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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 »

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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: I rescued humanity. Did you know that? What you may not know is how much I've sacrificed to do it. Before I arrived, this place was nothing but a wreckage, the rotted shell of a dead organism. But I saw it for what it could be. I had vision. Now, thanks to you, that vision has finally come to fruition.
Daisy 'Skye' Johnson: You've taken my blood. What more do you need from me?
Kasius: Despite all I did for these humans, I found them clinging to their gods, their fairy tales, one of which was... Quake. The Old Ones, rest ...
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Watch it until the end
16 December 2017 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

The final scene is what makes this episode and I'm not going to spoil it here. Anyway, I admit that this episode was a little too talky. Good thing there were some awesome fight scenes in the latter part of the episode to go with it! So this episode features Agent Coulson, Mac, and May trying to meet up with Daisy and Simmons. One major revelation is that this spaceship is using babies as a commodity.

They are not born naturally anymore. They are artificially created because people are trying to create the Inhuman gene or at least track it down. We get some nice references to the past episodes where Mac had a daughter in an imaginary world. I thought this took place in another Universe but it's actually taking place in the future. A dystopian future? Yeah, everybody's done that, but this is still good. ***1/2

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