With only one episode left. Secret Invasion 1×05 ‘The Harvest’ delivered in more ways than one. I won’t lie; I wasn’t feeling the invasion from the earlier episodes because everything felt all over the place regarding where the story was going. Unlike Secret Invasion 1×04, this week’s episode cleared a lot of confusing plot lines, and by the time Fury was suiting at the end, I was hopeful about the last episode.
Overall, this was the best episode of the entire season, even if it didn’t come with Talos’ revival as many had hoped. His death affected the show’s characters better than expected and really made the rest of us care. This week’s episode began with Nick Fury bringing the President to the hospital and telling him not to trust Colonel Rhodes. We’ll have to find out whether he listened or not next week.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury did well with his portrayal of an angry yet terrified leader who might be desperate now that the Skrulls were so close to their goal. It makes for a more exciting episode to see what Fury’s next move will be like when he held a gun to Rhodes’ head. Gravik got Raava/Rhodes to tell the President about their species and the Skrullos Camp and say they were working with Russia.
If the President bombs the camp, it will start the war, but the show doesn’t make me think the Skrulls will be successful. If there are close to 1 million Skrulls, why haven’t we seen more of them yet? Maybe the show is saving their reveal for the last episode.
Nick Fury Betrayed The Avengers
Gravik finally killed Talos, but there was no celebration for their win. Instead, the Skrull leader angrily imposed his plan to start a civil war. Kingsley Ben-Adir’s talents will go unused in this series because all he has done is be grumpy and plan a war. Gravik’s men ask all the questions we were thinking about Gravik’s motives; it was a smart move by the writers to give us a better perspective of his overall plan for the Skrulls.
To ultimately get the Avengers DNA that Nick Fury has hidden somewhere and get even more powerful. Is it just me, or did we all forget that Gravik was looking for the Avengers’ DNA and why Fury even has them another puzzle the show introduces.
‘The Harvest’ episode came with a substantial unexpected revelation behind why Gravik is keeping Fury alive.
He needs the rest of the Avengers’ DNA to become more powerful and take over the planet for his people. There’s no way Fury will give that up, so Secret Invasion 1×06 is set up to be as grand as an Avengers film. If the last Secret Invasion episode gives us some good action scenes with better CGI and maybe one Avenger, it might end its short run with a bang.
Olivia Coleman’s Sonya Falseworth is the badass she thinks she is on Secret Invasion. I liked how she pulled up and shot the SIS Director and exposed him as a Skrull. I love that all she’s doing in this show is making fun of Fury and taking down Skrulls. The whole scene with Falseworth and the doctors helping Gravik was unforgettable, and I don’t think there has been a better scene in the entire show.
With all that has happened, I’m convinced Secret Invasion was a fantastic way to launch G’iah’s and Falseworth’s characters. The latter’s promotion in the SIS, we’ll see more of Falseworth in the coming MCU projects, if there will be any at Disney.
Talos Death Made Secret Invasion Better
This episode outdid itself in my opinion, because it brought out much of the missing tension. Maybe it’s because Talos is dead, and everyone knows Fury will get his revenge somehow. When one of Gravik’s men spoke out against him and got a tree through his heart, it resulted in one of the best fight scenes when his men turned on him.
At some point, I believed his men would win with how desperately they fought, but that wouldn’t be great for the show, and there would be no need for a final episode. G’iah handled Talos’ death much better than I did, which was surprising. Neither she nor Fury cried; even the send-off felt rushed like they just wanted to get it over and return to the war.
I understand the world’s fate is at stake, but they didn’t honour Gravik as they should have, making everything feel unprepared. G’iah was right; it feels like he died for nothing. Varra and G’iah’s fight scene back at the house left me thinking they were the ones Fury called to ‘do this’ at the end of the episode.
Finally, I feel Secret Invasion could have done so much better if they got the tone right in some scenes, especially where Fury is involved. Sometimes his sarcastic comments don’t land how they’re supposed to, making the dialogue feel strange, like his convo with Gravik. What I did like about this episode is they explained why Fury doesn’t want to call the Avengers because he betrayed them. Finding out what Fury did would destroy years of trust he built with the superheroes. It is his fault. But I hope for the last episode of Secret Invasion; Fury can come clean to the Avengers or at least stop World War III on his own IF he’s going to do it alone.