Agents of SHIELD Mid-Season Review

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Season 4 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has seen its ups and downs. When the season began I was less than thrilled, especially after the loss of Lincoln in the Season 3 finale. I had many thoughts throughout the first half of the season and I hope you’ll share some of your own.

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Season 4A began with Daisy having fully taken on the mantle of Quake. SHIELD also got a new director, Mace, since Coulson stepped down to become a regular agent. FitzSimmons has become an adorable couple, although Simmons is now separated from the rest of the group since the new Director put her in charge of a top-secret division.

So what do I think about Coulson just being “Agent” again? I’m not sure. On the one hand, it’s nice to see him back in action, although I’d prefer it if he were in league with the Avengers on the big screen instead of my TV. On the other hand, Phil got such a big head while in charge that he’s having a hard time adjusting to taking orders, as evidenced by the many arguments with Mace. If he wants things to happen his way, why did he step down in the first place? I know he said it’s because he made bad decisions, but come on, Phil …

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While we’re on the subject of the new Director let’s talk about that reveal. You know the one, where Mace turns out to be an Inhuman. For me, that came out of nowhere. It was also revealed that he was in league with an anti-Inhuman government official (played by Parminder Nagra, who I want to see on my screen a lot more).

The biggest surprise of 4A was the addition of Ghost Rider to the main cast of characters. Now I’ve said it before, I’m no expert on Marvel comics, though I’ve read my fair share. So I had honestly had no idea what to expect from Robbie Reyes or his alter ego. I went in with a mostly open mind, since the knowledge of Nicholas Cage’s turn as Ghost Rider was there in the recesses of my consciousness. Verdict? I’m in love! Gabriel Luna’s portrayal of Robbie Reyes is perfect. I was ready to give up on AoS but Ghost Rider changed my mind.

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Another welcome addition was that of Aida, the Life Model Decoy created by Dr. Radcliffe, portrayed by Australian actress Mallory Jansen. Ever since Coulson was skewered by Loki in The Avengers, fans have speculated on the possibility of who in the MCU could be an LMD. Coulson was, unfortunately, not the suspected LMD. As seen in Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Radcliffe experiments with human subjects, often replacing biological parts with robotics or even other species. What was surprising was Fitz jumping on the bandwagon and helping out. Even more surprising? When Aida turned out to be a bad guy. In the mid-season finale, it was revealed that she had created her own LMD in the form of Agent May. Which brings us to my next point …

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Once again, we have two Agent Mays. Remember way back when Ward and Agent 13 were an item? And Agent 13 went around posing as May? Yeah, it looks like that’s what we’re getting again. I’m sorry, but the doppelgänger storyline has been done. It’s time for it to be retired. Maybe a trip to somewhere tropical. Tahiti, perhaps? The big question I have regarding the fake Agent May (Fagent?) is: when did the switch happen? Was it when May was recuperating in Radcliffe’s care? Or perhaps after Aida read the Darkhold and acquired new knowledge. I assume we’ll get the answer some time in 4B.

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My last thoughts on Agents of SHIELD 4A are happy ones. First, Mack and Yoyo finally get together! Ever since Yoyo joined the group, there has been an attraction between her and Mack. They never acted on it, only little glances and flirty conversations. Fans were finally rewarded with a hot kiss in the mid-season finale. I have no shame in admitting that I jumped off the couch and fist pumped the air. Mack is my favorite character on the show, and seeing him happy makes me happy. The other is that I love the relationship between Daisy and Robbie. Both outcasts, they develop a love-hate friendship. In this day when everyone tries to romantically ship characters, it’s nice to see a male-female friendship that has no interest in going that direction.

So Agents of SHIELD fans, what did you think of the first half of Season 4? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if they’re different from mine!

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