Will this be the episode where we finally see Leopold Fitz for the first time in season 7? Let’s find out.
Daisy’s Real Family
The Zephyr leaves the atmosphere and drops off S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar, which means they have no idea where Simmons and Deke are. Mack, YoYo, and Coulson land with the rescued Inhumans from Afterlife, a few of Nathaniel’s men, and Kora. Without a second’s hesitation, Daisy quakes Kora up against a wall and demands answers. Kora responds that she wants to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent now because that’s the best way to save lives. She states they’re in a brand new timeline and there’s no way to get back to the original one. So why not kill 30 specific people to prevent millions of people from suffering and dying in the future?
But that’s not how S.H.I.E.L.D. operates, duh. When talking with Daisy alone, Kora tries the sister tactic instead, claiming Sibyl told her there was no future where Daisy would let her sister fight this “good” fight alone. And she’s right… sort of. Daisy tries to sneak off to rescue Simmons but is intercepted by Sousa, who tags along. Daisy believes they need to act unpredictably in order to evade Sibyl. So while it’s true she would always save her sister, Sibyl failed to realize something. “The thing is,” Daisy says, “I already have a sister to save. Her name is Jemma Simmons.”
They haven’t even taken off when Mack comes on board. Agreeing that they can’t play by Sibyl’s rules, he takes over as pilot and authorizes their exit. They fly off after the Zephyr. While en route, Daisy tells Mack about Enoch’s dying warning to enjoy their last mission together. Mack accepts that news but it’s harder for Daisy. S.H.I.E.L.D. is her family. When she glances very deliberately at Sousa, Mack lovingly teases her about her new crush and celebrates winning a bet with YoYo. Although Sousa doesn’t remember their kiss (timey-whimey reasons, presumably), it’s obvious he’s interested. So Mack warns him to never hurt Daisy and Sousa promises he won’t. Sousa is tickled to learn about Daisy’s superhero name, Quake, and teases her about it later and it’s freaking adorable.
Kora’s Crappy Logic
After May purposefully prods Kora, the young woman takes out all of the Lighthouse’s power and lowers the firewall to allow Sibyl access to their system. Coulson is able to read enough of Sibyl’s code to slow her down but Kora is the only one who can purge Sibyl from the system completely. Kora still thinks taking out a targeted list of people is the best path to peace and suggests starting with Grant Ward. However, Coulson reminds us all that Garrett was the reason Ward went evil and they’ve seen a timeline where Ward was actually good. So Kora’s logic is flawed.
To try to persuade her to see past Nathaniel’s grand statement, May takes Kora to view Jiaying’s body. No amount of Kora’s energy can awaken her mother because Nathaniel shattered her neck. Just as May is maybe getting through to her, even if they are fighting, Garrett teleports Kora away.
Wherefore Art Thou Fitz?
Any hopes we had of Deke displaying some thrilling heroics are immediately dashed when he’s captured by Garrett. To get Simmons to show him how to find Fitz in her memories, Nathaniel uses Deke as leverage. But Deke holds out and Nathaniel eventually sees the subtle glow of the brain chip. The issue here is only Simmons can use the device to remove it so Nathaniel opts to get into the brain scanner with her and watch her memories for answers. He sees Enoch helping Simmons and Fitz design a time machine and their brain chips. Fitz suggests they not return to their time right away but live out their lives together and then jump back after a while. Part of his argument hinges on a possible terminal illness he may have.
Eventually, we get to Fitz and Simmons seemingly in another mindscape, arguing about removing some of Simmons’ memories. She’s absolutely against it but Fitz thinks it’s necessary for her to concentrate on the mission. The memory ends with Fitz disappearing. When Simmons wakes, Nathaniel leaves her alone with Deke who asks if they found Fitz’s location. But Simmons doesn’t know who Fitz is.
And things get even worse if that’s possible. We discover Nathaniel’s actual reason for flying off into space. He’s called Chronicom reinforcements who are ordered to fire on S.H.I.E.L.D. bases around the world. One by one, S.H.I.E.L.D. is destroyed.
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