This season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has brought with it twists, turns, and more baddies than the team knows what to do with. In a single season we’ve had Kasius, Sinara, Hale, Ruby, and the Superior… but it looks like “Option Two,” has finally introduced us to the potential big bad and true Destroyer of Worlds.
With an entire season centered around the potential cracking of the Earth, it’s a bit surprising that the real cracks of are now within Team S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. With everyone still reeling from recent decisions and actions made by each faction of the team, tensions are running high and blame is being placed left and right. Something that would be alarming no matter what but is particularly problematic considering the impending alien invasion.
Talbot realizes that his real mission as a Hydra sleeper was to send the Lighthouse coordinates to those mysterious alien mauraders in the sky and, unfortunately for everyone, the message was received loud and clear.
The Lighthouse goes into lockdown mode, theoretically preventing aliens from getting in and definitely preventing our agents from getting out. There are two issues with this: 1. Daisy is out on a solo mission and won’t be able to get in… and 2. The aliens have that fancy teleportation device that can bring them anywhere they want.
The creepy-crawlers (who can see in the dark and have foot-long claws, because of course they do) easily infiltrate the Lighthouse and promptly start dropping bodies. All of the nameless agents we were introduced to this episode are picked off one-by-one as the main gang are split-up and pinned down. The team does their best to fend off the intruders using what limited resources they have (ICERs, shotgun axe, barrels of fire etc.) but find themselves on the cusp of defeat when the clawed marauders trap them from every angle.
Enter: Glen Talbot.
Talbot’s trustworthiness remains unclear throughout the episode and only grows murkier when he goes to extremes to amend for his wrongdoings against S.H.I.E.L.D. Talbot fires up the particle accelerator, hops on in, and ingests the remaining 92% of Gravitonium. He then takes out every alien in the base in sickening fashion before using his new powers to tear a hole in the base and float himself and Coulson out of the Lighthouse.
Annnnnnnd just like that, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has brought Graviton into the MCU.
While all this chaos is happening over at the Lighthouse, Daisy is off on a solo mission trying to track down something to save Coulson’s life. She meets up with the Candyman, who gives her the last of the Centipede devices formerly developed by John Garrett and Hydra. The device is one of two parts that have the potential to keep Coulson’s heart ticking. The other component? Still unclear… but likely pulled from the DNA of one JIAYING JOHNSON.
Dun, dun, dun.
Things aren’t looking great for our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they’re now having to deal with both external and internal pressure. Now that the presumed big bad has finally been introduced, the major question in the final three episodes of the season is: Will the gang be able to put their issues with each other aside and work together as the epic team they’ve always been? Only time will tell.
Episode Grade: B+
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