‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “The One Who Will Save Us All”
Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Talbot put himself into the chamber and saved everyone from the Confederacy’s attack while Daisy went after a way to save Coulson. This week, tensions remained high amongst the team and Coulson began to see the effects of the gravitonium on Talbot. Here’s a recap of season five, episode 20. Spoilers ahead!
Talbot took Coulson to Qovas’ ship to negotiate only for Talbot to kill one of the guards and make all of the crew, including their leader, bow to him. At the Lighthouse, Mack discovered one last living marauder. The alien took a vial of odium and went into a rage. They were able to capture him but before they could question him, he died.
When Daisy returned to the base, YoYo questioned her and used her speed to discover bones in the bag Daisy carried. The action caused Daisy to punch YoYo and the pair started fighting. May broke them up and sent Daisy on her way. May then told YoYo that she could either help them or be gone when they got back from getting Coulson.
Aboard Qovas’ ship, Coulson brought Hale into the equation since she had experience with The Confederacy. Talbot was less than happy to see her. He demanded that Qovas take him to see the rest of the council to negotiate new terms for Earth. Cleaning himself up, he wore a robe that made him look more like his comic book counterpart Graviton.
Initially, the council was dismissive of him until he absorbed one of the six members. Some are hesitant to let Talbot in, but a Kree named Taryan Kasius (played by Reign‘s Craig Parker) was interested in his power. Taryan revealed that the Confederacy’s plan was to get as many resources from Earth as they could before Thanos arrived. He explained to Talbot that an attack on Earth had already begun.
Back on Earth, Daisy interrupted Deke’s confession to discuss all the people she’s lost, including Lincoln. When she revealed that she was still in love with him, Deke promised to help her save Coulson and also shared that Fitzsimmons are his grandparents. Later, Mack blamed Fitzsimmons’ theories for YoYo’s reckless actions and told Fitz that he needed to think about the man he wanted to be.
While May, Deke, Daisy, and other agents went off to bring Coulson back, Fitzsimmons worked on getting a sample from Jiaying’s corpse per Daisy’s orders. Aboard the ship, Talbot explained that he wanted to find more gravitonium to become stronger per Taryan Kasius’ advice.
Horrified to hear the name Kasius again, Coulson tried to dissuade Talbot who in turn forced Coulson to bow to him. When S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived on the ship, Talbot saw it as a betrayal and killed Hale when she tried to vouch for Daisy and control him with his Hydra trigger words.
Talbot knocked Daisy out and forced May to surrender to save Coulson’s life. In the final scene, Daisy laid unconscious on the ground as Taryan stood over her.
Review of last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a powered up Talbot and this episode justified those feelings. I was not a fan of his Graviton persona. It was a little cringeworthy to sit through his speel on being earth’s only hope and earth’s mightiest hero. I’m also not a fan of the arc the writers are taking Daisy on as she tries to save Coulson. I also have a feeling that YoYo might go off on her own with the way everyone is treating her.
I think May telling her to help or leave was a little harsh. They’re already understaffed so I’m sure if YoYo did leave they’d struggle without her and her speed. YoYo and Daisy are some of my favorite characters in the series so it hasn’t been fun to watch them fight.
With Infinity War coming out a week earlier than originally planned, the Thanos mention is a little behind but definitely inspired some excitement and nervousness to see how that storyline impacts the show.
I’m giving this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a 7.5 out of 10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 PM EST on ABC.
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