By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the season 4 finale of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
A Plot: Defeating Aida
While I thought this was a fantastic episode and a perfect end to a great season, Aida’s end felt a bit rushed to me. We only really got to explore her becoming a human for one episode before the finale, and I would have liked to have spent a bit more time on that. This was the only noticeable downside to not having the traditional two-hour finale for me.
Others may complain that Aida was too easily defeated once Ghost Rider got back into the mix but I was fine with that. She had the upper hand for nearly a whole story arc; this didn’t need to be a drawn out fight. What really got me was how Aida was defeated. Coulson has always been my favorite part of this show and seeing him become Ghost Rider for that brief moment really did it for me. Judging by his conversation with Robbie, it sounds like taking on those powers will have dire consequences and I’m excited to get to season five so we can learn what those consequences are.
B Plot: Saving Mack
I mentioned last week how Yo-Yo going into the Framework could have the potential to drag this episode down; thankfully, I was wrong. We might be having a different conversation if Mack didn’t come out, but this actually ended up being the highlight of the episode for me. In a series that is increasingly growing in its roster of powered people, Mack has always been the one who humanized the show. Seeing him break down after the Framework took Hope away from him was one of the most gut-wrenching moments of the whole series. Kudos to this episode’s credited writer, Jeffrey Bell, for managing to work that moment into this finale.
C Plot: Ghost Rider and the Darkhold
Robbie’s time in this episode was relatively brief but he managed to steal every scene he was in. That opening scene where he fought Aida and her two LMD goons really got this episode moving. After that, his whole purpose was to take the Darkhold back to his own dimension and I think that was a smart choice by the writers. That book was too strong to keep around and not destroying it would have left a lingering question mark over the series from here on out. Now that Robbie has taken it through the portal, I think it’s safe to say the Darkhold’s story is permanently finished.
It’s been nearly 24 hours and I still don’t know what to make of that finale. As far as we can tell, SHIELD has fallen (again) and Coulson is now lost in space. This looks like a setup for next fall’s Inhumans but Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell are keeping quiet on that right now. In any event, season five looks like it could be even more grandiose than ever before. If this is the show’s entrance into the Marvel Cosmic Universe, then I’m already excited or what may come.
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