“Some of my favorite people are people like you.”
You guys all know by now that I am 100% in the tank for this show. Even when I am writing about something I don’t like or some giant missed opportunity or a flagrant disregard for what I personally think is where the narrative should go, I hope it is obvious that I am coming from a place of love. I wouldn’t have written about this show for seventeen years or whatever if I didn’t love every single thing about what happened to get us all to this point.
Parenthetically, I am also 100% in the tank for Groundhog Day-type episodes on television shows. The “time-loop” television trope is the 21st century “evil twin” episode. They can be cheesy and season-filling but the best ones do a magic trick of advancing characters and bringing in new ones with the sleight of hand that fools the audience into believing any quick change or crazy addition has been completely earned. Because what happened wasn’t over a 46 minute network television toothpaste ad delivery system… of course Daisy and Sousa fall in love because they’ve been getting to know each other over two thousand years.
Joel Stoffer’s heavy hitter emoting and obvious connection with the moment is going to be one for the history books, though. As much as it seemed that this show was going to be about Skye’s journey, they really did an amazing job of giving characters an arc to play, whether as leads or supporting or recurring or day players. Looking back on this show, that seems to be a proud achievement. All the actors brought their A game… or at the least, knowing actors, they may have half-assed it and thought it was just another gig, but they all looked like they were bringing their A game, and isn’t that the point? If anything, that contributed to the verisimilitude of the show, for me, because isn’t that what we all do? Put a good face on it.
Anyway. Didn’t much like seeing Enoch go.
To come back to it, I want credit for not writing this column as a time loop. You guys all know by now that I am 100% in the tank for this show. I am also 100% in the tank for Groundhog Day-type episodes on television shows. But all the characters advance, and even the jokes are funnier. Do we have to feel badly about Zeke being dead? “No, we don’t” conveys information that because of the time loop, nobody is dead, but also, you know, reminding us that the other characters find him annoying.
As an aside, national treasure Clark Gregg just slays the whole episode with his deadpan line readings and sly humor and emotional explosion by making it all honest. Enoch killing everybody the whole episode, and then immediately killing himself for his friends. But not before revealing that the team breaks up after this mission. And saying goodbye to Fitz. Who’s probably already dead, right? But the show ends with a season-wide Spy’s Goodbye, according to Enoch? Right? RIGHT? RIGHT?