We skip back to the other four and Mack is super upset with the situation, vocally regretting ever joining SHIELD and especially for not really quitting the first time he quit. He's giving Coulson a tough time for not having his robot hand that has all the useful gadgets and weapons. Even a hook would be more useful than his regular hand says Mack. Yo-Yo lists a bunch of the abilities Coulson has conveniently used before, seeing if Coulson has any of them in this current hand model to which Coulson responds "I'm not Inspector Gadget!" There's a lot of funny dialogue here as they recap the crazy things they endured the last two seasons and what led them here.
Coulson is asked if Nick Fury ever had setup any sort of deep space outpost for SHIELD and Coulson says there was nothing about this sort of stuff in the Black Box. Yo-Yo chimes in with a meta-level joke to fans expecting something like this from the comics:
"So wait, SHIELD doesn't have a space division called SPEAR or something? I always thought you had people hiding on the moon."
Note: This is another meta reference to fans expecting SWORD (the space division of SHIELD) to appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Inhumans TV shows.
We skip back to May in her predicament. She reaches to a dead body on the ground and drags him a little closer with one arm and then undoes his belt. She wraps the belt around the metal rod to use it as leverage to break it off the wall unit it's attached to.
Back with Coulson's group, the unconscious Virgil finally awakens. They apologize for knocking him out and he recognizes all of the team. They're like legends to him. His people have studied them for years he reveals. Virgil says he always believed "the stories were true," and that Coulson's team would come to save them. From what, they ask, the alien monsters referred to as "roaches"? No.
Virgil: "Those roaches were an anomoly, a glitch in the plan. Don't be crazy, you're not here to save me."
Coulson: "Who then?"
Virgil: "Humanity. I'm sorry. This is a lot to dump on your plate but I need to know if I'm right. This'll make a lot more sense once I show you - "
Before Virgil can explain, he's attacked and pulled away by one of the roaches. Coulson and company flee out the room and down a corridor as they are pursued, Yo-Yo using that alien weapon they got from Virgil to fire back at it. There's a quick slow-mo shot of the roach running along the wall to dodge it and the weapon depletes of ammunition. Just when things look dire and they're at a dead end, the roach is vaporized and Daisy a.k.a. Quake comes into view her hand still in the air from blasting the roach, quipping "right?" in response to everything that's happening.
And just as she does, the door opens and space man - still wearing his mask - drags a body into the room. He then removes his helmet and pulls out a knife to cut out a black coin-looking object that embedded in the wrist of the body. While this is happening, Melinda is hiding behind a pipe, holding the metal rod to use as a weapon if need be. But the space man, who we see is a white human male, leaves and she breathes a sigh of relief. As she's about to leave cover, he appears and grabs her.
The mysterious, unmasked space man in an aggressive voice: "I've been looking for you." He seems like an antagonist but it's unclear.
Fade out and there ends the first 20 minutes of season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. What is Fitz up to? Thoughts?
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5's two-hour premiere airs December 1, 2017 at 8pm on ABC.
For more, read CBR's take on the Agents of SHIELD season 5 footage.