Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Real Deal” Review
The future may not be written in stone, but some things just may be. Our agent have had their first run-in with General Hale and it was every bit as chilling as you would expect from this enemy who has high stakes in bringing them down. Now of course we would want to look forward to the fallout from this encounter, but it is at the same time interesting that they choose this week as the 100th episode to also finally reveal the mysterious deal Coulson made with Ghost Rider.
What fallout came from that explosion was not at all what you would have expected from. Some things were in terms of Yo-Yo losing her arms as foreseen, but then there was the actual damage done from the explosion. That was a room where many dangerous items were stored, so when something that explosive is set off? Its pretty much anything goes. I like this development considering the boundaries of what is possible and what is not have been shattered. One of the weaker moments of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was always when they refused to believe the things going on right in front of them. That growth from that point makes their reactions and response much more appropriate for a world where there is no never say never. Now the explanation in what now terrorizes the team was creative. Even with so many other obstacles they have faced, this was the first that they really couldn’t tackle without suffering the mental horrors of the past. The true appreciation lied as well with whose help we had to look forward to. It could have been so obvious, but they pulled through with a welcomed familiar face that we have not seen in a good long while.
One thing that stood out most was that we have another episode to add to the list where they could pull off some impressive action scenes without relying on the same two for the most part to sell it. When the fists and bullets started flying, things got real.
The truth to what deal Coulson made with the Ghost Rider wasn’t too shocking, but it was more the way this impacted everyone on the team that mattered most. The world around this team was already crumbling, and that was the last nail in the coffin for the cracks to show. Coulson’s reveal had emotional weight to it through the fact that they are looking to the future for S.H.I.E.L.D. which isn’t all too bright. They try to be hopeful and that honestly is in short supply when it comes to these agents. This goes double for characters like Daisy and May who you knew would take the news of this reveal the hardest. Both sold the pain of being left in the dark and forced to accept something that they weren’t prepared for.
It was still a tough pill to swallow if you’re a fan of Yo-Yo, even if losing her arms could possibly lead to her getting her cybernetic replacements like her comic counterpart. Tragedy filled the air when she is the only one who understands the price of not correcting the past. She has seen the consequences, and currently has had the most direct experience.
Deke’s exploration of a world intact has been delight for his genuine naivety. Normally we would see wonder through those with his experience, but there is just pure entertainment when he makes everything so awkward. Other developments like General Hale’s advances were worth taking note of to prove that she was a formidable adversary. She has an aggressive streak that most others wish they had when trying to take down these agents. Now there was one thing that happened this episode that you would have never anticipated to happen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I appreciate the opportunity to let something happen that wouldn’t normally work in any other situation. But even then, I think we were all bracing ourselves with what would go right or wrong in that moment. It was a treat that the twist this led to was just as big for the question now raised about future events.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Real Deal” was everything we could have wanted as fans of this show. As the milestone 100th episode for this show they nailed exactly the kind of story to tell. There was probably much more they could have done with a different direction, but we could all have used a story where things weren’t that straightforward. Especially when it came to that final character moment. The takeaway from this week was heavy, emotional, and thrilling. All of this makes what these agents are fighting for so much more valued.