#AgentsofSHIELD Turns 100! S5E12 Review: The Real Deal

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Real Deal

Original air date: March 9th, 2018

Warning: Spoilers


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has reached 100 and wowza!  This was an episode was crazy, sad, funny and a perfect way to celebrate this milestone. There were parts I loved, and there were parts that have left me a little (okay a lot) heartbroken.  I keep telling myself the agents have been through worse, but I don’t really know if that is the case…

Coulson is dying, we knew that, but now we know how—it was the deal he made with Ghost Rider. The Kree blood, the Project T.A.H.I.T.I. procedure that brought Coulson back, is what the Ghost Rider took from him. Without it, Coulson is reverting slowly back to, well, dead. Of course, the team isn’t too happy about this and I’m sure they will fight for Coulson’s life the rest of the season.

I’m trying to remain hopeful that Coulson will make it through this alive and well, because I share the same sentiment as Daisy—without Coulson there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. I think Coulson is the glue that holds this family together. I do like the idea of Daisy rising to lead S.H.I.E.L.D, but not at the expense of Coulson. What worries me is future Yo-Yo’s warning to let him die. The more I think about it, the more I’m worried that saving Coulson is what triggers the catastrophic events we know can happen.

I have a few ideas as to what triggers Earth to explode, the first one—Coulson goes through terragenesis. This means that even if Ghost Rider took away the “Alien Voodoo” inside Coulson, he still could survive the transformation. A way to save Coulson may be to trigger a terragenesis; he had the Kree blood in him from T.A.H.I.T.I. so maybe there is enough in him that he would become inhuman. I know Mack cut off his hand to stop terragenesis, but I wonder what would have happened if it hadn’t been stopped? Now, with this theory, he transforms and is the cause of the world exploding—like he has a strong power or a power that affects the Gravitonium holding the fear dimension at bay.

I think Coulson triggering the end of the world is stretching it a little, but it leads me to my second idea: the solution to closing the fear dimension works too well and causes the world to implode (or explode). Since Fitz and Simmons saw the Gravitonium running through the Lighthouse, and learning about the gravity storms, it seems to me our agents should put the two together. Mixed into the equation three destroyed Monoliths, and I really think Fitz should take a step back and think about what is happening.

As the audience, we are outside looking in, there is obviously a different perspective going on, but someone, maybe Yo-Yo, should call a timeout and reflect on what they are doing. Here is another idea about the end of times—they do realize what is going on, they figure out how to stop it, and then… General Hale or her sociopath daughter will trigger the event. Someone other than our agents won’t listen to them and boom, end of the world.

Or almost the end of the world– I have faith that it will all work out in the end. It would be hard to have a show if the world ends—it would be hard to have any more MCU if there wasn’t an Earth (though I guess they could just ignore the show…). The world ending would be a super-sucky way to end things, just saying, so I have faith things will be resolved; I just hope everything is resolved with everyone alive.

Over the course of this episode, I love that they brought back some faces (good and bad) from the past. Okay—I love that Hive made an appearance, but Grant Ward morphing to Hive would have been better. I just want them to find a way to bring back Ward every season (he could be the Kenny of S.H.I.E.L.D.)  I like that they didn’t dwell on anyone villain too long, and it was great to see Deathlok come back: I always felt he just kind of disappeared from the show– glad to see he is doing well.

Speaking of fears, Deke and his fear of the woods—I’ve never related more to a character. I keep telling people, nothing good ever happens in the woods. Except possibly the greatest thing ever, now! The best part of this episode, and I’m so glad they did this for the 100th episode, is the marriage of Fitz and Simmons.  Yay! I love that they got to get married for a couple reasons: first because they are awesome. Second because I hate when series draw out weddings, keeping them from happening—someone getting kidnapped, someone getting amnesia, someone dying. Someone dying after getting kidnapped and having amnesia—this wedding just made me so happy! Also, Deke being Fitz-Simmons Grandson, is the best thing ever–I knew he was related!

We needed happy; things are getting pretty heavy for our agents. Last week I couldn’t sleep after Yo-Yo lost her arms—I had to talk myself down and I have convinced myself that Coulson has a new hand and is doing fine (in regard to the hand), so she can get some kick-ass arms. I know Mack loves her more than anything, but is she got arms that morphed into a shotgun and an axe—well she would be perfect!

Question: Can you still buy Zima? After the last couple weeks I want some.


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