Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 5 Episode 1 Review: Orientation Part 1

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have started off very slowly, but it has gotten better each and every year, with season four elevating it to some of the best television on the air right now. Following this up is a very tough task and they are doing it in a very ambitious way, which just debuted in its two part season five premiere titled "Orientation."

The premiere starts off very strangely, following a bald white guy through such activities as swimming and getting ready, with it ending up that he's actually an alien under the human skin suit, though we never see what he actually looks like.

It ends up that he is part of the team picking up Agent Coulson and his team from the diner at the end of the season four finale.

They are all taken, everyone except Fitz that is, to some sort of monolith like we've seen before, though different in color, which somehow transports them to this space station we saw at the very end tease of the season four finale with Coulson in space.

Starting off here, everyone is separated, with the ship infested by creatures that look like they are right out of Alien, which are known as Roaches.

We learn of their name courtesy of a newly introduced character named Virgil that Coulson comes across on the ship. Mack eventually finds Coulson as well, knocking out Virgil in the process as he thought he was a threat.

Simmons and Yo-Yo also find the group as well, though May is found by a new character named Deke first that implants what is known as a metric on her.

Daisy also makes a dramatic entrance as she arrives just in time to save the team from the Roaches.

In this early part of the episode though, Virgil is killed by the Roaches before he is able to explain what is going on here.

The Roaches aren't the only non-humans on this ship though, as the vessel is run by the Kree.

These blue aliens that we have seen before made a big impact in season one with their blood saving both Coulson and Daisy, with this being the first major usage of them on the show.

This is cool to see, especially with the Marvel Cinematic Universe going more cosmic as well.

While they try to find a way to escape this ship, May and Simmons find some sort of spacecraft that they attempt to pilot and use to send a message to Fitz, who they know did not make it through the monolith.

With them trying to fly the ship and the others working to find ways off the ship, the big revelation to end part one of the premiere is a shot of what used to be the Earth, which has been mostly destroyed and only pieces of it remain.

This was a great twist that had some seeds planted throughout the episode, with the monolith from earlier in the episode not only transporting them to space, but also through time to the future.

This reveal really left us wondering what this means for Fitz on the show now, as he is obviously dead by now if he did not make it through the monolith and go into the future.

There was a note left by him that said "working on it," so I'm thinking we may see almost like two parallel timelines on the show at some point, where most of the group is in the future, while Fitz and perhaps others are in the past trying to get them back.

The first half of the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season premiere didn't give us too much new info, instead almost putting us in the situation that the characters were in where they don't know what's going on.

The big reveal at the end is certainly ambitious and it will be interesting to see how they move forward with that.

The only real new character introduced in part one that is still alive by the end is Deke, which looks like he could play a big role this season.

Overall, they definitely have my interest and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

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