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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Agents of Shield Season 7 Episode 6: Adapt Or Die

July 2nd, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

Just when I think that this season might pull something out…they do some things that are just plain questionable. “Adapt Or Die” did a good job of tying up the “Project Insight” prequel if you will, but it came at the cost of some seriously weird timey-wimey stuff that I just don’t know if we can justify.

First off, let’s do the good bits. Basically everything that happened with Philinda. Oh yeah, I’m bringing the shipping name back! Anyway, they were great both separate and apart. I liked how May spelled out how “I’m not going to mourn for you again” to LMD Coulson, and how her feelings powers are REALLY coming in handy in regards to figuring out who and who isn’t a Chronicon.

Furthermore, saving Stoner was hilarious, “I believe you!”, God bless Patrick Warburton. But what was truly shocking was the chat between Coulson and Cybil and how that went. Her willingness to answer his questions, his willingness to sacrifice himself (again) to save the team, he’ll be back…but “when”?

Apart from that though things went a bit off the rails…again. Let’s start with the basics. Deke thinking Enoch was a traitor and frying him because he “saw something weird” had me groaning and rolling my eyes 10-fold. Enoch has done NOTHING to show he’s a traitor, and yet Deke zaps him first sign of traitor?

Idiot. Let me say this again, IDIOT!!!!! They should’ve left him in Season 5. YEAH I SAID IT!!!

Thankfully, the ONLY good thing that came from this storyline was that we learned Gemma has a memory device that prevents her from knowing where Fitz is. And that Fitz is apparently where the Chronicoms are…somehow.

The Daisy/Sousa stuff was good in showing Sousa’s character and the evils of Nathaniel Mallick. But then…he died. Like right then and there. So…joy?

Finally, there was the Mack stuff. His parents getting kidnapped was a good twist last episode, and him getting to “interact” with them again was great. But then…they were revealed to be Chronicoms…both of them. Which means that Mack’s childhood…isn’t going to go the way it is supposed to…and thus…would he even be in Shield?

Remember, he said that on the Bicentennial he was with his family at a party, yet in this timeline they were picked up before that even happened. So they’re dead long before they’re supposed to be. I get that this season is playing fast and loose with things but there’s a difference between keeping the Mallick’s alive a little longer vs killing off the parents of a major Shield agent.

Plus, at the end, both Mack and Deke are now trapped in the past…because of a random time jump…and Mack needed a bike to go about 100 feet? Really? That was sloppily handled.

In the end, “Adapt Or Die” had some good things in certain areas, but not so good things in other areas. Time is literally running out for this show, and if the trailer for next week is anything to go by…we’re in for an 80’s cringefest…and not in the good way.

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!