Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Spacetime

“Spacetime” is episode fifteen of season three of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This episode opens with a homeless man in an ally, carving a wooden bird. The owner of the shop which he is behind asks him to move on, because the customers don’t like it, and offers the homeless man, Charles, some money. Despite Charles trying to move away, he is touched by the shop owner, who suddenly looks up, talks to Daisy, and says they are running out of time and that this is where he dies.

On the S.H.I.E.L.D. plane, they have intercepted an emergency dispatch from a grocery store owner in Dyer Heights, New York. He asks for Daisy by her full name, and says that HYDRA is coming. When S.H.I.E.L.D. arrive, the man, the person Charles touched, says that he saw the future. Then HYDRA appear and open fire. The shop owner is killed and Charles is taken, but Daisy touches him before he goes. She, too, sees a vision of the future – and it’s not good. She sees Lincoln with his face covered in blood, Fitz and Simmons in the snow – and Coulson shooting her.

The Other, his body now restored properly (given that Grant Ward was killed by Coulson in “Maveth”, the Other was essentially walking around in a corpse) by ‘feeding’ on the normals, meets with Gideon Malick (who presumably hasn’t seen him since his restoration) He asks Malick why he saved him; the latter replies because he and his family were promised they could rule the world. The Other asks just what Malick wants that he can’t buy with $9.1 billion – the answer, which the Other knows, is power. Malick takes the Other to Transia Corporation, the company which made Coulson’s prosthetic and is working on an exoskeleton, amongst other things. Malick states he wants to buy the company, and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson asks Fitz and Simmons if it’s possible to see the future. The answer basically boils down to ‘yes’ although Fitz says that the future cannot be changed as it’s already happened (which is one hypothesis, but there are others which he doesn’t mention) and that what she is seeing is the titular spacetime. Coulson is determined to change the future anyway, and decides to send May instead of Daisy, telling the latter to remember everything she can from her vision. Charles, the homeless man, left his family after he, and the person he touched, saw a vision of the future, and always of someone dying. may tells them not to devote every server to the problem, as she and Simmons set up an algorithm in the previous episode, “Watchdogs”, to try and find Lash/Dr. Garner.

Events conspire to make things start to unfold the way Daisy saw them happen, but sometimes visions don’t show the whole truth, or are misinterpreted. There’s also another clip of the spaceship and the explosion on it.

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