It’s all been building up to this. And seven years down the line we are finally at the crucial moment. Not everyone will make it. The finale is here.
Creator: Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon
Starring: Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen
Runtime: 45 Minutes Each
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
The final season of Agents of Shield is here and it is one hell of a doozy. Upon the destruction of their home planet, the Chronocoms have chosen Earth as their next base. The only people powerful enough to stop them are Shield. So they plan to go back in time and destroy shield in the past so that they aren’t around to defeat them in the future. And they are prepared to use any means at their disposal to do so. Including enlisting the help of some of shields biggest enemies. Meaning the team have to enlist the help of one of it’s greatest allies. With a little mysterious help from Enoch and Simmonds, strangely missing Fitz, the team head back in time to stop the Chronocoms from taking over their planet. Just an average case for these agents.
This season really brings everything to the table for it’s final fanfare. The time travel set up of this season means that every episode has a different feel as we are hopping era nearly every episode. And they had a few different set ups as well over the episodes. Episode 4 ‘Out of the Past’ is shot, and narrated, like the entire thing is an old style Noir movie. And Elizabeth Henstridge herself even directs a great time-loop. ‘Groundhog Day’ style episode. The stylistic choices they made for this season will make is stand out as one of my favourites.
The story itself for this season, revolving around the preservation of the original timeline, is actually done brilliantly. Too often, time travel storylines can be convoluted and overly complicated. We don’t get that here and instead get to watch our beloved cast of characters run around having all kind of adventures throughout time. The way they chose, yet again, to bring Coulson back from the dead, was done imaginatively, and lead to a whole new set of dilemmas for the character, as well as effecting his relationships with the people around him. In particular May.
I don’t like where they went with May’s character in this season, and even more so because it was never really properly explained. We don’t know how or why it happened, and while it does come in handy a few times throughout this season, I don’t think there was any reason to give her a super power, just to be able to keep up with all of her friends.
Fitzsimmonds as always have the tearjerker of the season and that reveal in the final episode just made my heart explode. Bless them, they finally got what they wanted! It only took them seven years, several timelines, multiple galaxies etc. for them to get there. And lets not forget the arrival, or re-emergence if your would prefer of Daniel Sousa. One of my personal favourite characters from Marvel projects gone by and one I was so happy to see return here. He is a great addition to the team and works well opposite Daisy, who he has great chemistry with on screen.
If that final scene in the bar didn’t pull on your heartstrings and make you tear up then I don’t know what will. Everyone is out living their lives and doing great, but those final moments between Coulson and Daisy, they were just beautiful.
This was a fantastic way to close out a fantastic show. And I am so sad that it is over. If you are a Marvel fan, although not Canon to the main MCU anymore, this show is definitely one you must watch.
Seasons 1-5 Are Available on Disney+
Seasons 1-6 Are Available on Amazon Prime.