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A Life Earned 

Coulson and the team discover their captors' true intentions.


Stanley M. Brooks (as Stan Brooks)


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Chloe Bennet ... Daisy 'Skye' Johnson
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
Natalia Cordova-Buckley ... Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez
Jeff Ward ... Deke Shaw
Dominic Rains ... Kasius
Florence Faivre ... Sinara
Rya Kihlstedt ... Basha
Myko Olivier ... Ben
James Harvey Ward ... Gunner
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Grill
Max E. Williams ... Tye


Coulson and the team discover their captors' true intentions.

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15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Grill solicits Mac to be his new enforcer, he echoes Coulson's similar plea from Season 2, "Who You Really Are, where Coulson says, "Have you seen yourself? You're a little bit of a beast all the time." Grill tells Mac, "Have you looked in a mirror? You're a beast!" See more »


Kasius: It is truly my pleasure to invite you to this wondrous place, the last bastion of a species, a place I've been proud to call home for so long. You are the first to arrive for an exhibition of unbridled powers to excite the senses all leading up to our main event.
[Daisy is brought into the room]
Kasius: One powerful Inhuman, long thought gone, now here to enrich one lucky patron's life. Quake, Destroyer of Worlds. Someone, maybe someone in this room right now, will win this prize. Her power will be your...
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an improvement over last week
16 December 2017 | by dollargrabbagSee all my reviews

Not sure what happened in the previous episode but the writing and direction just felt pretty bad there, and I'm happy this episode is a great improvement.

I was engaged through the full runtime and felt pretty engrossed in the drama and story. The pacing and cinematography were really great for the most part. The music this season has been totally standout and I like the way they have drawn from Aliens and Blade Runner.

The biggest discrete negative point that brought the score down for this episode was during a dramatic scene between Mack and Yo-Yo, the camera going back and forth between them failed to keep in mind the focus of the audience eyes. I would have felt the drama of the scene much more effectively if they had kept Mack and Yo-Yo's heads in the same area of the screen. For more effective application of breaking screen focus, see Mr. Robot, which used it to heighten anxiety to great impact.

The story is taking some very compelling directions, and I'm really engaged with the themes of desperation and dystopia. Really looking forward to seeing how this season plays out!

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