Agents of SHIELD season 6, episode 4 review: Code Yellow


Things go “Code Yellow” this week for the Agents of SHIELD.

The Agents of SHIELD dealt with a “Code Yellow” situation this week. What does that mean, though? Read onward…

Last week’s episode had the extremely long-winded title of “Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson,” which was set nearly entirely in space on the casino planet of Kitson (the Las Vegas of this star system).

Leo Fitz (Iain De Caesticker) and the adamantly “not a robot” Chromicon Enoch (Joel Stoffer) endured a variety of mishaps in a casino, while Fitz’s wife Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) attempted to rescue them while high on the equivalent of weed brownies.

It was a weird, hilarious episode that inevitably ended horribly for FitzSimmons, as these things so often do, as he was kidnapped by a teleporting bounty hunter.

“Code Yellow” turns out to be a code for a very bad situation down here on Earth, aka Terra aka Midgard. And who’s in the middle of that situation?

Deke Shaw, Tech CEO

FitzSimmons’ grandson Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward), who disappeared from the Lighthouse just before everything went down in Chicago with Gravitron (Adrian Pasdar) in “The End” (5.22, and also pre-Snap in Avengers: Infinity War).

What’s he been doing in the year since? Not much, just becoming the founder and CEO of a tech company based around his Framework technology. It’s really the perfect role for him. And he’s got a new girlfriend in social media influencer Sequoia (Maurissa Tancharoen).

There is also this random visitor who barges in and ruins a perfectly good workday with unnecessary rudeness.

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Sarge and Company

That would be Sarge (Clark Gregg) and his crew of scoundrels – Tinker, Jaco and Snowflake. They go after Deke, who is rescued by his undercover SHIELD agent employee Xander, while Mack (Henry Simmons) and May (Ming-Na Wen) try to hold them off.

May and Snowflake get into a rematch, this time with May winning until she gets Sarge’s laser pistol pointed right at her head. Meanwhile Sequoia is in danger through her obliviousness, so Deke escapes SHIELD custody to go save her.

Eventually he actually does, thanks to the Framework tech. He definitely won’t be getting any Christmas cards from Mack or May, though.

Lighthouse horror

Back at the Lighthouse, Dr Marcus Benson (Barry Shabaka Henley), Yo-yo Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) and Keller do an autopsy on a random Sacramento man that Sarge and Company murdered at a bus stop.

This man had turned to a charcoal-type of substance, and he had a live neurotoxic alien bat inside his chest.

Keller gets infected with the alien bat and gets turned into a zombie, forcing Yo-yo to stab him through the heart to prevent a virus from flooding the complex.

Where things currently stand

May has been kidnapped and is currently in the semi Sarge and his associates call home.

Sequoia had a very eventful day, but of course she can turn that into epic content.

Fitz is….somewhere in space, and Daisy, Simmons, Davis and Piper are presumably still on Kitson.

SHIELD shrapnel

  • “Those are some intense mocap actors,” Sequoia says of Snowflake, etc. Showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen stole the show this episode, which is tough to do when Deke’s involved.
  • It was funny to see Dr. Benson’s reaction to Yo-yo’s Inhuman abilities. Easy to forget that most of the world doesn’t know they exist. Very different from the world of The Gifted.
  • Daisy’s role in the Framework….you could’ve easily left that out, Deke.
  • This episode was written by the writing team of sisters Nora and Lilla Zuckerman, who have been with AoS since season 4 with “BOOM” (4.13). It was directed by Mark Kolpack, the show’s visual effects supervisor since the pilot.
  • I don’t think we ever learned the name of Deke’s company, which is kind of a shame. Also, despite being promoted to series regular last summer, this was Jeff Ward’s first appearance this season.
  • Sarge has both hands. That was clever to check on.
  • “If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s running away and surviving. Follow me.” This may be Deke’s best heroic speech yet.

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Episode five, titled “The Other Thing,” will air Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. From the trailer that played over tonight’s credits, Sarge needs May’s help to eliminate the bats, while Daisy