Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 5 episode 19 review: Option Two

With an alien arrival imminent, “Agents of SHIELD” does its best to keep things moving forward. And when they all get trapped, it’s anyone’s game.

With Avengers: Infinity War premiering this weekend, will Agents of SHIELD tie into it at all? Knowing how the MCU and the TV shows don’t cross over, probably not. Still, how many parallels will we see between this episode and the blockbuster movie?

Not-So-Short Summary and Analysis

Coulson’s back running the show and everyone’s in the same room and not throttling each other. Tensions are incredibly high and there’s so much yelling between them. But it’s not physical fighting, which… is also surprising. I would expect after the stunts everyone has pulled, everyone needs to punch their feelings out.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Option Two” – The team finds themselves trapped and under siege at the Lighthouse, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, APRIL 27 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)

But there’s not much time, really. From trying to figure out how to fling the Gravitonium into the sun to Talbot discovering he sent out a landing beacon for the aliens, Agents of SHIELD shoves us into the action.

Coulson picking the wrong option of the catastrophic event feels all sorts of perfect. 15 years on lockdown mode? Cool. Cool cool cool.

But Elena finally fully cracks! She finally tells May and Coulson — Coulson! — why they lose. Despite May’s insistence that they haven’t lost yet, Coulson realizes the aliens can teleport anywhere.

Which means Deke has the best advantage out of everyone since he grew up in the Lighthouse. And he’s encountered these aliens before. They bring the darkness with them because they see better than humans, but don’t you think the lIghthouse would have night vision goggles? More than the tiny thing Fitz manages to pull out?

It’s a completely different battle than anything you might see in Avengers: Infinity War (and I promise, no spoilers). Everyone’s pinned down in separate places. Talbot makes a wildcard call and puts all of the Gravitonium in himself, becoming the actual Destroyer of Worlds.

“I told you I could fix this,” he tells Coulson before beaming him and Coulson up and out of the Lighthouse through the ceiling.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “A Life Earned” – Coulson and the team discover what their captors’ true intentions are; and in space, escape is not an option, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, DEC. 15 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jennifer Clasen)

Post-Credits Stinger

Daisy’s still on her secret mission. The missing ingredient from Garrett’s serum? She has to dig up her mother’s grave.

Badass Moment of the Week

Just a casual clench of a fist and Talbot decimated about a dozen aliens at once. That was pretty cool, even if the implications aren’t the greatest for the future.

Best One-Liner

“Deke… whatever happens next… don’t call me Gramps again,” Fitz tells him, as I really thought it was going to be something heartwarming.

We do get one throwaway comment that ties into Avengers: Infinity War. When Daisy meets up with the Candyman for Garrett’s serum, he makes an offhand comment about the weird things happening in New York. Which gives away nothing and you could just ignore it if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

So did anyone see the Talbot thing coming? Aside from my husband about a minute before it happened, of course. It’s definitely probably worse that it’s in Talbot than Ruby.

Next week’s Agents of SHIELD takes things off the surface of the Earth (probably a good idea) and looks to show Talbot’s true potential as the Destroyer of Worlds.