Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TV REVIEW: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (SEASON THREE FINALE)

TV REVIEW

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

SEASON THREE FINALE
When I think back on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as a whole, I find there have been several missed opportunities along the way. There have been several potentially great characters from the comics that they killed off within episodes. There have been interesting concepts that the show introduced, then never went back to. There have been teases, then they either haphazardly handle those teases or barely follow through with them. Introducing the Secret Warriors could have really been something, it could have brought the show to brand new heights, it could have set a different tone for the show and brought forth a brand new direction. All throughout season three, I was ready to see the Secret Warriors. Sadly we never got the Secret Warriors, we never got a full-fledged team show. The Secret Warriors were just another missed opportunity.

With Joey gone, Yoyo severely hurt and Lincoln dead, I don't know how the Secret Warriors can possibly continue on this show now.

Oops, did I just say that Lincoln is dead? Because its true. Lincoln is the "fallen agent," he is the one who dies.

But that is not until the very end of the episode, and we've got a lot to cover until we discuss the ending. This was a two hour finale, essentially putting two episodes on-top of each other. The first hour of the finale was pretty uneventful. It was an entire hour full of Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. team finding Hive and his bad guys and trapping him to bring him back to HQ. It was essentially what could have been a ten or fifteen minute moment stretched across an entire hour. Sure, we have several scenes of Daisy blaming herself for a huge host of things. Her seeing herself as a threat, and wanting S.H.I.E.L.D. to kill her. It was at this point that I figured she wasn't dying. She is going to have some kind of redemption story, just the details of that particular story still aren't very clear. But, Coulson's team trap Hive. Oh no, though. He's containable. Plus, his goons left a trap for Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. Which turned several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into those monster-looking Inhumans that Dr. Radcliffe made last week. (Dr. Radcliffe, who has suddenly decided to help the good guys.) So much of  the first hour was back and forth like this. S.H.I.E.L.D. traps Hive, but then he's set loose. S.H.I.E.L.D. steals the warhead that Hive plans to use to turn the rest of Earth into Inhumans, then the bad guys take it back again. It got to the point that I wondered what was the point of capturing him at all.

Then the second hour began with a big one-on-one fight between Hive and Daisy. Hive couldn't turn her back to his side, apparently due to whatever Lash did to save her last week. The weird thing was, Daisy WANTED him to turn her back. Was it all just a ruse? Or is she severely having trouble handling her mistakes? It was a little unclear, but boy was it an interesting fight. Hive was able to gain control of his warhead and was heading towards space. When finally Coulson and the rest of his team intercepted the Quinjet that Hive is on. Of course, at this point, every member of Coulson's team is wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. jacket, just so we can't figure out who it is that will be dying. Several people get hurt, (including Yoyo) and that damn necklace gets passed around from character to character like a cheap whore. It got to the point of almost being ridiculous. 

Everything began to become full circle, when the final fight broke out between Hive's Inhumans and Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. all the while Daisy took the warhead onto the last Quinjet, Hive in tough, to destroy the missile in space, sacrificing herself. The battle itself was pretty cool, with Fritz and Jemma having some big knockouts. Plus, from this point forward, Mack should carry that legendary shotgun-axe! Right before the battle however, there is a quiet, sincere talk between Lincoln and Daisy. About the dark parts of addiction, about finding a place in this world and fulfilling a destiny. At this point, it was pretty much certain that Lincoln was going to be the one dying.

At the very last minute, Lincoln zaps Daisy off the jet, and begins heading to space with Hive. He sacrifices himself for the Earth. While he says sweet nothings into a crying Daisy's ear. That POV space shot happened one more time, before Lincoln saved the world. 

"What now?" asks Jemma?

Cut six months later, and Daisy has gone rogue.

Ooh, didn't see that coming, did you? To be honest neither did I. But after loosing so many boyfriends and male buddies to her doings (Ward, Tripett, Lincoln), it all must have caught up with her. Coulson and Mack try to trap a emo-styled Daisy, whose been using her powers abundantly over the last six months. Will she be a good guy? A bad guy? An anti-hero? That isn't quite certain. What's also not certain is Coulson's stance in S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson talks to Mack about "contacting the director for their next assignment?" But I thought Coulson was director? Did he step down after Daisy went rogue? Does he feel responsible for his actions? Who is this new director? Does S.H.I.E.L.D. answer to someone else now? If so, then who?

Oh and Dr. Radcliffe is up to something with Fitz. I don't know exactly what, but it will clearly be a story-point for next season. I can't tell what Dr. Radcliffe is making, but something that has to do with robots. Maybe? Will he be designing Life Model Decoys for S.H.I.E.L.D.? Will he create some kind of other robotic character from the comics? Will he help Ultron resurface? Way too early to tell. All I know is that I am glad John Hannah is sticking with this show and I hope they give him a great character to play in the future.

This finale tried to give the show a edgier ending, and I am not sure what to think of it still. It doesn't have the hopeful future that the previous seasons had and this definitely doesn't end happily like those seasons did. I just feel there were so many missed opportunities this season that I am not sure if this finale hit me on an emotional level that it was aiming for. With Inhumans and HYDRA seemingly out of the picture, season four is a great time for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to take the show in a completely different direction. End the circular plots and give us something fresh. Give us something rich and compelling. There is a big creative opportunity here, and I wonder if ABC will run with it? I hope to see Hunter and Bobbi back, since ABC is no longer moving forward with their spin-off show. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is moving to a new time next season. A time in that past that usually meant death for a show. There are those already predicting that season four will be the last season of this show. If they can give us something we haven't seen with this story and these characters, then there is still life. But "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been playing it pretty safe thus far. Is this all they are capable of?

What did you think of the finale?

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