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"Out of the Past" is the fourth episode of the seventh season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..


It was just another average morning on July 22, 1955, when Agent Phil Coulson realized the importance of that day in the S.H.I.E.L.D. history books. With a chip on his shoulder and a genre-bending glitch in his system, he'd set into motion a chain of events that would hopefully preserve the timeline as we know it and ensure those pesky chronicoms get the ending they deserve. What could go wrong?


Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe


  • The episode seems to be stylized as hard-boiled detective novel, or a moving picture from the film noir genre which was popular in the early part of twentieth century. By definition, film noir (Noir is French for Black) is defined as a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944-54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.
  • Enoch essentially served as a switchboard between the agents on the ground and the Zephyr. He seemed to have used an acoustic coupler to do so. Acoustic coupler were early modems to transmit information over phone lines. The handset was placed on the coupler, and it would convert electric signals from the computing device into an acoustic signal or sound for the phone to send over the network.
  • The episode was presented entirely in black-and-white except for the final scene. The plot device that makes this effect diegetic (the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters. the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur) actually, is Coulson experiencing some "technical difficulties" after last episode's EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). His experiencing the black and white vision and the inner monologue along with the plot is a nod to the films noir of the 40s and 50s. (The previous ones' themes were bootleggers and gangster stories in the depression era and communist and alien invasion in the Cold War era)
  • The song that plays at the end is "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Alice Cooper. When asked "When are we ?" the answer is 1973, when this song debuted.
  • This episode includes an epitaph for Joseph Teague.
  • This episode marks Alphonso Mackenzie's 100th appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..




Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episodes

Pilot | 0-8-4 | The Asset | Eye-Spy | Girl in the Flower Dress | FZZT | The Hub | The Well | Repairs | The Bridge | The Magical Place | Seeds | T.R.A.C.K.S. | T.A.H.I.T.I. | Yes Men | End of the Beginning | Turn, Turn, Turn | Providence | The Only Light in the Darkness | Nothing Personal | Ragtag | Beginning of the End

Shadows | Heavy is the Head | Making Friends and Influencing People | Face My Enemy | A Hen in the Wolf House | A Fractured House | The Writing on the Wall | The Things We Bury | ...Ye Who Enter Here | What They Become | Aftershocks | Who You Really Are | One of Us | Love in the Time of HYDRA | One Door Closes | Afterlife | Melinda | The Frenemy of My Enemy | The Dirty Half Dozen | Scars | S.O.S. Part One | S.O.S. Part Two

Laws of Nature | Purpose in the Machine | A Wanted (Inhu)man | Devils You Know | 4,722 Hours | Among Us Hide... | Chaos Theory | Many Heads, One Tale | Closure | Maveth | Bouncing Back | The Inside Man | Parting Shot | Spacetime | Paradise Lost | The Team | The Singularity | Failed Experiments | Emancipation | Absolution | Ascension


Vendetta | John Hancock | Progress | Reunion | Deal Breaker | Justicia


The Ghost | Meet the New Boss | Uprising | Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire | Lockup | The Good Samaritan | Deals With Our Devils | The Laws of Inferno Dynamics | Broken Promises | The Patriot | Wake Up | Hot Potato Soup | BOOM | The Man Behind the Shield | Self Control | What If... | Identity and Change | No Regrets | All the Madame's Men | Farewell, Cruel World! | The Return | World's End


Orientation Part One | Orientation Part Two | A Life Spent | A Life Earned | Rewind | Fun & Games | Together or Not at All | The Last Day | Best Laid Plans | Past Life | All the Comforts of Home | The Real Deal | Principia | The Devil Complex | Rise and Shine | Inside Voices | The Honeymoon | All Roads Lead... | Option Two | The One Who Will Save Us All | The Force of Gravity | The End


Missing Pieces | Window of Opportunity | Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson | Code Yellow | The Other Thing | Inescapable | Toldja | Collision Course Part One | Collision Course Part Two | Leap | From the Ashes | The Sign | New Life


The New Deal | Know Your Onions | Alien Commies from the Future! | Out of the Past | A Trout in the Milk | Adapt or Die | The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D | After, Before | As I Have Always Been | Stolen | Brand New Day | The End is at Hand | What We're Fighting For