Agents of SHIELD Season 7 Episode 11: Brand New Day Recap

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By Metamaiden and Metacrone

Episode 11 is the final installment of Agents of SHIELD before the 2 hour series finale. Nathaniel and Garrett have kidnapped Jemma and Deke and stolen the Zephyr in order to extract Fitz’s location from Jemma’s mind. They take the Zephyr into space, where the team can’t follow them, for the interrogation. In an attempt to foil Sibyl’s predictions, Daisy, Mack and Sousa use the quinjet like a rocket and follow anyway.

Back in the Lighthouse, Azula Kora tries to convince the team that she wants to join SHIELD while she also openly helps Sibyl. It’s a reversal of the S1 split between HYDRA and SHIELD and the reveal of Grant Ward as a HYDRA agent. The Triskelion pays the price, as it always must.

In season 7’s rewind through Agents of  SHIELD’s history, this episode brings the show back to the break point in S1 when HYDRA came out of the closet, SHIELD went underground and AoS became the show that it’s been for most of its run.

We finally catch a glimpse of Fitz in Jemma’s memories, but it’s mostly another tease.

While it was good to see him, the show has played this hand too many times. The world is a lousy place right now and no one needs more bait and switch in their lives. In S1, the secrets were brought out into the open 2/3 of the way through the season, not held back until the finale. It was the right call then. It would have been the right call this season to reveal the truth at least 3 episodes ago, after the time ship explosion, but before the time loop.

At the very least more should have been explained during episode 10, instead of wasting our time with the episode we got, in addition to the way the characters’ superpowers are rarely used. Now we’re getting ridiculous build ups, as if major fight scenes with the use of powers are coming, then they fizzle out after a few interactions.

Fitz’s presence isn’t necessary for Jemma to tell her story briefly and action scenes can be shot without major special effects. Just focus on telling us the story without jerking us around.

Recap

Previously on AoS, Nathaniel and Garrett kidnapped Jemma and Deke aboard the Zephyr. Now, Daisy, Sousa and May watch the Zephyr’s trajectory via satellite telemetry, until it moves above the satellites and disappears from their screens. Daisy and May understand that this means the ship is now in a low orbit around the Earth, but since Sousa is from a pre-Sputnik era, he’s a little slow on the uptake.

May senses that Daisy feels guilty because she didn’t stop Nathaniel and tries to reassure her, but Daisy’s mother is dead, again. It’s not that simple.

Elena asks for landing clearance for the quinjet. Daisy and the others rush to meet the rest of the team. Daisy wants to confront Kora, but May reminds her that Kora’s powers are dangerous and unstable. Daisy is sure that she can keep Kora under control.

As soon as the team enters with Kora and two others, Daisy quakes Kora into a wall and asks where they took Jemma. Kora doesn’t answer the question, possibly because Daisy’s cutting her air off. Once Mack forces Daisy to put her down, Kora says that she wants to help save lives by becoming an Agent of SHIELD.

Coulson mentions that they dropped the potential inhumans off at a hospital.

Up on the Zephyr, the pilot informs Nathaniel that they’ve reached 50,000 miles above Earth and are still rising. He adds a “sir” at the end. Nathaniel tells him not to use “sir”. He’s trying to abolish use of words like “sir” forever.

And he’s going to do that by strictly enforcing his order that the crew not call him “sir.”

He orders his communications officer, Kimball, to send the message they’ve prepared, since they’re out of SHIELD’s range.

Deke pops his head out around a corner- I knew I could count on him to remain stealthy in a crisis. He makes a quick Die Hard reference as he begins his recon. Alas, Sibyl knows he’s there and sends Garrett to collect him.

Mack and Elena lock Durant and the other guy in the room that passes as the Lighthouse brig. Elena will stand guard while she looks through a hard drive for the anti-Gordon force field that Fitz designed. Neither of them are fooled by Kora’s show of cooperation. They know it must be part of Sibyl’s plan.

Kora insists that she’s all about saving lives by killing the killers- a walking, talking Project Insight. Sibyl also takes credit for saving Sousa, even though that was totally on the SHIELD team. Mack points out that innocent lives have been taken, referring to his parents. Kora replies that their deaths were the proof of concept that the team needed to show that they’re in a shiny new timeline where anything is possible.

Kora has issues with logic. It doesn’t seem to occur to her that alternate winners to the Superbowl and the World Series would have been sufficient proof. Where is Back to the Future 2 when you need it?

Kora tells them that their nasty old timeline, where she died alone, is “long gone.” She points out that the time remnants still exist and retain their memories of the old timelines, but doesn’t give any explanations for why.


Whatever Is Really Going On, The Team Is Failing at Winning the War

Kora is a puppet who doesn’t understand what’s going on, she just knows what she’s been told. It’s been clear from the start of the season that this is a new timeline. They may have been through several timelines this season, as they made multiple major changes.

Jemma’s memory is impaired and no one respects Deke enough to listen to him. Without Fitz to explain how the multiverse works, the team has bounced through time for the entire season, fighting whatever fight was placed in front of them, and rarely asking questions beyond the immediate mission. Daisy specifically told Sousa, and by extension the others, not to question what was happening or try to understand how the science was working.

In other words, the team have been acting as puppets as well, doing what they’ve been led to do all season long, with no real understanding of the larger issues. They haven’t even pressed Jemma for any history of the time war or asked if there are other humans left fighting. This is what makes me wonder if they’re actually prisoners in some sort of restricted environment, like the Framework.

When Coulson found Sibyl on the timeship, he didn’t capture her and the timestream, which would have been the smart thing to do. In the long run, all his explosion did was sever the Zephyr’s connection to the Chronicom time ship- exactly what they would want him to do.

It’s time that we seriously question whether both Coulson and Enoch were compromised (against their wills) by their connection to the Chronicoms, and whether what we’re watching is completely real. It could be some kind of elaborate Dr Strange/Darkhold type mind/time trickery, if it’s not something akin to the Framework.

However- it doesn’t matter how long they’ve been away from the original timeline. In a multiverse, timelines exist and continue to exist independently of each other. The timeline they left either received new versions of them or has continued on without them. There’s no reason that it wouldn’t still exist- we haven’t been told Sibyl has that kind of power.

When Sibyl said the thing about paring down options until there’s only one path, she meant she’s choosing between timelines and taking away choices for the one life that she’s using as her template. She’s not creating or destroying timelines. There’s a difference.


Kora reiterates her big idea, which is to throw out SHIELD’s protect and serve motto and replace it with killing and, well, just killing. She feels that since SHIELD has used killing as a method at times, they are hypocrites across the board and might as well go in for indiscriminate murder, starting with the list of 30 names she brought with her.

Mack tells her they aren’t a death squad. Daisy takes her to separate room for a chat. Since Sibyl predicted this move, Kora is prepared. She tries to convince Daisy that she’s there for her sister. “We have the same blood. You believe in SHIELD. There must be a reason.”

Yikes. That reference to their bloodline is a HYDRA red flag.

Daisy asks about Afterlife. Kora says that she thought she had a happy childhood and loved her mother. But then she realized how confined she was. Daisy is sorry Kora threw away the love that she never got. Kora is sorry Daisy was never loved. She says she just wants to talk. They could be a powerful duo together. “Sibyl said, ‘There is no future where Daisy Johnson lets her sister fight alone.'”

Daisy says that Sibyl was right and walks out on Kora.

Nathaniel puts Jemma in a Chronicom brain scanner. As she goes in, she says, “I like to think about the first law of thermodynamics…” She flashes to a memory of Fitz using old footage and continues speaking, “That no energy in the universe is created…” They finish together, “And none is destroyed.”

Jemma continues,”That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else.”

The memory shows them in the containment pod, at the bottom of the ocean, after Grant Ward ejected them from the bus when Garrett ordered him to kill them at the end of S1. Fitz is about to confess that he loves Jemma, give her the oxygen and send her to the surface, saving her life and sacrificing himself. She brings him along, saving him but leaving him with a traumatic brain injury.

Nathaniel says he’s supposed to be able to choose which memory he sees, then tries again. This time, they are in the Lighthouse. I believe it’s S5 and Fitz is sitting at a computer monitor, working on sealing the rift to the Fear Dimension. Jemma says she misses him. Fitz says he’s right there. Jemma says there’s a distance between them, with all of these things in the way. (We couldn’t find this clip- maybe it was previously shot but wasn’t used? Or is it S6?)

Nathaniel pulls Jemma out of the memory and asks her how she’s blocking him. When she says she’s not, maybe the problem is him, he punches her and calls for Deke to be brought in. They’ve already tortured Deke, but he hasn’t said anything.

Sousa finds Daisy on her way to the quinjet. NOW she’s sneaking through dark halls. She wants to go alone, but he says he learned during his shenanigans with the boy scouts in Brooklyn that you shouldn’t let someone do something stupid alone.

There will be so many vague and not so vague callbacks to the Captain America movies in this episode. They really thought they’d be helping launch the Bucky and Sam show. Sousa is not a reasonable substitute for Bucky or Steve and I don’t like the comparisons any more than I did on Agent Carter. Steve and Bucky are both brilliant, lovable rogues. Sousa is a humorless, misogynist goon. If you don’t get that, I don’t know what you’ve been watching.

Daisy asks if he’s ever broken the rules in his life and he says no. Since that means he’ll be acting unpredictably, she brings him along. She explains that Sibyl sent Kora to her because she knew Daisy would be drawn to save her sister, who’s now her only remaining family. But Daisy says she already has a sister, Jemma Simmons.

Daisy explains that since the quinjet isn’t meant for space, they’ll burn up most of the fuel getting out of the atmosphere. Once they’re in orbit, they find the Zephyr, point the quinjet at it, burn off the rest of the fuel and glide the rest of the way there.

Sousa and the show make this sound like a crazy idea, but this is actually the way ships went to the moon and back. It’s not crazy at all.

He realizes she’s not an experienced pilot and decides to fly with her anyway. Autopilot exists kids. It’s not that big a risk.

Mack busts in and plays tough guy, but he actually plans to come with and puts in the authorization code they need to take off.

I have a feeling that Sibyl’s smart enough to predict this turn of events. Daisy’s only had bad experiences with her family of origin and considers SHIELD her family. Now the team is split into 3 groups, one of them ineffectively on the quinjet. Sibyl took Quake out of the fight without lifting a finger. That’s the part where this is a stupid idea.

I remember S1, when this wasn’t a sexist show and instead of mocking capable female agents like Daisy, they mocked egotistical meatheads like Sousa and Mack. Daisy doesn’t actually need their help, she’d just like some companionship. But apparently it will come at the cost of constant backhanded insults that she’ll be gaslit into thinking are jokes or helpful advice from a wise older agent. This is a Whedonverse misogyny favorite technique and the reason I can’t stand to rewatch Firefly. In some scenes, it’s practically all that comes out of Captain Mal’s mouth.

I hate the idea of Daisy ending up with someone who will forever treat her like she’s a stupid little girl who needs him to be her wise daddy so that she doesn’t hurt herself. I’ve seen enough Woody Allen and Roman Polanski films to last me a lifetime, thanks. But the MCU and much of the rest of pop culture has settled on two tropes for women who aren’t villains- either they agree to playing second fiddle to a male handler or they die. Equality is not an option. Look at how Jemma’s intelligence and agency have been reduced this season. Even the clips they chose for this episode were from incidents in which Fitz was left with little or no choice but to take her choices away. And Daisy’s choice, in the case of the S5 clip.

May and Coulson watch the computer track the quinjet into space. May thinks this is a bad plan, but Coulson echoes Daisy, saying it’s smart to be unpredictable. May isn’t a fan of directors going rogue.

Coulson asks May what she’s feeling from Kora. May says Kora seems sincere, with her rage under control. Coulson wants May to talk to Kora in order to figure out her plans.

On the Zephyr, Nathaniel’s men beat Deke in front of Jemma, who tells them to stop. Deke tries to tell Jemma that he’ll be okay. He hasn’t broken under their torture yet- they’ve got nothing on the Kree.

Nathaniel is impatient and switches tactics, threatening to break Jemma’s skull unless Deke tells him where Fitz is. He finally notices the implant glowing in her neck. Deke tells Nathaniel to stop, but Nathaniel quakes him unconscious.

Nathaniel isn’t very smart. He’s scanned her whole body and never noticed the implant on her neck. Sibyl apparently doesn’t care much about finding Fitz, or she would have told Nathaniel about the implant from the start. She’s just keeping her henchmen busy for now.

Daisy, Mack and Sousa make it into space. Daisy tells Sousa to buckle up because if they time things wrong, they’ll all freeze to death, lost in space forever. They’re on a futuristic quinjet, trained and highly experienced in using this kind of technology, and they seem to think it’s incredibly risky to do what the men on Apollo 13 did manually.

Oh. Key word: men.

May goes into Kora’s holding cell. Kora asks where Daisy is and May gives a non-answer. May wants to get to know Kora, but Kora says she already knows the Cavalry. She says what May did to the inhuman girl in Bahrain was sickening. May points out that the girl was the kind of person Kora wants to kill to prevent more deaths, but Kora says it’s different because this one had powers. Kora gets angry and May tells her to calm down, but Kora uses her firebending powers to smash in the wall, cutting off the power in the Lighthouse.

With the firewalls down, Sibyl enters the Lighthouse’s mainframe, using code displays to send a Valentine to Coulson personally. Coulson asks Sibyl if she’s thirsty, to which she replies, “I know only hunger now.”

These two REALLY need to get a room. Or maybe a private server?

Coulson plays hard to get, calling Sibyl creepy. But she charms him with a reference to the romance film of the day, The Princess Bride: “You killed my hunters, prepare to meet the same fate.” The Princess Bride was one of Metacrone and Mr. Metawitches’ first dates in the 80s. Coulson and Sibyl have a bright future together.

May has been reading Sibyl’s messages out loud, and Coulson asks her to stop, embarrassed to be flirting with his new girlfriend in front of his old one. May realizes that Coulson may be able to read the non-English computer code, since his brain is also code.

Daisy tells Mack about Enoch saying that this would be the team’s last mission together, which Mack seems rather happy about. Daisy is offended by his reaction, but he reminds her that some people use their phones to talk to each other, unlike “millennials”. Daisy protests, saying she doesn’t want to turn into people who used to work together, but now hardly ever see each other. To which Mack responds, “Sounds like we might.” Mack has been trying to quit since he joined the team, so his reaction isn’t a surprise, but his lack of sensitivity is infuriating.

Daisy starts crying, saying the team is her family and she doesn’t know who she is without them. Mack tells her that she knows who she is no matter who she’s with. Oh, all cleared up then, she knows who she is because Mack said so and she should be fine with being alone in the world again, like she was when she met the team.

Daisy looks over at Sousa, hoping he can be the next one to tell her who she is, if the other men on the team can’t anymore. Mack is satisfied in seeing her longing stare at Sousa. He and Coulson can pass off the job of being Daisy’s male handlers, a Whedonverse staple, to Sousa, and go on with their lives without guilt. Plus, Elena owes him 20 dollars.

Nathaniel is still being an angry boy, since he doesn’t understand why he can’t get the implant to do what he wants. Jemma tells him she’s the only one who can extract it. He tells her Fitz isn’t coming to save her this time, but Jemma says he can’t know that for sure. He throws the implant extraction device through a window because he’s used to having things handed to him, which he admits.

He decides to go into Jemma’s mind with her to figure out where Fitz is, ordering his people, who definitely are not lower status than him, to kill Deke should he try to move. We see a flashback to the end of season 6, with Enoch telling Fitz and Jemma that they have to act now to save everyone. Nathaniel watches on the sidelines.

Coulson has figured out he can read some of Sibyl’s code. She’s looking for communication files. He’s attempting to slow her down, but Kora’s the only one who can get Sibyl out of the Lighthouse’s systems. May says Kora’s due for the Coulson talk, but Coulson says that’s May’s duty now. She’s done that with others before. They both have new powers, so their dynamic and roles on the team have to change accordingly.

Sibyl lets the prisoners out, who try to attack Elena, but she grabs them and takes them to Control. Kora strolls out of her cell, with a rip-off of Azula’s theme music from Avatar playing. Coulson tells Kora that the people Nathaniel is saving are not heroes, but hitmen who now owe their lives to Nathaniel. And the SHIELD team is being pulled away from a timeline they have to restore.

Kora shoots fire through Durant’s heart. Now they’re a bit closer to their original world. She points out that if she were to keep pushing the timeline back to the one they want, Sousa would be next to die. (Please, Azula, please do it.) Or they can target the people on Kora’s list. Coulson and May are strictly against that, but Elena asks who is on the list.

Kora pulls out her list and baby Adolf Hitler is at the top of it. Just kidding. The HYDRA Nazis on the list are of lower rank than Hitler, but she’s still bringing the team that kind of moral dilemma, the same one proposed by Project Insight. The one that asks if you believe the future is predetermined or not and how much you’re willing to bet on it.

And she throws in the low blow of calling May a child killer because of what happened in Bahrain, as if that wasn’t something May did as a last resort and has hated herself for. Once again, that was a very different thing from coldly picking a name off a list.

Kora tries to appeal to the team by suggesting they kill Grant Ward, but Coulson says that Ward could have been good if Garrett, Nathaniel’s new partner in crime, hadn’t gotten to him first. Kora says that her mother thought that, too, but people are who they are, regardless of circumstance, and one day she would show her mother that. May tells Kora that Jiaying is there in the Lighthouse, so Kora can show her right now.

Sousa and Mack, alone for a bit while Daisy rests, apparently think it’s hilarious that Daisy has a silly superhero name, because no other superheroes have a silly name. The Hulk, Captain America, Ironman. They’re trying to make themselves feel better that a small woman like Daisy can destroy them both with the wave of her hand. It’s tough not being the most powerful one in the room, isn’t it, fellas? Gotta put her down when she’s not even there to defend herself or talk back.

When Sousa makes fun of her to her face, defend herself she does, in…the most non-defensive way possible. She says a few things in playful protestation and otherwise uses him mocking her as a flirting opportunity.

Do men really think mocking us is what women find attractive? We’re just socialized to not complain and to always smile. It’s easily mistaken for flirting by meatheads.

Another flashback shows Jemma creating her implant and discussing brains with Enoch- he admires Jemma’s brain. He mentions that the 19th century was a strange time for humanity. He probably witnessed them messing around with trepanation.

We can see on a screen showing an x-ray of Jemma’s brain what D.I.A.N.A. stands for: Digital Implanted Axon Neurotransmission Attenuating. The screen says this is simulation 387. Fitz walks in and we finally get to see some new footage of him, for the first time since season 6. Thank Goddess. Maybe this IS Agents of SHIELD, after all. Fitz discusses his efforts to build a time machine, and Enoch notes that it doesn’t matter how long it takes to build a time machine. Fitz asks Enoch to let him and Jemma have a moment alone.

Fitz tells Jemma that it’s true, it doesn’t matter how long they take, so they might as well take some time to themselves, to live their lives together. Jemma asks if this is about the blood work. Fitz says no, and yes, and that Coulson and May taught them they need to take the time they have.

This is SERIOUS. THERE HAS BEEN BLOOD WORK. We are discussing a couple that keeps being ripped apart because one of them keeps dying.

The flashbacks included a time when Fitz was hallucinating the Doctor, and one from when he was about to get his brain injury and then hallucinate Jemma as a coping mechanism. Enoch was in an alternate body in the third, along with all of the other craziness from S6. All of the memories that Nathaniel brings up have to do with mental impairment, illusions, and life or death, end of the world decision making.

There’s a good chance that the memories that we haven’t seen before aren’t what they seem. Jemma’s statement as she went into the scanner, about the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, could have been a code phrase to trigger a set of false memories. We saw trigger phrases used in S2 and in Agent Carter.

May takes Kora to the lower levels of the Lighthouse to show her Jiaying’s body. Kora is shocked to find her mother dead and tries to use her firebending to bring her back to life, but it’s no use. She realizes a quake shattered Jiaying’s neck and assumes it’s Daisy, but May tells her Jiaying died protecting Daisy from Nathaniel.

Nathaniel finds himself in the memory that he thinks will finally give him Fitz’s location, but they’re in the mindscape where the Chronichoms tried to break them during season 6, with only Fitz, Jemma, a couch and a bookshelf. Jemma is dressed the way she was in S7Ep1 when she retrieved the others from the temple.

Fitz is trying to convince her to use the implant to forget something else in addition to his location, that the implant’s purpose had to be expanded now that “they knew.” He says she can’t be strong if she remembers. Jemma begins to sob, saying she’ll still have the guilt inside from losing part of herself, and repeating “I don’t want to forget” over and over again. Fitz hugs her, and then vanishes. Jemma is left repeating “I don’t want to forget” in a whisper, standing in the all white matrix.

Jemma and Nathaniel startle awake. Nathaniel boasts a bit and leaves, though he’s clearly furious at being beaten again. Jemma goes to Deke, sitting at the edge of the room. He says he’s guessing Nathaniel didn’t find Fitz, and Jemma says, “Fitz? Who’s Fitz?”

May tries to convince Kora that Jiaying loved her and Nathaniel is using her. But Kora says she loved who Kora was, then stopped when Kora changed after terrigenesis. Nathaniel is the one who saved her.

She punches May several times before May remembers she’s an expert in combat. There’s a weird moment with the music building up and a closeup on May’s face that makes it seem like there’s going to be a big reveal concerning May’s powers, but nope. Just a fight. Kora blows a hole in the wall with her firebending, and Garrett shows up and whisks Kora away with his new Gordon powers.

May did do a cool backbend away from Kora’s fire that looked for a second like she was going to discover she had Neo’s bullet time powers from The Matrix, but of course it didn’t go anywhere.

Coulson is still flirting with Sibyl, and has discovered she’s accessed SHIELD bases. Apparently, Nathaniel didn’t go to space simply to hide.

Nathaniel violently enforces the rule that NO ONE is to call him “sir” because he’s on the same level as them, and he will punish them if they do not act accordingly. A giant space portal opens and a bunch of huge Chronicom ships show up near the Zephyr.

They proceed to destroy the SHIELD bases around the world, while the SHIELD team watch it happen on a screen display similar to the one in the Hub in S1. This time, the Hub is destroyed. The special effects team also explode the Triskelion AGAIN. That poor building.

Garrett says he always wanted to be a part of something bigger. He finally got Fury’s quote right – a part of something bigger, not just something bigger.

Kora arrives on the Zephyr. She asks Nathaniel if they gave people a new life, and Nathaniel tells her they did. They kiss, but it’s not clear if Kora is now convinced Nathaniel is evil and is playing along, the way Daisy did when Ward kidnapped her in S1. It doesn’t really matter, given that Kora doesn’t have a consistent personality. She’ll do whatever the plot demands.


Commentary

Either Fitz is in the implant or what we’re watching is in the Framework and he’s in the outside world fighting the war against Sibyl. Or there’s a timestream in the time drive and he’s in that. Jemma mentioned the Tardis way back in S1 as the thing she’d want with her on a desert island, then we got a Dr Who episode just when things were at their worst. Between Jemma, Fitz, Enoch, Deke and the Zephyr, the roles of the Doctor, the Tardis, River Song and the Companion are there to be taken. Amy and Rory could conceivably show up, too. Maybe Captain Jack. (Please show up, Captain Jack.)

Or Jemma is a clone with the original Jemma’s memories. Doctor Fitz created a 3D flesh printer in the Framework that the show has never taken advantage of since it printed Aida/Ophelia at the end of S4. It would make sense for Fitz and Jemma to make brain scans, live out their lives in peace on another planet or in another time while they perfected their technology, then send Jemma’s clone back to save the team and fight the war while some version of Fitz stayed behind to do whatever else is necessary.

And in that case, they can finally bring back some of the other people they should have retrieved from the Framework: Hope, Ward, Trip, Jeffrey Mace. Radcliffe might come in handy right now.

Agent Sitwell is one of my secret TV and film crushes. I wave a sad goodbye to him in S1Ep16, The End of the Beginning, as he heads of to the Lemurian Star. They really, really need to bring back the adult, Maximiliano Hernández version for the finale. If Gordon can come back, so can Sitwell. Sitwell understands villains. He can talk them down.

Nathaniel seems to be panicking, which is odd given that he’s on the brink of winning, but that’s probably another Azula reference. At least this one isn’t riddled with misogyny.

Is the Princess Bride/Inigo Montoya reference also a nod to S.W.O.R.D., since Inigo’s father, who was so famously killed, was a sword maker? Coulson died from a sword to the heart, the way Inigo’s father died. Is Sibyl trying to tell Coulson that she’s going to avenge his death? Was he supposed to take that as code? If he were up on his Princess Bride trivia, he might have figured that out. This is why we always watch the classics, kids.

The last two episodes have been full of references to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Kora is Azula: the voice, the music that accompanies her, the firebending, um, I mean fire inhuman powers, being the evil sibling working for the evil side, who is deeply hurt by her mother’s lack of approval yet defiant that she doesn’t need it, which has shaped much of who she is.

I’m surprised she hasn’t shot blue lightning out of her hands yet. She even has the name of the lead character in the spin-off series, Legend of Korra. Two of LoK’s main characters were two brothers, one of whom was a firebender, the other was an earthbender. Likewise, Kora and Daisy are two sisters, one with fire powers, the other with the power to move mountains, literally.

When we met Kora, Jiaying was hoping to remove her powers, referencing the Equalists and Amon, the main villains of season 1 of LoK who wanted to remove elemental manipulation abilities from those who possessed them. Daisy originally started out against SHIELD before she had a change of heart and joined them, an arc parallel to that of Zuko’s. Just like Azula hunted the Gaang and Zuko, Kora is hunting the team and Daisy, still on the anti-SHIELD side that Daisy started out on.

Image courtesy of ABC.

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