With the continuing build of consequence, the motivations of “Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.EL.D.” are distinctly becoming more plot driven rather than character driven as the episodes go on but that doesn’t less the consequence of what is being shown. When the last episode left off, the decisions that the team and specifically Mac needed to make they all believe were done for the greater good, but as this episode (“Adapt Of Die”) continues it all starts to unravel. There are some tender moments but also some revelatory moments. Like in the previous episode, Patrick Warburton plays a S.H.I.E.L.D chief in the 1970s and he plays it to a t with a bit of tongue in cheek styling. Some of the best moments though are still small character ones including some in between Daisy and a SH.I.E.L.D. agent from the 50s we have seen in the previous couple episodes. It captures almost old school romanticism with the modern storyline. The progress continues but any other spoilers would give it away though Coulson is quite enlightened in many ways throughout the episode. As with the continuing ideas of the season, it is about choice in different situations and what path it leads the Marvel Universe towards in the future.
By Tim Wassberg