Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The One Who Will Save Us All” Review
We expect danger to take many forms in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but last week was a shocker. That truly put to the test what confidence some of these agents had in their ability to be untouchable. I mean when everyone is so focused on Daisy either being their savior or the Destroyer of Worlds, who would have thought that episode could have actually turned into the origin of the next Graviton? Better yet, who could have guessed that Talbot of all people would step up to the plate to control this massive power?
Now, the anticipation immediately was what would come of Talbot’s level-up. In the moment this was him deciding that he could be the one to save the world, but once again this may be a reckless solution. To pretty much bring to the enemy the one thing they want the most? And with Coulson at his side? Either that ends with Talbot sacrificing himself, or it ends with him showing them that they asked for more than they bargained for. The scene to follow once the two stepped aboard the ship was chilling for the suspense. There was no telling how these Marauders would react to their presence, or how Talbot would plan to deal with them. Instability aside, this isn’t the kind of guy who does democracy very well. So what he demanded in the moment was jaw-dropping for what he said and the response he received. While a bit disappointed that we haven’t seen Qovas (Peter Mensah) in the role of someone threatening, his dialogue has been great on his own and interacting with Talbot and Coulson.
It goes without saying that the costume that Talbot dons here was stunning. A few liberties taken with it, but so familiar to that of Graviton. With that said, the meeting between Talbot and the higher-ups was the highlight of this episode considering this was when we could finally understand how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will tie into Avengers: Infinity War. That discovery made sense of everything that was happening, even if the influence of the movie was still fairly indirect. Regardless, it was easy to see where current developments have also led to our new Destroyer of Worlds.
Getting back to Hale, I’m glad that this new escalation in the fight for the future didn’t leave her behind. It was still necessary to see what is now going through her head after a major failure, and a personal loss. Bringing her back into the mix was a great step towards redemption on her end. There wasn’t anyone you could genuinely bring back into the big picture who would have made sense aside from someone already in the inner circle.
As for the others still on Earth, their roles were for the most part diminished without a direct hand to play in what’s to come. The best we could get out of them right now was the way they handled current events. All that frustration, regret, and animosity really boiled over. And to that extent, there was some memorable action scenes as well as character depth created. I enjoyed most the interactions that Fitz and Yo-Yo had when both of them have been under consistent fire for the things they did for the sake of saving the world. Personally I might agree with their actions, but the reality here was what the other agents believed who thought they were above all of that. Drama doesn’t come without hypocrisy, so there wasn’t anything too new about where the many arguments in this episode were taken. Daisy’s return wasn’t exactly the high-point of this episode admittedly. She has come a long way, but her dependency on Coulson has been a drag. I’m sure that for most there is the understanding that Coulson has been the closest thing to a father for her. However, that doesn’t make it easier to overlook her constant choices which have ignored everyone else’s needs for her own.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The One Who Will Save Us All” did not entirely present us with the one who will save us all. This episode presented us with the acceptance that once again saving the world will be easier said than done. I think we all knew what to brace ourselves for when Talbot took in all that gravitonium, but that did not prepare us for everything that went wrong either.