Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “Option Two”

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By The Nerdling

The Lighthouse is under attack as the end of the world draw ever closer.

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With the gravitonium back in their possession, Coulson shares his plan to launch it at the Sun using a modified Zephyr.  Despite most everyone feeling angry with one another after the death of Ruby, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents get to work on readying the Zephyr and the gravitonium for space.  Coulson tasks Daisy with transporting Robin, Polly, and a heavily sedated Creel to Tony “Candyman” Caine for safe keeping.  While she is out she and May plan for her to go dark and get any information about Cybertek.

As preparations begin, Talbot realizes while he was under Hydra control he sent the coordinates for the Lighthouse to Hydra.  The Confederacy’s spaceship appears over the Lighthouse and cuts both the fortress and the small town above it off from all communications.  The projection of General Rick Stoner appears to let everyone know they are under attack and presents options for Lighthouse protocols.  Coulson selects “Nuclear Attack” on the menu before “Alien Invasion” pops up, prompting the Lighthouse to lock itself down for the next 15 years to give any nuclear waste to dissipate.

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This seems like (sorta) good news, the aliens can’t get in, but Coulson quickly remembers the Confederacy has their own teleportation machine which is used to breach the Lighthouse.  Deke immediately recognizes the creatures from his time.  They are a group of scavengers who take what they want from other races and will slaughter anyone who tries to stop them with their razor claws and ability to knockout any light source around them.  When these aliens visited the Lighthouse in Deke’s time, the humans just gave them what they wanted to keep the slaughter down to a minimum.

Desperate Times

Coulson works to gather everyone at the main control room along with as much weaponry they can to defend the gravitonium.  But the scavengers end up pinning Jemma, Talbot, Yo-Yo, Piper, and Davis in the lab with the gravitonium.  Fitz and Deke are stuck in the control room struggling to get the doors to the Lighthouse open.  Coulson, May, and the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are trapped in the control room rapidly running out of ammo.

The scavengers attack the lab.  Yo-Yo, Piper, and Davis push them back.  They leave the lab to try and bring more ammo to the control room.  Jemma and Talbot stay behind the guard the gravitonium.  Talbot is desperate to make things right after giving up so much information to Hydra.  He sees the fusion machine and the gravitonium, then ices Jemma.  The general hooks up the gravitonium to the machine and steps inside.  Ruby could barely handle 8% of the volatile element, but Talbot takes it all in.

Graviton emerges from the machine and heads to the control room just in time to save everyone by crumbling the aliens into balls.  “I told you I could fix this,” he tells Coulson as they ascend up through the Lighthouse.

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Daisy gets Robin, Polly, and Creel safely to Tony who has some good news for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.  He was able to obtain the last bit of the Centipede serum John Garrett used.  The only missing component is a healing serum developed by Daniel Whitehall.  Tony did find a name associated with the healing potion, “Jiaying”.  Daisy knows what the name means and sets out to dig up her mother.


It is so good to finally see Graviton!  It is not who it is in the comic books (that would be Dr. Franklin Hall), but Talbot’s transition to this villain makes the most sense in the series.

It is interesting Creel and Ruby went insane after minor contact with gravitonium, but Talbot seems to wield it without a problem.  I think this is because Talbot is the stronger personality.  And he is already a bit broken and jumbled.  People arguing in his head is not going to make a big difference.

Since the release date for Avengers: Infinity War was bumped up a little over a month ago, I didn’t think this week’s episode would cover that ending.  (Don’t worry, no spoilers about the movie from me.)  Next episode I expect more of a mention, the week after is probably going to address the movie first hand.

The box-office busting movie was mention very briefly when Tony asked Daisy if she saw “all the weird stuff happening in New York?”  Daisy tells him she doesn’t watch the news, it makes her crazy (same here, Daisy, same here).

May and Yo-Yo
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Yo-Yo finally confessed to Coulson and May her future-self warnings after May revealed what Daisy’s real mission is.  May doesn’t believe Coulson’s death will prevent the end of the world.  Robin predicted it would be Coulson to put all the pieces together.  But what if Coulson has already figured it out by realizing he needs to finally die?  I’m hoping someone brings in that argument soon.

Now that Graviton has arrived, I have been thinking more and more about who is going to be the actual Destroyer of Worlds.  I’m not convinced it will be Talbot, but I do think he will have a lot to do with it.

When Ruby died, the very small amount gravitonium exited her system pretty violently.  Killing Talbot will trigger the gravitonium to leave him in the same way and could be the cause of the extreme earthquake that will crack open the Earth.

But who would kill Talbot?  I don’t think it will be Yo-Yo.  She felt justified in killing Ruby until she realized what Daisy and May were up to.  Coulson likes Talbot too much.  Fitzsimmons would realize what would happen when Talbot dies.  That leaves May, Daisy, Deke, Mack, or Piper.  Who do you think will cause then end of the world?

Till Next Week!

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