Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S05E11) "All the Comforts of Home"

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back and so is our team..back from the future and thankfully intact, mostly. Well, there is that pesky little fact that Coulson’s dying but other than that, they’re all good.
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They’re still in the Lighthouse, only it’s now the correct time frame. A hologram of Rick Stoner guides them on their tour and they learn the Lighthouse is a S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker built for an end of the world scenario that thankfully didn’t play out.
More touring of the bunker leads our team to a horrific discovery…another Chronicom!
No, wait. The horrific discovery is the three Kree Monoliths kept in a giant warehouse filled with dangerous technology.
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Our new Chronicom Noah fills in more details about the bunker and how he’s watching events around the world for anything relevant. When “lights in the sky” pop up on his list of alerts, they knew they had a winner since Voss had warned them that was a sign of the beginning of the end.
Our team goes to investigate sans Daisy who doesn’t want to be anywhere near anything having to do with the end of the world.
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It’s a good thing she stays behind as one of the alerts she set up to alert her if any of her teammates are caught notifies her of the impossible. Deke Shaw?!?? Why, yes indeed it is. Our future dude is back in the past and he is just so happy to be alive and walking outside and seeing…
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…and…
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…also…
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But it’s that last one that gets him into trouble because Zima + no money = a quick trip to the hoosegow. This forces Daisy to leave the safety and security of the Lighthouse so she can do some undercover work to the police station to retrieve him, lest he say something about the team to anyone.
Meanwhile, Coulson and crew wind up at the source of the signal…which Fitz-Simmons had determined was going from the earth to the sky and not the other way around…and are more than surprised to see Piper!
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Fitz examines the Kree phone home communicator and realizes it’s been set up pretty shabbily. By Piper.
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It turns out that after haloing out of the Zephyr post-Framework six months plus ago, she did as was ordered and told Hale and anyone and everyone about the LMDs, the Framework, the Superior…everything. But the team was gone and was considered Most Wanted just as she was. And while Hale might believe everything she said, she wants the team in custody.
So what choice did Piper have? Hale is in command now that Talbot’s out of commission for the time being. So Piper followed orders and set the Kree transmitter trap to lure in the team. Not to be crossed off. Only to be retrieved.
Too bad the robo troops holding weapons on our people didn’t get that memo. Yo-Yo disarms them all before the one in the middle “dis-arms” her.
Believing Hale played her like a fiddle, Piper makes a split second choice to rejoin the team and helps them all escape.
It’s a mad dash back, all hugs and tears as Simmons fights for Elena. Daisy joins Fitz and Noah in the warehouse (right in front of where the three Kree monoliths are) and Noah warns them both that the device isn’t cooling down. It’s heating up! He urges them to leave and rushes over to cover the device as it blows to kingdom come and back.
For those of you keeping score…
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Meanwhile, we find out the woman who hurt our precious Elena is none other than General Hale’s daughter, Ruby! Sweet, sassy, funny Ruby who likes Daisy a lot. For the first few minutes of the show, I was mentally drawing little hearts above her head. Now? I’m mentally drawing a little poop with knives sticking out of it.
Hale’s not thrilled with her either. Ruby’s robo squad wasn’t supposed to kill our team, but retrieve them so it seems she went off book because Daisy wasn’t there and she wants to lure her out.
Now, Hale’s laser-focused on organizing her own team of anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, starting with Carl Creel, the enhanced dude who can literally become anything he touches like asphalt or rubber from tires… or copper.
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Lingering Questions:

  • What did Daisy discover was left by Rick Stoner?
  • What does the third Kree Monolith do?
  • Why didn’t Yo-Yo tell Mack, at the very least, about Coulson?
  • Why did Deke trigger Daisy’s alert? It was specifically focused on our team.
  • What does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have against Chronicoms?
  • Did Mack ever get his double cheeseburger?

Favorite Moments:

  • Meeting Ruby the smartass
  • Deke joyously experiencing the little things in life like ice cream, booze and a prison cell
  • Daisy re-iterating what Deke said when he rescued them from the Kree in the first ep, but now the shoe’s on the other foot
  • The very sweet scene between Mack and Yo-Yo
  • The team discussing how things could be worse

Final thoughts:
Though I wish the team had more than a few seconds to enjoy being home, I’m also glad they jumped right back into the thick of things. The Lighthouse is an awesome location for their new secret base, so hopefully, it stays secret from the people we need it to stay secret from.
Dove Cameron is equal parts endearing, intriguing and terrifying as both the smartass child of our current nemesis, General Hale and, oh yeah, a terrifying assassin. The dynamic between mother and daughter will be one to watch as it progresses throughout the rest of the season.
Yo-Yo losing her arms…GAH. I don’t even know where to start with that. I’m so upset, although it’s not too surprising since it happens in the comics. I’m so glad she has Mack and the rest of the team to support her through this transition and hey, maybe Coulson can give her tips as to what to look for in a new robo arm.
“All the Comforts of Home” delivers across the board and sets the tone perfectly for next week’s landmark 100th episode.
I give it 4.75 Rubys wielding a chakram thoroughly cleansed by my bitter, brokenhearted tears out of a possible 5.
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Also…set your DVRs now for episode 100 which airs Friday, March 9th! See you then!