Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5) – ‘A Life Spent’

So here we are, one week on from that game-changing season premiere. Shortly after finally escaping the Framework, the agents were kidnapped and sent into space, where they soon learned they were also in the future. This was, of course, a dark dystopian future (is there any other kind these days?) where Daisy had somehow destroyed the Earth, leaving the surviving humans to the mercy of alien Kree overlords, who ruled them within a hierarchical system on a space station in the destroyed planet’s orbit.

This episode continued to expand the mythology of this new setting. Simmons, for example, soon learned there are still Inhumans in this future setting. As one of Kasius’ “chosen” human courtiers, she watches Kasius meet with an off-world ambassador, and soon fly into a rage. The cause of his anger is a young Inhuman girl named Abby. Abby has similar powers to the Vision, in that she can manipulate her own molecular density — meaning she can turn either super-hard or so intangible she can phase through solid objects. However, Abby’s having trouble controlling these powers. Kasius’ hard authoritarian training regimen doesn’t seem to be working. Can’t imagine why!

But Simmons is here now, and she has experience with both people and Inhumans. She slowly coaches Abby toward controlling her powers but doesn’t get as much time as she’d like. When another royal guest arrives, Kasius takes Abby away and pits this young girl in a gladiatorial match against the alien woman’s chosen champion — a tall, muscular, dangerous-looking gladiator. For a few disturbing minutes, this muscle-bound warrior throws Abby all around the ring, but eventually, the girl catches Simmons’ eye. After that, Abby uses both aspects of her powers in quick succession. She gets super-dense, breaking her opponent’s arm when he tries to punch her again. Then she reaches out (as if to say “please”) and phases through his chest, killing him.

So on the plus side, Abby pleased Kasius and didn’t die a horrible violent death. On the other hand, she proved her powers so much that the alien woman bought her. All Simmons really accomplished was fetching Abby a higher price. Man, this setting is going to be depressing.

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