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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Agents Of Shield Season 7 Episode 7

July 9th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

For those wondering why I left the title of the episode out of the article head…it’s because I really didn’t care to put it in, that’s how much I didn’t like this episode.

I knew that this episode had the potential to be really bad, and sure enough, it was. Oh dear gosh, it was. With Mack and Deke stuck in the 1980’s (specifically 1982 and 1983) the two had to figure out what to do with their now “lost in translation” situation if you will.

Mack, still dealing with the loss of his parents, decided to become a recluse and…do nothing…for 20 months…and yet he still had power and food and beer…somehow…

As for Deke? Yeah, he did exactly what you would expect Deke to do, embrace what’s best for him, fake being a genius and SOMEHOW make his own Agents of Shield team…in the most stupid and oddly racist way ever. Oh yeah, I said it.

Seriously, you had two Asian geniuses, a Russian killer, two hippies basically, and honestly I didn’t care about the other one. It’s literally the most Deek “Agents of Shield’s ever” and that’s not a good thing.

There was so much wrong with this episode that it was scary. How did Mack and Deke get the money to survive? We don’t know (and no, Deke’s “music career” doesn’t answer everything). How was the timeline affected by Mack’s parents dying early? Doesn’t matter apparently! Cybil and Coulson still alive because of “harddrives and data”? Of course they are!

And yes, the 80’s references were overused and not even funny at points. The difference between this and say Guardians of the Galaxy was that the references Peter Quill had were his ACTUAL life, not just ones thrown in there for writers to enjoy (though yeah, James Gunn totally enjoyed it). Deke can’t say that and he tried to convince Mack that it “didn’t matter” that he stole the songs when it was! NO ONE RIPS OFF BREAKFAST CLUB! ESPECIALLY DEKE!

Oh, and don’t get me started on the “computer nerd” who made Cybil the robot body to find love and of course gets killed. That was just pathetic.

Also, this episode was unnecessarily gory. They showed impalement, getting body parts caved in, buzzsaws going into people, lots of blood, what was that for?

This could’ve been a great episode featuring the team on one end of the timeline trying to get back to the others who are barely hanging on. Instead? They do this…and it sucked.

I’m giving this episode 2 stars, and 1 star is just for Mack’s beard for the record.

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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 (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!