Say this for "jump" – there was no lack of answers.
This is the best possible statement about this bottle episode, which is based on extremely clichéd material, especially the revelation that we have not seen the last part of Izel in the episode of last week. Her ability to bounce bodies meant that she was able to stow her ship before Joco got it going properly, and after using Davis initially to get into the lighthouse, she was the one in May's corpse Sarge shot dead a few times at the end of the last week.
Izel apparently did so, knowing that the bullets would not kill him, and their opposing relationship reaches a new level of confusion as his body heals and he escapes from the morgue to pursue Izel to join her put. But when she confronts him with a ton of backstory about her previous life together as a non-physical being, he is at a loss as she takes over Yo-Yo's body and she and Mack (a willing hostage) leave the lighthouse. It's a win for the bad guys because Izel has the gravitonium device, which contains the energy of all three destroyed monoliths, as well as a ship and Mack hostage. But S.H.I.E.L.D. has a way of jumping back.
While after a few weeks of clarifying the puzzles surrounding the relationship between Izel and Sarge, it is pleasant to at least understand what's going on (assuming , Izel does not lie, sure). But part of the episode about Izel's body-hopping (and the unowned SHIELD agents take a hell of a lot of time to figure out what's going on) is that Karolina Wydra is not a bad actress, but not only people are calling "honey" and "honey", Izel as a character has very little definition. This meant that the entire cast had difficulty finding ways to make it clear that they were obsessed, especially after Izel no longer tried to hide from them. Jeff Ward has probably done the best to show the shift while being suffocated by Mack, but we're definitely on a bend here.
This is entirely due to Scripture, which does not give Izel nearly enough personality to be clear. When shows such as Doctor Who and Dollhouse played with this idea, they were far more successful because the invading personality was always so different. Besides, it's a sequence that takes too much time – a good third of the episode, if not more, is dedicated to anyone who finds out. Every genre-savvy audience watching has seen a version of this tropic a few times before. Hell, they may already have figured it out when watching the trailer for the upcoming episode of this week.
A nice element in all of this was the scene where a few secrets were shared to prove the identity of everyone, including the revelation that Daisy had been sending money to the sister of her deceased friend Lincoln all the time (oh, those careless innocent days) of the third season) and that Davis stole a space pen. But it's his last really funny moment before he dies, to prove how serious Izel is of using her skills to get what she wants, even though it initially looked like Davis could survive this mess, though Izel leaves his body (screams) to all who smelled a Redshirt situation that is a mile away).
And then it's time for Izel and Sarge to talk, as she explains that he does not hate them, but that they are connected. There is much to analyze in both Izel's explanation and in Fitz's own theory, but the shorthand seems to be this: Thanks to the explosion of the three monoliths, a copy of Coulson's body was created and then pushed through space and time. It ended in Izel's (unnamed) empire, where a non-physical mind named Pachakutik took over, though enough Coulson remained behind to create the Persona of "Sarge." Pachakutik, a name little remembered by Sarge, was teased in the sixth season premiere and according to Wikipedia – as well as the AV club's own Kate Kulzick – is a Quechuan concept that refers to massive changes.
Whether Izel says the full truth, and whether there is anything more to reveal, is almost overwhelmed by the sheer amount of exposure needed to explain it. Wydra and Clark Gregg do it as well as they can (and Gregg's emotional confusion hits the right notes given the situation), but it's a crowd . And we have much more to understand.
- "No one who says anything makes it more frightening." Rest in peace, Davis. They will be missed.
- THIS WEEK IN SHAMLESS FITZSIMMONS RECOGNITION: There's nothing new to comment on, as Fitz and Simmons are split for almost the entire episode, watching over Sarge and pointing to his fancy Monolith chart. But if Mack Fitz asks if he remembers where Simmons has gone underground, it is a poignant reminder of this separation, and definitely a question that the real Fitz would never forget how to answer.
- Fitz, who dropped a rather blatant mention of Ghost Rider in the last few minutes, goes well with a not-so-vague tweet by Gabriel Luna which was released in April. The size of the role Ghost Rider plays in the remaining episodes is currently unknown. But if he can help Sarge with his non-physical problems, that's a good thing.
- This season is now officially seven of SHIELD will be the last. While this is sad news (it was impressive how unbearable this show was for years), it will be exciting to see how crazy things can become once they reach the final? May I call it that? Probably not.
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