AGENTS OF SHIELD
SEASON FOUR, EPISODE TWENTY-ONE- "THE RETURN"
When this season introduced The Framework, I was hesitant at first. I thought this season was already too convoluted with three major story arcs taking place. But The Framework storyline was surprisingly satisfying. It featured some big emotional beats, things that could only be effective this far in the show. These characters were put through the ringer and in the episode before the finale, they escape The Framework. Dare I say it happened a little too early? I only say that because this episode was a little slow and quite frankly boring.
I mean, let's look at AIDA for example. She had our heroes right where she wanted them. She had them under full control, trapped in a world they hardly understood and could not get out of. Out of all the villains in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." I would argue that she has been one of the most successful so far, if not THE successful. But once she gains a human form, she suddenly becomes a lovesick witch who is overpowered to the bone? That's the new legacy of the character? After everything she accomplished in The Framework, I can't believe she just got reduced to wanting revenge on SHIELD because Fitz doesn't love her anymore. Seriously, the most boring way they could have handled the character.
The rest of the episode, it seems the team is confused and trying to figure out what just happened to them. May and Coulson are sorting out their relationship, Jemma and Fitz are sorting out their relationship, Yo-yo goes to The Framework to save Mack. Through all of this, it feels less like an episode of a cool super-spy show and more like a couple's therapy session.
I am hoping with the return of Ghost Rider, the finale picks up a little bit. One can only hope.
What did everyone else think?