Well, that was pretty cool, for an 80s homage. You can't beat the 70s, but they did okay. One weird thing is that the story was told in flashback by Deke's debriefing with May, which kind of gave away how things would turn out.
There was a lot to like here, and the 80s actually seem not so bad after everything that's come after. We got to see new sides to both Mack and Deke, which made it very interesting. Mack was well and truly broken by the deaths of his parents, so much so that he grew a Moses beard while remaining bald-- maybe male-pattern baldness is his superpower-- and turned into a couch potato. And Deke turned into a cheerleader and proxy for everything that Mack stood for until the big guy was ready to take up the mantle again. The best moment in the episode was learning that Deke had befriended young Mack and his brother and was helping to take care of them. This tells us what Deke is really made of on the inside.
On the outside, however, Deke is still the same old Deke-- although he really can put his faults to constructive use if he needs to. In the few months that Mack was crippled by debilitating depression, he put together his Inferior Five version of SHIELD and kept the candle burning for Mack. By stealing 80s songs. From Simple Minds and the Bangles. What will this do to the timestream?
But it all paid off and he was able to bring Mack around.
And, ah, the 80s homages. The green computer monitor logo. The deadly mall robots. The murdered groupie exsanguinating more blood than five people. The backlit foggy Spielberg shots. The posed poses and the bantering bon mots and the clunky camera angles. And, most beautiful of all, Phil Headroom. How I loved Phil Headroom.
Luckily, my worries about Mack and Deke growing old together were misplaced, since the Zephyr was only gone for less than two years. But it did make me wonder what is pulling them through time now, if the Commodorecom's ship was disintegrated. In any case, like Coulson, Sibyl managed to survive on her own backup drive and will shepherd her pawns through her rebuilding process, no matter how much moonlighting is involved.
Next week: What does Gemma have in store for Coulson's next incarnation?
G-man, on 09 July 2020 - 09:57 AM, said:
That said, I do not recognize the person that Sybil recruited to help her … is he someone new?
It seemed like we were supposed to know him, but honestly, I've lost track of all these guys.