WARNING: SPOILERS FOR MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D
Coulson and the gang are back after the cliffhanger ending of Season 4 to start off the new season with a thrilling space adventure in the 2-hour season premiere. The episodes, titled “Orientation Part 1” and “Part 2” respectively, sees Coulson and Co. getting transported to space against their will, as they true and investigate why they are there and how to get back home. Along the way, we are introduced to some shocking revelations that could change the show from this point on. Halfway through the first episode the first exciting development is revealed: The Team isn’t only in space, they are also in the future. Not only that, but the Earth is destroyed. The asteroids constantly surround the space background throughout the episode aren’t just any asteroids; they’re fragments of what’s left of Earth after it was destroyed by a cataclysmic event!
While this may seem like a lot to take in even for a 2-episode season premiere, the show manages to handle it in a great way thanks to the use of it’s phenomenal cast. There is a lot of humor and lightheartedness in this episode despite the circumstances. Most of this humor is from Coulson and Mack, as their back and forth banter about the situation brings a great balance to the episodes. After seeing the team fractured and separate for almost all of Season 4, it was nice to see almost all of the cast together and working as a team again, save for Fitz who mysteriously wasn’t a part of the trip. Fitz not being a part of the team in space is an interesting aspect that I can’t wait to see be explored in future episodes.
Daisy, May, Yo-Yo, and Simmons are all as great and engaging characters as they were before as well. Seeing them all together attempting to adapt and survive when they first arrive in space against aliens called “Roaches” was one of the highlights of the first episode for me. While the first episode was used to establish the setting the characters are in, the second episode was used to establish the mythos and the customs that occur in the spaceship they are in, which is called “The Lighthouse”.
The second episode lives up to its title of “Orientation” as each of the main cast learns of the conditions and rules of The Lighthouse, and how they are enforced by The Kree. The world building and the new characters introduced in this season premiere are some the most intriguing that the series has to offer. One of the most promising is the reluctant hero Deke, who knows the ins and outs of the Lighthouse and is one of the only chances the Team has to figure out what is going on. His interactions with Daisy and Coulson are fun and interesting to see, and his fight scene with May is a clever and fun standout of the season premiere. In the end, the main focus of the season premiere is introducing the new setting of the season, as well as setting up the mystery of why Coulson and Co. are there to begin with. These first two episodes manage to do that, all while providing some funny moments as well as some great action scenes, all while being able to balance its large ensemble cast as well as it has in its previous seasons.
This was a great start to the fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, providing enough intrigue and action to get me looking forward to the next episode. One interesting note I would like to make is that this show seems to be going in a direction so that it will not need to force itself to connect to the large film Universe, the MCU, which is most definitely a good thing. Now being in the Space AND in the future, this leaves the show open to set its own course, rather than depending one something that will happen in a future Marvel Film that will contradict what happens in this show. As each season goes by it seems that the show is growing more farther away from the MCU, letting it be its own thing. I’m excited for the future of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and to see what happens next to Coulson and the rest of the team.
GRADE – 9/10