The pieces are moving to prepare for the season (series?) finale, and this week brought us a long-awaited face-off between Daisy and Ruby. We also get a rogue mission into a Hydra facility, some MCU easter eggs, and a whole lot more.
Spoilers ahead for “The Honeymoon,” the latest episode of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aired Friday, April 13!
Moving parts seemed to be the main theme of this episode, as “The Honeymoon” tied together several lingering stories and put the pieces in place for what promises to be a twist-filled clash to save the future. Daisy showed she can be a capable leader when pressed, but her motivations were clear — she’s only interested in keeping Coulson’s chair warm until he’s rescued. May makes the point extremely clear to Coulson that, whatever plan he may have for Daisy to step into his shoes (something comic fans are well aware happens at one point in that universe), she’s not ready for it. At least not yet.
As for Coulson and Talbot, they’ve both been rescued by S.H.I.E.L.D. and are reunited with the core team — with Coulson reassuming command. This broken version of Talbot is one heck of an interesting take on the character, and seeing him try to keep reality straight while forgiving Daisy is a simultaneously heartbreaking and touching moment.
We also get to see the fruits of Fitz, Simmons, and Yo-Yo’s rogue mission to try and get a step ahead of Hale’s forces — only to have a whole lot of her Hydra agents pin them down in the secret Hydra base. They’re still under the apparent impression they’re invincible thanks to what they know about the future, but things are still looking bad with Ruby and Strucker holding them all hostage. Yo-Yo also pays the price for going rogue when her new arms malfunction and derail her super speed. She couldn’t handle Ruby with super speed, so taking her on now seems like an even worse idea.
This facility looks to be ground zero for the technology that will potentially turn someone into the “Destroyer of Worlds,” in a chamber modeled after the very one that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America all those years ago. This one is apparently powered by Gravitonium, but still, it seems poised to give someone a boatload of superpowers. With the finale drawing closer in late May, the present-day arc is dovetailing nicely with the stakes set up during the future-set adventure that started off the year.
The show is still toying with some fascinating questions about fate, and cause and effect, and it’ll be interesting to see how the writers pull all that together for the eventual season finale — titled (ahem) “The End.”
*Deke gets himself shot trying to lookout for Daisy, and it turns out there’s a reason he’s lingering back to lend a hand — dude is crushing hard. While clinging to life with emergency surgery performed on the fly, Deke gets to enjoy a heavy dose of painkillers. Which brings his goofiness and innermost thoughts to the surface. He wants to smoosh faces with Daisy, and we really hope word gets back about that.
*We’ve known it for a while, but it’s finally out in the open. May pulls Coulson aside to tell him she loves him. Like, love love. It’s been a mostly silent relationship lingering at the margins, but it's permeated the motivations of both these characters for years. However this season ends, it seems we’ll finally get some payoff.
*We finally get the epic face-off between Daisy and Ruby, and it does not disappoint. Daisy has the upper hand, but Ruby more than shows she can hold her own. Give Ruby some powers to rival Daisy’s Inhuman powers, and that could go very differently on the next encounter.
*So it turns out General Talbot’s time in Hydra’s captivity wasn’t just months of solitary confinement. Hale used all that quiet time to program some of those trademark Hydra brainwashing triggers into his mind, and seemingly triggered him into compliance in the closing moments of the episode. It’s obviously a shame for a character who has been through so much already, but for S.H.I.E.L.D., it drops an unknowing spy right into the middle of their operation. Fans would almost certainly love to see Talbot get a happy ending, but the prospects are looking dicey.