"Alien Commies from the Future!" is the third episode of the seventh season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
A surprise leap forward in time has stranded Enoch in 1931 and landed the team in yet another unfamiliar decade. Now, in order to stop the Chronicoms from launching their newest future-dismantling plan, the agents will have to infiltrate one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most secure bases. They won’t be able to succeed without help from a familiar face or two.
- Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson LMD
- Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
- Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson/Quake
- Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
- Henry Simmons as Alphonso Mackenzie
- Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez
- Jeff Ward as Deke Shaw
- Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa
- Tobias Jelinek as Luke
- Julian Acosta as Dr. Pascal Vega
- Michael Gaston as Gerald Sharpe
- Tamara Taylor as Sibyl
- Christian Gehring as Lt. Carpenter
- Zac Pullam as Biff
- Peyton Woolf as Barb
- Brion Brionson as Neatnik Scientist
- Erik Gersovitz as Timid Lab Tech
- Kara Gibson as Salty Waitress
- Hugh B. Holub as Tightly-Wound Scientist
- Stephan Käfer as German Scientist
- Karson Kern as Crew Cut Guy
- Mary Eileen O'Donnell as Stern Woman
- Alex Ross as Well-Dressed Man
- Unknown Actor as Abel
Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Daniel Sousa appears.
- Luke appears.
- Enoch is mentioned.
- Cain is mentioned.
- Freddy Malick is mentioned.
- Peggy Carter is mentioned.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower is mentioned.
- Hugh Jones is mentioned.
- Shrike is mentioned.
- White Monolith is mentioned.
- Lighthouse is mentioned.
- HYDRA is mentioned.
- Strategic Scientific Reserve is mentioned.
- CIA is mentioned.
- Isodyne Energy is mentioned.
- Council of Nine is mentioned.
- The title refers to what Gerald Sharpe accused the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents of being after he becomes an alien raving lunatic.
- The German Doctor tells Jemma Simmons a joke about a person named "Heisenberg", which was the street name of Walter White in Breaking Bad.
- Daisy Johnson refers to Freddy Malick as the "Grand Wizard of HYDRA". "Grand Wizard" is the title held by the head of the Ku Klux Klan.
- While filming the opening scene at night in the desert, director Nina Lopez-Corrado was dismayed to find the "Groom Lake" sign constructed by the prop department to be too perfect and new looking. She personally took an ax to it on the spot to make it look used and distressed.
- Guest star Julian Acosta (Dr. Pascal Vega) is married to the director, Nina Lopez-Corrado.
- The Sibyls were oracles in Ancient Greece, in other words they were able to predict the future.
- The communicator watch is similar to today's smartwatch, which has all the utility of a smartphone but is more versatile and portable.
- STEM is short for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
- Interesting facts about Area 51 or the Groom Lake facility:
- On the far northeastern corner of the Nevada Test Site, where the detonation of Nuclear Test Devices occured.
- Area 51 is within Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), which consists of the Nellis Range Complex, the Department of Energy's legendary nuclear test site, and other secluded areas. The Range is managed by Nellis Air Force Base
- Even though Area 51 is within the confines of the range, the remote detached Groom Lake facility is far from but administered by Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.
- The Nevada Test and Training Center is run by the US Military. Because it is such a large compound, there are multiple opportunities for different agencies to have command over special projects within the base.
- Area 51 started off as an Air Force Training Center in the 1950's, and it was the proving ground for some of the most cutting-edge experimental aircraft such as the U-2, A-12 OxCart (predecessor to the SR-71), and F-117 stealth fighter bomber.
- The reason why aircraft are tested at the Nevada Test and Training Range, is due to its large size and dry lake-bed which can serve as a long runway for take-off and landings. Moreover, its remote desert location is the perfect place for experimental aircraft, air to air combat exercises, and other critical needs the Air Force has, away from civilian population centers.
- The base is surrounded by unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from air-to-air and air-to-ground training exercises.
- Immense area of flat terrain ideal for rockets and low-altitude, high-speed aircraft operations.