Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3): Jemma, the Survivor

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D "4,722 Hours" Season 3 Episode 5 (2)

Wow, wasn’t that a terrific episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night? I sure thought it was!

The episode gave all of its viewers (the meager 3 million or so who watched it live, that is – I mean, really, where were all of you last night?!) an in-depth look at just what happened to Jemma Simmons when she was sucked into the Monolith.

As an aside if Elizabeth Henstridge doesn’t get some attention for her portrayal in this episode – entitled “4,722 Hours” – by the Saturn Awards or by the Television Critics Association or someone, then she is simply being robbed of accolades. At the very least I sure hope that other reviewers are raving about her performance.

Nearly the entire episode was set in that alternate world somehow contained within the Monolith. I’m not going to begin to explain how that is possible because it is science fiction and you just have to “go with it” in this case. And, I’m the last person to be asked to explain something that dense of a story.

Regardless, viewers finally got to see much of Jemma’s time on that other world, seeing her go through all of the hardships of survival on a virtually sun-deprived planet. Kudos to her for being such a strong survivor; and, of course, there was also another survivor on the planet – ergo the reason why she wanted to get back there so badly.

When I saw Dillon Casey’s name in the credits (he was Sean Pierce in The CW series ‘Nikita’), I knew it was going to be an interesting episode; and what an adventure (good, bad or otherwise) they had.

Seeing all that Jemma went through was incredible – again Elizabeth really needs to get some acknowledgement for her performance! – and then to see her interaction with Will, first as a prisoner of sorts, and then as unlikely allies, then as friends and then as so much more…it’s no wonder that Jemma wants – no, needs – to find a way to get back to him.

And how about Fitz’s reaction to Jemma’s story. Rather than being upset about Will and Jemma’s obvious feelings for him (Fitz truly does care about her, that’s all I can say!), he jumps right in, wanting to help her get back. I have a feeling that they will find a way to get back to Will otherwise that little coda at the end of the episode (showing Will very much alive) wouldn’t have been necessary.

Lastly, when that creature (or whatever that “thing” inside the dust storm really is) appeared to Jemma as an astronaut, did any ‘Doctor Who’ fans expect to see River Song’s face inside the helmet, or was that just me?

What are your thoughts on this episode and the season so far as a whole? Do you think that Fitz and Jemma will figure out a way to get back to that alternate world? And moving beyond that, what do you think is going to happen in the near future given the clips for next week’s episode? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of the third season of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will air on ABC on Tuesday, November 3 at 9/8c.