Agents of SHIELD season 6, episode 7 review: Toldja

“Toldja” Agents of SHIELD would return with more chaos.

 Agents of SHIELD season 6 continued with episode 7, titled “Toldja.”

Two episodes ago in “The Other Thing,” May (Ming-Na Wen) turned the tables on Sarge (Clark Gregg) and Snowflake (Brooke Williams), capturing them after defeating a zombie and learning that they claim to be eradicating the mysterious creatures known as shrike.

Dr. Benson (Barry Shabaka Henley) wanted to start a search through Incan artifacts to find clues to the mystery of the shrike’s crystalline chemical structure, which is similar to the Monoliths.

Also, Daisy “Quake” Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and company landed safely back on Earth, though Leo Fitz (Iain De Caesticker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) were prisoners after being betrayed by Enoch (Joel Stoffer).

Last week in “Inescapable,” FitzSimmons were finally reunited in a Chronicon mind prison, where they had to fight off a variety of bad memories and personal demons in order to re-establish their relationship.

And Mack (Henry Simmons) and Daisy think there is a connection between the Chronicons’ homeworld apocalypse and the shrike.

Welcome back to Space Sin City

Enoch transported FitzSimmons back to the casino from “Fear and Loathing” on Kitson. Given that they’re still wanted for cheating, and several other things, their return is not taken kindly.

In fact, they’re escorted into the presence of Mr. Kitson himself (Anthony Michael Hall), a rich extravagant CEO type. He subjects FitzSimmons to a game of Russian Roulette with guillotines, which ends fixed in their favor after a mysterious bounty hunter-looking woman named Izell (Karolina Wydra) buys their freedom.

Izell is looking to retrieve stolen artifacts located on Earth – the Monoliths, and she needs Terrans to help accomplish that goal.

Trouble at the Lighthouse

Sarge doesn’t take kindly to being a prisoner, and he has several intense staredowns with Mack while being interrogated. Snowflake revels in the mayhem happening, while Jaco (Winston James Francis) struggles with a persistent nagging cough.

Meanwhile, the SHIELD agents are taken aback by Sarge’s boldness, and struggling with other nagging matters, as well.

Then things get weird, as Jaco starts breathing fire and has to be knocked out by Quake and Mack (fire extinguisher).

Interpersonal relationship issues abound

Mack is struggling with the weight of being director, which he chats about with Daisy, as she also knows that burden of responsibility and is a safe sister-like person who listens well. He also isn’t completely over Yo-Yo Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), who isn’t over Keller’s death.

Then there’s the problem of Sarge’s existence and his relationship (if any) to Coulson.

Finally, Deke still has a massive crush on Daisy, which is totally unreciprocated. And the shrike are spreading.

Where things currently stand

After Yo-Yo and another agent capture two shrike, they break loose and start tearing apart Zephyr One. Yo-Yo barely survives but, in the process, Sarge has weaseled his way into the release of his team and his semi, effectively calling the shots at the Lighthouse for the time being. “Toldja,” he grins, demanding to be un-handcuffed.

Meanwhile, FitzSimmons say an awkward, heartfelt goodbye to Enoch, who is trying to find the remaining Chronicons a new home after accomplishing his mission of saving the Earth.

SHIELD shrapnel

  • Karolina Wydra doesn’t have a huge resume of credits, but she’s had recurring roles on House, True Blood and Quantico. 
  • For airing at 8 p.m. ET, they sure did find a way to insert the word “brothel” into every other sentence on Kitson. That’s better than showing it, certainly – it’s not Game of Thrones – and MCU viewers already know they exist at the fringes of space from Guardians 2, but that really felt unnecessary.
  • Simmons, looking around the casino: “This place is no fun without the vapor trails.”
  • “Yeah, I know who Jordan was – he invented shoes!” No, Deke, not quite what His Airness is famous for…
  • That scene was kind of humorous, but mostly pitiful. Daisy let him down gently, though. Definitely got some Great Gatsby vibes from it.
  • Jaco was the smallest of nine boys in his family and long ago, worked as a baker, teaching one of his younger brothers the skills.
  • Does what Yo-Yo did count as kidnapping, since the shrike use human hosts, or is it more like corralling stray cows or wrangling mustangs?
  • “Toldja” wasn’t the greatest episode this season. There was a lot of exposition the audience already knew, as characters had to explain to each other what they had missed over the past year.
Next: Agents of SHIELD: Clark Gregg talks life after Coulson

Agents of SHIELD will return next week with episode 8, titled “Collision Course – Part I,” which will air at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, July 5 on ABC. Based on the trailer during tonight’s credits, Sarge leads a strike force against the shrike (with Daisy as part of the team), while FitzSimmons and Izell stop by the moon on their way to Earth.