Spoilers for the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D” – lie ahead.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming to an end but, with only six episodes left in its run, the series shows no signs of slowing down as it reaches the finish line. This was especially true with the latest installment, which was a fun, nostalgia-filled adventure set in the ‘80s. One of the episode’s stand-outs was definitely Jeff Ward’s Deke, and the actor has offered some insight into his character’s totally excellent musical performance.
The episode, “The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D,” followed the left behind Henry Simmons’ Mack and Deke, who were forced to reunite after a separation and face off with resurrected Chronicom leader Sybil. Along the way, Deke recruited a new team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and hid the group’s true activities under the guise of a cover band named Deke Squad.
In one of the episodes most memorable scenes, Deke performs Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” claiming the iconic song as his own in the process. Jeff Ward looked more than comfortable on stage, but the actor admitted to EW that he was incredibly nervous about it. However, this was lightened by the fact that he’d done plenty of prep beforehand:
Deke’s performance was filled with energy and showmanship, so it’s not surprising to hear that Jeff Ward drew from so many great artists to get things right. Acting is one thing but having to perform a full song during an episode can’t be easy. Ward deserves credit for not only going for it but also nailing it.
With so much dramatically heavy storytelling as of late, this latest episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a breath of fresh air and it was only made better by Jeff Ward and Henry Simmons’ performances. Coulson and the team is far from finished with their time-traveling shenanigans, so it’ll be interesting to see what lies ahead for them in the final batch of episodes.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
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