“The End is at Hand” for the Agents of SHIELD. After seven seasons, maybe it was time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get our buck’s last bang. For a series that relied on the strengths of the relationships it depicted, we do get nice resolves for each character. With all the growth we’ve seen this season, though, it’s hard not to want to explore further.
“What We’re Fighting For”
The conclusion of the Chronicom saga is a bit of a mixed bag. While this stands as one of the better series wrapups we’ve seen lately, the Chronicoms themselves get shortchanged. The team figures out a way to give them empathy, and then that’s it. The Chronicoms may now be working for SHIELD for all we know. In the final episode, I guess you need to resolve the villain and not leave them in the universe plotting revenge. Still, it felt like the Chronicoms and Sybil (Tamara Taylor) deserved a bit more.
The addition of Nathaniel Malick (Thomas E. Sullivan) to the battle didn’t exactly help the Chronicom’s case. First of all, “Sybil the Predictor” should have been able to see that Malick was going to cause them to lose. Beyond that, Malick also didn’t offer much to his allies. Helping them escape their scheduled deaths is nice, but it’s only a delay of the inevitable with him. He wanted to become ruler of the universe, but his bloodthirst keeps getting in the way. Even after Sybil tells him Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) is much more likely to reveal Fitz’s (Iain De Caestecker) location to Daisy (Chloe Bennet), he wants to kill Daisy. He would rather end the whole mission than leave someone alive. He mainly comes across as a spoiled child, making it hard to buy him as the ‘big bad’ of the season.
Most Valuable Player
And now on to our intrepid team of Agents. Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) was a welcome addition to the season. An excellent way to also give “Agent Carter” a bit of a send-off, but then adds a great deal to Agents of SHIELD. The only thing missing is an appearance at the reunion at the end of the episode (more on that later.) He was with the team throughout their time-traveling adventures, and so his absence feels off. Plus, it would have been nice to see him as he got more adapted to his future life.
Shoulda Coulda Woulda
Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward) fairs slightly worse in this category. Or better, I suppose, depending on how you look at it. He opts to stay behind so the team can get back to the right timeline. Assumably, he becomes the SHIELD director in that timeline, but it’s also Deke, so who knows. We’ll never know because that is the last we see of him. Hence, his ending in “The End is at Hand” depends on how you feel about what you saw.
The Bland Is At Hand
Mack (Henry Simmons) and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) have never been my favorite Agents of SHIELD additions. Mack’s cold brooding appears to be whining in a lot of cases. He does get a few nice turns in this season, mostly when dealing with his parents’ Chronicom murder. Maybe it’s because I wanted to see Daisy become director of SHIELD that has made Mack feel so off to me all these years. Still, he does look pretty cool standing on the helicarrier at the end. Yo-Yo could have been a lot of things but suffers a lot of the same problems Mack does. The trauma that causes her temporary loss of powers is a terrible one, but one wonders why it wouldn’t have triggered earlier. Of course, it’s showing up now because it made for some good storytelling this year, but it seems like she has been through similar circumstances. Again though, jumping out of the moving car is fun to see. And the reappearance of Davis (Maximilian Osinski) and Piper (Briana Venskus) is welcome. The little touches are one of the stronger points of “The End is at Hand.”
The Start Of Something New?
Daisy’s final act is a bit vague, but that could also be an excellent thing. She mentions that Sousa refers to himself and Daisy as “Astro Ambassadors,” opening the door for a possible Agents of SWORD (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) appearance later. Kora (Dianne Doan), finally free of Malick’s abuse, is off with them, so maybe we’ll see more of her as well. The timeline complicates the newly found sibling arrangements, though, as technically SHIELD’s victory against the Chronicom’s should have erased Kora’s existence. Still, sometimes it’s best not to think about it too hard. The Marvel Universe and proper timelines aren’t related. I’d hoped for more of a final scene between Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Daisy, but I think now it’s best we didn’t get that. Instead, we get a nicely underplayed nod to their years together and hope for a future Coulson appearance.
What We’re Dying For
Speaking of Coulson – where he ends up is bittersweet. I suppose death after death after death has ruined any real chance of May (Ming-Na Wen) choosing Coulson, but I always rooted for it. She fairs slightly better than him in the end. He’s essentially left alone in the universe, whereas she at least has an anchor in the academy. Again, this may be a case of better not getting the fanboy and shipper ending because that might have been more disappointing. “The End is at Hand” seems to recognize this and never quite gives fans what they want while still delivering what they need. He’s also not entirely alone. At least he still has LOLA.
Now I’ve Had The Time Of Several Lives
And finally, we come to the most frustrating couple of the show. I’m talking about none other than Leopold Fitz and Jemma Simmons. Their wrap up got more breathing space than most of the other characters, but that makes sense considering Fitz has been missing almost the entire season. Of course, it’s FitzSimmons, and we find that they’ve managed to spend quite a bit of time together (Well, enough to have a child who is now around five or so.) The appearance of Alya Fitz (Later to be Alya Shaw, Deke’s mother) is bittersweet since we know her future. Or do we? Does this season undo the last few seasons? Is everything right with the universe again? We won’t know until next season, and since that isn’t happening…All in all “The End is at Hand” brings a better ending to a series than sci-fi has been giving fans lately. Every question you wanted to be answered is dealt with. Still, if you were a fan you might find yourself feeling a little empty at the end.