Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 4 Episode 19

“All the Madame’s Men” Marvel’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to build towards the season endgame as Madame Hydra accelerates her plan. Up until this episode it was unclear what Aida aka Ophelia aka Madame Hydra’s -I’m going to go with Aida from now on- plan was but we can wonder no longer. She wants to…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 18

“No Regrets” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD goes deeper into the framework as allegiances start to shift and the concept of reality becomes more difficult to define. The biggest challenge since “What If…” has been bearing in mind that none of what the characters are experience is real. It is real to the people experiencing it…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 17

“Identity and Change” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD catches up with Mack and Mace as the virtual H.Y.D.R.A. closes in on Daisy and Simmons. It has been well established that the underlying purpose of the Framework is to remove everyone’s greatest regret which -in theory- allows them to live in what essentially amounts to their own personal…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 16

“What If…” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns from hiatus and places the characters in a world they don’t belong where H.Y.D.R.A. reigns supreme and everything is about as bad as it can get. Alternate realities eventually creep into science fiction shows in one way or another. The Flash frequently deals with alternate Earths, DC’s Legends…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 15

“Self Control” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD closes off the LMD arc with members of the team replaced by LMDs creating uncertainty over who can be trusted. The reveal at the end of last week was a real punch to the gut in many ways. Mack, Coulson, Daisy and Mace all under Radcliffe’s control while Fitz…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 14

“The Man Behind the Shield” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD picks up from last week with a mission to rescue Mace while the Superior’s feud with Coulson is fleshed out in more detail. Flashbacks can be an effective narrative device when they expand on character motivations or reveal details about events that have only been mentioned…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 13

“BOOM!” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has the characters figure out their next move after losing the Darkhold and uncovering the LMayD. Keeping the momentum of a particular narrative going while making sure to connect it to the characters is always going to a difficult juggling act. After the events of last week it makes a…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 12

“Hot Potato Soup” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD brings back the Koenigs as Dr. Radcliffe’s plan to retrieve the Darkhold moves on in significant ways. This show sometimes has issues juggling plots. There are so many characters all fighting for screen time and character development that it’s difficult to keep things balanced. When at its best…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 11

“Wake Up” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continues to up the level of intrigue brought to us by Dr. Radcliffe’s plan in conjunction with the threat that Senator Nadeer represents. This show has been guilty of having far too much going on the past. It would often mean that potentially promising stories would get lost in…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Season 4 Episode 10

“The Patriot” Agents of SHIELD reveals a secret that Jeffrey Mace has been keeping from the team when an attempt on his life is made. Up until this point I had no real reason to doubt that Mace was an Inhuman. There were things about his past that obviously didn’t add up but him being…