'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Season 5 Refresher
We never leave an agent behind—gear up for the series' Season 6 return with these primer recaps!
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Refresher
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Refresher
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Refresher
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Refresher
None of the agents expected to suddenly find themselves in the year 2091, let alone on a Kree space station, but that’s unfortunately exactly where they are (well, all of them except Fitz, who unknown to everyone right now has actually placed himself in a cryogenic sleep). After the team is forced to travel through the White Monolith, they end up on the Kree’s station, the Lighthouse. In the year 2091, Earth has been destroyed and the remaining humans have been enslaved by the Kree. Daisy Johnson learns that she’s the reason Earth was destroyed, and everyone is then separated when Jemma Simons is tasked to be a servant for the Kree leader, Kasius.
Phil Coulson, Melinda May and Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie manage to hear a transmission from Earth, which leads them to believe that not all humans are dead on the surface below. Leo Fitz, who has woken up from his sleep 74 years later, then joins his friends in space. After he’s reunited with Simmons, and after they’ve escaped the Kree who are chasing them, the two decide that they’ll get married, which is the shining beacon of light we all deserve.
With the whole group now reunited, they decide to split up. Coulson, Daisy, Fitz, Simmons, and Deke Shaw (a human living on the Lighthouse) will return back to Earth, while Mack, Yo-Yo, and Flint (a young Inhuman) will stay behind to start a rebellion aboard the space station.
The first group comes across an old S.H.I.E.L.D. ship, which houses the True Believers, a group that believes that S.H.I.E.L.D. will come from the future to save them from the Kree. They’re led by Samuel Voss and guided by an elderly woman, Robin Hinton. However, the group then turns on them, targeting Daisy, because if they kill her now maybe she won’t destroy the Earth in the past. In the scuffle, Hinton is killed but before dying, she tells May that the key to all of this is the Inhuman Flint, who can help them rebuild the White Monolith, which was destroyed, and travel back to their old timeline.
Back at the Lighthouse, the uprising is gaining momentum and Kasius is losing control over everything. He’s actually got Yo-Yo from the future locked away, and he’s kept her alive by killing her and revving her repeatedly. Yo-Yo meets up with her past self and tries to warn her that the destruction of Earth was caused by S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to save Coulson.
Kasius is then killed by Mack, and the agents are able to return to their old spot in time and arrive aboard the present-day Lighthouse. They come across a Kree Orb, which is emitting a mysterious light, and while investigating it the team is attacked by a group of androids. While fighting them, though she survives, Yo-Yo has both her arms cut off. Shaw, from the future, joins the agents in the present-day.
Fitz realizes that this Kree Orb is causing the agents to see their greatest fears—and it has opened the Fear Dimension—and hatches a plan to shut it down but it’s incredibly dangerous. Coulson willingly volunteers to do it, but everyone else objects. However, Coulson is hiding a secret: he’s dying from complications of being possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance while taking on the mantle of Ghost Rider. Eventually, Coulson goes through with the mission and makes it out alive. But, the Fear Dimension is still open and the agents begin searching for the Gravitonium, an extremely rare element, to close it for good.
Then, the happiest thing ever happens! Fitz and Simmons get married! Even happier, Shaw learns that he’s Fitz and Simmons’ grandson—but he doesn’t tell them right away. After Fitz accidentally splits his personality, and his evil side from the Framework manifests, it crumbles his relationship with Daisy. Simmons, understandably upset, is comforted by Shaw who reveals that she and Fitz eventually work everything out, explaining who he is to her.
General Hale now enters the mix, and so does her daughter, Ruby Hale. Coulson allows himself to be captured by her, and learns that she’s working for HYDRA (of course), and also wants Daisy to merge with the Gravitonium to stop the alien group Confederacy. Coulson also learns that General Talbot is being held at the same facility, and helps free him. The only problem is that Talbot is actually working for Hale and she’s going to use him as a sleeper agent.
Ruby is also going against her mother’s wishes and decides she’s going to merge with the Gravitonium, fully achieving her dream of becoming an enhanced human. The process is painful for Ruby, and she’s stopped midway and then murdered by Yo-Yo, as she was responsible for Yo-Yo losing her arms.
The Confederacy learns the location of the Lighthouse and plans to retrieve the Gravitonium themselves. Talbot, who’s trying to make up for all his past wrongs, and fuses himself with the Gravitonium and uses it to fight the Confederacy. While it’s certainly a big hero moment for him, it’s shattered when Talbot, consumed with this new power, joins the Confederacy and takes over. While the agents manage to escape, Talbot is still at large.
While all of this is going on, Coulson’s condition takes a turn for the worst. The agents are faced with either using the last of the Centipede Serum to save him or use it to stop Talbot. May makes the decision for all of them, when she smashes the weapon they would have used, leaving the serum for Coulson. However, he doesn’t want to use it.
The agents then travel to Chicago to fight Talbot, who is in the city to retrieve more Gravitonium. During the battle, Daisy is almost absorbed by Talbot, which would have caused the destruction of Earth, as we’ve been warned about all along. But, Daisy discovers that Coulson has actually left the Centipede Serum with her, which uses on herself to blast Talbot off into space, defeating him.
The battle has certainly been won, but unfortunately, they’ve lost an agent along the way. Fitz, while helping with the evacuation in the city, is crushed under the rubble and is killed. It’s decided that the agents will travel back to 2091 to retrieve the Fitz that’s been frozen there since he no longer needs to help them fight the Kree decades later.
There’s at least one happy ending, as Coulson and May, finally acting on their feelings, decide to leave for Tahiti. Coulson, who is still sadly dying, is retiring from S.H.I.E.L.D. and is going to live out the rest of his days there with her. Mack, now in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., sets off with the remaining agents on their next mission.
Watch the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 6 premiere on Friday, May 10 at 8|7c on ABC, with new episodes every Friday! Stream new episodes the next day on Hulu, On Demand or ABC.com.
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