Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: World’s End
Original air date: May 16th, 2017
Phew, that was a lot to take in.
Our agents saved the world from Aida, with some skillful teamwork. I didn’t see Coulson Rider coming, but I liked it. Mack harbored the Rider for a while, so I can see this didn’t come out of the blue. Reyes alluded to there being a reason why the Rider was willing to use Coulson as a host—what is it? I’m sure this will be answered next season, but it’s bugging me all the same.
I’m glad the show ended the Framework and Aida. Robbie Reyes is off to hide the Darkhold, so I don’t know if we will be seeing the book again, but I feel like that plot point could be done. Unless the show plans on using it again to introduce Chthon (The Darkhold’s author). What could be cool is if the writers of the show go a little noncanonical. In the show, they don’t really say who Reyes is possessed by. In the comics it isn’t the same Rider as Johnny Blaze, but the spirit of a serial killer. What if we change that, and Reyes’ Rider is Chthon (He’s a powerful demon after all) and that is what was driving him to collect the Darkhold and end Aida?
Aida is gone (yay), but does that mean we are done with Anton Ivanov, or are there still some Anton LMDs running around? Thinking about it, how many other LMDs are left and will this be an issue later down the road? Aida told Anton not to mistake her anger for sloppiness– what if she had backup plans for if things didn’t go her way? I think the beginning of next season we’ll see the agents dealing with the effects of Aida and her plans.
I will say the one thing that didn’t faze me was the fake Simmons death. I think the moment she blamed Fitz I knew it wasn’t the real Simmons. She wouldn’t hurt Fitz that way, even if she was about to die. I think the real Simmons would have said “I love you.” Or “Don’t blame yourself.” I did however love that the real Simmons got to shoot Aida a few times, I know it would make me feel better.
There are a few moments that really stuck out. Radcliffe’s end, for example. “Not with a bang, but with a—” was perfect. It was a beautiful end to his story. I know I talked about bringing characters back, the way Aida made herself flesh and blood. But for those that were in the Framework that are no longer in the real world, I think the Framework gave them completion, redemption, and closure. I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss Ward, but this tied everything up with a lovely bow.
Hope. Cute, little Hope, just disappeared. She had to or Mack would not be with us. This was done perfectly as well. Mack was able to stay with Hope until she ceased to exist, he still has the memories of her and he was able to escape with Yo-Yo. Man, did Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Henry Simmons do a great job! I was crying right there with them.
My favorite part was their last supper. Posed much like Da Vinci’s painting, waiting for the fallout could be the best scene of the series, ever. Like Coulson said, this was the first time all of them had been together in a long time, and it will be the last time for a while I am sure. What it makes me wonder is if Coulson is the one that will pay for their sins? Will they all be locked away when the series returns or did Coulson or someone else take one for the team?
In the final scene with the agents, they are neutralized. Who was it that took the agents and what was that MIB equipment they had? Is the closing scene with Coulson clearly not on earth a tie in to the Inhumans? Finally, why do we have to wait so long until season five?