By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
The writers spent a good chunk of this season building up a dramatic shocker for Jeffrey Mace, but I wasn’t expecting to find out that he wasn’t ever an Inhuman. I feel like every emotion I’ve felt towards Mace was repeated in this episode. I loved him, I hated him, I wanted him gone, and I wanted him to stay. There have been points throughout this season where I wondered if the writers knew what they were doing with Mace, and I still wonder if I’m supposed to like him or be annoyed at him. Now that everything is out in the open, I hope that he’s written a little more consistently, and I want him to be a character that I like because this show is more enjoyable when SHIELD is being run by likable people.
Now that the real May temporarily woke up from her induced coma, there’s no going back for Radcliffe. He’s a fun and quirky character to watch, so I was holding out hope that the writers would figure out a way to keep him around, but that can’t happen now (unless the unthinkable happens and May is killed off before she can divulge Radcliffe’s secret to anyone else). It also doesn’t help matters that the fake May has now discovered her own secret. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the team finds out and starts going after Radcliffe and Aida.
When SHIELD starts fighting the LMDs, whose side will Fitz be on? That’s a silly question because we know it’ll be Jemma and SHIELD, but for now, he’s being an ass. I think I know where this is going. Fitz will do some secret research on Aida’s head and discover that there’s nothing wrong with her programming and Radcliffe was behind this the whole time. From there, the question is whether Fitz will do the smart thing and tell SHIELD about Radcliffe’s deception or will he do the dumb thing and confront Radcliffe on his own. I think we know the answer to this, but just once I’d like to see a character in a television show do the smart thing.
Kudos to Coulson for doing the honorable thing and sticking by Director Mace after the truth was revealed. While it would have been fun t0 see Coulson back behind the Director’s desk, it’s more fun to see him out in the field being an agent and fighting the good fight. It made more sense to have him do both in previous years when SHIELD was underground, but now that they’re back in the public eye, it would seem weird to have the head of a whole agency constantly out doing grunt work. Now the writers can focus on having Clark Gregg do what he does best, give us great action with a heavy dose of levity.
Thanks for ready!