Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “All Roads Lead…” Review
Saving the world is so much easier said than done for this team. If these forces moving against them don’t bring about the end of the world, they surely will because not everyone is on the same page. I must admit it is exciting how the concept of time can have such drastic effects on everyone. The idea that the future is set in stone, that it’s not written in stone if you are working to change it, and the mindset that living on borrowed time can create. These thoughts clash, and this is the crapstorm you get when too many wheels are turning instead of one.
The situation that Fitz and Simmons find themselves in challenged everything about their invincibility. Technically speaking, they could still make it out of this in one piece, yet at the same time this may be where their luck ends. You expect the unexpected right now when it comes to the current mindset of Ruby. Particularly when invincibility never means that everything these two do is in the right. Clearly they have made a misstep despite somewhat being in the right place. The same could be said for Yo-Yo who takes the cake for going a bit too far for the sake of preventing the future she feared. Whether it was the pain of seeing events come true or the pain in fighting when her arms are killing her, for the first time you could probably agree with Mack that this was a dangerous time to be unreasonable. Like I said above, what make so much unfolding dire is how these characters are their own worst enemies right or wrong.
Ruby and Strucker made one heck of a terrifying team when let off of their leash. This was exactly what I braced for once these two first decided they had their own plan in mind, and they did not disappoint. Now does this stretch things a bit thing with a new complication added? Sure, but there is much more to fear from Ruby and Strucker than General Hale who is much more composed about her actions. Given their own motivations and intentions we could only prepare ourselves for the worst when they either got what they wanted, or didn’t. Every moment leading up to that point just kept you at the edge of your seat because they are the definition of what it means to be unhinged. What happened following the use of the machine was devastating for the emotional impact and price to that power. When you’ve already seen what happens to Creel, you expect nothing less from what would happen to anyone else with anything more than a touch. The scene did feel like a twisted horror show of what we felt when Steve Rogers was put into a similar machine.
How they confronted Ruby was worth the wait by the end of the episode. For the entirety of the episode Dove Cameron‘s acting was on point, and she drove it home when pushed to the edge of her sanity. Daisy had her long-awaited conversation with Ruby, as did Hale who both were able to bring out something in Ruby that she wasn’t able to express before.
The tension between May and Coulson is crushing, but it was also unavoidable. The atmosphere with the team as a whole as been full of tension which shook up many dynamics. While some could want better cohesion than drama, it goes without saying that we have gotten some memorable interactions so far. Some serious, while others quite entertaining. Especially when it concerns Deke and his feelings towards Daisy. He normally has some awkward moments, though now there is more consistency with the little transparency to his character that he has left. That aside, the way Daisy has stepped up to the plate has been exciting for how her command in leadership and seeing her in action once more with powers. Now with that said, getting both May and Daisy in action was even better. They’ve really made good use of who they use for action scenes, but nothing beats what you get out of these two getting out some aggression the old fashion way.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “All Roads Lead…” was not at all the road you’d want to find yourself on if you’re these characters. There’s no other word to describe the feeling this hour created than gutwrenching. No one was safe, and everything was on the line when lines were crossed on both sides. That moral event horizon never ran thinner and things can only get worse from here with a few episodes remaining.