Gabriel Luna‘s Ghost Rider returns for the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on May 16. Ghost Rider and the team must stop Aida from ending the world. The episode, “Worlds End,” was written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Billy Gierhart.
There’s just three more episodes left of the season and it’s unknown if the series will be returning for a fourth. The latter half of the season has seen the S.H.I.E.L.D. team trapped within a virtual reality world run by Aida and has Hydra in control with members twisted into new versions and some fighting as part of a resistance.
Daisy teams up with an unlikely partner; Aida prepares to put her endgame into effect.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is interesting in that the final game plan for Aida is clear and it doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense when you think about it.
Aida is using Fitz to try to build a system to give her a real body, because? I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind it all since she’s a robot, has free will for the most part, and is in full control. Why would she want to make herself weaker? This also the question as to why she’s keeping everyone alive? Other than Fitz, I’m not really seeing the point at all.
But the episode is all about that build to the point where the team will eventually defeat her and escape. We know it’s coming, it’s just more of a question as a how and what the fallout will be.
What’s also interesting is so many characters being willing to accept that they don’t live in the real world and go along with things. There’s some serious flaws in Aida’s program apparently. You’d think she’d make it all work in her favor a bit more, wouldn’t you?
This part of the season has gotten to the point where the concept is better than the actual execution. It’s not bad and there’s lots of action but the holes in the plot are a bit too big to ignore.
With the future of the show up in the air, it’ll be interesting see how far the series will go, and maybe it’ll be able to revitalize itself a bit before the season wraps up. The story here had a lot of promise when it began but has quickly fallen into a lot of the issues that we’ve seen before.
Overall Score: 7.05
The truth behind Fitz’s turn threatens to bring down all of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. builds towards the eventual battle with Aida as the team makes some moves to free some individuals and gain more allies. There’s also some questions as to Jemma’s loyalties and what she knows.
The episode to me is mostly forgettable though. There’s the return of Trip which is great to see since he’s a favorite of mine, but other than that, it’s rather blah as a whole. There’s action. There’s some solid sneaking around. But, it’s all about the end of the episode.
But, watching this episode, I can’t help but thinking, of all the holes that are in our faces. Aida is shown with the bodies of all of the individuals in the construct which had me wondering why she hasn’t bothered killing them? There’s also a character getting Terrigen mist around her, but she doesn’t die?
Both of those things were enough to take me out of the episode and at this point, I’m just waiting for the eventual battle and to see how everyone gets out of this simulation. We know it’s coming, so it all just feels like a build to something we know will happen, which unfortunately has me just counting down the episodes for what’s coming.
The series has lost steam as they’ve gone into this new world. The first episode of this specific arc sequence was full of possibilities and you can tell the writers were willing to do whatever they felt like. This and the previous episode though feel much more on the rails and by the book in many ways. The series needs to get back to that anything can happen and if they do that, this season will end on a strong note.
Overall Score: 7.05
As Daisy and Simmons struggle to discover an escape route to the real world, the identity of the Inhuman leader of the resistance is revealed.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its adventures in the virtual world with a force gathering to take on Aida and free everyone. The episode is packed with action, but other than some twists and turns it doesn’t feel like a whole lot is done.
Overall, the episode is good, but a missed opportunity.
There’s a reveal of the underground SHIELD force and its director who is of course Mace. That should be a bigger surprise, but it comes off as a letdown. Some members are added to the team which is great, and needs to happen, but what’s stretched over an hour feels like it could be done in 30 minutes at most.
The big part of the episode is some of the team tracking down Radcliffe which leads to a showdown with Fitz and Madam Hydra. That’s the moment that the episode builds towards and again, the emotional payoff isn’t quite there. I’m not sure why, but the entire episode feels like it’s just slightly off as to how good it could have been.
That’s in contrast with last episode where everything is thrown out there and everything is on the table.
Here you can feel the rails get put back into place and the story getting focused on the eventual confrontation and escape. That constricts the story and removes some of the freedom that we saw in the previous episode. There’s also the fact that much of the episode is predictable. How interactions play out. How betrayals and presented. It all feels very bland and nothing too shocking. Again, where you can do everything and anything, this episode keeps things by the numbers without too many shocks or surprises. Still, it’s an entertaining hour and the shaking things up has done the series well so far.
Overall Score: 7.65
Daisy and Simmons are the only hope is to save everyone in a world controlled by Hydra.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back after a brief break with a new episode that dives deep into the world Ada has created that has Hydra taking over into the role of SHIELD.
This is an alternate world episode and storyline that we’ve seen done before so many times and like so many of those previous times, this is really good and entertaining.
By twisting the characters we’ve known it feels like the show has really looked into this world and has gotten ahold of who they are and what makes them tick. The result is a mirror world and one that’s solid storytelling.
But, what really impresses me about this episode is the small details that it throws out there. There’s an entire debate about Hydra and their roots in Nazism as if a wink and nod to the real world debate going on about changes of Hydra presented by Marvel comics (yes they’re Nazis).
Jemma is the center of the episode and everything about her and this episode are the small details. From the dark circles under her eyes to the bruises to the fact her voice is messed up for much of the episode, it all comes together. Then add in the choices with the visuals as a whole with a slight filter to the color to let us know this isn’t the real world. It all adds up to the best episode of the season and one of the best of the series. This episode shows off what could have been with such a focus on the small details and how it rights it gets everything.
A lot of the episode is the fun of finding out what’s different and how it all shakes up so I don’t want to spoil too much of that, but the episode is solid with a great emphasis on what makes each character interesting. There’s intrigue, action, and some surprise twists.
As the title says, what if? And that’s the worst thing about the episode, is that it makes me ask “what if” the entire series had this much attention given to it. It shows off the flaws of what’s come before but at least we’re getting this and hopefully, what’s to come continues whatever new energy and vision the series seems to have.
Overall Score: 9.25
As more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D., suspicion begins to turn to paranoia among the members of Coulson’s team.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us an entertaining dive into the rabbit hole as the episode progresses and we’re wondering more and more who is an LMD and who isn’t. While I’d have liked a slow build to it all, this episode delivers what I’ve been looking for going with an almost psychological horror as we question everything. The episode is the last before a month break and it leaves us with a lot of action and an ending of the episode that’s the best of the season so far, and one of the best episode endings of the series.
As I said, the episode is a spiral and a build up. There’s only a few agents left to mount a resistance against the LMDs and even then, have they been compromised? That’s the question we’re left with over and over. We never fully know exactly who is still themselves and who is an LMD. That’s some solid work as we’re kept on our toes.
The episode also amps things up with Aida who is also spiraling in her own way, into craziness. She makes some shocking moves that will change things.
But, it’s the last 15 minutes or so of the episode, especially the last 5 that really ups the excitement for what’s to come. We get to see what everyone’s fantasies are within the program giving us a better idea about their wants and desires and while some are obvious, some are quite shocking.
And that’s what’s great about this episode, its ability to shock with twists. This is one of the strongest of the entire season as it keeps things very simple but builds upon the ongoing story. More like this please!
Overall Score: 8.95
Coulson and the team engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game as they work to rescue Director Mace, who is fighting for his life.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after what feels like forever we finally get the origin of the man who is obsessed with Coulson and the head of the Watchdogs. And after all of the waiting… it’s underwhelming. It’s underwhelming to an extent that Coulson even acknowledges it with a “cool origin bro.”
The episode focuses on a couple of things, two of which are trying to find individuals. There’s Director Mace who is being held by the Watchdogs and in usual bad guy fashion is toyed with for unknown reasons. Then there’s finding May.
There’s a lot to the episode that left me scratching my head. Quake fighting the non-powered Watchdog head in hand to hand combat when she could end it in two seconds by using her powers. Then there’s her leaving him after winning. And some of the other bad guys get away eventually!?
It’s all really choppy and weird with plot points that make little sense at all.
And then there’s those last ten minutes where a twist is revealed as to why things played out the way they did… which left me with… huh!?
For those who read comics, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. feels like it’s taking a lot of ideas from Marvel’s Secret Invasion storyline leaving viewers to question who’s real and who’s not. It’s fun, but the episode has also gone a bit over the top with it all giving us reveals at odd times leaving out the shock of it all.
While I generally like the concept of where this season has gone, it hasn’t quite played things the way I’d like, expect, or make sense. In the end, this episode left us with one too many decoys.
Overall Score: 7.85
An explosive Inhuman surfaces and the team are tasked with containing it. Elsewhere: Coulson and Mack encounter Radcliffe’s inspiration for Aida.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us a bang and brand new villain who is kind of like Nitro in a way. An Inhuman that expands in gass and creates an explosion.
The episode is interesting in that it kills off at least one character and gives some more depth for Radcliffe as a character. We now know why he wanted to create the LMDs and the world that Melinda now inhabits. It’s touching in some ways.
The issue I have with the episode is it’s pretty clear as to what’s being set up for the future. The agents will be forced to choose between saving Melinda and killing this person we’re introduced to. It’s pretty obvious this is where things are going. But, again, the segment adds a lot of depth.
The bigger thing of the episode is introducing us more in the folks that are pulling the strings of the Watchdogs and Senator Nadeer. I’m not quite sure where it’s all going, and it’s at least interesting because it’s not Hydra, so something new and it feels like we’re getting a good villain for Coulson to go up against.
The real bad of the episode is too many football references. It feels like the writers know that the Super Bowl was the past weekend so they specifically had this football sub-theme running through things. It was noticeable, and a little irritating due to cheese factor.
The episode is one of the better ones this season. There’s solid action and a good new villain. It adds some depth to some characters. It also moves the bigger picture story forward. Other than some eye-rolling dialogue, it’s actually one of the more solid episodes this season.
Overall Score: 7.85
Coulson and the team race to save agents Sam and Bill Koenig from those triyng to get their hands on the Darkhold book.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings back the Koenigs in a fun episode that plays off guest star Patton Oswalt’s deadpan humor. We also learn a bit more about them too! Like the original that got them all into SHIELD… who is not what you’d expect.
There’s something endearing seeing Oswalt play off himself in three different roles, each with their own personalities. The episode revolves around them and their hiding the Darkhold and a search to find them and it.
We also get some more reasons for at least one of the villain’s motivations this season with a pretty interesting twist at the end that seems like there’s a big target being placed on Coulson. With a reveal of who’s an LMD and who’s not, things are heading to a collision course.
This episode is a stronger one of the season adding some depth to motivations mixed with some humor to it all. I think the lesson is clear, more Oswalt please!
Overall Score: 7.85
May works to uncover the truth about what happened to her; Aida’s next move puts everyone’s life at risk.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be narrowing its focus as it really gets going in the second half of the fourth season. The episode focuses on Coulson wanting to look into Senator Nadeer as Daisy is brought before a Senate committee. It’s some interesting spy stuff getting the team to a more street level in some ways and away from the special fx spectacle we’ve seen in previous episodes.
There’s also the focus on the captured May. That part of the episode plays very Matrix-ish, but it does so in a way that’s really entertaining and I only figured out what was going on a few moments before the reveal. It’s a good part of the episode and one that makes May a badass, but also keeps her captured.
These two storylines come together towards the end and it’s best to not give that away.
The big thing about the episode is Mack and Yo-Yo’s relationship which has some fantastic moments and the highlight. There’s a revelation about Mack that just makes me love the character even more, and that says something considering he’s my favorite character on the show. I’m really hoping they keep this level of “adult” when it comes to these two and we actually get to see something that explores real relationships, something missing with FitzSimmons.
One of the better episode of the season, but it’s still a little uneven. The Mack/Yo-Yo moments while few really pays off with the revelation about Mack adding tons of depth and May’s bit will have you questioning what’s before you. A definite improvement on the season and showing off what really works for the series.
Overall Score: 7.88