Mitch Haaseth/ABC
May 04, 2018 at 10:00 PM EDT

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
Action Adventure
We gave it a B

When faced with what looks like an impossible situation, it’s really tempting to believe that one strong man can come and fix the problems single-handedly with pure force of will. Unfortunately, whenever this has happened in real life, it has led to horrific consequences. So even though a newly Gravitonium-empowered Glenn Talbot seemed like a much-needed savior with the way he arrived at the end of last week’s episode to save S.H.I.E.L.D. from merciless alien invaders, it should have been easy to guess that it wouldn’t end well. Sure enough, disaster struck this week.

We pick up exactly where we left off, with Talbot using his newfound powers to levitate himself and Coulson into the sky. He doesn’t stop until they reach the Confederacy spaceship floating in the upper atmosphere. Coulson is worried about both Talbot’s tactics and his sanity, but Talbot just keeps saying “I can fix this” — the clarion call of strongmen everywhere. Coulson rolls with it, since he doesn’t really have any ideas of his own about how to negotiate with the Confederacy. Sure enough, the alien leaders lose their confidence once Talbot crushes one of their minions into a pretzel. This is his ship now.

Coulson realizes this is getting out of hand quickly and decides to take a different tack: asking Hale for help. The remorseless Hydra general we first saw shooting her own subordinates is long gone by now. Ruby’s death has left her beaten and empty, feeling like a failure. Coulson, however, needs her help managing Talbot and the Confederacy. Having important work to do again reignites Hale, and she walks out to inform Talbot about the workings of the organization and how to renegotiate Earth’s deal with the Confederacy.

I would just like to say here that I really like how this show has been handling the fallout from Ruby Hale’s death. It happened a few episodes ago, and still characters are reeling from the impact of killing a teenager. The loss has completely changed Hale, and also created major rifts among S.H.I.E.L.D. In this episode alone, Daisy and Yo-Yo come to blows about it, and Mack and Fitz have quite an angry conversation. I’m glad Ruby’s death is being explored, and not just left as a shocking plot twist. (Recap continues on next page)

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