Episode 9 – Best Laid Plans
The gang is one step closer to getting back together as we move closer to the mid-season and the 100th episode of Agents of SHIELD. In Best Laid Plans, the A team – Coulson, May, Daisy, Fitz, Simmons and with the addition of Deke, work to get the Zephyr off the ground and back to the Lighthouse to follow through on Robin’s promising prediction. The B team – Mack, Yo-Yo and Flint work on rallying together the last remaining humans to uprise against Kasius’ brutal regime. Both ends see some success, even if it was hard won.
Since the Zephyr has been sitting for so long, Fitzsimmons gave a grim prognosis of the likeliness of it lifting off. With their diagnosis of the plane, they discover it too holds a stock of gravitonium and the pair divulge in a conversation about paradoxes. Their expositional chatter doesn’t give out much then what was previously thought, time loop paradoxes and the like, but they become concerned that they knew what they were doing even though it was wrong in the past because they had done it in the future. It’s a doozy of a premise but SHIELD is presenting it in a fairly simple way.
Another big development in the episode was Kasius’ raise-the-dead abilities. His experimental program brought back Tess to life and sends her to Flint, Mack and Yo-Yo to try and make a deal. Kasius has more fallouts in this episode then victories. While he thinks he has the upperhand against the humans, Mack and Yo-Yo rally the last of humankind to remove the bombs Kasius had planted and set them on his scientific discovery floor. For as much as he loses, Kasius reveals that he has his own Seer. This came as a surprise- you would think if Kasius had someone who could see the future that they would be able to call these shots.
This episode continued with showing May as the mother figure. It stuns her and we see a side of May we so rarely get to. But it is a nice development in her character, especially because she is very injured. Coulson, on the other hand, resumes his position as leader of the group, ensuring his team is taking care of what needs to be taken care of. Daisy jumps right into action when the anchors malfunction upon liftoff, but comes into contact with Sinara. As the gravity storm swells, an incredible anti-gravity fight ensues. Daisy handles herself well for most of the fight, but Sinara eventually overpowers her. Deke, who followed Daisy for ambiguous purposes, distracts Sinara until Daisy gathers herself, and as the show loves to do, impales Sinara. It could be the last we see of her unless Kasius is still able to resurrect her.
Overall, the episode hummed by. It wasn’t overwhelming spectacular, but it did fill out some of the rough points of the storyline.