10:30 am EST, April 19, 2018

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 5×18 hints: Full potential

Things are starting to get real heavy in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5×18! Here are a few hints for “All Roads Lead…”

Those gravitonium blues

In retrospect, it’s almost hard to remember all those long years spent wondering if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was ever going to return to gravitonium. With each successive episode in season 5, the mercurial element becomes more and more central to the story — and this week steps on the gas.

That’s a good thing for the story, and a bad thing for our characters. We already knew how dangerous gravitonium was on its own, and we know now what peril lies within it. As the magnetic pull of the silvery stuff draws more and more people into its orbit, it becomes clear that this might just be the tip of the iceberg.

TL;DR: Gravitonium is nasty, guys.

Follow a leader

Forced into leadership after Coulson’s kidnapping, you might expect Daisy to fall gratefully back under the Director’s guidance. After all, that’s what she said she was going to do.

But as it turns out, executive decision-making is a hell of a drug. That doesn’t mean that Daisy is about to seize the reigns of power or anything, but it does mean that Coulson has to reckon with a protege who is suddenly just as comfortable giving orders as she is taking them.

And that means that certain people are in certain places that they would not otherwise be… and there are always complications when that kind of thing goes down.

Ace in the base

No, of course I hadn’t forgotten about poor Glen Talbot, who was revealed last week to have been brainwashed by General Hale. A lot more light (and some darkness) is shed on the matter in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5×18, as we learn exactly what Talbot has been activated to do. Let’s just say we probably should have seen this one coming.

Love is a battlefield

No, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5×18 has not forgotten the romantic tendrils it left behind last week… but that doesn’t mean that all will be sweet and rosy. Fitz and Simmons are stuck babysitting two extremely angry and trigger-happy teenaged wannabe serial killers. Coulson is left dumbfounded by May’s intimate confession, and it’s not a great look. Yo-Yo is quite literally on the fritz, and Deke is being… Deke. Overall, you might say that events in the romance department take a distinct turn towards the sour this week.

But hey, at least Ruby and Werner have a grand old time.

Bonus hint: If she needs one, she’ll take one.

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