Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bid farewell to two of its best characters, making us question how the show will keep the momentum the two helped build.

Say It Ain’t So

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was super great last night until it wasn’t. Okay, hold on, let me rephrase that. It was great consistently, although the ending made me dread the future of this show. What am I talking about? Why, the departure of Bobbi and Lance of course!

If you look at pretty much any one of my reviews (or just reviews of this show in general), you’ll find that the common thread is that Bobbi and Lance are one of the strongest consistent elements. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become pretty well known for its run-of-the-mill action played out by its super lovable characters. While they may not be your favorites (I’m looking at you, FitzSimmons shippers), there’s no denying that these are two great characters. So why would Phil Coulson disavow them?

So they can have a spin-off, of course! Marvel isn’t content just ruling the box office, but your TV is soon going to be home to dozens of different Marvel franchises, too. I’m not inherently opposed to the idea of Marvel TV proliferation on principal, mind you, but why would the show willingly ax two of its best players? It’s a gamble for sure, since there is no promise of the Bobbi & Lance Show being that great. While the two have great chemistry, they work best in a team setting. I guess, of course, the silver lining is that the two could skulk back to S.H.I.E.L.D. if their misadventures don’t exactly pan out.

This episode proved my above point perfectly (it’s almost like I planned it that way!). The duo gave us a flashback-based episode that put a heavy emphasis on the comedy/tragedy that is the Lance/Bobbi’s relationship. We learn a lot about how their relationship has fallen by the wayside in the wake of their careers, despite them actually working together. They realize that they’ve never even taken a vacation together and, what’s worse, haven’t even realized it.

In this time, Lance has grown somewhat distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. The organization led to some of his friends’ deaths, differences in moral compasses, and the whole Hydra thing. Bobbi is more of an optimist, but not by much. The two of them, despite Lance claiming otherwise earlier in the episode, still do value the greater good over their own personal wants. It makes the events of the episode all the more powerful.

Lance and Bobbi make some tough calls in the episode, and with all the moving pieces (Hydra! Russians! Inhuman Shadow Monsters!), the heart of the episode is never lost. That’s why the end of the episode is so powerful. Even though Coulson disavows them (to save face for S.H.I.E.L.D.), there is a mutual admiration among everyone on the team. We are left with a bittersweet ending (or maybe just bitter) as the team bids the two farewell…over…shots. Well, that’s one way to do it I guess.

Odds and Ends

  • Trust me, Lance is right about Porcini Mushrooms.
  • There was a lot of underhandedness among new/bit characters (a.k.a. all the Russians), so there was a bit of convolution that muddied the story.
  • Luckily, none of that got in the way of the emotion of the episode. Russian spies may come and Russian spies may go, but the team will still remain, as I always say.
  • “De nada.” “Pretty sure that’s not Russian.” “Whatever.” My, my, my, Daisy sure has come a long way.

    Alex Russo likes to talk about television. You can read more of his insane ramblings on Twitter.

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