‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “Rise and Shine”
Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., General Hale’s backstory provided keys to her future plans. Here’s a full recap of “Rise and Shine”. Everything is slowly but surely coming together!
Hale attended Hydra Academy as a teenager. She was close with Jasper Sitwell but clashed with Baron Von Strucker as both wanted to work on Daniel Whitehall’s chamber meant to create the next super soldier.
She punches Von Strucker after he sent his friends to bother her on the eve of graduation. The encounter made her stand out in a way she didn’t expect. While Von Strucker is placed on the chamber project, Hale is selected to be artificially inseminated. Hydra leaders were impressed by her strength and wanted her to birth the child that will become Hydra’s next leader after being put in the chamber. The young Hale is terrified of the idea but follows orders.
The story jumped forward 26 years. Ruby attends the academy but the classroom wasn’t as full as it was years ago. Ruby stood out in sparring but her instructor isn’t sure where she’ll be placed after graduation because Whitehall is dead as is his plan for the girl.
The timeline overlaps with when Coulson and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. captured Gideon Malick. Fearful of what Malick would reveal, General Fisher called in Hale and told her to find a device they got from aliens who responded to a Chaturi transmitter that Hydra found and used after the Battle of New York. The man swallows a cyanide pill before he can be arrested.
In a third flashback, General Talbot is recovering in the hospital six months ago. Hale and a doctor convinced his wife that he needed to be moved to a more comprehensive facility because the damage to his frontal lobe is extensive. Their words seem truthful after Talbot has to be sedated after suddenly yelling at his son.
He awakens in Hale’s facility the same way Werner Von Strucker did. The man wonders into the cafeteria and Ruby puts on the same show; ignoring him while wearing headphones and luring him into the training room. Hale reveals that Ruby is her daughter and a proposition for Talbot.
She shows him the device sent by the Confederacy, a group of allied species that responded to Hydra’s intergalactic call. Talbot refuses to help. In the present time, Coulson wakes up at Hale’s facility and wanders. Instead of falling for Ruby’s ploy, he takes his food back to his room.
Hale arrived and showed the same machine she showed Talbot. She transports herself and Coulson to meet with one of the leaders of the Confederacy. The alien, Qovas, explains they have a deal with Hydra leaders to save Earth. He shows Coulson a vision of alien warships approaching.
Coulson is for saving the planet but doesn’t trust Hale or working with the Confederacy. Hale wants to change the deal with the alien alliance and suggests using Daisy for the experiment believing Ruby doesn’t have the temperament for it. When she says Whitehall’s name for the project was Destroyer of Worlds, Coulson fearfully told her that he and his team went to the future and if she goes through with her plan she’ll be the one bringing about the end of the planet, not aliens.
Hale didn’t believe him. Later, when Coulson revealed that Ruby isn’t the Destroyer of Worlds, she demanded Daisy’s location and put her blade against his throat. He refused to comply and guards brought an unshaven and rambling Talbot into the room. He revealed that he cracked while waiting for the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and apologized.
At the Lighthouse, May went to Fitz to figure out what a Hydra Hale wants with Coulson. She assumed he’d better understand Hydra motives. When he asked to use the computers, Daisy came into the room and denied his request. She even used her powers when he tried to argue.
She and Fitz took verbal shots at each other about them turning on the team. Fitz also mentioned that it wouldn’t take a fortune teller to figure out that Hydra is building a weapon with the gravitonium. Done with talking, she decided to find Robin and seek answers using her ability. May warned that it might put the child in danger, but Daisy still went.
Elsewhere, Jemma finished up with YoYo’s new arms. When Mack explained that YoYo thinks she’s invincible because she saw herself in the future, Jemma had an idea. After calibrating YoYo’s arm, she went to see Fitz.
She showed him a pocket knife that belongs to him. As he recognizes it, she pulled out a duplicate and explained that it’s Deke and was a gift from his grandfather, Fitz’ reaction is to say, “But, he’s the worse”.
Because they know they’ll make it to the Lighthouse and live long enough to raise a daughter, Jemma believes her relationship with Fitz is solid and says that they’re invincible.
Review of last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The flashbacks were interesting but slowed things down even though they included important information. On another note, scenes between Daisy and Fitz are going to be painful for a while. Not cool AOS writers! I loved their friendship prior to this. As for Daisy possibly putting Robin at risk, she’s slightly echoing Fitz’ do whatever necessary vibe and I hope she realizes that.
Overall, I liked the reveal of the tie-in between Hale’s plan and the future Coulson and the team saw. I’m giving the episode an 8 out of 10. The flashbacks slowed things down a bit but still a good episode. Shoutout to Alyssa Jirrels who played young Hale. She gave a strong performance reminding us that even Hydra agents have emotions too.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 PM EST on ABC.
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