Having just experienced the massive alien invasion in Avengers: Infinity War, it was tough to get through this hour of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without comparing it to Marvel’s latest blockbuster film. When I first saw that spaceship hovering over the lighthouse, I was excited by the possibility the Kree had arrived and we would finally meet Kasius’ father. Not so much. To make matters worse, the insanity going down in New York was just touched on in passing by Candy Man. You would imagine Thanos’ universe altering plans might get a little more attention than that. You know? If the MCU is truly all connected, then seriously go for it, guys. It’s what fans like myself want and deserve after investing five years of our time watching a series like Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. The teases are just lame at this point. Anyway, those disappointments aside this episode did manage to deliver a creepy low-budget horror vibe thanks to the shadowy baddies running around. The fractured team’s standoff was intense, as was the twist with Talbot. Anyone see that coming? Daisy’s side-mission proved interesting as well, once again bringing the series full circle with Season 1. I’ve got tons to say, so let’s chat about this week’s best moments…
1. Alien Invasion
The opening space sequence with the planets was awesome! Though I admit it threw me for a second, the possibility that the two halves of the season were finally coming together was thrilling. Of course, we soon learned that Talbot had sent the Lighthouse coordinates to The Confederacy. It was their ship that arrived, not the Kree’s… which totally bummed me out. To be honest, the first half of the season was so solid and mind-blowing that everything that’s followed has paled by comparison. Sure, the space stuff felt claustrophobic and after a while something had to give. That said, the team has been in-doors in mostly the same sets this half of the season as well. While the storytelling has been fantastic overall, the 3-pod setup of last season felt much more varied and inspired than this year. Anyway, the aliens easily teleported inside the lighthouse and the fun began. Side note: With all that advanced technology, why is The Confederacy after this specific gravitonium? Can’t they get some elsewhere?
2. The Team Divided
Personally I never like seeing our heroes at odds, but Yo-Yo was absolutely right that Coulson and Daisy seem to play by their own set of rules. Coulson specifically breaks the rules constantly and not always for the greater good. Daisy just went rogue this very episode. What Yo-Yo did by taking out Ruby wasfor the greater good. There’s no way of knowing whether or not Hall and Quinn’s “voices” might somehow have caused Ruby to destroy the entire planet. The volatile vixen was a threat that had to be eliminated, no matter how you slice it or dice it. I do not think Yo-Yo’s actions were reckless in this instance, as were Fitz-Simmons’ a few episodes back. The danger was clear, and Yo-Yo took care of it. Period. Now, losing Ruby did make an enemy of Hale once and for all leading to the events of this episode… so there’s that.
3. Talbot Becomes Graviton?
Guess we now know why the writers kept Talbot around, eh? The real question is, how did a non-enhanced human survive 100% of the gravitonium when bio-engineered Ruby could not? Had Talbot been experimented on physically while in General Hale’s “care?” Why are Hall and Quinn’s “voices” not driving Talbot mad? Is it because he’s already fairly unstable after the Hydra programming? Do these turn of events make Talbot the MCU’s Graviton? Right now he appears to be helping our heroes, but will he take a turn to the dark side? One thing I know for sure is, I did not expect Talbot to ice Jemma and then step into the chamber. That certainly was one twist I did not see coming. Talbot ended up saving the day, but where did he take Coulson? Are he and Daisy destined to cause the cataclysmic event? Again, how does Coulson’s impending death even factor into all this? Yo-Yo came clean about what her future-self told her, but I thought the time-loop had been broken. Guess not.
4. Intense Standoff
Though the alien baddies The Confederacy set loose in the lighthouse had the advantage of shorting out lights and electrical equipment, I had no doubt Fitz would find a work-around. The burning containers gave the lighthouse set a completely different feel. The banging on the steel door and the looks on everyone’s faces made for a super intense standoff. Until Talbiton arrived and easily crushed the aliens, this shootout proved to be one of the best fight scenes of the season. Sure, we get at least one big action sequence every week, but something about this one was different. Perhaps it had to do with the minimal lighting, or the speed with which the aliens moved, but I honestly was at the edge of my seat the whole time. Yeah that was a top moment for sure.
5. Daisy’s Side Mission
It was smart of the writing team to send Daisy off on a separate mission. Her quake abilities always give her an advantage during a standoff. While I understand the desire for Coulson to stick around, trust me I’ve said this show would not be the same without him, disobeying his orders is unacceptable. Especially, if she expects (almost demands) folks follow her lead. I realize Daisy is still learning, but to lead by example is the best way to establish yourself as a leader. How can she expect the agents to take her seriously when she’s M.I.A. and braking the rules? While the call-backs to the centipede serum and Garrett were cool, they once again hint at the writers tying things together to finish up the series. I hate the thought of that, as there are countless stories to be told within the Marvel universe. We should know the fate of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. real soon as the upfronts are right around the corner (May 15, I believe).
What did you think of “Option Two”? Did the twist with Talbot surprise you? Have you lost track of The Confederacy’s ultimate purpose? Does Jiaying’s blood hold the key to saving Coulson? You’re up, please hit the comments below and share your thoughts on the episode. Just 3 episodes left!
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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