“What happens on Kitson is contagious and burns.”
If nothing else last week’s episode of Agents of Shield was fun. And it does move the plot forward a bit. That being said, the writing was subpar and the pacing felt clunky. Spoilers ahead!
With the exception of a brief “end credits” scene, “Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson” took place entirely in Space. This allowed for some momentum on the “Finding Fitz” storyline and some hilarious hijinks.
It turns out that Fitz and Enoch are now wanted criminals (for reasons that aren’t yet clear but are hinted at, and will likely be expanded upon in a later episode). The crew they just saved has now abandoned them on a planet even scummier than the Mos Eisley Spaceport, with only one credit. It turns out Enoch is quite skilled at gambling, so he and Fitz set out to earn enough to buy a ship. This leads to a series of misadventures and close brushes with death.
In Episode Two we watch as once again Jemma misses Fitz by mere moments. Get ready for this to happen again. But first they will find each other! The search team led by Daisey does actually manage to make it to the same planet as Fitz. Unfortunately (at least for them) most of the crew unknowingly eats a snack food toxic to humans. While harmless to most aliens, it’s a hallucinogenic for people. This leads to a comical “Girl’s Night” storyline for Jemma and Daisey.
After each groups’ own respective misadventures, Fitz and Jemma finally reunite. But, only for a moment. The bounty hunter who has been hunting Fitz and Enoch throughout the episode grabs Fitz at the last moment and teleports away. Enoch is left behind with the search team, and will likely assist with them for a few episodes.
In the standard “end credits” scene we cut back to earth, to witness Not-Coulson and his side-kick place some kind of energy web around the atmosphere of Earth. The exact purpose(s) and function of this are still unclear, but based on what we’ve seen before it can’t be anything good.
“Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson” served well as a fun, light-hearted break from the overall story yet also managed to move the plot forward, an interesting combination most shows never pull off. Unfortunately, it’s hampered by some mediocre dialogue and disjointed pacing. That’s not to say it’s a bad episode or not enjoyable, it just falls short of the typical Agents of Shield standard and the relatively strong first two episodes of this season. Hopefully, this is a one-time slip and not a reoccurring issue, considering Season 6’s shorter episode count. Overall this was an “Ok” episode.
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