Relationships have played a key ongoing role this season, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Episode 18 continues the theme.
Mother/daughter, husband/wife, would-be romance and even just straight-up friendship, all came into play.
And boy, was it brutal for just about all of them.
Ruby and Strucker played the star-crossed lovers, a Bonnie-and-Clyde duo who cared about no one but themselves and were unfortunately altogether too-well armed.
The manner in which she accidentally handed him his fate, even as he assured her he wasn't going anywhere? One: EW. That was gross. Kudos to the effects department?
Two: So long, Strucker Jr.! As far as character deaths go, I'd say that one was pretty memorable. (Did I mention "ew"?) The manner of his death just exuded all sorts of dramatic irony, too.
After everything he experienced, all the obstacles he'd overcome (his father, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra), it was beauty killed the beast, and ultimately unintentionally!
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For extra entertainment, the same could be said for Ruby, from a certain point of view, playing both roles herself: her actions (dis-arming Yo-Yo and infusing herself with gravitonium) heavily contributed to her death.
Frankly, a whole essay and more could be written on just how messed up Ruby was, and how her mother's obsession and her own led to her ultimate downfall (and possibly that of the world).
Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons continued to impress me with their mind-boggling levels of self-absorption:
Fitz: I can’t choose anything over you, not even--
Simmons: Yeah. I feel the same way.
Permalink: Yeah. I feel the same way. Added: April 21, 2018 The planet, folks. The planet is on the line, and these two would rather sacrifice the whole planet rather than risk one of them dying.
It's not like Ruby could carry out her threat to kill them, either. Well, she could, but how would that get her precious infuser fixed? Of course, given her level of mental (in)stability, I wouldn't put it past her.
Nevertheless, the FitzSimmons relationship has perhaps become the single most important one in the show. They're determined to be together, regardless of the consequences to anyone.
If the fallout from Ruby's infusion results in The End of the World, how will fans react, knowing that Fitz and Simmons would rather risk the entire Earth than risk each other?
I, for one, would not be happy. These people are supposed to be the heroes, after all; right now, the two of them are just coming off as, I hate to say it, selfish.
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Contrast this to Melinda May, who confessed her love for Coulson in the previous episode. When Coulson attempted to continue the conversation, she informed him that the mission came first.