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Recap / Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S5E7 "Together or Not at All"

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The team reunites and starts looking for answers. Mack tries to help Flint deal with his reservations about his existence endangering the others living on the station. Kasius' brother assigns his most trusted warrior to hunt down Team Coulson.


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  • Admiring the Abomination: Instead of being angry about Sinara killing his servant Maston-Dar, Faulnak is impressed and offers her a place at his side.
  • And This Is for...: After using his powers to kill the Vicar with a rock, Flint snaps to his corpse "That was for Tess."
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  • Asshole Victim: Coulson and Mack brush off the civilian casualties caused by their insurgence by saying that most of these people would probably sell them out too if it helped them survive.
  • Berserk Button: Kasius endures all of his brother's taunting throughout the episode, but when Faulank tries to take Sinara from him, he furiously stabs him in the back. For her part, Sinara just looks on approvingly and seems to regain her respect for him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: First Enoch saves May from a vrellnexian, then some of Virgil's contacts save the pair from a gravity storm.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The Kree next to the Vicar, who watches Flint kill the latter and doesn't even try to make a move on him while he is distracted. Sinara on the other hand seizes the opportunity and lays him out.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Flint puts a spiked rock through the head of the Vicar in revenge for the murder of Tess.
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  • Brought Down to Badass: Daisy's inhibitor is still active, meaning she can't quake the Kree she fights. So she resorts to using her bare hands to fight them. It works.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Faulnak asks how Maston-Dar died, Sinara bluntly admits she killed him. He's impressed by her candor and ruthlessness.
  • Call-Back: The station maintains its gravity through the use of gravitonium.
  • Cain and Abel: Faulnak and Kasius have a long history of animosity. Faulnak is the Abel because he is a good son who carries out their father's will and behaves appropriately for a Kree. He fits the Abel role by being killed by Kasius out of resentment.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The wooden robin seen in Episode 5 returns yet again.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Played in the classic spirit of the trope with an antique human firearm, an M1 Garand rifle with a bayonet. Faulnak examines it while deriding Kasius' collection of human weapons, and Kasius later uses the bayonet to kill Faulnak.
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    • May recognizes Enoch as the man who sent them into the future in the first place when he says Philip J. Coulson's name the same way he did back in the diner.
    • Kasius mentions the Odium that he did not drink before he fled the incident that would result in his exile.
  • Coming in Hot: The last we see of Coulson's team is their trawler about to crash into Earth's surface.
  • Death by Irony: Faulnak derides the collection of firearms Kasius brings him, as he feels shooting someone from afar is for cowards who want to stay out of harm's way, while real warriors kill up close with a blade and enjoy the feeling of their enemy's blood on their hands. When he tries to recruit Sinara, Kasius runs him through with a bayonet attached to a rifle, getting blood on his hands.
  • Defiant to the End: Faulnak calls his brother a disappointment and a coward, even while bleeding out.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Faulnak doesn't think much of firearms, preferring knives.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: When Yo-Yo and Mack complain about Fitz's hidden weapons stash being on the level overrun with roaches, he points out that he couldn't have known that, and that they appear to be completely overlooking how much work he put into reuniting with them in the first place.
    Fitz: I feel like I'm not getting enough credit.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Implied in the previous episode, but confirmed here, that as much of a sociopath as he is, Kasius does care deeply for Sinara, due to her having saved his life and stayed by his side since his exile. When Faulnak starts to insult her, he angrily defends her, and later when Faulnak tries to steal her away from him, Kasius kills his brother rather than see him treat her as an object to be bought.
  • Foreshadowing: When Faulnak is examining Kasius' collection of human weapons, he says that firearms are fine for "those who prefer the safety of distance" and outright states that he prefers to use a blade and loves the feel of a dying enemy's blood on his hands. This is precisely how Kasius kills him at the end of the episode.
  • Frame-Up: After Kasius kills Faulnak, he says he has a plan to win his father's approval by "avenging" Faulnak's death. No doubt he plans to pin the blame on Team Coulson.
  • Honor Before Reason: Faulnak and Maston-dar are highly devoted to the warrior aspects of Kree culture. When Maston-Dar is ordered to track and hunt down their enemies (Daisy, Simmons, and Fitz), both of them insist on using Terran weapons instead of the relatively more advanced Kree technology because it is more sporting.
  • I Choose to Stay: Flint decides to stay on the Lighthouse to save the other humans from their Kree oppressors. Mack and Yo-Yo stay with him to show him the ropes.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Deke is still adamant about having done the right thing by selling out Daisy, once again arguing with the civilian death toll that would have followed had he not stopped her.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: After Kasius disgusts her with his appeasing of his brother and begging for her help, Sinara seems almost ready to switch sides and go work for Faulnak. Then Kasius convinces her otherwise by stabbing Faulnak in the back, ensuring her loyalty and regaining the respect she lost for him when he caved to Faulnak's demand for her to fight Daisy.
  • I'll Kill You!: When Daisy reveals that Deke is the one who sold her to Kasius, Fitz says that he's going to personally cut Deke's throat open. However, standing up causes him to aggravate the bullet wound he just received, so Deke is okay.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kasius to Faulnak In the Back.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: At the beginning, when Fitz, Simmons and Daisy are making their way to Fitz' ship, Simmons and Fitz agree to discuss the full story of his arrival over drinks.
    Simmons: Full story later.
    Fitz: Yeah, there will be pints.
    Simmons: There will be gin.
    • As the team escapes in the Zephyr, Simmons admits that she could use a drink. Fitz is just glad to have some alone time with his fiancée.
  • In the Back: Faulnak and his bodyguard, Maston-Dar, get this at different points from Kasius and Sinara, respectively.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • The Kree learn about the humans living on the surface.
    • Flint learns about Tess being killed by the Kree.
  • I Owe You My Life: Kasius is fond of Sinara because she saved his life in the battle that he was meant to die in, killing the generals that were keeping him from fleeing.
  • Irony: Mack, who previously was adamant about the group not splitting up under any circumstances, is now the one who chooses to stay with Flint, alongside Elena. It even gets called out by Coulson.
  • It's All My Fault: Flint blames himself for putting people in danger as the Kree are looking for him. Daisy and Jemma then pop in and say that Kasius is looking for them as well. Yo-Yo then points out that it's unlikely the Kree will be picky about who they kill.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kasius kills his brother at the end of the episode, realizing that no matter what, he'll never have his brother's approval or love.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Fitz and Simmons briefly bicker again over who proposed first, until Fitz says, "Doesn't matter."
  • Moe Greene Special: Flint kills the Vicar with a pointy rock right through the eye.
  • No Gravity for You: Earth's surface suffers from gravity storms which negate the planet's gravity, causing anyone caught in them to float uncontrollably. May and Enoch are caught in one, but are rescued by Virgil's contacts.
  • The Reveal: Kasius was exiled for fleeing a losing battle rather than dying honorably as any member of their family would. Kasius is convinced his father put him in that situation to get him killed for being a disappointment.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Daisy calls Maston-Dar and Sinara Mr. and Mrs. Boba Fett.
    • Right before going up the chute, Jemma says Allons-y. (Although it's far more likely she's just using the French term, rather than making a true shout-out reference.)
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Sinara's importance to Kasius causes him to be Not So Stoic in front of Faulnak.
    Kasius: SHE SAVED MY LIFE!!!
  • Tempting Fate:
    • After Flint has piled rocks in front of the processing facility door, Coulson is confident that the Kree will take a while getting through. Then the Kree starts blasting holes through a nearby wall, and he revises the assessment.
    • Lacking a trained pilot for the trawler, Coulson volunteers since he has a Flying Car and this can't be that different. He crashes it shortly thereafter.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Fitz brags he can now do double-digit push-ups.
    • Flint also seems to have taken a level in the short time we've known him and uses his powers to kill a Kree with deadly precision.
  • Undying Loyalty: Sinara and Kasius are a zigzagged example. He is eternally grateful for her saving his life from a supposed Uriah Gambit but still puts himself above her. She lost respect for him after he put her into a Duel to the Death with an opponent she was meant to lose against, but appears quite happy that he proved himself worthy of her continued loyalty by killing someone offering her a more lucrative job.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The other Kree warriors barely even react to Sinara killing Maston-Dar.
  • Uriah Gambit: Kasius insists that the battle he fled was meant to get him killed, as he wasn't provided adequate resources to defend the location, wasn't trained as a warrior, and had generals preventing him from fleeing.
  • We Can Rule Together: Impressed by Sinara's ruthlessness, Faulnak offers her a place at his side. Kasius objects by killing him.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Nobody is very happy to see Deke again, but given more pressing matters they're stuck with him.
  • Willfully Weak: Maston-Dar requests a human weapon to use against Team Coulson, since he "finds it unfair hunting down primitives with anything but their own primitive armaments". Though this is debatable since this "downgrade" involves him switching out his two double-ended box cutters for an assault rifle. Of course, given Faulnak's own distaste for guns and preference for bladed weapons, it's quite possible that Maston-Dar is so good with those box cutters that it really is a downgrade for him. We'll never get to find out, though.
  • Wham Shot:
    • When Daisy and FitzSimmons reach the life support hub, Fitz opens a door containing the power source for the artificial gravity, which is none other than gravitonium.
    • The old woman who greets Enoch and May is hiding out on the Zephyr, and when May questions how she found it, holds out Robin Hinton's hand-carved wooden robin, indicating that she is Robin Hinton.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Flint calls out the group for their senseless arguing instead of trying to find a way out while being cornered by the Kree.

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