AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
SEASON 2 FINALE- "S.O.S"
Now, that is how you end a season.
Where do I even begin to explain the awesome conclusion of this second season? Well, let's start with last week. During the ending moments of last episode, we find out that Skye's mother is evil and she murders Agent Gonzalez and frames S.H.I.E.L.D. As this episode opens, a huge battle breaks out between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D. What shocked me was that Gordon was in on the framing with Skye's mother the whole time. That I did not see coming, but that was just one of the several surprises this season finale had in store for the audience tonight.
So yes, war erupts between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D. and at first, Skye firmly believes that is to blame, and there is a nice one-on-one fight between Skye and Melinda May that was absolutely cool. Even though I hated seeing both of our heroes battling each other. All the Inhumans begin to blindly follow Skye's mother to war as she plans to infiltrate and destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. It is up to Coulson and the rest of the team to break the fight. While Lance Hunter and Melinda go rescue Bobbi from Ward and Agent 33. Make no mistake about it people, this is easily the most-action packed, most grand-scale of all the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episodes. Nothing has ever come close to the epic feeling that I got watching this conclusion unfold and perhaps making it a two-hour finale was part of why it was so great.
There was one variable in the formula to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. that Skye's mother didn't see coming and that was Raina. There is a reason why Skye's mother turned everyone against Raina last week, because she could see this coming with her new see-future powers. Skye's mother murders Raina, just as Skye comes to join her side. Skye figures out how terrible her mother is and tries to stand against her. She is overpowered and locked up, taken to the main S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel where Skye's mother plans to use the Inhuman's special crystals to either kill or turn all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Coulson would come help, except he's dealing with Cal at the moment.
We finally see why Cal was referred to as a monster at the end of season one and we finally see the Cal Zabo we know from the comics and I loved that we saw that.
But Coulson being the smooth talker that he is, gets Cal to help him and the episodes' grand finale takes place on the vessel and another huge battle ensues. Seriously this was some of the best action on television that I have seen in awhile, and I think just maybe "Arrow" was given a run for its money. We saw Skye kick more ass which was awesome, we heard Fitz get the best line of the entire season before delivering the last blow to one particular bad Inhuman, and we saw Coulson get his arm cut off in order to save his life. Cal kills Skye's mother and the rest of her crystals get lost in the ocean.
Let's also not forget that Lance does end up saving Bobbi, who takes a bullet for him to save his life. I also had to laugh when May tricked Agent 33 and she died at the hands of Ward. Sadly Ward just snuck by and even though it is evident that he will have something to do next season, it still kills me that he is hanging around. He is nothing but a useless plot thread that ABC doesn't want to get rid of. For what reason is still baffling to me. Ward needs to go, and Marvel better figure out how to keep Ward and HYDRA relevant because putting both of them together again has circular plot written all over it and I hope to God that I am either wrong or they do something cool with that storyline. But right now, gosh just turn Ward loose already.
But hey, after two-hours of awesome action, great acting, Cal Hulking out and all sorts of crazy superpower play, I loved this conclusion to season two. After all the set-up that was done at the end of this episode (including a shocking cliffhanger of an ending involving none other than Jemma) it seems that the third season is going to have plenty on its plate. I hope the crew behind this series is ready for the task, because if they proved anything this season, it was that they had to fight hard in order to maintain several storylines in one episode. I hope the writing and the execution improve between now and September. Or perhaps they change the set-up of the show altogether, which I wouldn't argue against either. What is important right now, is that this season ended on a high note and the bar for next season has ben raised very high.
Oh, and I am betting good money that tonight won't be the last time we see Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse, but that's just me.
What did you all think?