I’ve got to say, though I fully expected Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s creative team to deliver some amazing final episodes, this penultimate hour far exceeded my expectations. Not only has the storytelling and acting been fantastic, but the series is consistently giving me those “Marvel” feels I get when I walk out of the movie theater. Sure, Graviton is walking that seriously fine line between cool and super cheesy. However, his motivations and the ultimate role he’ll play in the destruction of Earth totally works. Plus, Adrian Pasdar is killing it as Talbiton and he’s a blast to watch.
It’s crazy that either Coulson or the planet’s fate rests with the team and that one last vial of the Centipede serum. Though I’ve tried my damnedest to figure out how Coulson’s death might figure into all this, I sure didn’t see this coming. Logically there’s not choice but to stop Graviton from destroying Earth, leading to that awful future the gang experienced in the first half of the season. That said, Coulson has always been the heart of the show and all the characters love him too much to just let him die. Well, everyone except Yo-Yo who was told by her future doppelgänger that allowing Coulson to die would break the time-loop. It’s a shame this wasn’t a 2-hour finale because I’m dying to find out exactly how “The End”… ends. For now, all we can do is chat about this episode’s top moments and hope the series is picked up for Season 6 soon.
1. Daisy… Not Conscious Yet
If that’s the last we’re going to see of Taryan (Craig Parker), I’m going to be really bummed out. I mean, I’ve been waiting most of the season to meet the guy and he barely got a chance to stir things up. Parker definitely did the most with what he was given to work with. I guess I should have probably kept my expectations in check. That said, the little twist that Daisy wasn’t even conscious, and their conversation was taking place in her mind was brilliant. Quite the head trip! I lost it when she told Taryan that his son’s makeup was dumber than his own. Honestly, all the Kree makeup this season has been phenomenal. In other seasons it’s been hit or miss, but they nailed the look this year for sure. I’m assuming Daisy quaked the chip on her forehead, and that’s how she broke free. That’s the only theory that makes sense, right? Her heroic entrance during the reunion scene with Coulson, May and Deke was just awesome.
2. It’s Over Now (For Creel)
Did absorbing Crusher Creel’s powers mean that Talbiton is now Inhuman as well? I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting to see Creel again this season, so it was nice they tied up his storyline. Was the guy simply a loose end that Graviton needed to tie up, since he was still hearing the voices? Is it possible Talbot will need to use Creel’s power to carry out his mission in the finale? There’s got to be a reason for Creel’s demise, no? Either way, the VFX in the scene were spectacular. The work Mark Kolpack and his team manage to pull off on a TV budget is still mind-blowing to me. Can you imagine what eye candy the visual effects guys have in store for us in the finale?
3. Full Villain Mode
The highlight of Talbot’s dramatic turn, was the quick mention that he was now a superhero “like those Avengers.” Hey, they say every villain is the hero of his own story. The action sequence at Talbot’s house felt like something straight out of X-Men. Lifting those cars into the air was such a Magneto move, right? The stuff with the bullets was pretty fun as well. Naturally, from the moment Talbot stepped into the house, you knew something was going to go terribly wrong. Slamming mom against the wall is no way of impressing your son, dude. I loved it when the little guy said, “You’re the bad guy.” Hey, at least Talbiton restrained himself enough that both mom and son survived the surprise visit. The floating bit was overkill for me, but I get it. Hopefully, Talbot’s son isn’t traumatized by his father’s eventual downfall and understands the villain had to be put down for the sake of all mankind.
4. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Kiss!
Listen, I’m not a #Philinda shipper, but even I have to admit that moment was perfection! Daisy and Deke’s baffled expressions were simply the icing on the cake. She called him, “hot lips.” ? We hadn’t seen much of Coulson’s arm gadgets this season, so when he X-rayed the cell he and May were locked in earlier we should have seen the S.H.I.E.L.D. coming. You know? The visual was awesome, sure, but it was the emotional connection that made the scene work. Of course, there has always been chemistry between Phil and Melinda, but now the others know. I can’t imagine Daisy not encouraging the relationship. If Coulson survives the season, that is. Now that she’s in touch with her feelings, the decision to save Phil or the world is going to be tough for May. Will the S.H.I.E.L.D. team put the devastating choice to a vote? Would you sacrifice a loved one for the greater good?
5. Save Coulson or Save the World
I mentioned at the top that I never imagined it would come down to the limited Centipede serum either saving Coulson, or destroying Graviton. That’s a brilliant bit of writing, honestly. Can you believe Deke and Agent May managed to miraculously destroy the alien threat and beam themselves back to the lighthouse? These guys are all pretty clever in their own way. Can’t one of them figure out an alternate way of stopping Graviton without the serum? There has to be a scenario where Graviton is destroyed, while Coulson is given the cure and lives. The final episode is titled, “The End” so there’s no way the writers are going to leave us with a cliffhanger. Besides, ABC has not renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for another season, so there has to be some type of closure or Marvel’s going to have some seriously peeved fans on their hands. No matter what happens, I think this is one of the most well-written and entertaining shows on television. I hope it continues, but if this is the end… it sure has been a fun ride.
What did you think of “The Force of Gravity”? Did the twist with Daisy surprise you? Why did Talbot absorb Crusher Creel? Was Graviton a little too over the top, or did he work for you? Are you a #Philinda fan? Will it be Coulson or the world in the finale? Go ahead and share your thoughts on the second to last episode of the season below. There’s just 1 episode left, folks. I’ll see you right back here for that finale Top 5 soon.
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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