Recap Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Afterlife

CHLOE BENNET, LUKE MITCHELL

Man, what an episode this week! Definitely one of the best of the season. Surprise guests and multiple twists abound, so let’s get to it.

Skye has been taken to a haven for people like her (a.k.a. Inhumans) where she meets Lincoln, who helps transition her body into her new powers and gives us more information about the mythology that surrounds the Inhumans. Most people who are at the haven, what they call Afterlife, have not been through Teregenesis, so they don’t have powers, just the potential for them. There is a long process that everyone goes through and a long line of people waiting to go through it. Skye has, essentially, cut to the front of the line so many of them give her strange looks.

Though originally told that Raina and Cal are not at Afterlife, Skye eventually discovers that they are and goes to confront Raina. The two meet and a fight almost ensues, but it is broken up by the woman who has decided to become Skye’s trainer. Who is this woman? Skye’s mom. You know, the lady who Whitehall dissected earlier this season and we saw her in pieces? Somehow, she’s come back and she has the scars to prove it. But that’s not the only surprise guest this week.

Meanwhile, Coulson and Hunter are still on the run. They end up at the safe house where they kept Skye and Coulson feels out of options. With only bad options left, he makes two calls. One alerting Gonzales to their location and one calling for back up. I assumed his back up was May, but I was so wrong. His goal is obtaining a Quinjet.

Gonzales’ people show up first and break down the door. They end up arresting Coulson and Hunter and taking them back to their plane. Just as the plane is about to take off, we see a pair of hands physically pull down the plane gate. Coulson’s back up has arrived in the form of a very upgraded Mike Peterson, a.k.a. Deathlock.

The three of them take down the rest of the soldiers and head out to the second part of Coulson’s bad option; teaming up with Grant Ward.

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., Gonzales and Bobbie are still trying to open Fury’s toolbox. Gonzales also tries to convince May to join his board, but she refuses. They try to enlist Fitz’s help with the toolbox, but he refuses and decides to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. As he’s packing his things, Mack comes to try and convince him to stay. He tells Fitz that Simmons has found a way to open the box, which makes Fitz suspicious. Has Simmons betrayed them as well? Fitz sees what Simmons is doing and goes to confront her about it. He grabs the box from her, tosses it around a bit and hands it back. Then he goes to finish packing.

The episode ends with him leaving the Playground and getting into a cab. He opens his bag and reveals that he and Simmons have switched out the boxes. He has the real one (as well as his favorite sandwich made my Simmons) while S.H.I.E.LD. has a decoy.

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