Agents of SHIELD Season 7 Episode 7: The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D Recap

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Agents of SHIELD’s lucky double 7s episode is just what it says on the tin: Deke and Mack’s excellent and not so excellent adventures while stranded in the 1980s after the Zephyr’s time drive goes on the fritz. They get stranded when Mack needs some alone time after the untimely deaths of both of his parents in 1976 at the hands of the Chronicoms. Introvert Mack takes the rest of 1982 and much of 1983 as much needed “me time” to process everything that’s happened to him, probably going back to when he joined SHIELD in S2. Maybe even back to the death of his infant daughter, Hope.

Extroverted Deke makes himself at home in the Lighthouse- wait, that is his home. Poor guy, he can never get away from it. At least he always knows where he can live, rent free, in every era. Always landing on his feet is Deke’s talent, so he gets to work exercising it by creating a cover band that’s also his spy team, with the band as their cover identity. Get it?

He also keeps an eye on Mack, whether Mack wants him to or not.

Meanwhile, during the time ship explosion, Sibyl, Luke and Coulson were thrown into various digital storage devices and have to make due with 80s technology for their physical bodies until they can make something better happen for themselves.

Mack’s love of science fiction action movies reaches its peak manifestation in the physical world in this episode. It also reaches the level of therapy.

Recap

We begin with May interviewing Deke in a dark room, which takes me back to the old interrogation room on the Bus in the early days of the series. The Zephyr is amazing, but sometimes I miss the lumbering retro cool and surprising little alcoves of the team’s first home.

They’re actually in the Lighthouse, which is also huge and has many alcoves. Deke will try to give the underground warren some retro cool in this episode. Stoner, who commissioned it, is the height of retro cool, but he never got the chance to fully inhabit the space. Concrete, and life, are what you make of them, as we are learning this season in the Chronicoms’ choose your own timestream adventure.

May wants a full report on the 20 months that Deke and Mack were stranded in the 80s. Deke says she won’t believe what happened. May says she’s seen stranger things in the Lighthouse than being stuck in the 80s, as he well knows. [Geez, now I reminded myself of those giant alien spider things from the future. Chills.]

I want pause and do a little stage setting here. In the 80s, we were also living through a pandemic (the AIDS Crisis), with a president, Ronald Reagan, who for years refused to acknowledge, study or treat the disease. And we were living in an escalation of the Cold War with a volatile president who engaged in a nuclear arms race with Russia. As far as we knew, we were living on the edge of nuclear annihilation. Those were just the two biggest, deadliest issues, among other issues, like the hole in the ozone layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, that threatened the future of the planet.

When Prince sang that we were partying like it was 1999, he meant we were partying like it was the end of the world, and he meant it. We were. Deke isn’t exaggerating any of that. At the time, I used to call the 1980s the Fear Decade, because we were always afraid. We were outrageous to distract ourselves from it. The bigger the fear, the bigger the hair.

Back to the recap.

In 1982, in a computer repair shop somewhere in River’s End, home of the Lighthouse, Russell Feldman messes with his remote-controlled robot before tending to customer Chip Womack, who has a broken PC. The two went to high school together, but Russell was a nerdy loner, while Chip was, and is, a popular rich kid.

Chip says that his computer has been on the fritz since the big power surge last night, and he needs it back so he can process the big orders he has coming in. Russell takes the computer to backroom and plugs it into his system, which brings it to life. Literally.

When the timeship blew up at the end of episode 6, Sibyl made a run for it and landed in Chip’s PC.

The computer prints out a long stream of strange code. On the nearby monitor, it says, “Will you help me, Y/N?”

This is a direct play on the beginning of the iconic film War Games, when the computer asks, “Shall we play a game?”

Russell says, “Who are you?” Sibyl’s avatar prints out on the computer. Since Tamara Taylor is a gorgeous woman, Russell tears off the print out and gets excited.

This is a direct play on the iconic film Weird Science.

After the War Games inspired title card, we return to the field where the Zephyr marooned Deke and Mack at end of episode 6. Deke runs to Mack and breaks him out of his depressed fugue state, telling him what’s happened.

Deke, who spent much of the last episode doing repairs on the ship and his Nana, suggests that something went wrong with the ship again. Mack, who always hopes for the best- or maybe it’s the worst- case scenario, assumes that the timeship explosion took out the Chronicoms. Therefore, the mission is over and they won. That would mean that he and Deke are permanently stranded in 1982.

Mack was originally aged 10 in 1982.

Deke points out that a 5 minute stop in 1982 doesn’t make any sense if they won and were being sent home.

Mack: “None of this makes any sense. We can’t understand it. That’s why no one should ever mess with time, no matter how bad things get. The past is sacred.”

Deke: “Listen, I’m sorry that you lost your parents. If there was anything else we could have done differently…”

Mack: “You could have followed orders. Who are you to take a life into your own hands, even if you think it’s right. Ripples, not waves, remember?”

Deke: “I lost my parents early, too, okay? And I still think about it every day. If you want to talk, I’m here.”

Mack: “I’m good.”

Mack gets on his bike.

Deke: “Wait, wait. We need a game plan here. What if the Chronicoms are still out there. maybe that’s why we’re here.”

Mack: “You figure it out.”

As Mack rides away, Deke yells that he doesn’t have to go through this alone.

Mack wants to go through this alone.

I guess Deke is in charge of SHIELD, such as it is.

We follow Mack to his parents’ graves, where he puts flowers at their double headstone. They were aged 30 and 31 when they died. Then he rides to his Uncle Marcus’ house, where he and his brother, Ruben, went to live after his parents died. He sees the family come home from school, but can’t bring himself to give them the model car kit he bought.

A week later, Russell completes work on a voice synthesizer for Sibyl. She thanks him for returning her voice to her. He marvels that she sounds like an actual woman.

Sibyl: “As I have always been and will be once more.”

Is that a deep reference to “I have been and always shall be your friend?” Part of Spock’s dying words from the 1982 film Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, as he sacrifices himself for the needs of the many, because they outweigh the needs of the few… or the one? One of the greatest scenes in all of cinematic history? Repeated in Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, when Spock’s body and his katra (soul) are reunited? Sibyl, I didn’t think I could love you more than I already did, but I do.

Russell gushes over Sibyl’s blueprints. She reminds him that she’s merely a digital goddess until he makes her flesh. Well, metal. He promises to work nonstop until her new body is finished. She tells him they’ll make a perfect pair.

Mack rents a small, furnished place of his own and completes the model car kit by himself. He moves on to another model kit and grows out his beard. We’re going to assume that he puts his awesome mechanic’s skills to use and finds a job in a garage in order to pay the bills and buy groceries, rather living like a ghost in The Sixth Sense.

Some time later, Deke stops by with a bag of groceries and a ball. He hired a shady private detective named Cricket to find Mack. Deke puts the groceries on the table and hands the ball to Mack, while chattering about this and that. He says he thought he and Mack could play ball, a reference back to his deprived childhood and to his relationship with dead alternate Time Traveling Grandpa Fitz, who would only rarely and grouchily play ball with him S5, in between alternating personalities with The Doctor.

Mack never says a word. He tosses the ball into the front yard. Like the faithful puppy that he is, Deke chases the ball. Mack closes the door behind him. Deke takes the hint and leaves him to his mourning. He does come back periodically with more groceries to check in on his friend, even though Mack ignores him every time.

1982 turns into 1983 and Mack is still holed up inside, sinking deeper into depression. He lets his own personal care and the upkeep on his home go. His grief beard gets to be impressively long. He develops the tiniest of bellies, though nothing that could rival beer belly Thor, or any normal human being, for that matter.

It’s frankly hilarious to be worried about a 50 year old man “letting himself go” and having the result photo be Henry Simmons with a long beard and a tiny belly. I think almost every other 50 year old on the planet would be thrilled to look like Henry Simmons at his worst. I’m pretty sure no one is going to throw Mack out of bed, even before he takes a shower.

He’s so freakin’ wholesome that he’s still drinking soda.

He finally comes out of his stupor and notices that Deke has slipped a flyer under his door, inviting him to see a cover band play at a local bar that night. Deke’s note says, “It’s urgent!!” So Mack decides to go.

Meanwhile, Russell has completed Sibyl’s prototype body and downloaded her mind into it. He brings her red roses to celebrate, telling her they match her eyes. She says it’s a “truly human gesture” as she takes the roses. The body is primitive, resembling film robots of the time such as in Short Circuit or Star Wars. It’s about 3 feet tall and has a lighted red strip for an “eye”.

The band is playing at Swayze’s Bar, a reference to the Patrick Swayze cult classic film Roadhouse (1989). Mack discovers that the band is Deke’s band, The Deke Squad, and Deke, the lead singer, goes by the nickname “The D”. Mack is just in time for their encore, Deke’s take on “Don’t You Forget About Me”, made famous in our timeline in the film The Breakfast Club. Deke has rewritten some of the lyrics.

It’s enough to drive Mack to drink.

Deke, as always, has adapted whatever he could to help him survive in this time period. He’s selling merch that definitely shouldn’t be available in the 80s and supporting himself and his band. The timeline is already blown, so it hardly matters if the koosh is popularized early.

Mack, as always, has nothing but criticism for his teammate.

Blah, blah, blah, I can’t hear you.

Deke has his own cologne, called Tattletale; Deke having been a Kree snitch in the future. Own it, babe.

Mack, who hates fun, and irony, orders Deke to get to whatever his urgent point was for asking his apparently former boss and friend out to a concert. He doesn’t have time to watch Deke’s stupid cover band.

Deke: “Good. Then it worked. This isn’t a cover band. The band is a cover. I want to introduce you to the Deke Squad.”

The A Team theme plays. Deke has recast Mack as Mr T/Bad Attitude Baracus while he recovers from his losses.

Deke: “That’s Roxy Glass. She runs covert ops and tactical. Kind of the brains of the operation.”

She’s a hard-drinking brunette. She’s the Velma.

Deke: “Tommy and Ronnie Chang, aka The Chang Gang. Both masters of disguise, not to mention, total honeypots.”

They are identical twins who bear a resemblance to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I think they’re the honeypots for that reason, in addition to their personalities.

Deke: “Olga Pachinko, resistance from the Balkans. Only speaks limited English, but she is fluent in the international language- demolitions.”

An icy blonde. The required former Communist spy.

Deke: And finally, there’s Cricket. Cricket’s… Well, I mean, mostly, we just really needed a drummer.”

Everybody always needs a drummer, just like they always need a goalie. Neither needs any extra skills, and they play free.

Mack reminds Deke that Cricket is shady. Deke says that he found out Cricket has a steady job, so he was in. The job? Selling coke. Deke’s never seen him drink any soda though.

Mack facepalms. Guess Deke missed a few 80s movies.

Mack tells Deke that it’s terrible spycraft to work so openly. Deke says that’s the genius of being in a band. They can cover up any unusual behavior using activities that are normal for bands. Mack isn’t convinced. He senses that the operation is amateurish.

Deke agrees. They need Mack as their leader, to help whip them into shape. “Especially with all of the enemy chatter we’ve been picking up.”

Finally, we get to Deke’s urgent point. Mack asks if he means that the Chronicoms are active again. Deke says, in secret pig Latin code, that they shouldn’t speak of this in public. It’s time to take Mack back to the Deke Squad’s HQ.

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HQ is, of course, the Lighthouse. The debriefing/after party takes place under the Command Center mirror ball. Mack still doesn’t approve of fun or irony, even when the Chang Gang bros fanboy over his fighting style, which they’ve done their best to emulate.

Deke says that Coulson doesn’t mind the changes they’ve made to the decor.

I can’t help but think that Rick Stoner wouldn’t have minded an occasional soak in the hot tub with Chastity McBride, either, under the romantic mirror ball stars.

Mack perks up when he hears that Coulson made it out of the Chronicom time ship alive. Finally, another grown up to talk to.

Deke explains that Coulson’s mind and life data survived on a hard drive when his body was lost in the time ship explosion. As he speaks, Deke fiddles with an ancient TV and VCR. He continues to explain that he only had primitive tech to work with, so this is the best he’s been able to do for Coulson.

An image of Coulson Headroom appears on the TV screen, patterned after Matt Frewer’s groundbreaking 80s character, Max Headroom. Without a body, Coulson says he’s had to question just how close he is in spirit to the man whose memories he possesses. Deke praises Coulson’s defeat of the Chronicoms and his brilliant strategizing. Coulson is feeling dour, but quippy. Probably because he’s the one who found evidence that the Chronicoms are back.

He gives his report on his meeting with Sybil and the destruction of the time ship to Mack, then tells him that he’s found evidence that Sibyl escaped into the power grid. Mack breathes a heavy sigh and accepts that he’s back in the spy business.

Coulson and Deke tell him that everytime there’s a power surge, more strange code appears. It’s the same code that accompanied Sybil when Russell turned on Chip’s computer. They think she’s building hunters.

They don’t say it- maybe they don’t realize it- but the code suggests that the hunters in the time ship also escaped in their pure digital form.

Over at the computer shop, Russell has bought the supplies Sibyl asked for. He finds her putting the finishing touches on a second robot which she’s secretly built on her own.  She says she needed to expand her capabilities.

Russell feels betrayed. He thought he was enough for Sibyl! Why does she need a life and career of her own?

He begs her not to leave him. She agrees. He knows too much to let him live. She kills him, using a nifty corkscrew attachment that drills through his chest.

A Chronicom predictor is too smart to leave loose threads hanging. And we already know that Chronicoms are extremely biased against long term mortal/immortal robot relationships, because the robot ends up a lonely emotional basket case in the end. Better to bring the relationship to its inevitable conclusion quickly, like ripping off a band aid.

As Mack wheels Coulson through the corridors, the two friends have a long overdue heart to heart. Coulson suggests that Mack move back in with them so that he’s not alone anymore. Even introverts shouldn’t be so completely alone, the way Mack was. Beer belly Thor had the right idea- alone time, but with people who care nearby when you need them.

Deke invites Mack to sit in on a training session while his team runs The Gauntlet, which turns out to be a paintball obstacle course set up in the Lighthouse corridors. They are enthusiastic klutzes. It doesn’t go well.

Cricket shows up halfway through with coke all over his face- and not the soda. Olga uses live explosives. Mack is unimpressed. Considering how little formal training Deke has had, their complete lack of a budget, and the fact that these are all rookie agents in their first year of training, it’s not really that bad.

Mack is ready to give up again, but Deke has one last surprise. He takes Mack to a weapons locker, where he’s made Mack a new shotgun ax.

Finally. I’ve been waiting for Mack to get a new one since season 5.

Deke: “Designed it myself. Chromed out blade. Almost zero recoil.”

Mack isn’t done taking out his bad mood on Deke. He refuses the gift.

Deke: “What, are you kidding? You think I’m going to let my director go out in the field with anything less?”

Mack says that he’s not the director anymore. Deke insists that they need Mack back on the team. Mack proceeds to say horrible, vicious, spiteful things about Deke, the team he’s built and the things he’s accomplished.

Is Mack including Coulson is this assessment? Probably, since he can’t pretend Coulson Headroom is a flesh and blood human anymore. He’s got major bias against anyone who isn’t one of those.

Deke defends his team. This is why his people are so loyal to him. Mack puts that down and all of Deke’s accomplishments, ever. Deke practically applies for sainthood by continuing to say he’s Mack’s friend and he won’t give up on Mack.

I’d have been inclined to unload a paintball gun at Mack, at the very least.

But Mack just walks out on Deke, again.

I feel for Mack’s losses, I really do, and for his need to grieve. But they’ve all suffered extreme losses and they gave him a year off. It’s time to man up and save the world. Then he can do or not do whatever he wants.

Sibyl and her new hunters sneak into the Lighthouse. Cricket is in bed with a girl, Tawnie, and hears something clanging in the vents. When the couple get up to investigate, they find Sybil in the hall, pretending to be a more basic version of herself. They mock her, until she pulls out her buzz saw attachment blade.

Given her ability to kill, Sybil is much faster and more agile than her looks would suggest.

Roxy corners Mack in the hall and threatens to kick his butt. She tells him that Deke has told them all what a great guy Mack is, but he was so wrong. She really feels sorry for the son Mack has so obviously abandoned.

That gets Mack’s attention. Roxy tells him that Deke checks in on little Mack every couple of weeks to make sure he’s okay and has everything he needs. He gave little Mack a drum kit, in addition to frequent smaller gifts.

Just then, one of the Chronicoms (Sibyl?) comes through a door, with a foot long corkscrew on one arm and a gun attachment on the other. As it starts shooting, it gives the Dr Who Dalek battle cry, “Exterminate!”

Mack and Roxy escape.

Deke, Olga and the Chang Gang are in the Command Center. Deke is brooding over the things Mack said. Tommy and Ronnie do their best to cheer him up.

Tawnie runs into view at the end of the hall, covered in blood and screaming that Cricket’s been murdered! Deke is shocked, because Cricket is such a good person- no one would kill him!

Lol- drummers always die first.

One of the robots grabs Tawnie by the neck and pulls her out of sight. Squelching sounds are heard and a pool of blood flows across the floor. The hunter rolls into view and asks for help because it’s lost, as if it’s a child in a shopping mall. Olga takes it on.

Sibyl is prowling the corridors, looking for the other humans. Mack and Roxy are hiding in a large closet with a louvered window in the door. Mack peeks into the hall and tells Roxy that Deke was right. These are the robots that killed his parents.

With a new fire in his eyes, Mack says, “Somewhere, somehow, someone’s gonna pay.”

Roxy clarifies that he means the robots this time, not Deke and his team. I guess she’s had enough of the macho men on this show taking their anger out on people who don’t deserve it. Between Mack and Sousa, I’m about ready to start skipping scenes.

Meanwhile, Olga is getting sliced and diced while Deke, Tommy and Ronnie prepare to fight. Roxy comes up from behind and smashes the hunter with a mic stand, which stops it.

Mack arrives behind Roxy. Deke is thrilled that he’s back and acts like he killed the robot. His Daddy came back from the surface at last.

Velma never gets the credit for solving the crime. Fred always jumps in front.

Roxy says there are still more robots to kill. Olga, who is not dead, says they need to kill the head robot. They pretend Roxy didn’t say anything important and they didn’t understand Olga, then ask Mack what their next move should be.

Mack assumes leadership by taking a spa day. He can’t kill robots until his beard is the proper length and he’s wearing the right outfit. He and the rest of the humans put on Commando jumpsuits.

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This gives Sibyl time to accomplish her real goal. Once again, they’ve forgotten how well the Chronicoms know the Lighthouse and that if one knows it, they all know it, especially Sybil.

They gather in a circle and Coulson reminds them that he exists. He’d like to be included in the planning, as he clearly was before Mack came back.

Coulson has been wondering why Sibyl would attack the base rather than continuing with her time-based methods of attacking SHIELD. He realized that she must not know which threads to pull anymore, because she lost the ability to read the timestream in the explosion. His guess is that her real reason for attacking the base is to get the timestream back. The attack is a distraction.

While they’ve been shaving and talking, Sybil has made her way to the timestream. She claims it and begins to make her way out of the Lighthouse.

The Deke Squad mets a robot in the corridor and takes it out with a barrage of weapons, ending with backing the bot onto dynamite, and then detonating it. But the corkscrew bot was a hunter bot!

Suddenly the Sibyl bot appears at the end of the corridor. She says Coulson took her by surprise the last time they met. She’s ready this time. She fires deadly icer shots at the team. Olga is hit.

The team takes cover. Ronnie and Tommy realize they aren’t cut out for combat with live ammo and take off. Olga is unconscious. Coulson is inside a TV. It’s up to Roxy, Mack and Deke to save the day.

Mack gives Roxy dynamite to throw at Sybil. He sends Deke to create a distraction. When Roxy makes the throw, Mack fires his shotgun ax, setting off a huge explosion over Sybil.

But she was made from a very durable and flexible design. She must detach part of herself during the explosion and slip away before the smoke clears, timestream in hand.

Like a true femme fatale, she doesn’t care if it looks like she won. She cares about whether she actually won. She leaves the Deke Squad to enjoy their celebration.

Eventually, Mack and Coulson figure out that Sibyl got out alive, with the timestream.

But hey, Mack got his robot killing therapy and he feels like a real man again, so it’s all good, right?

Deke forgives Tommy and Ronnie. He knew about their flaws all along. Olga confesses her undying love for Roxy, but in her first language, so Roxy doesn’t understand.

Mack takes Deke to visit little Mack. Deke catches him up on how his childhood has been going in the new timeline. He’s doing well in school and coping with the loss of his parents as well as can be expected. They decide that for a cover story, adult Mack plays sax in Deke’s band.

20 months after they left, the Zephyr reappears and drops off May and Elena in the quinjet. Jemma tells them they have 27 days to complete their mission before they rendezvous in the same spot. Elena is worried about how Mack has done since he’s been alone.

Once again- it’s like Deke isn’t even a sentient being, never mind someone who’s put himself in jeopardy for them many times. This attitude is making the rest of the team unlikeable.

When they reach the Lighthouse, Mack and Deke have everything under control. The Deke Squad seem very professional. May tells Coulson that Jemma made finding Coulson’s hard drive a priority, but she won’t tell him whether or not Jemma plans to make him a new body.

Elena asks Mack how he’s doing. He says it was hard, but it helped that he had time and friends. He looks over at the Deke Squad, then takes her over to introduce them.

In the tag, minibot Sibyl takes the long way to bring the timestream to Nathaniel Malick, who has her on TV as Sibyl Headroom. He’s not particularly grateful for the gift. She tells him he now has what he needs to control his world’s future. She’s confident they’ll “make a perfect pair.” Those are the same words she said to Russell.

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Commentary

Sibyl has gotten Coulson’s attention. He spends the episode watching her every move, while the humans, other than Deke, hardly pay attention to him now that he doesn’t have a body that looks like theirs.

She shows him how hard their kind are to kill, while they kill and manipulate humans easily, even in primitive robot form. By the end of the episode, she’s matched her looks to his- they are Coulson and Sybil Headroom. Just how in sync are they? Will they meet in the physical world someday?

Deke has taken over Daisy and Elena’s roles as the Cassandra of the group, the one who sees problems coming but isn’t believed, so they take matters into their own hands.

So much sacrificing happening in the last couple of episodes, much of it going unacknowledged.

Sibyl and Time God Fitz are playing a mashup game of Movie-themed Trivial Pursuit Timeline Chess. She wanted to capture Mack, so Fitz moved Mack out of her grasp for this round and put Deke in as his main playing piece. Sibyl is her own king and Jemma is Fitz’s king. Luke is (or was?) Sibyl’s queen and Deke is Fitz’s queen, but Sibyl thinks Coulson is his queen. Could be they’re each playing different timeline strategies.

It feels like we should have a visit from Fitz’s friend Lance Hunter before the season ends.

Mack is such a cruel  hypocrite in this episode that I can barely stand to watch him. His own grief doesn’t give him the right to be so cruel to others. To save the world, Mack helped helped destroy the entire future that Deke comes from, leaving him a time remnant. But Mack dares to say to Deke that it’s not okay to change lives to save the world?

Deke is the one who spent most his life as a slave to cruel alien overlords, in unimaginable poverty, without any family, not even a sibling. In the future, he was a cynical orphan who did what he had to in order to survive. With SHIELD as a family, he’s become an optimist who values everyone and only kills as a last resort.

Mack was raised by both parents, along with his brother. He’s 50 years old. He didn’t lose his parents as a child like Deke did. His alternate timeline self did.

I think Time God Fitz scanned all of the timelines and the only viable solution was to take Mack out of the mix for a while and live with the consequences. Had Mack been forced to continue working, he would still have gone through a severe depression. He would have made catastrophic decisions as director of SHIELD because of it.

We’ve seen that he prefers to grieve by taking time alone, as he did every year on Hope’s birthday. There’s no way he could get what he needed while also fighting Chronicoms and jumping through time, so Fitz found a way to give him that time, while Sibyl rebuilt and Deke and Coulson kept an eye on things.


Time Theories

Mack didn’t gain his younger self’s new memories, which suggests that Mack is also a time remnant, as I would expect. Mack won’t ever gain those memories, because he and little Mack are alternate versions of each other. I believe the entire team are actually time remnants, left over from an old timeline they’ve jumped away from. In the MCU, you don’t change the past or future, you move to a different timeline, in which the new events have always been part of the timestream.

They might be jumping to a new timeline with every time jump. At the very least, every “wave”, like Mack’s parents’ and the Lighthouse SHIELD agents’ deaths, takes them to a new timeline. The Chronicoms set out to produce as many waves as possible and it’s clear that the timeline had already been changed before Jemma picked up the rest of the team.

There was no way they were going to stay within their original timeline during the war. They haven’t even been within their original timeline/the original MCU timeline since the end of season 5. I suspect that S5 may even have been a slight variation- it’s hard to imagine the cracked Earth storyline as part of the MCU film timeline.

But Time God Fitz might be able to guide them back to the original timeline. Or whichever timeline they want to go back to. They might want to discuss what point in time they want to go back to- do they choose an earlier point in time and undo some damage but also lose what’s been gained since then? Do they choose a safe point in MCU history instead of Agents of SHIELD history, say, after the second snap?

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