Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: All Roads Lead…
Original air date: April 20, 2018
Wow, this season is crazy. This episode—Boom! That is the sound of my head imploding (too soon?), because this episode was beyond crazy. So much happened—it seemed like timeline altering kind of stuff, but is it?
Did Yo-Yo save the world, or is this more of a self-fulfilling prophecy going on? Would Ruby have been able to control herself? My guess would be no. I don’t think her mental health was ship-shape to begin with, so having Ian Quinn and Franklin Hall arguing in her head wouldn’t help matters. However there might have been a way to contain her rather than kill her. A better outcome would’ve been knocking her out and keeping her in one of the inhuman proof cells, or even under sedation. Then Hale wouldn’t be in a rush to send aliens after the agents.
Not that I blame Yo-Yo one bit. If I were in her situation and dealing with the same loss and pain—I’m pretty sure I would want to kill Ruby as well. But at the same time, is this the action that destroys the world? Qovas now knows the agents have the gravitonium and it looks like next week he is coming to get it. Will our agents be able to defeat them? I mean, it would be a super crappy direction for the show to go if they didn’t, but as there are still four more episodes left of this season (or series) I don’t think the world is safe yet.
I’m still hoping for Infinity War crossover action. I know it is a lot to ask, but the movie comes out next week, and I would be giddy (yes, giddy) if this all tied in somehow. Also, all this time loop nonsense could be cleared up with the wave of the hand by Dr. Strange—just saying.
What I particularly liked this episode was the contrast of Ruby and Alex’s relationship versus FitzSimmons. Ruby seemed upset that she accidentally crushed Alex’s head, but was there real love between them? If it came down to it, would either have chosen to put the other’s needs in front of their own? Or were they just using each other for personal gain? To me, it was like they were watching how Fitz and Simmons cared for each other and they were trying to mimic it without understanding the love behind the actions. They knew enough to use it to control others, but both seemed so broken I don’t think a healthy relationship was in the cards for either. While we were killing off characters, it would’ve been nice if Yo-Yo killed Hale. Not to sound too Hydra-ish, but she could have done it easily enough and guaranteed her saving the world status.
I will be curious to see how they handle what Yo-Yo did. It’s technically murder, but is it any worse than what other agents have done? Ruby was a known threat and the gravitonium made her an even bigger one. Yo-Yo made quick decision and probably saved lives—kind of like what Fitz did with Daisy. If she goes clear, then I think Fitz should be in the clear as well. Having said that, am I again sounding too much like Hydra?
What I didn’t care for in this episode (and I didn’t even talk about last week) is the General Talbot sleeper agent story. It seemed unnecessary– after years of battling Hydra and knowing their propensity for brainwashing, I would think someone would’ve thought to keep an eye on him. Or at least confine him to the sick bay until he was thoroughly checked out. As it was, Coulson and Mack stopped him, and Robin was saved. Coulson and Mack were sidelined to begin with so this didn’t slow down a response time to anything. What was the purpose? Seeing Talbot trying to overcome what had happened, and trying to help, would have been a more meaningful way to incorporate his character.
What surprised me the most in this episode is how much I am enjoying Deke. I have gone from wanting to smack him, to wanting to squish his cheeks. His crush on Daisy and how he acts around her is hilarious, and I hoping we get a scene of Daisy going to her room and it being filled with lemons. I also don’t hate the idea of them being a couple. He is very different from anyone Daisy has liked before– and I think that is probably a good thing.