‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ 7×01 Review: “The New Deal”

Throughout the years, some rules of time travel has always been set in stone.

  • Don’t bet on sports.
  • Avoid family members at all costs.
  • Last but not least– Eventually you’ll have to do something you might not like to save the present/future.

That last one is the dilemma that the team goes through in “The New Deal”. Not only is S.H.I.E.L.D. but HYDRA needing to be saved from being wiped from the future thanks to those unwelcome Chronicoms.

“The New Deal” gives us our new reality for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and much like most things in life, there are positives and there are negatives.

The Positives

  • Having to save HYDRA to save S.H.I.E.L.D is a nice little twist to make the Agents mission even more complicated. Trying to stop powerful enemies to save a powerful enemy.
  • The 30’s make for a interesting time for the team and has many opportunities for side stories this season if they want to use them. Especially for Mack and Daisy. (Being a person of color is no picnic right now in America so imagine being one in the 1930’s ? )
  • Always a welcoming sight to see Patton Oswalt as a Koenig – this time as a ancestor who was a part of the SSR…which becomes S.H.I.E.L.D if you remember watching Agent Carter.
  • Nice twist making it that the team has to save Freddie, Koenig’s clumsy employee who is the father of season 3 bad guy Gideon Malick
  • The heart to heart that Daisy and Coulson have when undercover. Daisy pushing the button to revive the LMD Phil is as simple as anything. After all the pain she’s gone through through the years, blaming Daisy for pushing that button is the last thing anyone should think. Anyone who’s lost a father can understand Daisy’s decision.
  • Enoch and Simmons are now buddies!!
  • The 1930’s just works for this show. The grittiness of the streets to the glamour of the parties.
  • Daisy Johnson in a 30’s green dress. Enough said.
  • May’s escape in the tag. Poor Enoch.
  • This title card.

The Negatives

No one likes mentioning bad things about shows they love but it’s for the best to point these out. After all, these are only said out of a place of love.

  • NO FITZ. Sadly, Fitz wasn’t on “The New Deal” and it looks like he might not be on here very much for the foreseeable future. Now we still love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D very much…but this is getting really old. Fitz is one of our favorite characters on the show. FitzSimmons is one of our favorite ships on tv. Not having either for a while leaves a pretty big hole in your heart.
  • Yo-Yo didn’t have much to do except sit around in quarantine for much of the episode. Having her, May and Simmons on the sidelines for most of “The New Deal” sucks.
  • I hear the word ”quarantine’ in the real world enough. Don’t need to hear it on my tv shows right now.
  • How long has Simmons been running and chasing the Chronicoms? It feels like it’s been a long long time. If that means her and Fitz have been separated for years……NO REFUSE TO THINK THAT.
  • Separating the team again. This got old around season 4.

So the basic feel of season 7 looks like our merry band of S.H.I.E.L.D agents vs the Chronicoms for the fate of the future. Meaning you’ll have to save the criminal organization that causes nothing but pain and destruction in your future. It wouldn’t be Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D if it was going to be easy.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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