Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Finale “World’s End” Review
I have to say it sucks that this is it for the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after everything this team has been through. Saying nothing would be the same feels like an understatement at this point. More than any other time the status quo changed on this show. I never would have thought Aida would become this big of an enemy as she has with so much loss and trauma that you just can’t shake off. We’ve lost so much already and finale time unfortunately means that the worst is not over yet.
The panic setting in was the right atmosphere to step into. Everything mattered when it came to trying to stop Aida after realizing just how powerful she is. We’ve had numerous villains who are supposedly strong, though she takes things to a whole new level where it will take more than bullets or the most sophisticated tech to defeat her. Personally I appreciate these situations because in a world evolving, the same enemies shouldn’t be beaten so easily. Which brings me to the return of Ghost Rider. That was my biggest worry considering the time he has been gone and how you could bring him back into the story without feeling like you are doing it for the sake of it. From the earlier parts of this episode luckily I felt brought to ease by the way it seems as though he was called back by the way the Darkhold had been used by Aida. When something significant is created by supernatural means, it only makes sense that a force of the same nature will clash.
When it came to the explanation for the Ghost Rider’s return, it was satisfying. Plenty of people might come up with something convoluted or more complex than it needs to be. What Robbie says is short and to the point of being believable. Even better was the way Robbie got into some things you don’t really think about when it comes to what he does as the Ghost Rider. Now with that said, the best part of this season finale was everything dealing with the action between Robbie and Daisy. Never a dull moment when these two power up and they made every minute of it count. In my opinion the things he did as Ghost Rider here topped anything we saw from him before he got trapped in that other dimension.
Again I can’t say it enough how perfect Aida has been as the villain for what is the majority of this season. She has made bolder moves than other villains, she has taken a lot from S.H.I.E.L.D. as well, though more than that knows how to hit where it hurts the most without being reckless. She went to those dark places and embraced it. If there was anything I criticized about others, it was that they tried to draw some gray line. That doesn’t always need to be the case, sometimes you need to just need to pull the rip-chord.
Coulson and the team at this stage reached that point where they were finally ready to be bold too. Most characters like these in my opinion tend to be at their best when they find their backs against the wall. They thought outside the box, and they worked together. It came down to more than conventional means which makes all the difference in the end.
Mack and Yo-yo in the Framework I will say was probably the weaker of the areas of this episode. I say this because from the minute Daisy didn’t do everything she could to bring Mack back, nothing else you could really make sense of. This is not to say that the emotion and drive from Yo-yo to get him back didn’t redeem this. What goes on here in general makes up for the lack of appearance from her since the last arc began. Everything from Yo-yo came naturally and genuine, enough to almost bring a tear to your eye because nothing could hurt worse than the idea of losing another main character.
It goes without saying that they made the role of Radcliffe means something up till the very end. They did this beyond death which grabbed your attention more than anything else dealing with the Framework. This was another memorable role that I hope people don’t overlook as it showed what happens when you have that one character that you can never truly count out based on mistakes of the past.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Finale “World’s End” was everything you could have hoped for and more. There were some loose ends, but everything else wrapped up perfectly. It is a shame if you slept on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., because this is one of the best seasons they have ever had. I was very impressed by the action, the pacing, how serious they took this war against Aida. The way this episode in particular ended, there damn well be another season to see what new life they will adjust to.