Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “No Regrets” Review
If you needed a better example of how amazing season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., look no further at what they produced last week through “Identity and Change”. Aida has sprung into full-blown villain mode and I don’t think a villain from this show has ever been this astounding. There are so many emotions stirred up from this bleak situation they have all been put into. Fighting for the lives of their friends while also trying to bare seeing them do things completely out of character.
This episode is where we get to see more from Mace and again this is the version of him I’ve always wanted to see. Sure he was cool when in the real world he tackled his shortcomings in realizing he was just a face, but nothing beats believing that this big guy can do some serious damage with power. Now his hunt for the truth in what’s going on does create some unexpected tension. We all knew he was questionable about Simmons, but you didn’t think the need for answers would nag at him to this extent. The conversation that these two finally have was as tough as trying to convince Fitz. I enjoy that there are levels to understanding with each of these agents inserted into the Framework. Some of them are pulled deep, and some of them do have a glimmer of hope that they could remember their life outside of this chaos. Till then you simply take in all the things unique about this world. There was one familiar face we run into here that is as satisfying as it gets when you are looking to treat fans to the alternative to bringing someone back from the dead.
The inclusion of Mack I have also been surprised by. The way he was brought into this world and story was nothing like you would have assumed at first. I think part of me always thought he might be the one in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., though it makes sense now where he is coming from when you are also looking at the best way to contain Mace as well.
With HYDRA it was a tough pill to swallow seeing the position Radcliffe and Daisy find themselves in. I mean this was as close up as you could get to the way they treat their enemies and not a place where you want to end up. They sold the torture very well, Radcliffe in particular. It was smart to keep him the way he is in the Framework. Not only this, it was easier to get that experience of the suffering he is being put through taking in the fact that he was first betrayed and killed, and now locked up after immediately losing the one person he loved the most. That is a whirlwind of emotions to go through and the frustrations were ripe for it.
This exploration of Fitz in the Framework is undeniably terrifying. I think this has always been a darkness within him and a first time chance to see just what that would be like. Truth be told, there are a lot of things we still don’t fully understand about Fitz that could influence this side of him. Especially when it comes to his family, his upbringing, and much more. Luckily that all changes in just one episode. They say the truth behind Fitz’s turn threatens to bring down all of S.H.I.E.L.D., and sad for everyone else that is true. It’s not entirely revealing, but when you are asking what could have been changed for Fitz to send him down this path, there was no better answer to what could have gone wrong.
The action this episode was satisfying. If one thing I have enjoyed about this story arc, it has to be that surprisingly they haven’t had to rely on too many action scenes to generate excitement. This makes it more engaging when one actually breaks out, and what may grab you more this time around is that we are looking at a fight between two powerhouses.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “No Regrets” again really just hits you where it hurts the most. This is a dangerous game everyone is playing at whether they realize it or not. I don’t want to believe that things happened the way they did, but there had to be some cost going up against HYDRA. Some could call it a cop-out, but the truth is that this character grew on us so much in such a short amount of time that you had to feel some way about the sacrifice. I know I did, and it will be tough to see how everyone else begins to deal with how far this has gone. On the upside, things are about to get loud. And more so than they have this episode.