Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- TV Show
- Current Status
- In Season
- run date
- Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet
We gave it an A-
Now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a sixth season, this episode’s title comes off slightly facetious. It is not “The End” for this show or this team, but the episode does bring all of this season’s plotlines to satisfying conclusions, while also setting up some pretty important missions for next season.
We begin where we left off, with the team debating whether to use the last sample of Centipede Serum to save Coulson or defeat Talbot. Compounded with all the other divisions and debates the team has been having all season, things quickly get intense. Yo-Yo starts screaming about how no one will listen to what her future self said about sacrificing Coulson to save the world; Mack is eventually able to calm her down by talking about how the team will always cling to hope above all, and suggests they have a vote on the issue. May scuttles that option, however, by destroying the odium. Now, the only use for the Centipede Serum is to revive Coulson.
Meanwhile, Talbot is relentlessly pursuing his plan. After learning that some of the subterranean Gravitonium lies beneath Chicago, he flies his ship into the Windy City, leveling several buildings in the process. He then continues the devastation by bringing up a giant column of rock from the ground. After absorbing the small deposit of Gravitonium.
One of the reasons Daisy and others argued so hard to save Coulson was that they believed him to be the only person capable of talking Talbot down. But as Coulson informs Daisy, things have moved well beyond that stage. With Talbot hungering for more power even as he’s been driven insane by the power he already possesses, only Daisy is powerful enough to counter him. In true dying-mentor fashion, Coulson reminds Daisy that she already possesses all the tools necessary to save the world: “Find the strength in your heart to appeal to his good nature. If you can’t, find the strength in your arms to beat his ass senseless.” Daisy runs off to save the day, while Coulson collapses. This stubborn man didn’t even take the Centipede Serum; he’s just been powering this comeback through pure force of will, and a refusal to let down May and Daisy.
While Daisy goes to stop Talbot, Mack and May start evacuating people from the affected buildings. Eventually they reach one that collided directly with Talbot’s ship, and find a distraught Robin Hinton inside. Her mother Polly is still trapped onboard the ship, so Mack goes to get her out. But when Fitz arrives shortly after, he reminds May that neither Mack nor Polly lived to see the Lighthouse future. If time is indeed as fixed as Fitz always says, then they might very well die in there. (Recap continues on next page)