Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And The “Alien Commies From The Future!”

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After barely escaping the 1920s, S.H.I.E.L.D. makes a rocky landing in 1955. Thankfully, they’ve landed in Area 51 so any reports of a spaceship appearing out of the sky won’t be too out of the ordinary. Before they leave to find out what the Chronicoms are up to this time, Mack clarifies that he’s the boss, everyone is to follow his orders (looking at you Deke and Daisy), and their enemy is the Chronicoms. The rest of the history they need to leave alone. 

Agent Carter Redux

It’s pretty easy to figure out what’s at stake this time. Area 51 is a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where their top scientists are working on new technology. One piece, Helius, will get repurposed in the future as a weapon, so naturally, that’s what the Chronicoms are targeting. S.H.I.E.L.D. begins their counteroffensive by scooping up Gerald Sharpe from the Department of Defense, but he proves to be more seasoned than they expected. With little information to go on, Coulson poses as Sharpe and enters the S.H.I.E.L.D. base with Simmons, who is posing as Peggy Carter. 

Coulson may be an LMD but his fanboy energy is still very high. Watching him and Simmons in the S.H.I.E.L.D. base is a delight. They discover Helius is due to be tested that afternoon. Knowing a Chronicom must be among the scientists or special guests, they attempt to elicit an emotional response from each person with varying results. But the real trouble comes when Daniel Sousa, now head of the LA division of the SSR, arrives at the base. As Peggy’s former partner (and love, at least in one universe’s timeline), he knows instantly that Simmons isn’t the famous Agent Carter and quickly arrests her and Coulson. 

The Right Kind of Boom

After Mack, YoYo, and May all fail at getting Sharpe to talk and endure racist insults in the process, they send in the only white man on board: Deke. Sharpe doesn’t give up much but he does comment that Helius isn’t functional, but Deke knows it could be if a Chronicom powered it up. Doing so would turn Helius into a bomb that would take out the entire base and wipe out S.H.I.E.L.D.’s science division. And that plan is already underway as a Chronicom (posing as a secretary), turns Helius on. 

To free up the team, Daisy convinces Sousa she’s a CIA agent and gets him to release Coulson and Simmons to her. Then they lock Sousa in a cell. Sorry, Sousa! To root out the Chronicom in the base, May and YoYo throw gas canisters into the lab but May is quickly overwhelmed. YoYo doesn’t fare much better because her Inhuman powers still aren’t working. They follow the Chronicom to Helius and try to keep it from powering the device. Meanwhile, Coulson is fighting with a second Chronicom in the base. Sousa finds them but is unsure where to point his gun. Just as he’s about to be choked to death by the Chronicom, Simmons and Daisy succeed in reconfiguring an early attempt at an EMP into one powerful enough to shut down Helius. The EMP knocks out Helius, the Chronicoms (who self-destruct by melting), and Coulson.

With history restored and S.H.I.E.L.D. still safe, the team leaves 1955 but not before convincing Sharpe that they were aliens. He runs into an Area 51 diner claiming to have been abducted but, of course, no one believes him.

Field Notes

  • Coulson’s confusion over why May wasn’t happier to see him is so human and adorable. This LMD really is a good copy of the real man. 
  • Daisy to Sousa after locking him in a holding cell: “We’re the good guys, I swear!”
  • Mack to Sharpe: “I can explain. *punches him out* I’d just rather not.”

 

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