‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 7.05 & 7.06 Review: An Altered 1970s Brings ‘The Winter Soldier’ Plot to the Forefront

Let’s start by saying what has to be on everyone’s minds after the last two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Daniel Sousa is the best! The writers clearly knew what they were doing this season by bringing Enver Gjokaj‘s Agent Carter back not only for a two-episode guest stint but as a recurring new member of the team! His character adds a whole new dynamic to the team and it’s been a blast watching him interact with Daisy Johnson/Quake.

And that wasn’t even the best part of the 1970s arc! Project Insight, the HYDRA master plan from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is all of a sudden happening 40 years too early! Those darn chronicoms stayed behind in the 1950s to help Wilfred Malick change the timeline. It was cool seeing this major MCU storyline play out in the 1970s with old tech. We also got to see Coulson and May rocking some comic accurate S.H.I.E.L.D. jumpsuits. Oh, and Patrick Warburton is always a welcome sight.

But wait—the chronicoms have also learned how to steal memories and personality traits from the humans they steal faces from. They’re basically robotic skrulls now. This leads to the heartbreaking reveal at the end of episode 6 where we find out that Mack’s parents have both been killed and replaced by chronicoms. It’s heart wrenching seeing Mack kill his own “parents” and deal with their deaths (and what that means for his own existence).

Unfortunately, we still haven’t seen any of Fitz, but I did find out that’s because Iain De Caestecker had a scheduling conflict and couldn’t appear in the first six episodes. This means I better be seeing some Fitz in the next episode!! But at least his absence explained why Simmons was acting so strange and what the weird red lights in the back of her neck were. It belonged to an implant in her neck that helps block the memory of Fitz’s location. I’m sure the chronicoms will use this information once they learn of it to their advantage.

Speaking of the chronicoms, they sure blew it this time didn’t they. And by blew it, I mean literally blew it as Coulson blew them (and himself) up with the explosives originally meant for Project Insight. Like Coulson said, dying is sort of his superpower at this point. It’s moments like this that make me appreciate the show’s writers and their love of Coulson’s humor.

Overall, it was another solid batch of episodes. The season continues to get better and better and the time travel shenanigans have really opened up the story telling potential. I’m loving all the guest appearances, and can’t wait to see which former character appears in the 1980s portion of the season. Will Mack and Deke also find a way out of the ’80s and back to the team? I know I’ll be watching to be find out!

What did you think of these last two episodes? Which time period has been your favorite so far? Drop some of your favorite moments from episodes 5 and 6 down in the comments below!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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