Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale and Implications

5/09/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments



Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is nearing the end of the best run of the entire show.  Despite its issues prior to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the show has really taken off since the major twist was revealed in Cap.  I'm several weeks behind on coverage, because there were no major developments.  The show is definitely really good, but there's been a lot less to write about as the story unfolds.

Now, one week away from the finale, there's some business that has yet to be handled and quite a few elements that need to be wrapped up.  The first half of the season I kept asking if the show could get off the ground, now I'm wondering if it can land.

[Yeah, spoilers below and all that.]


First of all, the best decision all season has been the Ward reveal.  The character is far more interesting (and believable) as a villain and Agent Triplett fills the gap much better than good-guy-Ward did.  The only issue is I can feel this big redemption moment being planted and--while I'm not against him redeeming himself in the end--I'm scared of what the'll do with the character.  I think he either needs to stay bad, or die.  Ward returning to the team will only erode my confidence in the writers.

Outside of Ward, there's only a couple major lingering threads.  The first is the GH-325.  We know (sort of) where it came from, but there's very little detail.  How will it affect Coulson, how is it related to Skye?  How is Skye related to the girl in the flower dress?  This all needs to be wrapped up in the finale, which is also the last Marvel installment prior to Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in August.  I'm pretty confident there is a connection between GH-325, The Kree, and Guardians of the Galaxy, but what is it?  Hopefully we'll get a proper lead-in from the last episode of the season.

The other thing that needs some explanation is S.H.I.E.L.D.  It no longer exists and it appears most of the talent is being bought by the highest bidder (such as Tony Stark).  The show just got renewed for season 2, so hopefully we get some explanation on what an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. even is at this point, unless the second season will have a new name.



Samuel L. Jackson will play what seems to be a major role in the final episode, so I'm sure there will be sufficient explanation about the future of S.H.I.E.L.D., but what that is remains to be seen.  With Avengers 2 just under a year away, the second season will have a much more interesting arc, considering it will have an actual Avengers installment happen somewhere in the middle.  Considering what happened with Captain America during this season, that could have some massive implications.

On top of that, an Agent Carter series just received a full season order, meaning we could essentially have a S.H.I.E.L.D. Origins show running in parallel with the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Or Agents of Stark Industries, or Agents of S.W.O.R.D., or Marvel's Agents, or whatever they decide to call it.  It'd be cool for them to become independent and keep the S.H.I.E.L.D. moniker, but replace the "homeland" with "hazard" per the comics.   The seeds for crossovers have already been planted with Agent Triplett's grandfather being a Howling Commando.  It only makes since that Marvel makes that character a component of an Agent Carter show.



It almost feels like the final episode will need to be 2 hours long just to fit in all the wrap-up and set-up mentioned above, which is concerning.  Marvel has definitely given some gravity to the series, though, so whatever happens, you know it will ripple through future (and past) Marvel TV and movie content.

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