Agents of SHIELD with its Maveth episode brings it. Fitz kicks major a** and Phil gets his own back for the death of Rosalind. Speaking of Phil, after his Rosalind dream, he wakes up on the planet and looking at the big moon he murmurs “Tatooine.” So…
Was that a Star Wars reference? If so, wow. If not, well, it sounded like a Star Wars reference, so it still counts as wow. Now if someone else had said Anakin and Skywalker the moment could have become sublime and not just wow.
This fall finale was a show stopper of an episode. Between the action on the planet and back on Earth things were kept tight, suspenseful and action packed. Mack proved that he was not afraid to make the hard decisions and when things got tough made the sacrifice play. Of course Daisy/Tremors would not allow Mack to do it solo:
“But one thing … I’m staying with you, because, “a,” I can keep the portal open if something goes wrong, and, “b,” I’m your partner…Technically, that’s two things.”
As one site pointed out, the episode was very busy. A lot went on in the fall finale. Jemma gets loose, Fitz finds “Will,” Andrew/Lash gets out and is very busy, Simmons finds Andrew and releases him, Phil crushes Grant, Fitz kills “Will” and Ward comes back very different but no less deadly.
In a nutshell, the Agents of SHIELD covered almost every possible base in this one. With everything that went on, there were many standout moments.
That giant HYRDA statue in the middle of the barren planet.
Fitz shooting “it” Will and then frying him with the flare gun.
Grant complaining that he could go much faster if Phil had not shot him…twice.
Phil crushing Grant Ward’s chest with his synthetic hand.
Joey Gutierrez being so excited that he saved Daisy’s life.
Bobbi’s helping Joey to describe his Inhuman power as an “Amazing new superpower.”
Simmons crying when she learns Will is not back.
Malick coming across a dead Grant Ward who is obviously inhabited by “it.”
All in all, a very hectically paced segment. In some ways, it also foreshadows what is happening in the real world. When the agents are talking about HYDRA’s plan to bring back an ancient HYDRA God, aka “it,” Mack snorts and asks them to listen to themselves.
“The world’s changing. Deal with it.”
The reluctant Inhuman hero could be talking about our world and not just that of the Joss Whedon small screen Marvel verse. Campbell is, however, speaking more specifically about the changes coming up in the Marvel world of superheroes.
There are big things in store on the big screen, for instance Captain America: Civil War is the next Marvel film to hit theaters. Not surprisingly, it seems that SHIELD may be setting things up for the upcoming film; as it did in season one with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Build-ups to feature films aside, and possible allusions to same (Star Wars), the end of the episode; the fall finale, has Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) in tears when she learns that Will is not back from the planet. It also has Ward as an “it Zombie” aka possessed by an ancient HYDRA God standing in the dark for Malick to find.
Viewers see a return to that cool professional SHIELD agent that Phil Coulson was on the big screen. The guy who shoots Loki, and then “dies” the man who despite his diminutive stature and demeanor was ready, willing and able to kill.
Stand out performances from Clark Gregg, Iain De Caestecker and Henry Simmons make this one special for fans and guest stars Powers Boothe and Dillon Casey also impress. One thing to point out is that disturbing look from Phil as Melinda May comes to hug him…Intense, cold and angry. Looks like “killing” Grant really did not give Coulson the closure he was seeking.
Mad props to Henstridge who managed to make viewers cheer and cry with her actions.
As we wait for the new year and the next installment of the small screen’s Marvel verse only one question remains. Was Phil Coulson making a Star Wars reference when he said Tatooine? Fans may never know, but if that is what the writers intended, well done.
Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays on ABC. Tune in when the fall break is done and see just how different “zombie” Grant Ward may, or may not, be from his old self…