Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 7 premiere review: Bootleggers and Chronicoms

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns to action for its final season! As the crew dips their toes into 1931 culture, what might the Chronicoms be after?

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that ends this summer, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. I’m so glad you’ve stuck with this show like me. We’ve had our ups and downs, but here we are, at the end of it all.

So where did this final season’s premiere take us?

1931 New York and the Chronicoms are hot on the scene, stealing the faces of NYC cops to blend in. Also Chronicoms without faces will now give me nightmares.

”Why is no one talking?” LMD Coulson whispers as he’s activated. Mack and Daisy are literally speechless until Daisy blurts out that he’s an LMD. Watching Clark Gregg process two years of information all at once is heartbreaking. He spirals until Mack shuts him down and makes Simmons catch them up to speed.

It’s… a lot of mumbo jumbo and exposition. The Zephyr can’t jump to any point in time; rather, there are certain streams that take them to specific points. The Chronicom hunters took one and SHIELD followed—right to 1931.

Mack ends up reactivating Coulson and their cover story to the NYPD is that they’re Mounties from Canada. Because faces get erased in Canada all the time. Deke and Daisy take on the faceless men while a swordfish on the whiskey cap takes Coulson and Mack to a nearby speakeasy to speak to Gemini.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The New Deal” – Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1931 New York City. With the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out exactly what happened. If they fail, it would mean disaster for the past, present and future of the world on the rip-roaring season premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. – (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
CLARK GREGG

It’s Ernest Koenig, probably the original Koenig! When he finally makes common ground with Mack and Coulson, we finally figure out what brought the Chronicoms to 1931. Koenig’s hosting a political party for the governor of New York. The governor in 1931? Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He’ll become president next year and form the SSR, which will lead to SHIELD.

And it’s much easier to assassinate the president when he’s not president yet!

Man, I love this era and it’s solely because of the music. 1930s jazz is the absolute bomb. And let’s feed in to the era: Put yourself in their shoes—seeing FDR in the flesh would be mesmerizing and momentous.

But FDR isn’t the actual target. It’s Freddie, the doorman at Koenig’s bar. Full name? Wilfred Malick, father of Gideon, the future head of Hydra.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The New Deal” – Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1931 New York City. With the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out exactly what happened. If they fail, it would mean disaster for the past, present and future of the world on the rip-roaring season premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC)
DARREN BARNET

Post-Credits Stinger

Enoch heads back in to work on fixing May, but she’s out of her cryopod and hiding up in the rafters.

Badass Moment of the Week

Simmons straight-up torturing that Chronicom was legit. Sometimes I forget how dark Simmons can go.

Best One-Liner

“Well, when FDR gets here, it’ll be a whole New Deal!” Coulson tells the crew, making the history nerd in me chuckle.

Man, the period clothing just makes me miss Agent Carter. I know we’ll see Sousa in the next few episodes, but can I hope for Hayley Atwell one last time?

Things I didn’t touch on up above: Enoch is still around! And he’s helping to repair May! Elena gets new arms—ones made specifically for Coulson so she can actually feel things again. And where’s Fitz? We will probably find out in the next few episodes.

Next: 5 things we want in the final season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

It was great to have Agents of SHIELD back on our televisions. And the preview for the rest of the season looks like it will all be high stakes adventures through time. Join me as we take this one last trip together with our SHIELD compatriots!

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