Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Inside Voices” Review
The events of last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a big one for the insight given into an organization that for the most part tends to come off as just a shell of an idea. So far this second half of the season has been a great transition into this dark turn that the story took for the agents and their deteriorating relationships. Everyone has their own way of seeing the future or their way of saving the world. Now is that time to take the proper steps towards seeing just who has the right idea about their approach.
Coulson’s situation has been getting no better before worse. With General Hale’s plans revealed, the pacing of er actions have begun to pick up. The minute gravitonium was made the center of attention, the anticipation for something to go wrong was stronger than ever. This was a substance we were exposed to in what, the first season? And last we recall, there is someone absorbed in that substance who may or may not be alive in there. For this episode they certainly did cop-out a bit with the consequences of messing with gravitonium, though in the long run their naivety towards it builds eagerness towards getting to the true act of using it. This was a great time for Ruby to start showing where her plans are leading her. There was an assumption at first that she may have been trying to go rogue, but that would have been a bit much to add to this plot when she could have been after a bit more. Ruby’s motivations are strong, as well as her ability to think on her feet to get what she wants. At the end of the day you look at Ruby without expectation because of the impression she gives that she will not let anything like morals get in her way. You would think the title “Destroyer of Worlds” would lead you away from the idea of becoming it, but that is not the case with this girl.
Characters like Creel finding importance at a time like this was a welcomed change. I really was not sure how they would make him relevant aside from a use of muscle here and there. He catches you off guard when there has been much more to him than the guy who he was when he was first introduced in this series. Even giving Talbot a push as well-kept things refreshing. Being with Coulson again created an interesting dynamic since both are pretty damaged in their own right. It was without a doubt one of the few times as well that you could laugh with Talbot instead of at him.
Daisy rushing to try to use Robin to get ahead of the game was a bold choice, but it felt like an inevitable choice at the same time given the events of the future we have already experience and glimpsed at. She was going to eventually become a part of the bigger picture once again, though it was a matter of when that came into question. The reason I would say bold is because this is a time for trying to lie low from the world while at the same time saving it. To dig someone out of hiding is quite the opposite of what should be done. Especially for someone who left with the enemy on his own free will. This reunion between May and Robin was heartwarming to say the least. When the concept of time and space plays hard into this stage of the story, there can be a bright side to familiar faces which
Seeing Yo-Yo with her mechanical arms at this point feels like something you wanted yet weren’t prepared for what it really meant. Seeing her in the future, the suffering in the moment of losing her arms, and the mental change in her after getting the new arms, she’s going through a lot in a short amount of time. With that said, it was worth the wait to see how she takes charge having this second chance to get back into the fight. Even if at the risk of straining her relationship with Mack.
Fitz and Simmons addressing their future as the grandparents of Deke has been a nice contrast. In spite of the end of the world fears, they have something to look forward to which involves a future together. Or at least a future lived long enough to create Deke. Though with everything being done to change that future, how invincible can you really be? Will we begin to see a loss in Deke when their future doesn’t involve a trip to the lighthouse specifically? That’s a question to come to in time, but the surprise was what happens when that thought of invincibility shared by those aware of their future comes into play. That was when I truly started to feel the excitement in this episode, rather than dread. This is a time where you have to get a bit out of character to get the job done. Some understand that, others see too linear for that to be possible.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Inside Voices” lived up to the title through a brilliant twist given to the danger of this gravitonium that General Hale and Ruby are neglecting with their visions of grandeur. There is a time where seeing the big picture can help or harm, and I do feel as though this week’s episode did a great job of drawing that line in the sand.