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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: 'Option Two'

Mitch Haaseth/ABC Christian Holub April 27, 2018 at 10:00 PM EDT

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
tvpgr
TV-PG
seasons
4
run date
07/19/13
performer
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet
broadcaster
ABC
genre
ActionAdventure
We gave it a B

After watching Ruby Hale get totally overwhelmed by Gravitonium last week, Phil Coulson has a better plan for the mysterious substance: Shoot it into the sun. After all, if the Gravitonium is destroyed, then no one can use it to destroy the world. His team has even come up with a plan for how to do that (slingshot the Zephyr around the planet and fire the stuff at the sun), but unfortunately they get sidetracked by the fact they still haven’t discussed what happened to Ruby Hale. Yo-Yo defends her choice to kill the girl who was calling herself Destroyer of Worlds, but her teammates still aren’t happy about it and think she was motivated too much by revenge for the loss of her arms. FitzSimmons, who actually saw what Ruby was like under the influence of Gravitonium, understand her, but Daisy is still mad that Yo-Yo disobeyed her orders. Some leader she makes, huh?

After all that fun arguing, Coulson checks in on Talbot, who’s been stored in a cell for now. He wants to know why Talbot had taken Robin to the Lighthouse’s control box last week. Poor Talbot’s brain is a jumbled mess these days, but eventually he remembers the important information: The control box can work as a beacon. Sure enough, a massive alien ship soon appears in the sky above, commanded by Hale’s alien friend from the Confederacy.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe surely know this is not the only massive alien ship to be appearing in the sky right now. Indeed, Avengers: Infinity War does get a small nod during this episode. After the big argument, Daisy leaves the Lighthouse to pursue a lead about prolonging Coulson’s life. She meets with Mack’s old friend Tony “Candyman” Caine. While they’re speaking of aliens, Caine asks “have you seen all the weird stuff happening in New York?” Daisy replies that she “can’t watch the news, it makes me crazy.” If she had, she would’ve known that aliens, which are far more scary than these guys, had recently touched down in Doctor Strange’s Manhattan neighborhood. Now I’ll shut up because it’s basically impossible to talk about Infinity War without spoiling it, but the point is, Caine has the last sample of the “Centipede Serum” John Garrett once used to keep himself alive. Daisy wants to use it to help Coulson, but unfortunately, it’s missing a key healing component. It’s referred to by a single word, which Caine can’t find on any map. But Daisy knows better than anyone that it’s not referring to a place at all. The word is “Jiaying.” (Recap continues on next page)

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