Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Together or Not at All” Review

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Together or Not at All” –
ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE

This right here was the moment I believe we were all awaiting. The future seemed bleak for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., well bleaker than it already is. They were scattered, outgunned, and with not nearly enough allies. Yet it only took one ally to tip things in their favor. Last week’s episode was chilling for all the things that could have gone wrong or right during this rescue mission that could see nothing other than success.

The only question left is how they choose to fight back? Needless to say they are still in over their heads at the moment. Suspense kicked in hard as well when thinking the worst would pop up around the corner. Kasius isn’t dead, neither is his warrior, or anyone else for that matter. If they thought they had enemies before, now they have a plethora to watch their backs for. This undefeated Kree warrior sent after them was a step up from Sinara. She was simply cold and killed on command. This one here cared little for any life that he came across. He looked badass I must say, but that didn’t change the fact that he is pretty much Faulnak‘s will given form. Daisy, Fitz, and Simmons may have been together, but there was no overlooking that they were powerless. Part of me wishes that wasn’t the case, but it made for a good escape considering anything could happen to them if they ran into this Kree warrior. They almost had us with one move, but that was obviously never going to lead to anything more. That aside, the pacing was quick and to the point. They could have made this run from the Kree warrior a bigger thing, but the smart move was to get these three from point A to point B.

With the introduction of Kasius’ brother, Faulnak, this situation does take a darker turn when you thought one was bad enough. When both are trying to upstage the other? That is when you are left crossing your fingers for anyone who manages to run into their crosshairs. Regardless, the tension built between them adds necessary depth to this plot. Coming to understand what actually got Kasius exiled was a big deal. It was an action that fell more in line with what you know about him, but nonetheless a bit heartbreaking. It was in those moments that you could begin to see what makes him so unhinged and desperate to maintain order of the humans. One might say that this encounter might move you to almost root for someone like Kasius, despite what he has done up to this point. The Kree are horrible people, and Kasius’ family currently stand at the top for the worst you could deal with. I wouldn’t say that you need your villains to be flawed, but he was clearly someone that way from the start.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Together or Not at All” –
HENRY SIMMONS, NATALIA CORDOVA-BUCKLEY

Panic begins to set in for Coulson, Yo-Yo, Mack, and Flint as they are seeing what really happens when the blues are crossed. Someone had to rock the boat, and it seems like the worst way to do so is to deny Kasius of a brand new Inhuman. For them, the name of the game was pretty much survival. It was heartbreaking when the losses were counted, yet heartwarming when these guys are able to connect with each other on a different level from the rest. While that was nice and all, what you ended up looking forward to most was what happens when the team finally reunites. It was nothing too special, and that was probably the way it needed to be. At this point, everything came down to moving the pieces into place. Everything leading up to them reuniting was satisfying between the action and some of the new toys used to chase after the agents. They nailed this, while opening up the doors to greater exploration of what this frontier has to offer.

Flint’s story was one worth following. I think we all knew how that one would turn out in the end, though it was a delightful surprise to see how this cast changes by the end of the episode. A certain character was departing this season, and it was only a matter of time before that moment came. The other character? That stung a bit, even if you knew they were a packaged deal.

There was only one fate left up in the air by the end of last week’s episode, and that was May’s. It hurt to see her facing one obstacle after the other from the minute she got stuck in this future. As much as anyone would have wanted to see what goes on on the surface, I don’t think any would have wished for May to be the one to experience this. With that said, she was probably where she needed to be most in order to reveal the wheels that have been turning behind the scenes. No stone was really left unturned this week and that leaves for some interesting explanations to look forward to next week.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Together or Not at All” was the full package this week. With so much at stake across the board, they delivered on the action, emotion, and intensity that found consistency from start to finish. The landscape changes in a big way moving forward, and with that comes the expectation of a fresh status quo as well.

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Editor Rating
 
Total Score
8.8