to play in the two-episode narrative. Episode 3 teased that he had found out HYDRA had slithered its way into S.H.I.E.L.D. and in episode 4 we find out that he was the first fallen agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. due to trying to unveil HYDRA to the feds.

That placed the show in a tricky spot. Were they really about to kill off Sousa after fans just saw him again after so many years away? The answer (which I predicted) was simple. Have Coulson (who can take a bullet as a LMD) disguise himself as Sousa and fake the once lover of Peggy Carter’s death. Sousa ended up joining the team at the end of episode 4 and I can’t wait to see how he reacts to the future.

We also learned that May gained a superpower during her time being posed by the shrike or whatever it was in season 6. She can sense the emotions and feelings of people around her. That will no doubt come in handy, but she feels nothing from LMD Coulson which will definitely impact the two’s relationship. Just let May and Coulson be happy and together, AoS writers!

Deke met an older Wilfred Malick who I’m guessing is going to be the recurring human villain this season. I like how S.H.I.E.L.D. has created a powerful HYDRA dynasty with the Malick blood. The show has always been good (especially in its earlier seasons) about tying or expanding on minor details in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe and the last few seasons have been no exception. Whether it is revealing who was the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 1970s (it was Patrick Warburton) or that the Koenigs’ grandfather ran a speakeasy, the show has thrived on really filling out the character backstories and making us care about who we’re watching. You know who I’d love to be watching right now?


Where has the other half of FitzSimmons gone to? It’s been four episodes and nary a vocal cameo from our main scientist! It’s a 13-episode season and we’re beginning to run out of episodes! Hopefully he joins the team or is at least seen in episode 5 because I want to see the whole team together one last time! Fitz wouldn’t have left Enoch in the ’50s!

Overall, this two-episode run was another blast in the past and with Sousa (and more guest stars) confirmed for the rest of the season, I think us fans are in for one hell of a final season!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 7 continues tonight with episode 5 “A Trout in the Milk”

What were some of your favorite moments from the first two episodes of the season? Which characters do you hope to see return during the 13-episode run? Tell me down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

"Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, uh, are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"