Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “The End”

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By The Nerdling

S.H.I.E.L.D. gathers to stop Talbot, but what will it cost them?

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Infinity War

Betting on Coulson

The team must decide how to use the Centipede Serum.  Save Coulson or stop Talbot.  Yo-Yo is tired of being the bad guy in this situation and has a full-on panic attack.  “I’m in a nightmare,” she cries.  “I’m screaming at the top of my lungs, and none of you can hear me!”

Mack assures her she is being heard and they will vote on how to use the serum.  But May takes that option away when she smashes the Odium.  Yo-Yo apologizes to Coulson, telling him she didn’t want him to die, she didn’t want to pin the hopes of saving the world on him.  Coulson agrees with her.  Jemma brings in the remedy and leaves the option for him to take it up to him.

With the end of the world seemingly nigh, Deke is put in charge of readying the Lighthouse.  Who better for the job?  As he is giving the last instructions, he tells Daisy he will not be at the Lighthouse when everyone gets back.  If the world is torn in half, then he wants to see as much as possible before then.  If they succeed, then he will blink out of existence, so why stick around.

Last of Deke
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New Director

Preparations are put on hold as word comes in, Talbot is in Chicago.  After threatening Robin and taking away Polly, the precog gives in the points to where the rest of the gravitonium is underground.  The Second City is thrown into chaos when the Confederacy ship lands atop several buildings.

Not ready to lead just yet, Daisy nominates Mack as the director for this mission.  An upright Coulson joins the team and agrees whole heartedly.  Mack’s plan, save as many lives as possible with the Zephyr while Coulson and Daisy get to Talbot in the Quint jet.

Mack, May, and Fitz head into several buildings to evacuate people trapped on the top floors.  Inside one is a disoriented Robin.  She was able to get out of the ship, but her mother is still trapped inside.  Mack goes to the detention area and frees Polly just as the Marauders still inside the ship corner them.

May and Fitz realize Mack and Polly died before the end of the world and rush inside the ship to save them both.  The battle between Daisy and Talbot cause debris to fall on Fitz, nearly severing him in half.  May and Mack stay with him as he dies and “I think my leg is broken” has become the new “I don’t feel so good”.  That devastating feeling you get when you have been Whedoned never gets any easier.

Death of Fitz
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Betting on Daisy

Coulson hands Daisy her gauntlets and tells her she is the best person to stop Talbot, not him.  I got chills when he tells her to “find the strength in your heart to appeal to his good nature.  If you can’t, find the strength in your arms to beat his ass senseless.”

As Daisy goes off to save the day, Coulson collapses into a seat on the jet.  He never took the serum.  He used the last of his strength to give the team one last boost of confidence.  But Coulson didn’t waste the cure, he stashed it inside Daisy’s gauntlets.

Quake’s beautifully heartfelt you-are-a-hero speech didn’t have the effect on Talbot she wanted.  Hale gave him the same speech just before she tortured him.  Graviton is too strong for Daisy and overpowers her.  He goes to absorb her when Daisy spots serum inside her gauntlets.  The cure ups her powers and she blasts Talbot into space.

The End

The surviving members of S.H.I.E.L.D. gather to say their goodbyes.  Not to Fitz.  The loop has been broken and the team is off to find the Fitz in cryo-sleep in space since he is no longer need to bring them back to the present.

The group is saying farewell to Coulson.  He is spending his last days on the beach in Tahiti (the real one) with May.

The real Tahiti
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Thoughts

The season finale was truly epic and if it had to be a series finale, it would have been a very satisfying one.

The Quake/Graviton showdown had a cinematic quality to it.  The big speeches hit all the right notes.  Natalia Cordova-Buckley was the episode’s MVP.  The bait and switch of Mack becoming the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. was great.  I love someone with a strong moral center is in charge.

I should have known better than to assume Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would crossover with Infinity War.  The Russo Brothers kept the ending a pretty big secret.  Plus, if this was a series finale, then it would have been a massive bummer to see half the cast turn to dust without a resolution.

Still, it would have been great to see how the writers would have handled The Snap.  Season six is not happening until summer of 2019, after the events of Avengers 4, and probably will not deal with The Snap at all.

The New SHIELD
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Clark Gregg said he would love to continue to be a part of the show, but he is sure Coulson is dead.  I hope his passing is not retconned.  It will undo the beautiful finale.  I do hope the writers find a reasonable way to get Gregg into as many episodes as possible.  Of course, we will see him again in Captain Marvel.

With only 13 episodes and a summer release date, it would seem as if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a better chance of more seasons in the future.  Summer shows have less competition to deal with and lower ratings doesn’t always mean cancellation.  We are a “small but active fan base” and we will happily follow the show to its new time.

Season five was one hell of a rollercoaster.  Not all of the story worked, but it was great to see the series take big chances to keep from getting stale.

Till Summer of 2019!


The Nerdling was born in the majestic land known as Texas and currently resides there after several years of journeying through Middle Earth in a failed attempt to steal the one Ring from that annoying hobbit, serving the Galactic Empire for a time, and then a short stint as a crew member on the Serenity. Since moving back to her homeland, Nerdling flirted with a hero reputation. Saving children from the dangers of adoring domineering, sparkly vampires (champions with souls are the only vampires worth loving) and teaching normals the value of nerdom, all while rooting for her beloved Dallas Stars. Then came the Sokovia Accords and her short spell of saving others came to an end. With Darth Vader’s reputation rightfully returning to badass status, Nerdling is making her way back to the Empire. They do have cookies, you know. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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3 thoughts

  1. I loved every minute of this satisfying, epic season finale but this is exactly right: “That devastating feeling you get when you have been Whedoned never gets any easier.”

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