Ghost Rider makes a surprising return; Coulson and the team work to stop Aida from ending the world.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up its fourth season with an episode that feels a bit mixed in quality as if there’s both too much packed in and a sense folks weren’t quite sure how to end it all.
The episode’s really broken into two main parts. There’s the team’s taking on Aida as she continues to flip out and then there’s Yo Yo and Mac in the digital world.
The former is paint by numbers in many ways as the team has to figure out how to defeat her and they get help with Ghost Rider whose return feels a bit convenient and rushed. Something here doesn’t quite click for me but I can’t put my finger on exactly what that is. I think things a are presented so quickly and just thrown out there without any reflection it all feels like a flowing of scenes where we just accept everything that happens. It’s not bad and is absolutely the big fight you’d expect in the last bit of a movie a lot of flash, some twists, and not much depth.
The Yo Yo and Mac part of the episode is really where the heart of excellence of the episode is. We feel the pain and suffering from both characters as Mac has to realize the digital world around him is crumbling but also decide if he’ll stay with his daughter. No matter the choice he has to lose her twice. Yo Yo does what she can to get him to exit into the real world realizing the pain he’s suffering and his reaction makes her suffer too. It’s heartbreaking and the show has been its best when its focused on these types of interactions. It’s easily the best part of the episode and we get that interaction again as the team comes together at the end of the episode.
There’s also some set up. Coulson has to cut a deal with Ghost Rider and the end of the episode feels like it’s setting up the Inhumans… but how? This is absolutely one of the stronger season finales but it falls a bit flat like a lot of Marvel’s live action series and movies. The concepts are better than the execution and we see that again here.
It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here, but until then we’re left with a satisfying, yet not exciting, ending.
Overall Score: 7.45
Today was ABC‘s Upfronts where the network presents what we can expect this coming television season. That includes first looks at shows and the announcements of when things will air.
We’ve already been told that Marvel’s Inhumans will debut on IMAX September 1 and then ABC in the fall. We now know the show will air Fridays at 9pm. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Fridays at 9pm later in the season.
We got a first look at Inhumans beyond the teaser trailer already revealed and this show looks epic capturing the vibe and characters of the classic comic series. It looks full of action and drama and much better than the teaser image already released. We also get to see Lockjaw in action… hells yes!
Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere a version of the first two episodes in IMAX theatres for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.
The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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ICv2 – Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy Cast in ‘New Mutants’ – This could be cool.
Deadline – ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Renewed For Season 5 By ABC – Well ok then.
CBR – Happy: TV Adaptation of Morrison & Robertson’s Comic Gets Series Order – This should be interesting.
CBR – Krypton: Superman Prequel Officially Gets Series Order at SyFy – And this should be interesting.
The Shallow Brigade – a primer on nick spencer’s shitty politics – The more you know.
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Coulson and the team’s victory in the Framework is short-lived, revealing an even deadlier looming against them all.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. heads into its season finale with an episode that sets things up for a clash with Madame Hydra who now exists in the real world and apparently now has a whole bunch of powers. But, there’s also SHIELD on the run after blowing things up. It’s not looking good and then a certain flaming someone shows up in the end? There’s a lot packed in here.
But, through all of that action, the episode really focuses on the relationships particularly between Fitz and Simmons and Mac and Yo Yo. There’s also a little bit between Coulson and May. Fitz especially gets the focus as he must deal with what he’s done in the virtual world and decide if he is the person in there. There’s also the fact his heart belongs to two individuals.
And the show when it does the above, focus on relationships, feels stronger for that. It adds depth to the characters and gives us reasons to care about them. Here this is done in an intelligent way in that it swerves around but also sets up the conflict that drives these last two episodes. It also helps define a big difference between these heroes and the villains they fight.
The episode is decent and continues some of the stronger threads of the season, specifically the group’s relationships and friendships. It’s a fun episode in many ways and does a solid job of mixing action and the quieter moments and sets up the season finale in a solid way. While this has been a bumpy season overall, this lead up to the finale has done well to make it a memorable one.
Overall Score: 7.65
The clock is ticking for Daisy and Simmons to get the team out of the Framework, but not everyone is ready and willing to leave.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is winding down this season as the team needs to escape the contruct and get back to the real world. The question keeps being thrown out as to who will return to the real world and who will remain. It’s pretty obvious some will. There’s also the question as to the characters who have died, what will happen to them?
The episode is a build as the team both tries to escape but also get Fitz out of the system. At the same time Aida is escaping herself in her new “real” body.
It all comes together nicely in the final half of the episode which instead of focusing on action and special fx instead giving the best moments to team members and friends attempting to get each other to exit. There’s doubt since this could be a trap or worse. It all leads to touching moments and interesting to see who follows who, why, and how. It all leads to… well I’m not going to ruin that.
But, the episode really gives us its best moments based around who decides to stay. It’s the most emotional moment of the series and one that had me a little flustered since it’s such a good character.
We’ve got a few episodes left and it should be an interesting one to see where things go for the team and in the bigger picture, where it’ll go for the series as a whole.
Overall Score: 7.35
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