• lgwalchmai95

    Prepare for one final, huge comment from me on the last Agents of SHIELD episode for a while. I’ll get straight down to it;

    Not the best episode of Agents of SHIELD I’ll admit, but it was still brilliant! It packed a real emotional punch and was also freaking hilarious! I was so sad when I thought Fitz was going to stay behind, that scene was arguably the best acted scene in the whole series. Iain and Elizabeth’s natural chemistry really showed and they played off each other brilliantly. It was so emotional but part of me thinks that, because it sounds like there’s going to be something wrong with Fitz if he recovers, it would have been better to just have him die. And let him have his honourable death saving the girl he loves. If he ends up paralysed or brain damaged then the show is really robbing him of that. But then it would be cool if Simmons saves his life, I hope he’s fine, I love those two together!

    I love Triplett and Coulson’s dynamic, they just fanboy over cool tech and are hilarious together! I think by bringing in Nick Fury the writer’s really went for a more comedic finale as opposed to a dramatic one. If they wanted a more dramatic they would, and I feel should have, had Triplett facing Garrett with Coulson. It could have a really powerful scene to see Triplett’s anger at his former mentor who betrayed him and killed his friends come to the forefront.

    May and Ward’s fight scene was freaking badass! I do think that for the first half of the episode they were angling towards a kind of redemption for Ward, but that implication of rape towards Skye just sealed him as a baddie. A messed up, conflicted baddie at that, but still a baddie. For me, there’s no chance of redemption for Ward, he’s done too much.

    I do love the confrontation scene between Garrett, Coulson, Fury and Mike (I refuse to call him Deathlok). I love how Coulson and Fury just didn’t take Garret seriously at all and kept undercutting his supervillain rants. While it was funny to have Garret survive again, have some near Vader-like transformation, and then get blown up as he was saying he’s unstoppable by Coulson, I would have preferred to have had Mike kill him, because to me it felt more poignant, and really proved to us that Mike was never a bad guy. There was a point where I thought maybe he’d turned evil just because he’d already been forced to do too much, and turned bad because he couldn’t see any redemption for himself. But I love that he was only waiting for his son to be okay to turn the tables on Garrett. Garrett turned out to be a but of a let down for me, especially in the finale, where he was supposed to be the big villain, but nobody took him seriously at all. They just made him batcrap crazy and in the end, not a really scary villain at all. To be honest I’m a bit annoyed that they’re keeping Raina around, I’m not a fan of her character, she’s just annoying.

    I liked how they left a couple of plots unresolved to keep us interested and make us come back for next season/series. If they’d tried to resolve the whole Skye parentage stuff it would have felt too rushed and cramped.

    Overall I enjoyed the finale, while the confrontation with Garrett was amusing, I do feel they should have gone down a more dramatic route, but I enjoyed it the way it is. It produced some memorable quotes. I worry for Coulson at the end, he was doing the some doodles that Garrett did. They should stop messing with Coulson’s mental state, and just the him be the charmismatic, heroic, lead character that he is. Just let Coulson be Coulson and I’ll be happy.

    Thank you for these reviews Phil Boothman :) As someone who has seen the whole series and enjoyed every minute of it (although I can admit that the second half was far and away better than the first, but the first will be better on a rewatch as it does in fact build everything up nicely. And knowing what we know now, with Ward’s betrayal and Garret being the Calirvoyant and Hydra, it will come across better), I am a bit jealous that you’ve been able to write these reviews for 20 odd weeks and share your thoughts, I’d love to do that! I’m really excited for series 2 of Agents of SHIELD, I think it will be a much more consistent series, now that the show has found its feet and knows the direction it wants to go on, I’m excited for the future of the show. My favourite quotes from the finale would have to be:

    Coulson: “Trip and I will crest the ridge, use a noisemaker to grab a three-wheel, maybe something with more fireworks, and open a window for you two. You crawl in, grab the dealer, force his hand. He’ll get us our ace in the hole, and then bob’s your uncle.” I love how that’s exactly what happened, and that their ace in the whole was Mike’s kid Ace XD Top planning from Coulson, knew exactly what he was doing.

    Garret: “You remember that speech you used to give us, Nick, about how one man can accomplish anything once he realizes he can be something bigger? Well, now I am.”
    Fury: “..A part … ‘a part’ of something bigger.”
    Garrett: “Is that how it went?”
    Coulson: “Not a great listener.”
    Fury: “If you tell me this whole Hydra path thing you took is because you misheard my damn “one man” speech”… —– (To Coulson) “You got it, right?”

    XD

    Fury: “You don’t have to call me ‘sir,’ Coulson. Look at me. I’m dressed like I live under a bridge.”

    Coulson: “Did you bring a noisemaker?”
    Trip: “Sir, I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go.”

    Simmons: “Thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. We gave them new life … a good one, I hope.”

  • er, poorly written speech on how they were getting into Cybertek? The noise maker, the Ace in the hole? Brilliant play on words, and classic combat code talk. Literally a maker of noise, and literally Ace to release Deathlok from being controlled. That’s exactly why SHIELD struggled in the early episodes, the audience didn’t understand they were watching the setup for the big post-Cap 2 crescendo.

    A few other thoughts, Samuel L Jackson and Clark Gregg and phenomenal as a pair, i would love to see more of the two together although I appreciate it’s highly unlikely Jackson could/would commit to a larger role in the series. I suspect also the reason we didn’t get a conclusion to Mr Blue Alien is because he’ll be explained elsewhere in the Marvelverse. My own personal (and quite common) theory is it’s a Kree, and Marvel will be doing their version of the Kree/Skrull war at some point. A fair bet either race will be introduced in some form in GotG.

    I’ve enjoyed reading the reviews, no plot-shaped stones have been left unturned during them. Looking forward to next season

  • ShalkaDoctor

    So I was the only one that thought Garret’s death was cheesy? I love Bill Paxton and he added so much charisma to the show. Sad to see him go in a throwaway joke. He seemed to be the only cast member actually having fun and lighting up the screen with his presence. Also kinda weird how Coulson so gleefully kills him.

    Oh and I want the old Fury look back. I hate “on the run” Fury.