Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. concluded it’s season this week and while most loose ends got wrapped up, and some new ones were introduced like a true season finale, I have to say, this was pretty underwhelming.
I guess I’ll start with my biggest issue, that I knew was going to happen but just hoped for something else. Robbie Reyes returns to the team just in the knick of time since AIDA seems unstoppable and the team could use some interdimensional help. However, like I said in the last review, having Ghost Rider defeat AIDA seems like a cop-out, a cheap way to wrap things up, and that’s exactly what it felt like. Having Coulson take on the form of Ghost Rider, I GUESS, was a nice twist, but seemed unnecessary. Robbie could have just as easily been hiding in the shadows and killed AIDA when her back was turned. Now Coulson has some sort of terrible deal on his soul probably that we all get to deal with later. Yipee.
I understand the whole idea of teamwork and that it’s a concept AIDA didn’t really understand and therefore the team was able to take advantage of this blind spot, but it really was anti-climactic. AIDA’s character has been so strong all season for her to be taken down by Ghost Rider who literally showed up and then left within the span of one episode. AIDA, despite all the terrible things she did, deserved a more meaningful death than Ghost Rider wanting to kill her because she’s made of Darkhold juice. There was such an opportunity for her to go out with a bang with emotions and revelations of what it is to be human. The show could have furthered the existential conversation, but instead chopped her up to a basic villain to be disposed of by the simplest means. And by simple I also mean stupid. Let’s take a character from the first arc of the season that now feels like a year ago and make him show up again to solve all our problems and then he’s gonna leave before they can even discuss everything that happened.
COOL AOS. COOL. Even Radcliffe got a more significant death than AIDA did.
To continue with things that were terrible in the finale, let’s talk about Mack and YoYo. FIRST OF ALL, it was stupid as all hell for YoYo to go into the Framework with NO EXIT PLAN. I don’t know what the deal with that was. She was going in to save him but had no plan on how to get out? Seems like a pro secret agent move, am I right? Not only that, but was Daisy intentionally keeping Hope alive in the Framework? When everyone else vanished on the bus Radcliffe made it sound like this was the case for them, but then Hope was also still alive. WHY?! Mack would have easily been convinced to go if Hope had disappeared earlier. I guess it was for dramatic effect because the love Mack had for Hope was so strong, but that was unbelievably frustrating since it was such a dumb move on YoYo’s part in the first place, ALSO Mack’s in his decision to stay. AND THEN, after everything, instead of YoYo realizing that Mack’s love for his daughter trumps all other love, real or not, SHE DECIDES TO FREAKING STAY TOO?!?!?!
Then Hope disappears and they both make it back and I almost wished they hadn’t. Mack and YoYo have so little chemistry on screen it is actually painful to watch sometimes. I suppose it’s hard when the comparison is to FitzSimmons who arguably have the best on screen chemistry of any show ever. But seeing Mack and YoYo together really makes me miss Bobbie and Hunter, who also had excellent chemistry.
There were also some moments that were a bit confusing. Where did they get an LMD of Simmons? Did they make it in like 15 minutes? Why did Coulson let that dumb military girl go spouting off revenge about Daisy when he could have just shown her proof that there were more than one (also how did Talbot live after being shot in the head)? WHERE IN THE HECK DID THE RUSSIAN GO? I don’t recall them finding his brain, and after they killed AIDA, I expected them to have to deal with Ivanov some more, but I guess not. Perhaps he’ll show up again later, but it seemed weird that he didn’t reappear in the episode.
Despite this long list of annoyances, there were some things of merit in this episode. Daisy’s speech at the end to Fitz about her realization that despite all the pain an individual may feel, leaving the team is never beneficial. It was good for Fitz to hear, but also really encouraging to see the growth in Daisy’s character.
May and Coulson briefly talked about their feelings in the only way they know how, which is awkward with lots of silences. It was cute and very indicative of their characters which I can appreciate.
FitzSimmons relationship finally has the time to mend, and it desperately needs some mending. The diner scene at the end was cute, and it was nice to see the team happy and together even if it was for a second.
Finally, let’s talk about the last scene with Coulson in space after some unknown authority figures freeze them in the diner. It’s hard to tell who these people are, but there are some speculations to be made. The authority figures could be agents of the Inhuman Royal Family and this could be a chance to introduce this before the show airs in 2018. This seems like the obvious route as crossing over television series doesn’t seem that difficult, the DC TV shows do it all the time, and Inhumans have already been introduced in this series so story wise it makes sense. However, the other theory is that the team has been recruited by S.W.O.R.D. a paranormal defense agency that Captain Marvel currently runs in the comics. We know that the MCU and the television shows exist in the same universe so they could be ramping up to introduce Captain Marvel. The show has been known to reference the movies before so it wouldn’t be out of character. Since S.H.I.E.L.D. seems like it might be on the outs again with Talbot in a coma it seems space might be a viable place to go for now.
Thankfully, season 5 was confirmed last week so we’ll definitely get to see how this new storyline plays out.
GEEK Grade: C+
This season was definitely one of the better seasons, and I am happy that the show really seemed to hit its stride, even with a disappointing finale. I am also glad we don’t see the return of Ward, again. Hopes are high for season 5 this fall on ABC.
Directed by: Billy Gierhart
Written by: Jeffrey Bell
Images: Marvel, ABC