The Breaking Point
This is a review for both episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that aired Tuesday night. We’re not splitting them up because that would be obnoxious. Also, we know we’re late with publishing this. Here’s why.
Daisy’s vision was fulfilled in the Season 3 finale, proving that the show can really be awesome when it puts its mind to it. The show also proved that they know what they are doing, because Lincoln is dead and now he won’t have to be on the show anymore.
If that sounds harsh, maybe it is. But at the same time, the show’s strongest element is the characters. The action can be wonky, the story unbalanced, the threats cheesy, but at the end of the day, we love the group that Coulson has put together. Lincoln stuck out like a sore thumb because he was such an ill-defined character that only existed because the show needed someone to fill in the gaps now and again. The showrunners had the good sense not to kill one of mainstays, but also not to wipe out Yo-Yo or Joey, someone we really don’t care about.
I was a bit worried that the show had played it’s hand a bit too early by revealing that Yo-Yo had the necklace, but there was a fun little game of hot potato going on, so we did actually need to wait and see who was going to be the poor sap that ended up with it in the end. It was a heroic sacrifice on the part of Lincoln, so while we never got to like the character, you could still say he went out on a high note.
It looks like Brett Dalton, too, is done with the show, for Hive was locked in the aircraft with Lincoln. It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here, since Ward/Hive has been with us for three years in one way or another. This is the cleanest slate that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever had, so where the story goes from here is anyone’s guess.
This was, in many ways, a culmination of the last three years. If we choose to look at it like that (which I do), then the fight between Hive and Daisy is the climax. First is was Ward stringing along Skye, then it was Hive mind-controlling Daisy. Either way, that’s been a pressure cooker since the beginning of the show, so seeing one of the best fight scenes to date was some great payoff for the characters. While we later saw what Hive really was (the guy from Star Wars?), it was Brett Dalton’s face that we had associated with his evil at this point.
Every other character got their moment, too, especially FitzSimmons, who had to deal with the zombie things with some good ol’ fashioned problem solving. Turns out the suckers can’t take the heat. Who woulda thought? While this was, naturally, the B-plot of the episode, the charisma of the lovable duo kept things going…as they always do on the show, right?
Luckily, the death of Lincoln wasn’t our exit for the season. We got a hard cut to “SIX MONTHS LATER,” where we learn that Daisy, now going by “Quake” has gone on her own, and Coulson is hunting her down, and someone else is in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. Who could it be? What could it mean? What is going to happen? In all honest, I don’t care about the details. It’s the emotional arcs of the characters that keep me tuning in season after season, and that’s what I want to find out more than anything.
Odds and Ends
- Glenn Talbot has earned his place as a series regular, in my book. It took me awhile, but I’ve really warmed up to him. I wonder if he’ll be running S.H.I.E.l.L.D.?
- It looks like Dr. Radcliffe has robot under his thumb now. I REALLY hope it’s not a replica of Brett Dalton.
- Those zombie things look like of like the decomposed Pink in The Wall.
- I hope that now we can leave Hydra and the Inhumans behind and get some new story elements going.
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