The third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has finally concluded and it so full of twists and loss and so much pain!! Where do I even begin. I finished it yesterday and I am still trying to order my thoughts into any sense of coherence.
I really enjoy AoS and I love the characters. When the show started teasing that someone important was going to die, I was a mess because I didn’t want the show to lose one of the core-members of the team: Coulson, Daisy, May, Simmons and Fitz as well as Mack. And at the same time, we had some great additions: Lincoln, Joey and Elena. There were all such great characters that it was going to be heartbreaking irrespective of who we eventually lost.
There were so many great moments in the finale, especially that scene between Mack and Daisy. She’s been isolated from everyone she cares about and she is drowning in self-hatred with no one there to tell her that she’s not alone, that there are people who still care about her and love her. And then finally, Mack decides that he’s had enough protocol and goes to see her. And you can see the despair in her eyes and the concern and worry in his when he sees just how listless she is. He forgives her and tries to hug her and she fights him, honestly believing that she doesn’t deserve it. And then she finally gives in and let’s go of those heart-wrenching sobs. You can’t help but feel her pain.
What I also loved was the way the show handled Daisy’s recovery. It wasn’t an easy road. She was in emotional pain, hated herself and suffering from withdrawal symptoms and being stuck in a box, all alone, certainly wasn’t helping her get better. And when she realises that Hive is on the plane, she goes to him, not to fight but to get him to take her back. That’s the truly painful moment. She’s so broken by what she’s done and so desperate to forget it that she goes back to Hive, begging him to take her back, to make her forget, to not care.Special mention for Chloe Bennet. She nailed those scenes, both with Mack and the other one I have yet to mention. She was amazing this entire season and just blew it out of the park in the finale. She was amazing.
The finale saw us bidding adieu to not one but two cast members: Lincoln and Hive. Lincoln had always had a rocky road on the show. For the longest time, his arc revolved around Daisy’s and when he finally did start to develop on his own, the show killed him off. I didn’t always like him but over the course of this season, especially 3B, I couldn’t help but appreciate him. He genuinely cared for and loved Daisy. And while she may have been his reason for joining S.H.I.E.L.D, he trained hard to be part of the team. All in all, Lincoln was actually quite lovable.
That final scene with Lincoln and Daisy, paralleled the scene between Peggy and Steve in Captain America. And it was every bit as beautiful and painful. And yet again, you could see Daisy’s heartbreak as she realised that there was nothing they could do and her need to just keep talking to him for as long as possible. And Lincoln, trying to put on a brave face for her and trying to tell her that he did love her before getting cut-off. Ugh!! This was one painful finale indeed.
Now, onto to Hive, the big bad of the season. Hive was cold and for all his chatter about making the world a better place for the Inhumans, it was all about making himself powerful. His talk was nothing except empty promises. He was devious and uncontrollable and it was Malick’s arrogance that let him believe that he could ever control Hive.
Time for special mention no. 2 for Brett Dalton. He was amazing. First as Grant Ward, then Grant Ward 2.0 and then finally as Hive. He played so many different characters on the show and each one was distinct from the other. As Hive, he played something not quite human. And it was fascinating to see him. Although, we probably could have done without with the whole Neo vibe from Matrix. Also, the small things he did, like the slight head tilt and the cold eyes, gave one the impression that whatever was in front of them wasn’t quite what it seemed. I’m especially sad to see Dalton go. I loved him on the show and can’t help but pray and hope that he does come back, although that is highly unlikely. He already died and came back, how many more comebacks could one guy have. And I did love Skyeward before all the Hydra mess. They were so good together, awkward and adorable and I hate that now it’s never going to happen. It’s over for good.
If this season proved anything, it was that Phil Coulson is no longer fit to be the Director of S.H.I.E.l.D. He made a number of bad calls, chief among them was killing Ward on Maveth that eventually led to all the shit hitting the fan. May is a much better alternative.
The end of the season picked up six months later with Daisy as a fugitive with Mack and an unkempt Coulson hot on her trail. He is clearly not the director any more and looking less than chipper and more than a little desperate. Daisy on the other hand, looks pretty good, she’s healed and seems to have a better handle on her power.
Fitz and Simmons also seem to be together and no longer with S.H.I.E.L.D. It appears that there are working with Dr. Radcliff though it is unclear just how involved they are. Whatever Radcliff is creating will probably the antagonist next season. For now, I am still reeling and trying to come to terms with all that we’ve lost this season.
P.S. – Now that ABC isn’t picking up Marvel’s Most Wanted, is there a chance that Bobbi and Hunter could return to AoS? AoS was already reeling from their loss and now to add Luke Mitchell and Brett Dalton, it doesn’t look very good for the show and I love it too much to see it cancelled any time soon. I hope the show creators and writers have a game-plan…