The stakes are pretty high for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They’ve prevented a massive change to the timeline, but in doing so have revealed their mobile base to the Chronicoms. And as this preview for next week’s show reveals, the time-traveling sentient alien robots will use all of the powers of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra to get Mack (Henry Simmons) and the others. Meanwhile, the Coulson LMD (Clark Gregg) meets the Chronicom leader and reveals his superpower — but is it also the source of the Chronicom’s power and the reason Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) seems so out of sorts?
At this point, it’s hard to believe the team can ever go back to their present day. So many threads have been pulled at this point that it seems they would be as orphaned in time as Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) and Deke (Jeff Ward). Then again, we are at the half-way point of the season. Maybe they will defeat the Chronicoms next week only to discover it literally cost them their futures. Or, perhaps they will get full access to the time drive and attempt to set everything “right.”
But even that mission would be fraught with peril as the temptation to save people like Sousa is too tough for the team to resist.
Nevertheless, the show continues to prove compelling with its time travel story and all of its deep pulls from Marvel Cinematic Universe history. Sousa wishing he’d said his goodbyes was tough enough, but a 1970s version of Project Insight targeting Bruce Banner and Peggy Carter makes the whole thing feel so … well, connected. Whether or not that connection lasts to the series finale is anyone’s guess.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Wednesdays on ABC.