This episode aired a week ago today.

Cast and Crew Information

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Chloe Bennet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse
Kyle MacLachlan as Calvin Zabo
Henry Simmons as Alphonso ‘Mack’ Mackenzie
Dichen Lachman as Jiaying
Jamie Harris as Gordon
Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell
Ruth Negga as Raina
Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales
J. August Richards as Deathlok

Written by Craig Titley
Directed by Kevin Hooks


The two iterations of S.H.I.E.L.D. are at odds with each other, while Skye starts to realize what she’s gotten herself into.

High Point

Proscuttio and mozzarella.

Low Point

Some parts felt overwritten, such as the reveal of the “bad option.”

The Review

This is somewhat original for the series. We’re getting definite motion in new directions. It also seems to be timed for another turning point the weekend of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and I’m totally okay with that. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects are well done, even if there is very little that we haven’t seen before. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story keeps heading in interesting directions. This is barely episodic TV anymore, and really feels like one giant story, but I’m fine with that. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is well done all around, saying more than the dialogue alone can say. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is rock solid, as is the usual. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response was good. The final scene was somewhat predictable, but very welcome. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s another strong piece of a puzzle. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Afterlife receives 37 out of 42.