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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Agents Of Shield Season 5 Episode 2: Life Spent

December 9th, 2017 by Todd Black Comments

While I give Marvel and Agents of Shield credit for trying hard to make me care about this season…I just don’t care about this season. I know that sounds sad, but compared to everything that happened in previous seasons, I just don’t care about this “future”, because I know that barring the greatest (and let’s be fair, most anti-climatic) twist of them staying here forever…they’re not staying here! So why should I care about these new characters and threats when the likely outcome is making it so they either A) don’t exist or B) don’t arrive on Earth in regards to the Kree. It’s really hard.

Again, I’ll give props, I did like some of what happened here. I like how Coulson and most of the team are now stuck as workers, having to adapt to survive in this true apocalyptic future, all the while trying to figure out what Virgil was up to and how he knew about their arrival. And while somewhat predictable, the reveal that there is someone on Earth waiting for them is a pretty cool twist. As was the fun nod to the chunk of space rock being called “616” which in Marvel Comics is the universe number of the main comics timeline. So, who is waiting for them? And why are they called the “delegation”? What are Coulson and team supposed to delegate?

While not the best, the Simmons storyline did have its moments, including Gemma getting to show off her more motherly tendencies by helping the Inhuman Abby make use of her abilities. Her “performance” brought many eye-opening revelations, including the arrival of Lady Basha, who looks human, but clearly isn’t. What race is she and her people? Furthermore, her interactions with Kasius revealed that he either didn’t want to be at this outpost, or, he’s not getting the appreciation he believes he deserves, which could lead to interesting things.

Then there’s Daisy, who tried to mount a rescue mission for Simmons, not knowing the dangers she was getting herself into. I look forward to seeing what she does in the apparent Inhuman fighting ring that’s going on, could lead to some interesting stuff.

But still, it’s hard to get attached to stuff here when you have to know they won’t be saying. Something even May brought up. Which, for me, was the best moment of the episode, where May laments that she hasn’t even had a moment to sleep in her own bed since the Framework incident. I weep for these people because they’ve been through so much, and yet had no chance to truly recover from it.

So, where is this all heading? I don’t know, and that’s kind of sad for me.

Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!