‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 5×8 Review: “The Last Day”

Disclaimer: Spoilers for the episode below. Previous episode review here.

There was a lot to decipher in this week’s episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. titled “The Last Day.” The hour of entertainment managed to answer some questions while at the same time creating a whole new set of questions. For starters, were the flashbacks to 2018 set after the agents return from the future or do they take place in the timeline that created the future? Is the timeline just a loop like Fitz mentioned it was? Is anyone else confused?

So the “True Believers” managed to save Enoch and May from a gravity storm. They were brought to the Zephyr One (which apparently Fitz designed). It’s there that May meets Old Robin, who spends most of the time unsure of what time she’s in. Coulson and the crew survive their crash onto the remains of Earth because Voss, the head of the True Believers, tells May that Robin told him they survived about a decade ago.

So Coulson, Daisy, May, Fitz, Simmons, and Deke are all together again. We get some more casual flirtation between May and Coulson (they’ve officially become the new will they/won’t they of the series), and some daddy drama ensues between Deke and Voss over where Deke’s father is. Unfortunately, not everything is what it seems.

Daisy isn’t able to use her powers due the inhuman inhibitor (try saying that five times fast) in her neck. This is actually one of the more clever instances of a superhero  TV show coming up with a way to depower their superhero characters. Additionally, despite FitzSimmons realizing that Deke’s father potentially built a way for them to return back to 2018, it allows Deke to realize that his father isn’t where Voss says he is. So then the curtain is dropped and the audience finds out that the True Believers are actually kind of assholes.

But, they are also kind of terrible at fighting. Daisy manages to take down four of them without her powers, and Coulson and May do a pretty fine job themselves. Voss falls into the trope of telling his bad guy plan to the hero instead of just going through with said plan. Why spend the time saying “I’m going to kill you so you won’t destroy the world” when you could be doing some stabbing. So then, when Daisy kicks his ass he just stabs Old Robin so she can’t tell them her secrets. Like c’mon!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always had a problem with killing people. The MCU movies kill off villains and henchmen like they are snapping fingers. S.H.I.E.L.D. goes out of there way icing people so they can just cause more havoc. Voss and his men backstab the agents, yet I’m pretty sure they’re all still alive. Sure, I bet they have information that can be extracted, but keeping six or so potential threats alive just seems a bit farfetched for a spy organization.

Jumping over to the other storyline of the episode, Mack, Yo-Yo, and Flint manage to retrieve their goodies on Level 3. So, yes, the SHOTGUN AXE IS BACK! “Hello, gorgeous” indeed! Despite the awesomeness of Mack (literally, he makes every line sound badass: “Dial it back a notch, Pebbles”), and that sweet Yo-Yo killing roaches scene, this storyline didn’t do much for me. The sudden importance of Flint as a character still seems like it came out of left field, and Flint being responsible for separating the team again hasn’t exactly put him in my good books.

Jumping back, May consoles Old Robin as she is dying and we find out that May acted like a mother figure for Robin back in 2018. Old Robin confides in May the information necessary for their return home, and perhaps saving the world. It was nice to see the maternal side of May come out for a change, and I can’t help but think back to the incident that earned her the nickname “The Cavalry.” It also goes to show how rounded and complex these characters have become over the course of five seasons.

So the True Believers are subdued and May steps out knowing how to save the world. She only has one question: “Who’s Flint?” (BECAUSE OF COURSE FLINT IS THE KEY TO SAVING THE WORLD.)

Final Verdict: “The Last Day” answered some old burning questions, and introduced a whole new set of questions. However, the episode introduced some key concepts that will definitely factor into the build up to Episode 100, specifically the hunt for the remaining pieces of the monolith. Sinara has landed on Earth with a direct order from Kasius to take no prisoners (so basically KILL-KILL-KILL!). Next episode should provide a good dose of action with Sinara on the agents’s trail, and perhaps we’ll even find out if Deke’s father is alive.

Grade: 7.9/10