This review contains spoilers.
Last week I opened my review with a question asking if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had any vision for what it wants to be. This week I’m here once again wondering the exact same thing. What story is this show trying to tell? What are its essential themes? What is the idea they are ultimately trying to communicate over 22 hours, one week at a time? We’re two and a half seasons into this series, nearly halfway through this particular story arc, and I haven’t the foggiest idea of any of those answers, and I’m not entirely convinced the show has the answers either. That puts me in a weird position, because I’ve actually liked these last few episodes quite a bit – an oddity with this show that I’ve threatened to quit at least three times a season. But while the episodes themselves have been solid, the larger arc of the season (or lack thereof) has left me frustrated. It’s a problem that comes into particularly sharp focus this week as the entire episode is about the unavoidable consequences of our actions.
While scanning through police radio chatter, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up a call from a man in New York telling the police that he needs to speak with Daisy Johnson about an upcoming HYDRA attack. The man in question – a local business owner with no ties to Daisy or to S.H.I.E.L.D. – should have no idea who Ms. Johnson is, but when the agents arrive on the scene they find that the man received a vision of the future from a homeless man in the alley behind his store. More disconcertingly, the vision begins to come true right in front of the eyes of the agents.