‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap and Review: “Inside Voices”
Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson had to make a decision about working with Hale while the team continued to search for a way to find and rescue him. Here’s a recap and my thoughts on season five, episode 16, “Inside Voices”.
After Coulson refuses to change his mind after two days of isolation, Hale lets Creel touch the gravitonium in an attempt to understand what they’re dealing with. Talbot gave up the location of the chamber and now Hydra is waiting on Strucker to reveal the location of his father’s work. When Creel touched the gravitonium, he saw visions of Dr. Franklin Hall, who was sucked into the gravitonium back in season one.
At the Lighthouse, Mack watched YoYo train with her new arms. He’s amazed by her new strength but warned her to take it easy. As Deke headed out with Daisy to find Robin, both he and Jemma notice that Daisy has become intense since taking over leadership. Jemma tried to bring up Fitz and his intel but Daisy refused to let Fitz out. Mack took charge with orders not to let him out either.
May warned Daisy to dial it back a bit, but she was only concerned with finding Coulson and having him take over again. After they left, Jemma brought YoYo to Fitz. The trio discussed their plan to go to the locations listed in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s notes from Malick. Mack was their only obstacle.
With Hydra, Creel continued to be plagued by what he saw when he touched the gravitonium as Strucker worked to recreate his father’s journals. When Ruby told him that her mother was planning on working with the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Strucker promised that he would help her become what she’s trained to be. Back with the others, YoYo and Mack clashed after she asked him to let Fitz out. He was still determined as ever to protect her.
When gravitonium shifted Creel’s temperament, he transformed his arm and broke out of his cell. He went after Coulson and threatened him saying gravitonium hates him. When Coulson revealed that Talbot is Hale’s prisoner, Creel dragged Coulson down into the other cells to see if he’s telling the truth. They found the man trimming his beard in his cell.
Back on Zephyr One, Robin continued to ignore Daisy and her mother but roamed the plane to find May. She called the again mom and hugged as her mother watched on with a hurt expression on her face. Back at the base, Jemma came up with an experiment to get Mack to believe she’s invincible and to let Fitz out of his cell.
Her crazy plan: have four beakers set up, three with water and one with a chemical lethal when consumed in a large amount like she has poured. YoYo lured Mack down and even shuffles the glasses around so Jemma can’t see which one has the chemical.
After drinking two beakers full of water, Jemma took her last drink only to fall on the floor in pain. When Fitz is the only person to know where the chemicals are that can counteract the lethal dose, Mack had no choice but to let him out. When the cell is open, Fitz ran off to find supplies but stopped short when YoYo locked Mack in the cell and Jemma stands up perfectly fine. The final beaker was in fact filled with the chemical but she didn’t grab that one because…destiny (maybe).
Back on Zephyr One, Robin started drawing again. They used a picture and the computer to decipher Coulson’s future location while the man himself tried to sneak out of the Hydra base with a loud Talbot and Creel who kept seeing flashes of the doctor.
They set off alarms and faced off with LMDs. Coulson’s heart stopped when after a blow to the chest, but Creel saved him. He conducted electricity from the fallen LMD to restart Coulson’s heart. He holds of Ruby while Coulson used the Confederacy device to transport he and Talbot away from the base.
Creel ended up surrounded and had no choice but to surrender. Hale sent Ruby after Coulson and Talbot who landed in a snowy mountain range that matched Robin’s picture.
The episode ended with a flashback of Raina (Ruth Negga) meeting in the back of a moving vehicle with Ian Quinn four years ago. While Quinn believed he’s being brought into the group with Reina’s boss. Raina revealed a container of gravitonium and opened it telling Quinn that it wants him. The material sucked him in before returning to the container.
Review of this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The ladies of S.H.I.E.L.D. are getting things done. They could be going about it in the wrong way, but they’re getting things done. Jemma went a little far with her gamble though. I loved seeing YoYo training with her arms and I can’t wait to see her in action. I also love all the moments where Fitz makes comments about Deke being his grandson. When YoYo found out and apologized I had a good laugh.
The episode title derives from Creel hearing Dr. Hall’s voice in his head, but I had honestly forgotten about that guy. This season is making me rewatch and look up things from previous seasons, which is always fun. Keeping things connected and not just casting off plot points is usually good writing. On a final note, Shoutout for that Ruth Negga cameo!
I’m giving the episode an 8.5 out of 10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 PM EST on ABC.
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