8 Things to Look Forward to in the Next Episode of Agents of SHIELD (No Spoilers)

Saturday, 08 October 2016 - 2:06PM
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Saturday, 08 October 2016 - 2:06PM
8 Things to Look Forward to in the Next Episode of Agents of SHIELD (No Spoilers)
Last night, we saw the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at New York Comic Con (along with a panel by the ever-charming Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet, as well as equally charming newcomer Gabriel Luna), and it was a doozy. It was as action-packed, emotional, and twisty as we've come to expect from AOS, maybe even more so. Here are eight exciting things you can look forward to in the next episode. (No spoilers about how anything turns out, unless you're allergic to any kind of plot information, in which case, stop reading now.)

A race against time to save Agent May


Simmons earns her science cred this episode by taking one last shot to save Agent May, and comes up with a very unorthodox and risky solution to her infection. I won't give anything else away, but it's a real nail-biter.

Ghost Rider beating up bullies


Or, more accurately, Robbie Reyes beating up bullies. We get a little more insight into Robbie's life by spending time with his brother, Gabe, who suffers from paralysis. If there's one way to make your antagonist more sympathetic, it's showing him beat up bullies who pick on a disabled child.

A new (and scary) villain


Parminder Nagra makes her debut as an Inhuman-hating politician, and with the racist and xenophobic undertones inherent to Inhuman hate, she's a frightening character on so many levels. There's also a twist to her character that I didn't see coming, which may indicate that she's this season's Big Bad.

Lots of racism metaphors


Comparing anti-Inhuman sentiment (or anti-X-Men sentiment, anti-Kryptonian sentiment, etc) to anti-immigration protestation is nothing new. But it's especially explicit in this episode, with one character uttering the words, "They're people too, they deserve to be here as much as we do." With the election coming up next month, this villain and plotline have never been more timely.

Some great fight scenes


With the arrival of Ghost Rider and the move to 10 PM, Agents of SHIELD has gotten gorier, more blood-spattered, and more adult, for better and for worse. But the best fight sequence by a long shot goes to Mack, who kicks a whole lot of ass this episode at a particularly triumphant moment, and in surprisingly graphic ways.

Fitz MacGyver-ing his way out of a sticky situation


Fitz earns his nerd cred this episode as well, although under considerably more lighthearted circumstances. He adorably gets the group out of a mess with some fun pseudoscience, the way only he can.

A HUGE third-act cliffhanger


At the climactic moment of the episode, a terrifying twist neatly incorporates several of the disparate plotlines - and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Romantic undertones between Ghost Rider and Quake


Chloe Bennet said in the panel that she thought they would make a "terrible couple," but they're clearly setting this up, right?

Agents of SHIELD, "Uprising," airs on October 11 at 10 PM on ABC.
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