SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Toldja," the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fitz and Simmons have found a new ally, but she may not be what she seems. In "Toldja," the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the star-crossed lovers found themselves in trouble on Kitson. Fortunately, a woman named Izel stepped in to help with the promise of returning them to Earth. However, she has some ulterior motives, and she hasn't been exactly forthcoming about what those are.
In her first appearance, Izel wasn't afraid to play dirty. She approached Mr. Kitson, the casino's owner, and immediately put a knife to his back. "I want the Terrans," she demanded. "Your man makes a move, this blade goes in straight and comes out sideways."
Fortunately for Mr. Kitson, she wasn't unreasonable in her demands. "I'll buy them," she said, but refused to answer why she wanted Fitz and Simmons: "That's my business. I understand yours is to make a profit. I'll compensate you fairly."
Mr. Kitson made good on his end of the bargain. Because he had rigged the game, he was able to spare Fitz and Simmons for near-certain death. At their insistence, Izel then rescued Enoch and explained why she rescued them over drinks. "Wish I could say that I saved you out of the kindness of my heart, but I didn't come to Kitson for noble gestures. I came to recruit those with nothing to lose," she said.
"Fitz and I are just scientists," Simmons insisted, to which Izel replied, "Even better! I don't need fighters. I can handle that. Your knowledge might be perfect for what I'm searching for: valuable artifacts stolen from me. And I know what planet they're on."
"Did you think it was luck that I saved the lives of two Terrans? We're going to Earth," she added. "But one problem: I don't have a ship. It was destroyed with my last crew. I only salvaged the jump drive."
From there, Izel helped Fitz and Simmons buy back the ship from Sivos, which he commandeered earlier in the season but then lost to some alien thugs. With the jump drive, they are now en route back to Earth, although one man lighter. Enoch decided to return to the chromicons so that he could help them find a new planet.
As helpful as Izel appears, that may be far from the case. After all, Sarge was positioned as the Season 6 antagonist, until it was revealed that he had noble intentions despite his deadly methods. The Coulson doppelganger hopes to eradicate the Shrike, an invasive species that has made its way to Earth, and its mysterious leader -- no matter what the cost.
As such, Izel might be on an opposite trajectory; though she appeared friendly at first, she may have nefarious intentions. Her "kindness" may be her way of manipulating Fitz and Simmons into doing what she wants. What's more, if she wins their trust, they may throw a wrench into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plan to stop the Shrike back on Earth. The episode made it very clear that the Earth-based team wants nothing to do with Sarge. So, if Fitz and Simmons arrived with someone they insisted was on their side while Sarge argued she was the real bad guy, Mack and the rest of the team would likely side with FitzSimmons. At the very least, the ensuing discussion could stall everyone long enough for someone like Izel to slip away.
Further, Sarge has consistently warned that the Shrike's creator is coming. However, he hasn't provided any other clues as to who or what their creator may look like. It's possible Izel either is this creator or works for them, especially since he spent the episode warning that "their maker is coming." This certainly syncs up with Izel's timeline, especially now that she is now that she is on course for Earth.
Izel also revealed that her ship was recently destroyed. This lines her up with the chromicon attack on the Confederacy, which enabled the chromicons to take over a fleet of ships and escape the destruction of their planet. If that's the case, she could be part of either the Shrike invasion or the Confederacy, the force that plagued Daisy's space-bound team in the Season 6 premiere.
Whatever the case may be, Izel probably being as forthcoming as she presents herself. For one, she wasn't clear about the "valuable artifacts" she has lost. For another, she didn't reveal how she come to lose her ship and her last crew. If the season so far has been any indication, nothing is what it seems, and it looks like that could be the case for Izel as well.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. The series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg.