Plot Lines of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 17 “Identity and Change”

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. 

Note: This will be short and sweet because I’m on vacation right now. 

A Plot: There Must Some Kind of Way Out of Here…

There’s no surprise that Daisy and Jemma immediately set out to find Radcliffe; what did surprise me was the state of Radcliffe’s mind. Aida must really hate the guy to keep his memories intact like that. Of all the people trapped in the Framework, Radcliffe may be the one with the most raw deal.  Despite all the wrong he’s done, we know he was doing it as a way to give Agnes a better life after she succumbed to her disease. We know that Aida didn’t take it well when she found out that she was a “replacement” for someone more important in Radcliffe’s life, but this level of punishment she’s given him is just insane. And now Agnes is dead at the hands of Fitz, the one person in the world Radcliffe actually felt genuine affection for. Life is hard when you build a complex artificial world in order to give your dying loved ones a more comfortable end.

B Plot: Hope is Not Lost for Mack

In the time between story arcs, I managed to forget that Mack didn’t go into the Framework with Daisy and Jemma, so his little betrayal in the interrogation room caught me by surprise. Other than that, nothing about him in the episode surprised me. I knew that he would have a great relationship with his daughter and I knew it would be heartwarming to see. The tough part will come later when he has to accept that it is not real and lose Hope again. That will be tough to watch.

C Plot: Coulson is Simply Crazy

After discovering last week that Coulson’s biggest regret was probably joining SHIELD altogether, it was nice to see that his life didn’t turn out so perfect. I love Coulson. He’s my favorite character on the show and one of my favorite non-superhero characters in the whole MCU (but he’s a superhero in my heart). Coulson belongs in SHIELD, so it was nice to see that taking away his biggest regret doesn’t mean that he’d be happier.

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