So we’re three episodes into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sixth season. A guy with Coulson’s face is running around killing people and causing mayhem. Fitz is somewhere in space, still, with Daisy and Simmons in hot pursuit. But what about Fitz’s grandson, Deke? We haven’t heard or seen him since the finale where he decided to see the world before it and, potentially, he ceased to exist. Deke is back and he’s in yet another firefight on a spaceship. He looks like an action hero, slaying alien foes left and right, which can only mean… yep. Deke has built a version of the framework and is marketing it as a virtual reality game (complete with a sultry Daisy character).
He’s shaken out of the game by his girlfriend, Sequoia, who is played by executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen! In fact, Deke has his own little squad now and runs a huge tech business where they recreate gadgets, food, and realities he encountered in the future and during his time with S.H.I.E.L.D. Considering he was raised as, basically, a slave to the Kree and sacrificed himself for S.H.I.E.L.D. only to end up the present, I can’t say I much blame him for trying to make a profit.
At HQ, Keller decides it’s a good time to tell Mack about his relationship with Yo-Yo. Not wanting to break up field teams, or face the truth that Yo-Yo has moved on, Mack stops Keller short. Any further discussion is tabled when Yo-Yo brings news that Sarge and his crew are making a map of Earth for some reason. It might have to do with a random guy they hunt down and stab to death.
Next thing we know, Sarge is waiting in Deke’s conference room. None the wiser, Deke thinks it’s his old pal Coulson, who has somehow survived death yet again. As Deke blabbers on, including mentioning S.H.I.E.L.D.’s propensity to wipe people’s minds, Sarge plays along. Thankfully, Deke isn’t that stupid. When Sarge doesn’t know details about FitzSimmons or May, Deke figures out this isn’t Coulson. He stabs Sarge’s left hand, which was Coulson’s prosthetic, just to be sure and then runs. But Sarge’s lackeys are already in place. They know Deke isn’t supposed to be on Earth. That sounds a lot like the bounty hunter from last week’s episode.
The man Sarge stabbed, Harold, has ended up at S.H.I.E.L.D. Benson performs an autopsy but Harold definitely doesn’t seem human on the inside. It turns out he’s actually infected with a parasite, which was implanted by Sarge with the knife. When Benson removes the knife, the parasite detaches from Harold and escapes through an air vent, which is very bad and very gross. But even more bad? While trying to catch it, the parasite flies into Keller’s mouth(!!!!) and forces its way down. Horrific af!
As the parasite takes control of Keller, Benson tries sedating him and Yo-Yo straps him down, but nothing is helping. Keller is deteriorating and Benson can’t even cut him open to try extracting the parasite. They decide to wheel him to a containment unit but on the way, Keller breaks free. He starts exploding into crystals like Harold had done. Yo-Yo speedily grabs Sarge’s knife and stabs him. It stops the parasite from doing whatever it was doing but Keller is in a horrific half-exploded-crystal state.
Deke eludes Sarge for a while using his own tech. One of Deke’s squad turns out to be Agent Khan of S.H.I.E.L.D. and quietly extracts Deke from the building. S.H.I.E.L.D. has been keeping an eye on Deke for a while, it seems. He’s left on the quinjet while Mack, May, and their team go in to hopefully capture Sarge. Just then is when Sequoia returns with her and Deke’s very important boba. She’s unknowingly entered a warzone, causing Deke to throw on a Kevlar vest and go get her. He finds her quickly enough but then Pax attacks. Luckily, Mack is there to save the day. Maybe it’s just that Pax is so small in comparison, but Mack looks like he’s gained 30 pounds of muscle in between episodes.
When Pax is down for the count, Jaco shows up. Deke sends Sequoia off with Agent Khan while he and Mack lead Jaco away. They trick him into the simulation of the Framework where sultry Daisy keeps him preoccupied. Deke offers Mack 2% of his company to not tell anyone about that feature.
All this time, May was pursuing Snowflake. The two women have a savage fight that May, of course, wins. But then Sarge walks up and points a gun to her head. Good news is he doesn’t want to kill her. Bad news is he and Snowflake take May with them when they leave in their portal hopping van.
The kicker this week shows Sequoia’s Instagram story for the whole episode, including her falling for Agent Khan after he “rescues” her.
Keller to Yo-Yo: “I will fight for you if I have to. Not fight fight because Mack terrifies me, more like fight emotionally.”
Of course the episode where I start getting used to Keller is the episode where he seemingly dies. Thanks, S.H.I.E.L.D.
This is a shortened season so the plot is moving faster than normal for S.H.I.E.L.D, but at the same time, nothing much is happening. We still don’t understand Sarge’s motivations or why he responds to “Coulson” or what any of this has to do with the Fitz/Simmons/Daisy storyline. Unless Sarge is also a hunter Chronicom, maybe a rogue one?
Every episode I have to look up the name of Sarge’s crew. If you’re going to give characters names, have the other characters use them!
I love Deke Shaw. Please let him stay on this show forever.
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