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So that’s what it does!
No cooler last words have ever been spoken. As a fatally wounded agent Philip Coulson lays down spending his last breaths on the ground, hugging a high-tech ray gun, Loki turns his back to leave after shooting his brother Thor out of the sky. The high ranking Shield agent addresses Loki telling him he’s going to lose because he lacks conviction. Just when Loki is halfway through his reply, Coulson pulls the trigger blasting Loki away Team Rocket style.
I couldn’t have thought of any better way to force someone to shut up.
We all thought the tenacious and level-headed Captain America fan was out of the picture. Yet, Nick Fury wasn’t about to let one of his finest men bite the dust. The director of Shield made a decision that would erupt a whole lot of plot twists in the Hulu TV series Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A Quick Roundup of the Past 6 Seasons
Shield went through massive development since its early days in season 1. Coulson was just a team leader, Skye’s fighting skills matches those of a highschool cheerleader, and Fitz Simmons were just friends. Their villains started out soft-ish and evolved to Mars-Attacks level.
Season 1 revealed the truth about Coulson back-to-life miracle and how Hydra was after that technology. Obviously, the plot isn’t that simple; Skye almost dies but is saved using the same substance that brought Coulson from the dead, agent Ward is in fact Jhon Garret’s lapdog, and both of them are Hydra. Shield saves the day by eliminating the clairvoyant (you guessed it, Jhon Garrett).
Season 2 welcomed us with an addition of 4 new agents: steal-your-girl-with-his-smile Trip, Mac Mackenzie, and dysfunctional ex-married-couple Bobbi and Hunter. At this point, the Kree blood in Coulson’s system has been causing him to draw illegible markings, only to find out that it’s a map to the Inhuman city Afterlife, a race of superior humans (hence the name, get it?) created by the Kree. The whole season is fairly complicated with the introduction of so many newcomers namely Skye’s parents, general Glenn Talbot, one of Hydra’s heads Daniel Whitehall, and so much more. The main plot revolves around an object called the Obelisk and Coulson’s drawings. Hydra is after both but their efforts are thwarted. Shocking! Trip dies when the obelisk is released and Skye (who goes now by her birth name, Daisy) and Raina (a villain turned anti-hero? in season 1) are transformed into Inhumans. They’re transported to Afterlife where Daisy meets her mother, Jiaying, who was supposedly dead. Long story short, Jiaying wants to go to war with humanity and is killed by her ex-husband. At the end of the season, Shield gets hold of an object called the Monolith. When Fitz finally mustered the courage to ask Simmons out, the Monolith sucks her in.
Season 3 is the start of the actual what-the-fuckupness. Enhanced cybernetics? We’ve seen Captain America the Winter Soldier. Inhumans? What’s the big difference between them and Metahumans or X-men? They’re all super-powered. But ancient powerful beings sealed in a rock that’s a portal to an alternate dimension? Jeez. Anyway, Shield has some new additions (as usual). Lincoln, an electrical Inhuman, who ends up being Daisy’s boyfriend and Yo-yo Rodriguez, a speedster Inhuman, who will end up in a romantic relationship with Mac. The show loves making couples, I don’t know. Our heroes are fighting a new big baddie called Lash, an Inhuman who’s hunting other Inhumans and killing them. Lash turned out to be May’s ex-husband. Fitz rescued Jemma from the alternate dimension but they had to go back and save this dude named Will from an evil entity inhabiting wherever they were. Sadly, Will has been possessed by the entity and all hell breaks loose. Long story short, Will died and the entity possessed Grant Ward (I skipped a lot ahead but you’ll have to watch it to understand). The entity is called Hive, the embodiment of everything Hydra represents (that’s creepy). Hive can sire other Inhumans to him and Lash’s sole purpose was to kill Hive. Guess what didn’t happen? Eventually, Hive is killed when Lincoln chose to sacrifice himself. That scene will make you cry, snot and everything.
Do you guys realize I have 3 more seasons to cover to get to the good stuff? I’ll just summarize it as quickly as possible.
Season 4 introduces Ghost Rider. Yeah, the badass fiery hellish entity. Holden Radcliff (a mad scientist, because why not?) who played a minor role aiding Hive in the previous season becomes the first baddie of the season. Everyone is battling for the possession of a book called the dark hold, a book containing the secrets of creating matter out of thin air. Ghost Rider helps Shield eliminating the threat but not before Aida, a Life-Model Decoy, reads it all and creates the framework, a virtual world. Aida goes mad and kills Radcliff and entraps everyone in the framework except for Jemma and Daisy who save everyone except for the new director of Shield, Mason. He’s killed inside the framework and therefore his mind stopped working. Aida is incinerated.
Season 5 starts off in space. In the previous season, Shield was operating illegally and therefore government agents were going to apprehend them, only to find out that they weren’t government agents. They’ve been teleported to the freaking future in a place called the Lighthouse. Earth has been destroyed and what’s left of humanity are slaves to the Kree. Kasius, a Kree overlord with major daddy issues, is trading in Inhumans. Deke, Fitz and Simmons’ grandson helps them with an Inhuman teenager named Flint. Kasius is killed and our heroes return to present Earth using the Monolith (this show its freaking magical artifacts, am I right?). Meanwhile, time travel causes a time rift, Coulson is dying, and Yoyo’s hands are cut off by some young trainee villain. Gravitonium, a substance of superpower-level qualities is used by hydra to create their next weaponized human. Guess who it turned out to be? a brain-washed general Talbot. He went by the name Graviton and was killed by Daisy due to his increasing thrist for power. Killing him caused the team Coulson’s life. Oh, Yoyo gets her revenge, Fitz and Simmons get married but Fitz dies, and Mac is promoted to director of Shield.
Finally, we’re on to season 6. Coulson is back just in the body of a supreme Aztec God. His sole mission is to kill this other Aztec Goddess, Izel, but he eventually doesn’t because he gets his memories back or whatever. Simmons is reunited with Fitz (yeah, confusing story) only to be abducted by the Chronicoms, a super-advanced semi-robots, in their quest of finding a new home. It just happens that they want to conquer Earth. Anyway, Enoch, a good Chronicom, helps Fitz and Simmons to elude his kind and rescue the rest of what’s left of Shield.
Season 7 Fairs Us Goodbye
It seems that amidst all the disappointing last episodes – I’m glaring at you HIMYM and Two and a half men writers – of our beloved TV shows that we can’t catch a break.
Luckily, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s writers knew what’s up and how to wrap up the 7-year journey we had to live through it all from the moment Quake was just an outlaw hacker named Sky and Deathlock was the big bad misguided wolf.
We had mixed feelings about Grant Ward, speculated when Hydra would eventually make its return (being Shield’s number 1 nemesis), and cried over plenty of darling character’s deaths (We love you Lash and Lincoln).
The season starts with our heroes still trying to thwart the Chronicom’s plans to invade the earth while following them along with era after era starting with the 1920’s. The more they time jump (it’s a verb now), the more they deviate from the original timeline and things tend to take a slippery slope.
- Deke is the one to kill Gideon Malick,
- Jiaying is killed by Gideon Malick’s supposed to be dorky son Nathaniel, who stole Daisy’s powers.
- Kora (Daisy’s sister) doesn’t kill herself and is brainwashed to join Nathaniel on his reign of anarchy quest.
- A young Garrett is recruited by Nathaniel
- Mac lost both his parents.
- Oh, and Coulson and May are LMDs?
Yeah, it’s been hard to keep up with all of it.
Nathaniel teams up with the Chronicoms as they both have one common enemy; Shield. Sybil, the last Chronicom Predictor not to be turned into a Hunter, is always one step ahead thanks to the time stream.
During episode 9, Enoch reveals to Daisy that their mission will be the last they go on together before his death later on. This was the writer’s way of subliminally hinting at the end of our beloved show.
Episode 13, had all the right components of a finale. It had inside jokes (Quake), the feels (Jemma finally remembering who Fitz was), and closure. The relationship between Quake and Susa felt forced, to be honest. From season 1, Daisy always had some love interest, be it Grant Ward, Lincoln, or Deke drooling over her. She had her sister, I think that’s enough for her to be happy.
The one major surprise was Alya, Fitz, and Simmons’ daughter and Deke’s mom. She was unknowingly being guarded by Piper and Flint. The two geniuses retire from Shield to take care of their daughter, Daisy’s on a mission in deep space with agent Susa and her sister, Mac remains the director of Shield working alongside Yoyo, May is an instructor at Shield academy, and Coulson takes off to see the world in his beloved Lola. All is swell in the universe until the next major threat.