Yes, I was a tad disappointed that the previous hour of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to gloss over the events of Avengers: Infinity War. However, this installment tied things together nicely and they even name-dropped Thanos… What?!? I’m so easy. It was terrific to learn that the invasion taking place on Earth, which the Kree were “supposedly” saving mankind from, was the very same one spearheaded by the Mad Titan himself. Yes!!! Not only did the writers deliver on that major MCU tie-in, but we finally got our Graviton (in the form of General Talbot) and met Kasius’ scheming father as well. I mentioned last time that I felt the first half of the season was much stronger than this second half… but now I have zero doubt they’re going to stick the landing. With only two episodes left this season and all the puzzle pieces neatly coming together, I can’t wait to see what Episode 522 “The End” will be like. Sure, that title sounds pretty damn final… as in “series finale,” final. That said, with the massive success of Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther and now Avengers: Infinity War, it would be really silly of ABC to sever ties with Disney’s cash cow, Marvel. I have faith they’re going to bring the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang back for more adventures. Anyway, let’s discuss this fairly pivotal episode’s top moments, shall we?
1. Big Boss Level
They certainly didn’t waste any time showing us where Talbot took Coulson. Knowing how volatile the gravitonium turned Ruby made Talbot a real wildcard throughout the hour. One minute he was joking with Phil. The next he was forcing Coulson to kneel before him. Not cool. On a positive note, Talbiton (yup I guessed right, Talbot is Graviton) easily took over the threatening spacecraft, met with and forcibly joined The Confederacy and sounded genuinely excited to fight alongside the Avengers to bring Thanos down. Of course, giving himself the title of “Earth’s Mightiest Hero” is a hint that Talbiton is not going to play well with others. When he and Daisy came face to face, I fully expected some kind of reaction that would lead to the cataclysmic event. Not so much, as he took her out of play easily. Clearly Talbot is headed for a major psychic break, but part of the fun is waiting to see how things play out. With Daisy seemingly out of the picture, will it fall to Coulson to set things right? How does his impending death figure into all this? That seems to be the big mystery heading into the finale.
2. Daisy/Yo-Yo Fight
Yo-Yo sure was aggressive towards Daisy from the minute she stepped through those doors. I mean, her anger at feeling abandoned by Quake was understandable, but she just got in her face without talking it out. True that Daisy (and Coulson) bend the rules all the time, but they are much more seasoned agents. Daisy didn’t owe Yo-Yo an explanation. The fight itself was short and to the point. I loved that quick moment when Yo-Yo used her powers to punch Quake a couple of times. Unfortunately, that speed trick is really no match for Quake’s power. Daisy must get frustrated holding back, because she really doesn’t want to hurt someone like Yo-Yo. Anyway, it’s a good thing Agent May arrived when she did and broke up the skirmish. The threat May made against Yo-Yo could have been handled better though. Hopefully, it made Yo-Yo chill out.
3. Lemons on the Bed
Poor Deke… totally got friend-zoned! Listen, in the end he’s probably better off because as Daisy mentioned her boyfriends tend to die horrible deaths. It was nice to hear her bring up Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) and his ultimate sacrifice. Though the writers didn’t get a chance to fully flesh out his character, I loved Luke Mitchell on the show. His death really sucked. Honestly, I never imagined Daisy and Deke as a couple, especially after that first betrayal of his. They’ve behaved more like brother and sister this season. The lemon gesture and denial was cute, but since I can’t imagine Deke surviving “The End” it’s just better they stay friends. Deke’s reaction definitely broke your heart though. He’s head over heels for her. By the way, how gross was that mom-in-a-bag thing? Is the concoction with Jiaying’s DNA the key to saving Coulson?
4. Kasius’ Father and Thanos
This is the one character I had been waiting to meet most of the season, Taryan. While I can’t remember exactly when Kasius mentioned his father’s armada, that visual just stuck in my head. Talbiton meeting The Confederacy was cool (plus what he did to that green guy), but when the Kree leader stepped out of the shadows I thought… “could it be?” Finally, we got a chance to meet the tyrant that Kasius spoke so much of in the first half of the season. The warrior both Kree brothers were trying so damn hard to impress. It was going to take someone special to pull off Taryan, and the creative team could not have picked a better actor than Craig Parker. If you ever watched a little show called Legend of the Seeker (which I loved), you know Parker as big bad Darken Rahl. Let’s just say the guy plays a villain to perfection, so I’m psyched to see what he brings to Taryan. The fact the writers gave him the opportunity to mention Thanos was icing on the cake. The move Taryan makes in the closing moments was interesting…
5. Destroyer of Worlds Captured?
It’s too early to understand why Taryan would want to take Daisy home with him. Obviously, he must be aware of her powers, but he can’t know she’s the prophesized “Destroyer of Worlds” without the Earth’s destruction having taken place yet… right? Is it possible General Hale was directly in touch with Taryan and gave him some insight into Daisy’s role in all this? Is it Taryan himself that starts the “Destroyer of Worlds” legend while Daisy had no involvement at all? Either way, that little twist should prove interesting going into the final episodes of the season.
What did you think of “The One Who Will Save Us All”? Did you know Talbot was Graviton? Will he suffer a psychotic break and destroy the planet? Are Daisy and Deke meant to be? What did you think of Kasius’ father and what do you think he wants with Quake? I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did. Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts on the episode below. Just two 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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