IN REVIEW: AGENTS OF SHIELD (S7 – E3) – Alien Commies from the Future!

Coulson and the team infiltrate Area 51

Synopsis: A surprise leap forward in time strands Enoch in 1931 and lands the team in another unfamiliar decade; in order to stop the chronicoms from launching their future-dismantling plan, the agents must infiltrate one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most secure bases.


The Story

Having been left with little choice but to leave Enoch in 1931. The Agents find themselves in 1955 and must infiltrate the famous Area 51 in order to prevent the chronicoms from accessing a top-secret weapon. To that end. Coulson and Simmons go undercover as Shield agents, which gives Simmons the opportunity to pose as the legendary Peggy Carter, but neither of them counts on a certain Daniel Sousa turning up at the secret base.


The Acting

Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge put in solid performances this week as they get to play with some comedic moments as they go chronicom hunting. The two conduct a series of interviews with the various scientists at Area 51 do and say just about anything to elicit an emotional response, which makes for some laugh out loud moments.

We also get a nice guest turn from Enver Gjokaj as Agent Souza who pretty much throws a spanner in the works for Coulson and Simmons. Gjokaj puts in a game performance and does not seem to have missed a step since he last played the role on the unfortunately short-lived ‘Agent Carter’ series.



A fun episode, which plays around with the history of Shield in some fun ways. Fans will have appreciated seeing Agent Souza again, but I am pretty sure they’d have liked to have seen Hailey Atwell reprise Peggy Carter a little more, but we still have time for that to happen yet.

I really enjoyed the comedic elements, but we also got some great drama too. In particular, the scene in which both Agent May and Yo-Yo flood the lab with gas in order to get everyone out and catch the chronicom. Seeing May have what can only be described as a panic attack was a bit disconcerting given that she has always been the shows resident badass, but it was also just as bad seeing Yo-Yo rendered powerless as well.

Overall. A solid episode with some genuine fun moments.

AGENTS OF SHIELD (S7 – E3) - Alien Commies from the Future!
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  • Incidental Music

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