TV Review: “Agents of SHIELD” – “SOS”

Written by Danielle Sing May 15, 2015

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The “Agents of SHIELD” second season finale “SOS” aired Tuesday night, and it ended the season by giving some closure and leaving the audience in suspense. “SOS” had more action and fight sequences than the past few episodes, making it have a faster pace, but it still had a lot of tension that kept you on the edge of your seat. With rumours of an “Agents of SHIELD” spin off show, the finale also sets up some possibilities. While this season did not reach “Agent Carter” levels of excellence, the “Agents of SHIELD” season finale was send-off this season deserved.

“SOS” immediately starts where “Scars” left off, with Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) declaring war of SHIELD after killing Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) and shooting herself. Raina (Ruth Negga) realizes this plan for war and Jiaying kills her, and Skye (Chloe Bennet) witnesses it. These murderous tendencies of Jiaying seems out of place, as her act on Gonzales could be attributed to her drive to protect her people. While her intentions remain the same her plan to kill SHIELD agents brings to light a huge secret. Cal reveals to Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) the secret of Jiaying’s healing ability – she steals the life force out of other people – and that she has changed since she was experimented on by Daniel Whitehall (Reed Diamond). Being so used to “Agents of SHIELD” leaving unanswered questions, it was a surprise to learn Jiaying secrets, and have the Inhumans VS SHIELD war tied up nicely; the audience less to worry about for next season.

“It is thorn that protects the rose, or in this case, the daisy.”

“Agents of SHIELD” provided some answers about why Kara (Maya Stojan) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) wanted Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki): Kara blames Bobbi for giving up a SHIELD base that lead to her being captured by HYDRA. While Kara seems to understand that Bobbi isn’t apologetic for what she did, Ward attempts to kill anyone who tries to save her. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) outsmarts both Kara and Ward, causing Ward to kill Kara. This plot line, while quite small and unrelated to the rest of the episode, provided a lot of tension and cringe-worthy moments for people who are afraid of needles, like me. Bobbi has always been such a strong character since her introduction earlier this season, and her decision to sacrifice herself to save Hunter (Nick Blood) emphasizes that. This is contrasted with Kara, who is a strong and interesting character, but Kara didn’t deserve to die.

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There were a lot more action scenes in this episode, and it made up for the lack of them in previous “Agents of SHIELD” episodes. We had three excellently choreographed fights, including the fight between Grant, Kara and Bobbi, and the fight between Gordon (Jamie Harris), Mack (Henry Simmons), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Coulson. The fight against Gordon was fun to watch because of Gordon’s teleportation and the unconventional weapons. The most beautifully shot fight was Skye’s fight against the red-headed Inhuman who could make duplicates of herself. Instead of giving the audience a wider scope to view the fight, the scene had close up shots and slow motion, giving the audience the ability to differentiate between each of the duplicates and to see Skye’s powers.

 “Just you and me, tremors.”

The season, as a whole, had less action than the first season but had better choreographed fights. The “Agents of SHIELD” second season spent a lot of time establishing what happened to Skye’s parents instead of focusing on elements that could be important to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as the history behind Inhumans that was muddled down into a few minutes of exposition. “SOS” incorporated a lot of elements that occurred throughout the second season, including mentions of Daniel Whitehall and Bobbi’s time as an undercover agent in HYDRA. We also saw guest stars return in this episode, such as Blair Underwood as Andrew Garner. This season also made use of a slower pace and high tension that was used in “Agent Carter”. “Agents of SHIELD” could still learn a lot from the success of “Agent Carter”, but “SOS” was the finale that this season deserved.

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“SOS” answered a lot of this season’s questions, including who Skye’s parents are and their history, and why SHIELD has an obsession with powered people. It also gave closure. Cal was spared and given a life in which he could finally use his doctoral skills for good, Fitz finally asked Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) on a date, and Skye was given the opportunity to start her own team (possible spin off?). But this isn’t the end of show, it’s the end of the season and Marvel provided excellent suspense that will lead the audience to the third season of “Agents of SHIELD”. Will Ward succeed in finding HYDRA elite? What is the Kree weapon, and what will happen to Jemma? The suspense was direct, and with a lot of questions answered, it should lead the show smoothly into its third season.

My Rating: 9/10

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