REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S5E21 – The Force of Gravity

So, I was wrong about how trying to save Coulson leads to the end of the world. But I’m not mad to be wrong. Wow, what an episode!

Between the throwing of cars and making bullets swirl around him – not to mention the cape – Gravi-Talbot was very Magneto-ish in this episode.

All right. First things first: interesting to see Mack actually explicitly say what the Whedon family have always shown their villains to believe: “everyone is the hero of their own story.” Granted, it’s more obvious for Talbot than it has been for some of the other SHIELD big bads. He’s obviously trying to recreate all the superhero stories he’s ever read/seen. It’s kind of heartbreaking, especially given the fact that his own son has a clearer view of his true supervillainous nature than he does. I mean, telling his wife “Look what you made me do” and then slamming her against the wall and threatening to absorb her? Yeah. Sorry, that’s not what a hero does, ever. That’s not even mentioning killing his friend Carl, and kidnapping a little girl (again!) and her mother. But at least poor George didn’t actually have to watch his mother being killed.

Deke was surprisingly competent and useful this episode. I was very glad to see it! He really just needed a chance and motivation to prove himself. Sure, he’s still a bit of a doofus, but it was nice to see both Coulson and May appreciate him for what he accomplished, and nice to see him working so well with May. Maybe he’ll become a real SHIELD agent after all.

Speaking of Phil “Hot Lips” Coulson and May, though … eeeeeee! Ahem. Sorry. Just had to get that out of my system. But FINALLY! Also, Daisy’s and Deke’s reactions to that kiss were both amazing. I’m going to want to rewatch that scene. Also, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, with great passion: Do. Not. Kill. Coulson. Yes, fine, I don’t want our team to allow Talbot to do whatever he wants instead of stopping him with the Centipede serum, but Coulson cannot permanently die. I am not okay with this. (Even if the show doesn’t get a season six pickup, I refuse to be okay with Coulson dying.)

And now for Daisy. Man oh man, is she awesome. I loved everything about her scenes with “Father Kasius” – but most of all, I loved how she just decided: nope, I’m done with this – and escaped from his creepy mind prison. For all his claims to understand Inhumans, Kasius the elder certainly wasn’t ready for that. I hope we get to see him taken down by Daisy. Or Deke. Or, you know, May. Just because she got to defeat Qovas doesn’t mean there’s such a thing as too many fantastic May take-down scenes.


It’s about time, guys. Also, how very perfectly them this moment was.

Other than all of that, it’s a relief to see Mack and Elena slowly moving back onto an okay footing with each other. And Daisy referenced Elena for her heroism to Kasius, so it seems like they might be moving toward okay, too. I need them all to be reconciled with each other.

Once again, I honestly don’t know how they’re going to stop Talbot and save Coulson – since I know they’re still going to try to do both. I’m also hoping for some more Infinity War ramifications, since that whole thing was only just mentioned and shown on the news a few times this ep. You can’t really have it both ways, show: either you’re in the same universe as the movies, or you’re in your own universe. But that’s not that big of a complaint, for me.

What did you think of the penultimate episode of the season (note how I didn’t say “series”)? Favorite moment? Let us know in the comments.