“Feels like it, sometimes. But, no; we’re not Martians.”

Wherever they go along the time-tide next, I hope they keep running into Patton and Enoch. Fudging the time stream a little, it looks like Ernest Koenig was SHIELD before there was a SHIELD, so the team could meet the Agents Koenig’s father in the late 70s or early 80s. That is…

…unless they have no father and the Koenigs have been LMDs all along. And that dovetails nicely into my longstanding theory that the Avengers didn’t really seem to care that Phil died at the hands of Loki and was never mentioned in the films again…

Because the guy we have known as “Phil Coulson” has been an LMD himself all along.

Tony Stark playfully says “His name is ‘Agent'” to Pepper, because of course Tony has had access to SHIELD stuff through his father and his military contracts. That explains why Phil can get killed and keep coming back, and nobody seems overly concerned about it. Chronicom tech blew open the LMD project, and Coulson has been with us through the years.

Anyway. Lot to go through, this episode. While seemingly tying up the 1931 two parter in a straightforward manner, the side quests posed more questions than it answered. Yes, they stopped the Chronicoms from killing Freddy malice and he escaped into the future with the secret ingredient of the super soldier serum, leaving history as know it to continue on course, but what is going on with everybody else? Yo-yo purposely did not use her powers to stop the falling wine bottle, and them mealy-mouthed an excuse when confronted by Daisy. Daisy herself ordered Zeke to kill Freddy seemingly out of nowhere. After all the agonizing about ripples, not waves, this seems wildly out of character from almost any angle you look at it: she’s not in command of the mission, so has no authority to make a call like that, especially with Mack standing right there. The Daisy we know wouldn’t jeopardize known history for something likely worse, and she’s not so bloodthirsty after being The Destroyer for years. May “malfunctioning” and “not feeling anything” seems unnecessarily dragged out, like Enoch and Simmons not spilling how long they had been out of play inventing whole technologies and time travel and where’s Fitz and whatnot.

“Since we are at war, I took the opportunity to upgrade to the hunter-level skill package.”

And speaking of Enoch, he and Grandpa Koenig got all the good lines again this episode. I wish there was still Marvel interest in TV and that, you know, people could actual produce TV shows again, but I would love to see a show called Enoch: 1931-Present given that the first time we see him, he’s swimming in a pool at his house in Southern California, and he has a wife and a kid and everything’s fine. Of course, Joel Stoffer and Patton Oswalt as series leads isn’t anything anybody would greenlight, but a boy can dream, right? If I was the unfrozen head of Walt Disney running things, I’d greenlight Marvel One-Shots as a show and just burn through those 4500 characters and million situations four episodes at a time. I’d make a whole section of Disney+ into a modern day Dial H for Hero and and and and oh never mind.

“I don’t know how you people live like this. Seriously.”

Interestingly, Freddy had already heard of Hydra in 1931, so that’s an interesting MCU data point. Although, at this point, it seems pretty clear that the MCU and MCTV are different timelines, somehow. Hopefully, the events of Level 7… I mean, season seven, link up and the timeline merge somehow. I would hate to think Jeph Loeb’s “It’s all connected” ends up in the same trash heap as Damon Lindehof’s Lost marketing of “No, they’re not dead” although both shows I love and are similarly uneven.

Me, though, I’m just glad for new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. content in these crazy times. Hard to not feel like we’re in the Framework, now, with the 1918 pandemic, the Great Depression of the Thirties, and the 1968 race riots all happening at the same time. It’s soothing, to this old nerd, to have Coulson and the team fighting against evil with the twist that without evil, good doesn’t rise to the top. Evil without good is a shitshow and good without evil is…

Well, I dunno. We have never had good without evil. I can tell you, though: I love the last season of this show. They’re leaving it all on the field.

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