Star-Crossed Lovers Reunite in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Fun & Games”

Agents of SHIELD Fun & Game
Photo Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless

“Fun & Games” Plot Summary:

Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Enoch (Joel Stoffer) devise a plan to rescue the other agents while blending in at Kasius’ (Dominic Rains) party.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally shaking things up. And it just so happens that Clark Gregg, Agent Coulson himself, directed this episode. As a quick refresher, Fitz has teamed up with the alien Enoch to save his friends. After hibernating in a cryogenic chamber for decades, Fitz is in the future and ready to get the ball rolling. Nothing can keep him and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) apart.

Fitz has taken on many different roles throughout the various seasons. He’s been temporarily handicapped and a merciless killer. Now he’s a swaggering, spacefaring Marauder. Well, that’s his cover story. It’s fun to see the once cardigan-wearing scientist immerse himself in a new persona, intimidating Kasius and his snooty friends. Kasius even relates to him when they lament their lack of paternal approval.

After seeing Kasius and his lackey Sinara (Florence Faivre) as straightforward villains for so long, it’s unexpected but refreshing to see the tables turned on them when Faulnak (Samuel Roukin), Kasius’ brother, appears. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost. I’m disappointed our heroes don’t kill the duo in their escape, but I bet Kasuis and Sinara will meet their ends soon.

Someone who hasn’t met her end is May (Ming-Na Wen). Did you really think the show would kill her off-screen? She does have a hard time fighting Ben (Myko Olivier), who reads her mind. I’m glad the episode doesn’t cop out by giving her some ridiculous way to defeat his mindreading abilities. May’s injured, and unless she could outpace Ben with her reflexes and muscle memory, there’s no way she’d be able to beat him.

The one lackluster storyline this week is the introduction of Flint (Coy Stewart), a new Inhuman. While it’s funny to hear the team bemoan the future’s lack of tacos, it’s otherwise not that interesting and Tess (Eve Harlow) dies. And I was just starting to like her. At least Grill (Pruitt Taylor Vince) is dead, too.

After this week’s developments, next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should be even more explosive. We might even get to see more of the surface. Here’s hoping.

Rating: 8 out of 10 (Great)

Aaron Sarnecky is The Pop Break’s Television Editor and covers Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., among other things. He is a TV/Film grad of Rowan University and the fraternal twin of staff writer Josh Sarnecky. He probably remembers that show you forgot existed.