Not much of a honeymoon for Fitz-Simmons, was it? The moment the duo landed on the plan of neutralizing the Cap chamber, you just knew it was a bad idea. They got close, sure. However, Ruby and von Strucker now hold the upper hand. I wondered if Werner really had the knowledge to complete the device, and now he doesn’t have to. Fitz will hand over a working device in exchange for his wife’s life. Isn’t that the way you see the next hour going down? Unless of course, Coulson and the team arrive in the nick of time to stop the baddies. How close will Hale, Ruby and von Strucker get to causing the post-apocalyptic future we witnessed in the first half of the season? Time will tell, and the gang is running out of time. May’s “I Love You” was a bit of a shocker and I’m curious to see where the two go from here. Mack seriously stepped up and along with Piper saved Deke’s life. The post-op drugged out scene was a blast, wasn’t it? Will he kiss Daisy before dying a hero’s death? Anyway, there’s tons more to discuss so let’s dive into this week’s Top 5 moments.
1. Quake and Ruby Face Off
I’m glad General Hale mentioned “unfair advantage,” because that’s what kept me from truly enjoying this intense and well choreographed fight scene. Yeah yeah I get that Ruby was bio-engineered by Daniel Whitehall and all that, but Daisy could have easily ripped the atomic blonde to pieces. In last week’s Top 5, I easily predicted that the tiny terror would hunt down Coulson and Talbot in the next installment leading to a fight with Daisy. While it didn’t take Robin’s gift to see this particular moment coming, Hale’s appearance was a surprise. Deke once again refused to listen to Daisy and got himself shot. Now we know it’s because he finds her too pretty to take seriously. Fitz-Simmons’ grandson can not continue to exist in this timeline, so he’s a goner… but more on that in #4 below. The fight was cool, not gonna knock it too much.
2. I Love You
It was terrific watching Melinda May put Coulson in his place. There’s no doubt he’s been reckless this season knowing that he can die at any moment. I’m curious to see if his death really is the one thing that needs to change for the time-loop to break. Couldn’t the agents have let Coulson die in the past, based on future Yo-Yo’s advice leading to the loop anyway? Perhaps saving him is the key, no? Either way, I was certainly not expecting May to profess her love. That “I love you” has been a long time coming for #Philinda fans, but I’m not sure the relationship works for me. When you bring together two important characters like these two, it’s tough for them to get a happily ever after. I mean, look at everything Fitz and Simmons have been through and that’s a couple I have shipped since Day 1. We’ll have to see if she meant it, or was just trying to shut him up and possibly give Coulson a reason to stick around. What do you think?
3. You’re My One Weakness
The minute Ruby used that line on her mother, I thought of the dog she refused to kill for Hydra. Sadly the moment did not play out as I’d hoped, because young Ruby just didn’t have it in her to finish off Hale. Hydra’s failed again! Of course, in reality the episode called for General Hale to save Ruby after her pathetic scuffle with Daisy Johnson. Hopefully the next time Ruby is faced with this same decision, she takes her mother out. I don’t think this is the last time Ruby and Quake will run into each other either. Remember, Daisy battled Sinara in the future a few times. There’s just a handful of episodes left, and I’d be surprised if both Ruby and Hale make it out of the next couple of installments alive. Ruby and von Strucker have now captured Fitz-Simmons, so clearly the team will be coming for them in the next hour.
4. Saving Futureman
Yeah Deke made a dumb mistake that nearly cost him his life. Good thing Mack and Piper stepped up in Simmons’ absence, right? It still bugs me that Jemma isn’t around. By the way, it was nice to see Agent Piper still beating herself up about her betrayal. Mack was right, she’s just got to let it go. However, regretting her mistake is the onlyway the audience and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team can slowly begin to trust her again. The fact Piper had minimal medical training aside, the cuts back to Deke’s surgery kept the stakes up throughout the hour. If the Invincible Three’s theory is correct, Deke will be born again in the future anyway. Since he’s Fitz-Simmons’ grandson, there’s just no way he can continue to exist in the current timeline. It’s just a matter of time before Deke gets killed, and this episode gave us a taste of what that might feel like.
5. Fitz-Simmons Honeymoon
Though this episode was titled “Honeymoon,” and Fitz-Simmons refused to leave each other’s side, ultimately their capture puts them in a very precarious position. Now, they’ve got to help the enemy complete the chamber putting the entire world at risk. Is it possible that they’re tampering with the device is what leads to the Earth’s destruction? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the Invincible Three’s little side mission and watching Fitz-Simmons dive from the airplane at the top of the hour was amazing. As was seeing them shoot those robot assassins standing back to back. Yo-Yo’s fight with Anton Ivanov was pretty kick ass too. It’s just that smart characters should make better decisions and it bugs me when writers sacrifice that to move the plot forward. I understand sometimes the creative team writes themselves into a corner, but I hope moving forward Fitz-Simmons (and Yo-Yo) get back to working as part of a team. They’re being incredibly shortsighted and we expect more from these heroes. Sadly, either Fitz or Simmons is going to be placed in danger in the next hour so the other one complies. Well, they did ask for it.
What did you think of “The Honeymoon”? Does Quake have an unfair advantage? Did Melinda May’s declaration work for you? Will Deke perish at some point breaking everyone’s hearts in the process? Do you think Fitz-Simmons will get a real honeymoon someday? You’re up, go ahead and share your thoughts on this episode in the comments below. Just five episodes left! Can you believe it?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV.
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