Allegiances are being formed and reformed this week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as a whole lot of pieces move around the board in unexpected ways. Oh, and Mack is not going to be happy with Yo-yo. Not at all.
Spoilers ahead for “Inside Voices,” the latest episode of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aired Friday, April 6, 2018.
The big story this week was about a jailbreak — well, actually two of them. Coulson has been cooling his heels in an isolation room deep inside Hale’s secret Hydra base (without his trusty Cap’n Crunch, to make things even worse), but it seems Crusher Creel is having a crisis of faith over exactly who he’s been working for under this new-look Hydra regime. After coming in contact with Gravitonium, Creel is deeply affected (since, as longtime viewers know, it’s a living organism seemingly with some of the consciousness of its creator, Dr. Franklin Hall) and is seemingly being at least partially taken over (or at least affected) by its power.
He fights through it, though, to free Coulson and General Talbot. Creel knows Talbot and had thought Hale was getting him the help needed to recover from his shot to the head. But, once he learns Hale has actually been keeping Talbot locked up in a room to the point of near-insanity, he breaks ranks in an attempt to get them out. You knew Coulson wouldn’t stay sidelined for too long, but having Creel as the vehicle for his escape was an interesting twist — not to mention using it all to finally get Talbot back on the board, as well. While Creel holds off Ruby, Coulson and Talbot use Hale’s teleportation device to land somewhere in a frozen tundra, seemingly far away from the Hydra stronghold. But also on the verge of hypothermia, before long.
The second jailbreak comes as more of a shock, and looks to rock one of the show’s most stable relationships in the process. Simmons and Yo-yo have come to the conclusion they’re invincible, since they both know they survive to reach certain points in the broken future ahead of them. With Daisy understandably keen to keep Fitz locked up indefinitely (since he kidnapped her and removed her power inhibitor), Yo-yo and Simmons team up to break Fitz out of lock-up and follow a lead to find a Hydra weapon they believe Hale will also pursue. To do that, they play a shocking game of Russian roulette with cups of water and poison. In a double twist, after revealing it was all a ruse to get Mack to open Fitz’s cell door, we learn Simmons really did have a cup of poison on the table the whole time. It plays deeper into the question of fate, and whether the team really can break the loop and change the future.
With the set-up of Fitz, Simmons, and Yo-yo as “unkillable,” though, it’s also creating a test case for when or whether they do change the future. Killing off one of those characters would almost certainly make it clear the future has changed. But it’d be at one hell of a price. So now Daisy is on a mission to try and track down Coulson; Fitz, Simmons, and Yo-yo have gone rogue to track the Hydra lead; and Mack is locked in a cell.
*The episode’s stinger scene brings back an old face and also reveals a bit more of the backstory behind that cache of Gravitonium. We already knew it possessed Dr. Franklin Hall, but the flashback reveals the Inhuman Raina allowed the material to consume Ian Quinn. It closes the loop on Quinn, who had seemingly been in the wind the past few years, and reveals a bit more of why the material is messing with Creel’s head so much. The Gravitonium literally has a mind (actually two) of its own.
*Comic fans almost certainly recognized the change when Yo-yo debuted her robotic arms, a change that brings the character more in line with her comic counterpart. Those powerful punchers certainly look like they’ll come in handy down the line.
*Fitz and Deke were already a fun dynamic, but the familiar reveal has only made it better. Here’s hoping there’s more to come.
*Daisy tracks down the Inhuman psychic Robin, who is still a young girl in the present, to see if she can help them track down Coulson. She offers up a picture of them with a mountain skyline they’re trying to track, but this subplot almost plays deeply into what we know of her far-flung future. She draws the photo of herself dying, and recognizes May as her mother (May will eventually raise the young girl in the future, after the world is destroyed). Tying her back into the narrative provided a nice through-line to the future arc, and also served as a lead on how to track Coulson.
*Also, Robin has a premonition on Coulson: He’s going to die. Which he actually does, but only for a few seconds, after taking a punch directly to the heart. Of course, Coulson still has to pay the piper for his deal with the Ghost Rider, as his heart is continuing to fail.
*Creel vs. Ruby was a heck of a fight, and it’ll be interesting to see how this “Destroyer of Worlds” arc plays out. They’ll almost certainly subvert expectations somewhere down the line, but how is the real question. Will they break the cycle? Will Ruby become the Destroyer? Will Daisy take on the power to stop her? So many ways this could still play out.