Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet
We gave it a B
We are fast approaching the finale here, ladies and gentlemen! The finale of season 5, that is…unless, of course, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DOESN’T get renewed for a sixth season, in which case we are fast approaching the series finale. Events are certainly getting epic enough for a real ending, and I love how much the last part of this season has served as a bookend to so many crucial events from season 1. As Jemma Simmons notes in this episode, the very first mission for Coulson’s team involved John Garrett’s Centipede Serum, and now their latest does as well. That would make it a fitting end for the show, but of course I think we’d all love to spend even more time with the gang, especially if the ending of this season coincides with the devastating ending of Avengers: Infinity War.
The Centipede Serum could hold the key to both saving Coulson’s life and stopping Talbot’s reign of terror, but when this episode opens, the team isn’t in a position to do either of those things. Following Talbot’s heel turn last week, the Confederacy has taken Daisy, Coulson, and May prisoner. Coulson and May are stuck in a cell together, where Qovas brags about the cowardice of human guns and weaponry in comparison to his Remorath and their love of hand-to-hand fighting. May is more than willing to take on Qovas without a gun, but with missiles aimed at the Lighthouse, she can’t exactly act on it yet.
For her part, Daisy is now a prisoner of Kasius’ father Taryan, who longs for Inhumans just as much as his son did/will. Daisy, however, has had more than enough of this damn family. The trick to her imprisonment is that her unconscious body is being carried through the Confederacy’s base while Taryan speaks to her mind through astral projection, but Daisy’s been around the block before. By concentrating, she’s able to activate her quake powers just enough to break the inhibitor on her forehead, reviving her body so she can kick the crap out of Taryan’s goons. She wakes up just in time to join up with Coulson, May, and Deke, who had been able to break them out of their cell but lacked the quake powers necessary to take on the aliens.
Talbot, meanwhile, is on his own mission. Walking through the Zephyr, he takes control of the Quinjet and heads back toward Earth — but since he’s moving the ship via his own Gravitonium powers rather than actual piloting, it’s invisible to Mack’s radar. Talbot’s first stop is the hospital room of Carl Creel. Even while shaking off the after-effects of touching the Gravitonium, Creel still remembers his loyalty to Talbot. Unfortunately, by now the version of Talbot most people knew is long gone. Gravitonium is nothing if not addictive, and Talbot is desperate for more. So while professing that he’s only there to help Creel get the voices out of his head, really he just wants the Absorbing Man’s powers. Talbot touches Creel long enough for him to take on the properties of Gravitonium, at which point Talbot devours him, desperate for even more power. Talbot’s next stop, though, is personal. With Talbot piloting the Quinjet himself, it’s hard for Mack and Yo-Yo to track him. Luckily, though, they know Talbot the man, and they correctly surmise he’s going to visit his family. (Recap continues on next page)