Synopsis: Coulson uncovers General Hale’s true agenda; it could end the world if S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t help her.
Review: This episode gets to the nitty-gritty of what this entire season arc has been about and to do so we get some nice flashbacks to General Hale’s teenage years when she was in a school, which is run by Hydra. These flashbacks come into play when Hale tells Coulson her story. What is really cool about this is we get to see younger versions past figures from the TV show and the Marvel movies. For example, the teenage version of Hale is friends with a certain Agent Sitwell who was revealed as a Hydra spy in Captain America Winter Soldier. We also get to see a younger version of Von Strucker who plays a key role in deciding Hale’s future after she gets into an altercation with him.
Hale reveals Hydra’s plan to Coulson and we learn that Hydra has struck up a deal with an alien race to protect the earth. But in order to make good on it. They need Gravitonium. Hale has a plan to infuse the Gravitonium into an enhanced human being like her daughter or even an inhuman like Daisy Johnson in order to create what she calls a planet killer. Coulson, of course, is horrified by this plan and warns Hale that it is doomed to fail, and tells her about his recent bout of time travel to earth’s future and the lighthouse.
Meanwhile back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. base. Fitz has been isolated from his lab and all computers due to the personality split between his own self and the Hydra version from his time in the Framework. When asked for help by Agent May. Fitz is cooperative and willing to help but needs access to computers in order to do so. However, Daisy puts a block on this due to the fact that she no longer trusts him after how far the darker framework side of him was willing to go in order to remove the Kree implant from her, which was blocking her Inhuman powers.
We also get a few moments from Talbot who has been a Hydra prisoner since Coulson and the team we whisked away at the tail end of the last season.
Overall. This was a fabulous episode, which had a lot of great character moments, but I do hope that Daisy and Fitz eventually reconcile their differences. We get some great performances from Clark Gregg as well as from Catherine Dent as Hale and Dove Cameron as her egotistical super soldier daughter Ruby.
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