Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson
May 25, 2019 4:08 PM - Season 6, Episode 3 - Subscribe

While Fitz and Enoch try their luck at the casino, Daisy and Simmons find themselves in a much more exciting situation.

Story Editor, George Kitson
posted by paper chromatographologist (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This was the best episode in a long time. I laughed out loud several times, and both story lines were engaging. It's one of the few episodes I'm likely to rewatch.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 8:41 PM on May 25, 2019 [2 favorites]

I wanted more Fitz and Enoch (especially more Enoch) and a lot less tripping Daisy and Simmons. I get what they were trying to do with the girls, and the girls' night out, but my level of tolerance for silly drunk/high high jinks is pretty low.

I'm also more invested in Coulson's new backstory than the hunt for Fitz. Just let the team find him already, then there's plenty of time to deal with the hunter chromicroms (and watch poor Enoch come to terms with his new reality).
posted by sardonyx at 9:16 PM on May 25, 2019 [5 favorites]

This is the first episode of this season that felt like it was "in the groove". Good writing and some fun.

Also, Depressed Enoch is the best Enoch and I could watch an entire series based around him.

"They can have my skin. I don't need it anymore. It is my uniform of shame."

"Why do I exist? I am nothing. I am a speck of dust in the infinite. An afterthought in the worm-ridden mind of the black void."
posted by mmoncur at 1:13 AM on May 26, 2019 [12 favorites]

I think it says a lot about this episode that Fitz painting the wall using a dead humanoid alien's severed arm doesn't even crack the top five weirdest things to happen. It feels like the fetters are off the writers' imaginations and I'm here for it!
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 8:42 PM on May 27, 2019 [5 favorites]

In addition to the Hunter S. Thompson/Terry Gilliam references, there's also a nice flavour of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with Depressed Enoch in the role of Marvin (another synthetic person who ends up spending a lot of time alone). Was the croupier Henry Simmons in Gamora makeup? It really looked like him.
posted by elgilito at 1:40 AM on May 28, 2019 [3 favorites]

So very Agents of Synthwave, but I'll take it.

And yeah, I'm torn - on the one hand I'm enjoying the neon colored low-budget space alien scenes with Jemma and Daisy, on the other hand I think the Coulson story has potential, but they're withholding so much that it feels like it won't be until the penultimate episode that we'll find anything out other than vague generalities.

And that said, and no offense to Mack, but the Shield HQ / Lighthouse scenes feel a bit drab and disjointed, so it was nice that there weren't many of them in this episode.
posted by Kyol at 11:16 AM on May 29, 2019 [3 favorites]

What I'm sensing is a very welcome Farscape vibe. Whenever the show indulges its quirky side, it's better. The "this is serious business" side has always been a bit flat.

And Coulson is more interesting as a villain, though I don't think Sarge will truly be one.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:44 PM on May 29, 2019 [3 favorites]

I dunno, he's totally kewl with destroying planets.

Just got around to watching this and wasted/drunk/whatever Daisy and Jemma were comedy gold. As was Enoch.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:50 PM on June 16, 2019

It's one of the few episodes I'm likely to rewatch.

The series is over now, and I've just now, finally re-watched this episode. This is the best episode of a pretty good series.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 7:13 PM on August 28, 2020

"Look! A little monkey Fitz!"

Though Fitz is a monster for not thinking that Enoch is his best friend.

Also this show has come so far from wearing suits in the jungle and maybe running into a weird artifact now and then.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:44 PM on September 23, 2020 [1 favorite]

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