Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale “The End” Review
Season finale time for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is never the best time for fans. This is usually the time when everyone needs to brace for the worst considering the showrunners have no problem pulling the plug on a favorite character. I can agree with most when they say that viewers should have some tissues on hand. The decision that these agents have to make right now could save a life, or damn many. That is unless there’s something else we need to prepare ourselves for, because this wouldn’t be the first time that an unfortunate outcome came out of left field.
Save Coulson or save the world. That’s the choice this team was hit with last week, which sparked the biggest argument they have had since returning from the future. It was all very gutwrenching because to say tensions were rising was an understatement. The choice seems clear, but that didn’t mean everyone was on the same page given what was personally at stake. Yo-Yo in particular was a fountain of emotions. I honestly couldn’t help but connect with the pain she was feeling in the moment given this was everything she was trying to prevent. She saw herself mutilated, tortured, broken in the future. Wouldn’t you want to fight against that with every last of your breath? How this fractured team came together came naturally for them. Arguments and fighting between them aside, this is a show where you expect to see them acting like agents at the end of the day. When they lose focus of that, that is when a mistake has been made. Fortunately it didn’t take too long into this episode for that change in pace to come.
The escalation of this situation as Talbot dug for his gravitonium was familiar ground for the agents. It was worth everything that has been this team struggling for legitimacy to get to this point where they could rise to the occasion and be noticed. Daisy’s fight with Talbot was inevitable and satisfying once the time came. Great effect and wasn’t thrown in just for the spectacle. It was for the best that it didn’t drag on either.
As for everyone else, it was thrilling how each one of them went out of their way to defy what could have been the end of some of them in these moments. With nobody safe, they played hard into the build-up of suspense. As stated episodes ago, the minute they all started working to change the future, some things were going to change regardless which pretty much killed the invincible theory right then and there. Again they were not kidding when they said that tissues were required for this episode. I had to dial back the tears myself because this personally was a favorite character for me. The one who knew how to make the right call, the hard call. The agent who actually died was not at all who you expected it to be, and they did not make it easy at all to say goodbye to that character when the time came. Credit where it is due that they do not hold back in making it count.
Talbot’s actions next continued to take him further down his dark path and past that point of redemption. I didn’t mind this at all because there were some times when they tried to make the villain someone we sympathized with and that wasn’t necessary. With a show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it helps to have a line in the sand between good and bad. Too much grey area only hurts. Luckily that wasn’t what we were seeing here as Robin faced down the one person who wasn’t going to take no for an answer when asked about the future. Where this took Talbot only took us deeper into the methods to his madness. His actions brought this conflict into the light and that is refreshing from what was always behind the scenes since S.H.I.E.L.D. was denounced and put on the run.
Being the finale, this was also the time to figure out what they’re doing with Deke. He had his relevance throughout this second half of the season, though they could only take him so far before he needed to have a set destination. I mean there were only three choices. He could be that sacrificial lamb (cop-out), blink out from the future being changed, or survive and forge his own path from here. Didn’t get an answer there which is the only bit that kept the finale from being a perfect 10.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale “The End” was an excellent end to a situation that was only getting worse before it got any better. The loss was heartbreaking, the action was standout, and for the most part everything wrapped up nicely. In general, this felt like the they were trying to bring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to form. Things will never be the same next season, but it should be interesting seeing how the dynamic changes for this team.