REVIEW: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. s5e19 “OptionTwo”

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! We’re rounding the final bend with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and everything is awful. THIS IS THE DARKEST TIMELINE!!! Daisy is pissed off at Yo-Yo and Fitz. Mack is pissed at Yo-Yo. May is pissed at Coulson. Yo-Yo and Fitz-Simmons act completely insane since they figured they’re the “Invincible Three.” Talbot is compliant and now the Lighthouse is under attack. That’s not even taking into consideration the fact that at this very moment, Infinity War is happening across the globe. We know this only because Candyman asks Daisy if she’s seen the news. She hasn’t because she’s been focused on not being the Destroyer of Worlds and saving Coulson.

Let’s start with Yo-Yo. Last week, Yo-Yo did a murder last week and she’s fine with it. Because of said murder, Daisy is mad at her and Mack doesn’t look at her the same. Elena is so positive she just saved time that ignored the fact that her future self said the only way to change the timeline is to let Coulson die. Her arrogance is amazing. In addition, she still refers to herself as unkillable so she must not truly believe she broke the loop.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Remorath

With all the tension on base, Agent Coulson had taken over again…just in time for an alien invasion on the base. As the major plot point of the episode, the Remorath are/were sinister aliens. They could see in the dark and had EMP-like devices that turned off the lights so their victims couldn’t see. The “claws” that Deke remembered were actual blades. And boy could these aliens move fast! The fun part tough is that the Lighthouse, built in the 60s, actually had an emergency plan for an alien invasion. What was that plan? We don’t know, because Coulson chose nuclear attack.

Coulson: How was I supposed to know there would be an “alien invasion” option?

May: You always listen to the whole menu. Always!

This episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. replaces the corgi that Deke has become and brings back the survivor that he was in the future. First, he’s helping Fitz-Simmons with the Gravitonium. Then we see the quick escape from the aliens, demonstrating the knowledge of the base he could only have from being raised there. My favorite part, though, is Deke trying to explain multiversal theory to Fitz who believes in the time loop. We first heard this when he explained it to Daisy and now with Fitz. Where do you stand? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear.

Deke: But not according to the multiverse theory

Fitz: I’m not sure you actually know what “multiverse” means

Deke: That every choice we make spins out a different timeline into the cosmos and right now, there are infinite parallel universes. But I am proof that you can move between them

Fitz: Or…you are proof that we are in one timeline, in a loop–an infinite, intractable, unchangeable loop.

Now I sometimes wonder what the fans did to our showrunners that was so bad, they like to torture us the way they did with Talbot. Then I remember. Then I remember all the poison spewed by certain corners of our fandom, the ones who accused the writers of being bullies. Yeah, I’d say we earned this. We probably earned Coulson dying later this season, too.

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

See, if Talbot had died in season one, it would have been okay. If he became compliant in season two, that would have been just fine. In season two, however, Hydra faked a S.H.I.E.L.D. attack on the U.N. Even though Talbot didn’t like the agents, he stood firm that it wasn’t S.H.I.E.L.D. My heart started to open. In seasons three and four, he completely won me over as he worked alongside the agents. Now he’s complied and he knows he betrayed the team he calls friends. It’s tearing him up because he is that loyal.

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

We have been waiting for Graviton since the beginning of season one. When the gravitonium came back at the beginning of this season, I became excited. Surely now, we’ll get this amazing S.H.I.E.L.D. villain. A couple episodes back, the gravitonium ate Ian Quinn and I thought, “Finally. This is what we’ve been waiting for.” This week, however, we actually got Graviton. Instead of being happy, I’m not okay. The writers wait until we like someone before really hurting/killing them. I hated Rosalind until earlier in the episode that she died, the same with her lackey Banks. Talbot may still be alive, but it feels as though we lost him. And the episode ends.

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

I have just a couple final thoughts to cheer you up. First, Peter Mensah plays Qovas and we are blessed with his amazingly sexy and menacing voice. The second thing is the missing ingredient to save Coulson. Daisy is digging up her dead mom Jaiying. Is she planning on harvesting Mommy Dearest’s organs or bringing her back to life and then harvesting her organs? Either way, this is not good. The only members of the B-Team are Piper, Davis, and the new Agent Kim. Also, how many of you watched Infinity War and then Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Friday night? I’m glad I didn’t.

Rick Stoner: Citizens of the Lighthouse, I bring you excellent news. The outer atmosphere shows no signs of contamination. Congratulations. You have survived the nuclear apocolypse. The planet is safe again.

VERDICT: 5 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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