This hour was basically a continuation of the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Episode 515. I mean, sure, the series is one long serialized storyline, but “Inside Voices” picked up right where we left off. The two episodes could have aired back-to-back and made for a great 2-hour TV movie. Crusher Creel touched the amorphous stuff, leading to his big change of heart. Ruby might have spared her dog, but the blonde “destroyer of worlds” doesn’t seem to have much heart at all. Does she even comprehend what that designation means? Is she under the impression it’s metaphorical? This hour also caused a serious fracture in the team which is going to be difficult to bounce back from. Young Robin was reintroduced as was fan-fave Raina, “The Girl in the Flower Dress.” Sadly it was just a flashback, but better than no Ruth Negga at all… you know? We’ve got lots to discuss, so check out my Top 5 moments from Episode 516 below.
1. The Invincibles
That stunt Jemma pulled was notcool. I felt like Fitz (above) watching her drink each glass. I’ll admit the whole “invincible” thing makes sense, yet it feels ridiculously irresponsible of these smart characters to behave so recklessly. While it was without a doubt the most nerve-racking scene of the hour/possibly the season, defying Daisy and locking Mack up only served to fracture the team further. That trust in each other our heroes once shared is officially history. I will say, I totally fell for it when Jemma collapsed after the third shot of water. Had she made a fatal mistake? So much for the invincible theory, right? Then of course, we realized the move was staged in order to free Fitz and lock Mack up. Can you believe Yo-Yo pushed Mack into the cell? No amount of sorries is gonna cut it, Elena. You messed up girl. It’s going to take a long time for him to forgive that betrayal. Hopefully as long as it takes Daisy to ever trust Fitz again. The fact that last glass actually contained the acid compound only appears to have strengthened the invincible theory. How about the gun going off? Either way, it should prove interesting to see where the team goes from here.
2. Zero to Hero
Though Creel had been mislead by General Hale, it was nice to see the guy make a smart move. So much time has passed since he and Talbot interacted, that I don’t remember what their relationship was like. Wasn’t Crusher Creel a sort of inhuman bodyguard for Talbot? Were they ever really friends? This installment certainly made it seem like the two were close, ultimately motivating Creel to abandon Hale and help Coulson/Talbot escape. Let’s not forget, had the Absorbing Man not been around it would also be the end of Phillip J. Coulson. Do you think Creel will be around to bring Coulson back after our heroes break the time-loop? Yo-Yo predicted Coulson had to die, but perhaps he will be brought back yet again. I’m getting anxious for any renewal news.
3. Creel Fights the Atomic Blonde
Even though Ruby was “bio-engineered” by Whitehall (whatever that means), it’s tough to believe she could stand up to freakin’ Crusher Creel. While the choreography was intense, I just have a hard time buying that particular fight sequence. I mean, all Creel needs to do is touch some steel nearby and Ruby’s out for the count. Anyway, each episode has at least one kick ass action scene, so… check! I was surprised to see Ruby fling her arm-chopping disc at Creel despite her mother’s order to stand down. She’s got spunk, that one. You gotta give her that. Clearly, she will be hunting down Coulson and Talbot in the next installment. The duo left their coordinates on the machine, so it should be easy for Ruby to follow them. I’m assuming Daisy and May will arrive in time to face off against the tiny terror. Will she and Daisy duke it out? Couldn’t Daisy just quake her to pieces?
4. Robin Calls Agent May… “Mommy”
I felt awful for Robin’s biological mother witnessing that moment and understanding her days are numbered. It was a bit frustrating to learn Robin had shut down. However, seeing Agent May was exactly what she needed to start communicating again. Can you imagine how confusing things must be inside Robin’s head? Timelines and people she knows/will know all mashed up into one. It’s really not hard to understand why the young girl is so darn troubled. Hearing her confirm Coulson’s going to die was not good, but was she referring to his “death” during this hour or a major death yet to come? Talbot’s comment that Coulson dies more than anyone he’s ever met was right on the money. Even though the series has yet to be renewed, who’s to say a Season 5 death would even stick? Robin’s latest drawing means Coulson and his team should be reunited soon.
5. Raina’s Back!
Sure it was fantastic to learn that Dr. Franklin Hall and Ian Quinn were the two at war within the gravitonium. When Crusher Creel touched the undulating mass, we were left wondering who exactly was arguing in his head. The quick flashback to 4 years ago gave us the answer. Still, it was Raina’s appearance that really rocked my world. The “Girl in the Flower Dress” was easily one of my favorite characters introduced in the series’ rocky first season. Of course in the second season Raina went through Terrigenesis, becoming an Inhuman with spiky quills. Sadly, the character didn’t survive Season 2 which was extremelydisappointing. It was absolutely brilliant to see a pre-porcupine spiked Ruth Negga appear on the show again. Is the return of Hall and Quinn a sign the series is moving full circle towards its conclusion? It certainly feels that way with all the callbacks this season. ?
What did you think of “Inside Voices”? Are you disappointed with the move the invincible three made? Will Hale torture Crusher Creel for answers about gravitonium? Who will reach Coulson and Talbot first: Daisy or Ruby? Your turn, please share your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9|8c on ABC and CTV.
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