Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D dealt with precognition in its previous episode. While fans were a little skeptical about the television show dealing with an advanced sci-fi concept within a limited time-frame, they were pretty surprised how the whole thing panned out.
In fact, Spacetime, as the episode was titled, went on to become one of the best made episodes in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The script was all about pushing the limits in the time span of 45 minutes and it was beautifully brought to life by Kevin Tancharoen’s direction. From the musical motif, to the small character touches to the big roof-top climax, the fans were on the edge of their seats throughout.
Den of Geek reported that the episode ending that showed Malick punching Daisy in the face, with a billboard catching fire in the background, an incapacitated Lincoln and with Coulson ad Fitzsimmons far away from the scene; it looked more like a season finale than the end of a regular episode of the series.
There are hardly any series that brings the viewers face to face with an episode that shakes them up and makes them wonder if the season finale is already taking place.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D managed to do exactly that. It gave the viewers a welcome surprise on the fifteenth week of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, in a very random episode that no one saw coming.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D had often received criticism for not being dramatic enough. Marvel is always known for superb action sequences, but the television series has often been criticized for not putting too much thought into it.
However, fans aren’t in a position to make that criticism anymore since the last week of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D had all kinds of action with Daisy’s tremor power, Giyera’s telekinesis and Malick’s super strength.
The previous episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was about precognition. It is very difficult to show the future world in the visual media, without spending a lot of money on it. However, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D did it perfectly without putting a lot of strain on the budget. The shots of the future were usually a montage with a filter added to it. While the viewers were aware of it, they did not feel that it took away the charm of the scene
There has always been a fascination for the future, of knowing what will happen there and having the power to prevent it. As AV Club points out, it adds a meta-textual level to the whole concept.
Bjorn Johnson was the star of the show as the hobo Charles Hilton. He is doomed to let people know that they are going to die, but he ends up saving Daisy’s life at the cost of his.
The moment the viewers saw the doomed restaurant owner be touched by Charles, they knew that he would soon pass the cursed gift to one of the members of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and he does so, with Daisy. It might have been a little difficult for some of the viewers to completely grasp the concept that was explained by Fitz, but his use of the two dimensional and three-dimensional example was a strong point of reference.