REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s5e18 “All Roads Lead…”

RUby on S.H.I.E.L.D.

It feels like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is nearing the end of the world. We’ve seen a Destroyer of Wolds. We’ve seen the Kree. Robin has even said that the breaking of the Earth was soon…and she never gives a timetable. In addition, we are closing in on the end of the season and we know this season finale is written as a series finale.

Even though Coulson was rescued last week on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy’s still in charge. She and May are sick of his self-sacrifice routine. May is pissed off. Now that Coulson’s back, it is the push Daisy needs to make more rational decisions, losing the tunnel vision she’s had in the last couple episodes.

Daisy: Feels good going on offense for a change, you and me. (offers a gun)

May: If I need one, I’ll take one. I’ve got some pent-up aggression I need to let out.

Daisy: You want to talk about it?

May: No. I want to hit.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Hale

When Hale discovers Creel’s problem with the Gravitonium, she’s terrified for her daughter. She loves Ruby so much that she turns herself in and turns to Daisy for help. Creel touched the Gravitonium and the voices are driving him crazy. Ruby is off to be infused with it. Daisy shows real clarity of leadership when she really listens to Hale, willing to go to great lengths even to save Ruby. At that moment, to Daisy, Ruby is the same as one of her precious Inhumans. I wonder if she would have broken through to Ruby. That is, if Yo-Yo hadn’t gotten all murder happy.

Creel: They hate each other. Quinn likes to feel smart. Hall’s smarter…but Quinn’s louder.

Hale: Quinn? Ian Quinn?

Creel: It consumed him. Franklin wanted revenge, but now he’s stuck with him…forever.

 

There is an a humorous exchange between Deke, Coulson, and Mack, about relationships, that was a great beat amidst the gloom and doom of this episode. Everyone knows that Deke’s crushing hard on Daisy and they definitely have some fun at his expense. While I preferred the strictly antagonistic relationship between him and Daisy, that ship has sailed. The self-deprecating humor of the conversation was golden, as this catches them all within self-induced relationship angst: Mack was thrown in a cell by Yo-Yo, May’s informed Coulson that he is out of touch with his feelings, and of course Daisy hates Deke. The men in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. have it rough right now.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Talbot

Poor Talbot. I could not stand him in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season, because he was always believing the worst of S.H.I.E.L.D. He won me over in the second season, when he didn’t fall for Hydra pretending to be S.H.I.E.L.D. when they attacked the U.N. Two episodes ago, he tried to hold out for 6 months, never losing faith that S.H.I.E.L.D. would rescue him. This episode saw him become a programmed Hydra lackey with a broken brain, but even then, he kept trying to fight it. He reached a point where suicide seemed the only way out, but Coulson saved him. Hopefully, Shuri has time to heal one more broken white boy before Infinity War, because I don’t want anything bad to happen to Talbot. (He’s probably going to die, maybe via self-sacrifice.)

The fight scene this week was a bit short for my liking. Not every week can be amazing fights, I guess. It was useful in moving the pieces around on the board. The special effects blended well into the episode enhancing the overall experience, but it was the emotional impact of Yo-yo’s actions that will leave the biggest fallout on the final episodes of  Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

VERDICT 4 out of 5

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

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