After seven seasons and 136 episodes, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has lastly come to an finish. This ultimate season noticed the group journey via time, then battle Chronicoms and HYDRA in a brand new timeline that rapidly went off the rails.
That’s an enormous job in and of itself, however the finale succeeds due to doing what the present is greatest at: being utterly absurd, however completely earnest.
[Ed. observe: This accommodates spoilers for the seventh season of SHIELD, together with the two-part finale, “The End is Always at Hand/What We’re Fighting For.”]
Behold, the deus Fitz machina
As the finale opens, issues aren’t trying good for the Agents. They’re nonetheless in 1983 and there’s nothing left of SHIELD however their group and a ragtag group of survivors. The solely hope lies in Leo Fitz, who the Chronicoms and Nathaniel Malick know is able to stopping their plans, however he’s been MIA all season and Simmons can’t bear in mind the place or when he’s as a result of she and Enoch repressed all her recollections of him. The excellent news is that their Chronicom buddy Enoch (RIP) left items of a tool with varied SHIELD brokers over the many years, and when assembled collectively, brings the genius proper to his mates.
Fitz and Simmons determined to reside a traditional life whereas they may, even having a daughter named Alya. But by the finale, it was time to take care of their Chronicom risk again dwelling. The Agents know they will’t go away this timeline to endure, in order that they do the subsequent neatest thing: use their ship’s time drive to carry the enemy fleet again with them to 2019 through the Quantum Realm. What follows is a conclusion to the risk in a method that’s nothing if not impressed.
Yes, Daisy makes use of her Quake powers to kill Malick and destroy the fleet, and it’s superior. But the true savior of the day was the ability of empathy. It’s due to the respective powers of Melinda May and Kora — Daisy’s sister who died within the unique timeline, however who may be very a lot alive within the new one — that the Chronicoms cease attacking. It’s tacky, but it surely additionally honors Enoch’s reminiscence, as he thought-about the Agents his family and friends.
With a lot time journey and using the Quantum Realm, this season feels lots like Agents of SHIELD’s model of Avengers: Endgame. Going into the finale, it could’ve been cheap to imagine that one or two of the Agents would sacrifice themselves to avoid wasting everybody else.
This didn’t transform the case in any respect. In reality, the present refreshingly offers every of the primary forged their very own completely happy endings. Whether it’s Fitz and Simmons retiring to lift Alya or Daisy touring via house with Kora and Sousa, the present laughs on the concept of bittersweet endings. Coulson, as soon as lifeless however now revived as an LMD, makes peace together with his new lease on life. In reality, he’s decides to journey the world in his flying automobile, Lola. May went from being a gruff teacher to a trainer at Coulson Academy. Despite Enoch’s grave warning of their breakup earlier than his demise, they’ll all nonetheless be collectively and in one another’s lives, due to VR hangout periods. (Except Deke, fortunately main SHIELD within the different timeline.)
So a lot of the MCU appears like homework, and SHIELD actually did at instances. But like all jobs, the most effective moments come from the coworkers and what you do collectively. And when you’re adequate mates, you’ll at all times keep up a correspondence, even when one in all you is on the opposite finish of the galaxy.
Farewell, Agents of SHIELD. Thanks for the recollections and the shotgun axes.