Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Finale Review: Too Fast, Too Furious

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S02E21 & S02E22: "S.O.S. Part 1" & "S.O.S. Part 2"

I was not emotionally prepared for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s two-hour finale, which is ridiculous, because the first season ended with Fitz confessing his love to Simmons and almost dying. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. rarely gets more emotional than that defining moment of the FitzSimmons relationship, but I should know to expect big things from the finale. And yet somehow the emotional beats of "S.O.S." still managed to sneak up and punch me in the face in between a bloodthirsty Jiaying attacking S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ship, Ward torturing an unapologetic Bobbi, and Mack chopping off Coulson's hand to save his life.

Season 2, while an exciting improvement over a majority of the series' freshman season, was not perfect—characters disappeared for long stretches, while several episodes were spent on exposition that could have been done in an episode or two—but the writers were nothing if not dedicated to the emotional connections these characters shared, and that can sometimes help offset poor pacing or character motivations that have little to no support. 

At the end of the day, when you strip away all the cool fight scenes (raise your hand if you were as excited during that Ward and Bobbi fight as I was) and you remove the tech and the fancy powers, you're left with just people, and that's ultimately what matters most. That's why S.H.I.E.L.D. exists: to protect people. But saving the world doesn't mean quite as much if you don't have someone to share that world with. Life is largely just a series of relationships, and the ones that have been building all season long between Bobbi and Hunter, Fitz and Simmons, Skye and Cal, and even May and Andrew were all given the proper care and attention in the finale so that they almost made up for the rushed feeling that permeated Jiaying's attack and the largely unsupported relationship between Kara and Ward that is driving all of the latter's actions of late.


I say almost because Jiaying's attack—which was grounded in her hatred for S.H.I.E.L.D. and all humans, a feeling that was alluded to earlier this season when she didn't care about the people Cal could have harmed in Milwaukee—still felt moderately unsupported even though the series technically spent weeks laying a foundation for it. The final act of the Inhumans story was rushed while the storyline as a whole felt oddly drawn out. It was a good idea in theory, and certainly a necessary one, but although I've enjoyed it, it wasn't all together fulfilling. It certainly didn't help matters that Jiaying's plan to bring down S.H.I.E.L.D. conjured up images of Winter Soldier's Project Insight for me. 

For those who've forgotten or for those who never knew, Project Insight involved the creation of specially designed helicarriers that used an algorithm to determine future threats and then destroy them as a precautionary measure. It was rationalized that this level of world protection was worth it even if it meant sacrificing personal freedom. Project Insight was later revealed, like most everything else, to be a product of Hydra, and it was really about ruling the world through fear. Every time Jiaying rationalized she was going to war to keep her people safe, I heard Cap's words in my head: "I thought the punishment usually came after the crime." 

The situations were not identical, obviously, but Jiaying was purposefully misleading and manipulating her people, using their fear to convince them to go to war, one that they likely wouldn't have survived. But the real kicker here was that this could once again all be traced back to Hydra, because once upon a time Whitehall, who was masquerading as S.H.I.E.L.D., tore Jiaying's insides out and put them in jars in order to discover the secret of what kept her alive. 

We know now that Jiaying needed to absorb the life force of other people in order to heal and/or keep her youthful appearance, and through a helpful bit of exposition by Cal, we discovered that before Whitehall's attack, an elder would sacrifice themselves so she could continue helping Inhumans through the transition process. The village that was destroyed back in the day—the one that we first heard about back when it was revealed Skye was an 0-8-4—was Cal's attempt to heal her once he'd pieced her back together. But Jiaying came back different. She was no longer the caring woman she'd been prior to the attack, and she was no longer concerned about the men and women whose lives she took. 

The fact that Jiaying was willing to sacrifice her own daughter for her vendetta against S.H.I.E.L.D. was sad on a number of levels. Not only did Jiaying allow herself to be consumed by hate, but she truly believed she was doing the right thing, her daughter be damned, which proves just how warped her experiences had made her. Skye turned her back on Coulson and even fought May when she allowed herself to believe her mother's intentions were good. She chose blood, someone she'd only just met, over the family who'd cared for her and given her a home, only to find out she'd chosen wrong (duh). Skye spent her entire life searching for her birth parents, only to discover one was unstable and the other was a murderer. And the worst part about the entire resolution was that I won't even miss Jiaying, which was a shame, because Dichen Lachman was a great addition to the cast.

If Jiaying's storyline was rushed, Cal's was the pleasant opposite. It's a testament to the writers—who spent an entire season developing the character—and Kyle MacLachlan's careful performance in the role that watching him kill the woman he loved to save Skye and by extension the day, was incredibly emotional and affecting. Everything Cal did this season was an attempt to reunite his family, and having to kill his wife to save their daughter was a heartbreaking development for a man who previously seemed to exist only to chew the scenery and delight us all. 

Like Lachman, Kyle MacLachlan was an incredible addition to the cast and it's almost unfortunate Coulson later used the T.A.H.I.T.I. protocol to rewrite his memories (I knew that would come back into play this season after Coulson brought it up to Ward) thus allowing him a fresh start as a veterinarian. It means the likelihood of seeing Cal again is slim to none and even if Skye has Coulson and the team, it has to be harder to have had found your parents and lost them than to have never known them at all. 

I just wish the same care that was shown to Cal had been shown to Ward in Season 2. Initially, his absence didn't seem to be much of an issue for the series, but it significantly harmed his storyline in the second half of the season. It appears, though, that Ward has made the transition from charismatic asshole who takes orders to a full-time villain looking to bring Hydra back into the fold to tear down S.H.I.E.L.D. in yet another misplaced vendetta. This was actually fine with me, because it could finally give Ward some direction after a season of drifting along with the current. Also fine with me was the way in which this was achieved: May outsmarted Ward during the mission to rescue Bobbi, and Ward unknowingly pumped Kara full of bullets while she was wearing May's face. 

The major problem with Ward's entire storyline this season was that it relied on the audience believing he loved Kara enough to A) get involved in her revenge scheme and torture Bobbi for closure, and B) that her death was enough to push him into Hydra's hands. Ward's relationship with Kara was not only weakened by a lack of screentime, but the fact they shared zero chemistry. The writers kept telling us that Ward and Kara cared about and maybe even loved each other, but we rarely, if ever, saw it. Furthermore, it's becoming increasingly difficult to believe that Ward cared about anyone but himself. He claimed to love, but I'm fairly certain he's incapable of it. And if I understood gambling, I would bet he didn't even know what loving someone meant (what happened to all those feelings for Skye, huh? He sure seemed excited to jump in to save her a few weeks back). As I've stated numerous times before, Ward attaches himself to other people who are broken so he can feel better about himself and give himself a purpose. He's a coward and until he takes responsibility for his actions, so much about the character is going to remain unresolved.

Of course, maybe he truly did love Kara and I'm wrong and the writers just failed horribly at communicating this. But if that's the case, I suggest they stop shoving him off to the side and allow his storylines adequate time to develop so they don't feel so weak compared to the rest of the series. If they need a relationship guide book, I'd suggest they look at Fitz and Simmons or Bobbi and Hunter. Both of these relationships were built or developed in the background for most of the season, and they ended up contributing two of the most emotionally compelling storylines of the finale. 

After Bobbi was kidnapped, Hunter stopped at nothing to save her, and she, in turn, took a bullet in order to save his life. It was their love for one another that pushed Simmons into finally addressing the elephant that's been in the room since Fitz told her he loved her last season. I appreciated Fitz's "Now? You want to do this now?" bit, because Simmons truly couldn't have picked a worse time, except it was also the best time since he was getting ready to go out into the field and it could have been her last chance. I might never forgive Coulson for cockblocking Fitz in that scene, because it looked like he might have been willing to admit their relationship was worth discussing and now that Simmons has been swallowed up by that damn Kree stone that can turn into a liquid whenever it wants, they might never get to go to that dinner. FitzSimmons continued to be the true emotional backbone of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the finale, like they have been since the series began, but the writers have made a concerted effort this season to explore a number of other relationships, be it romantic or otherwise, and that's truly been one of the show's greatest strengths. 


The Season 2 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. packed a powerful punch from start to finish, covering a wide spectrum of emotions while also setting up the show's recently announced third season. Coulson and Skye will be working on a new secret team centered around people with powers, which is convenient because Jiaying's crystals that Skye blasted to the bottom of the ocean have now dissolved and have been absorbed by nearby fish, who were caught and used to create commercially produced fish oil. Which means every girl who could have the power, will have the power if you're one of those weirdos who believes in the healthy powers of fish oil, you might find yourself going through a transition in the future. Here's hoping you still have eyes when we reconvene back here in the fall for Season 3.



DECLASSIFIED CASE FILES


– This is the second time someone has gotten their hand chopped off on one of my shows this year. First, The 100, now S.H.I.E.L.D.. If it happens again, it's officially a trend.

– For all my annoyances with how Ward's storyline developed this season, my favorite moments from the finale were Ward torturing Bobbi and the fight that ensued between them afterward. I could have watched that for two hours and been totally happy. The emotional beats hit hard in the finale, but can I kindly request way more of THAT in Season 3? 

– Here's something that's been bothering me for a while now: How exactly did Whitehall harness Jiaying's gift? Did he alter his own DNA in some way? 

– R.I.P. Raina. I am very surprised to say that I am really going to miss you.

– Mack is staying on and is now in charge of alien artifacts! I dig this so much.

– Will Luke Mitchell be back for Season 3? Luke Mitchell should be back for Season 3 (and given way more interesting stuff to do). They hinted at his backstory in the finale, and apparently his life was not too great prior to going through the change. I would be happy exploring this further, especially if there are shirtless scenes. JUST THROWING STUFF OUT THERE, WRITERS.

– Bobbi told Hunter she couldn't "do this" anymore, which was likely meant to be the set up for the potential spin-off which is no longer happening. I'm glad ABC has backburnered this, because I think those two are a great addition to the cast and I would have been very sad to see them removed from this setting.

– "Oh no, Gonzales would never attack a base unprovoked."

– "Right now I'm in a crack heads first, ask question later frame of mind."

– "I'm the guy who kills Gordon."

– "That's okay, you've been busy. And you're not a quantum physicist. It's completely understandable."

– "He kind of owed me after cutting off my hand without asking."

– "We're not bad, we're misled."

– "She drowned when her lungs filled up with blood." Wow, Ward. Maybe you should go get a massage or something. You seem really tense and also it's no one's fault but your own that Kara is dead. You didn't hesitate before pulling the trigger on who you thought was May. SORRY NO ONE IS GOING TO MISS HER BUT YOU.

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Jun 24, 2015
I thought with Whitehall, he just had her organs/blood/bone transplanted in himself, and let her super-powered bits heal him? Maybe not...
This episode, though, was another one of the 'SHIELD has weird-ass logic' ones -like, I don't understand why for everyone but Coulson, the memory wipe is total. Coulson is pretty ok with having the majority of his memory intact, only the bits he needed to forget were wiped. So why, with everyone else from TAHITI, and now with Cal, did they need to wipe their entire lives? Why couldn't they have just erased Cal's memory of losing his wife & daughter and going on a murder-crusade to get them back, then replaced them with happier memories that would let him have the one thing he always wanted -and let Skye have what she always wanted -a relationship with his daughter? They could GIVE him memories of science fairs, of father-daughter dances, of raising his daughter in a happy stable environment, and she could continue to see him and have a semi-normal relationship there. Without the memory of his trauma, he never would have been violent and unstable in the first place. The show positioned it like wiping his memory was a mercy, but it's the last thing he would have wanted -erasing a person's identity like that, taking away their judgement and memory and self, it's cruel, not kind. It's a violation, and it's arrogant as hell to think you have the right, that your judgement is better than theirs. Clearly they have the *ability* to selectively wipe and re-write memories, without destroying the person altogether -so why is that not the standard procedure?
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Jun 17, 2015
You missed the "Science, biatch" part.

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Jun 15, 2015
So is Simmons going to end up like Jean Grey did?
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Jun 06, 2015
Can I just say - a round of applause for Kyle McLaughlin. One minute he is hamming it up and making me LMAO ,and the next minute he is the heartbroken anti-hero and bringing tears to my eyes. I'm really going to miss Cal.
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Jun 05, 2015
Regarding hands getting chopped off trend - you're forgetting the scene that stated it... Jamie Lannister in AGoT. Followed soon by Berlin in The Blacklist. so now you have 4, Kaitlin, do you still need a 5th?
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Oct 05, 2015
Uh, Jamie Lannister didn't start it, LUKE SKYWALKER started it...don't be so short sighted!
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Jun 03, 2015
I think you have it all wrong about Ward. Ward never truly loved anyone, including Kara. In case you haven't figured it out, Ward was broken, put back together by a villain who believed in an ideology, and then was left on his own again to find himself. The person he found was someone who then killed his entire immediate family. Ward can be charasmatic, but he is a villain thru and thru.
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May 31, 2015
Amazing second season, about 2/3 duds in the full season - but not one show has a perfect season

I love Ward, and despite his 'lack of direction' - the more, the better IMO

Love that Hunter (and Bobbi) are staying put, hated the possible spin-off idea, they need to stay on as part of the team

Mack should have died IMO, although saving Coulson was awesome, he should have been the casualty of the team

INCREDIBLE cliffhanger - poor Simmons and poor(er) Fitz

Best finale of the comic-book shows IMO (WAY better than Exposition City, The Flash)

Can't wait for Season 3

DareDevil doesn't hold a candle to AOS IMO


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May 26, 2015
SECRET AVENGERS BIATCH!!!!
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May 25, 2015
"Science biatch"
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Jun 06, 2015
That was hilarious! I love Fitz. &3
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May 23, 2015
Sorry I'm late to the party. To answer a few of your questions above; yes, I believe Luke Mitchell will be a regular on the show, a love interest for Sky, and will be a member of SHIELD's special team of "Inhumans" that apparently Coulson is tapping Sky to lead. And this was the second time on this show a character had a hand cut off (Izzy Hartley).

Here's some of my thoughts on the finale:

1) I really wasn't expecting to see Coulson get his hand chopped off in the finale. Nope, never in a million years. Pretty shocking way to end the season. Quite honestly, this whole time I though Coulson may actually be one of the Chosen, or he was at least immuned to the effects of the Diviner or the crystals because of the alien DNA he was infused with to resurrect him. I think the writers wanted us to believe that as well. That is why after he caught the crystal it did not immediately start turning him into ash. Fitz and Coulson look at each other in a bit of amazement before the crystal began its deadly process. Then Mack unceremoniously chops off the hand of the director of SHIELD! Which leaves me to wonder, why didn't Fitz or Mack give Coulson a shot from an Icer first (or immediately after), rather than subject him to that pain.

2) if you are to lose a limb, there is no better place than in the comic book universe, where medicine and technology are on almost magical levels. Coulson stated he was thinking over some options to replace his hand. In the Marvel universe alone he has numerous options. He could have Stark Industries build him a fully functional robotic arm built on "Iron Man" technology. Fitz and Simmons could reverse-engineer some Deathlok technology and build a robotic arm for Director Coulson in house at SHIELD. Or (my personal preference in it was in this situation), Tony Stark's improved and less volitile version of Extremis to regrow the lost limb.

3) Did the "Inhumans" arc feel a lot like the "X-Men" (the non-Disney Marvel property) to you?
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May 22, 2015
What a fantastic end to season 2.

I am so going to miss the interaction between Cal & Coulson though, even in moments of Cal's insanity they made me laugh.

I officially hate Ward, he's way too twisted in the head. Hope May finds the target...

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May 19, 2015
Cal in Hyde mode was fun to watch and had some awesome lines!
"You're here to take out some SHIELD agents." "No, I'm here to take out as many as I can."
"What I want is to snap your spine like celery."
"His physical changes have improved." "Careful I'm a married man." hope this is not the last we see of him.
Poor Raina!
"Science biatch!"
Big Mack was a boss!
"Clear on the other side of the ship with a dozen ginger ninjas and god know who else standing in the was."
"Ya I thought my mom was bad when she started watching Fox News."
"It's Gordon right? "And you are?" "I'm the guy who kills Gordon."
"Right now I'm in crack heads first ask questions later frame of mind."
Skye was kickass and glad Bobbi wasn't dead and that ending tho!!!

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May 19, 2015
This episode literally had me sit on the edge of the couch with eyes wide open all the time.

Jiaying wasn't Wolverina, she was the mummy, sucking energy life to restore herself and with the help of Gordon! I didn't see that coming. And she killed Rainita who could've been a zillion times better villain than Ward for next season.

Love the end for Cal. I think it was compassionate to give this tortured man a second chance turning him back to his former kind and caring personality before he meet Jiaying.

Lola is back and Coulson let Skye drive her. When is he going to adopt Skye?

Forget the spin-off, keep Hunter and Bobbi in the team.

Ugh! The Illyria syndrome again as GoranBelaj mentioned below. Fitz asking Simmons for a date was the moment I was waiting between these two, after been sick of sadness watching Simmons with weeping eyes the whole season...and then BANG! she is going to come back as the host of an anti-inhuman being.

Ward wants to revive HYDRA with bikers? *sigh*. To be the leader of an organization like HYDRA he must have goals the minions wants to follow. What are his goals, to avenge the dead of the woman he loved? LOL.
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May 18, 2015
I am glad the spin-off has been postponed. I like Hunter, but I don't think they are interesting enough to carry an entire show... yet...
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May 17, 2015
Poor Joss Whedon, every Season 2 someone you love is going to get sucked into some black portal (see Buffy)
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May 16, 2015
After watching Arrow finale, I really wish that Barrowman (Malcolm) would play Ward on AOS. He can sell the most ridiculous plot twists Arrow had this season, whereas current AOS Ward just leaves me indifferent.
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May 15, 2015
This is episode should be the template for every episode going forward. Deal with the problem at hand, show character interactions, allude to a bigger story. Then have a few episodes deal with said bigger story directly. So much of the first have of the season was emphasized on Coulsons writing that the payoff was not worth the build up. Anywho loved the episode. My favorite part Fitz Saying, "Because Science Biatch"
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May 15, 2015
Great episode! Fantastic finale! I was so scared that they were going to go for Raina's quest for power, but thankfully they killed her off, as someone said before, her power is inherently bad for show.

All the deaths were cleaning the slate clean for the next season, and that's good. What I thought was a big downfall this season was a really large cast, not anyone got their spot in the sunshine. Come to think of it, they could've throw out Shield v2 plot and introduce Inhumans before and spend more time with them, they all had only general characterization. As much as I understand what they were trying to do with Jiaying, little foreshadowing would be even better.

Simmons! Ha! Good old Wheadon, nobody deserves happiness on his shows :D I hope that they will not go Illyria route with Simmons, please don't go there, as fantastic that plot in Angel was, it really hurt..

I am old romantic it seems, and as favourite moments I am going for
o Hunter getting up when he hears the news ready to go to hell fro Bobby
Bobbi? Bob? I'm coming to find you, Bobbi.
o FitzSimmons
- There's nothing to discuss, Jemma.
- Maybe there is.

I liked the ending for Cal.. Remember Angel and ending with his son?

I am sorry I draw so many parallels with Angel, but there are so many.

Ward as Hydra guy - well, at least we will get some continuity, good thing they didn't erase everything.


This really actually felt like series finale, with added additional minutes for next season. Just imagine the ending without those fish oil cans and cutting to the credits before that bloody black thing took Simmons. It would've be perfect and fitting.



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May 18, 2015
You win me about the Illyria comment. Come on! again with this. First Wesley/Fred another couple that I loved and now Fitz/Simmons. It's unfair.
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May 16, 2015
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May 15, 2015
Who exactly is Coulson's boss now? I think this show is trying a little too hard to portray strong female characters. Do they have something to prove?
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May 15, 2015
Hands chopped down trend started with Walkind dead or World War Z ?
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May 15, 2015
Nah it started with The Empire Strikes Back.
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May 15, 2015
Bloody hell! That was such an amazingly awesome episode!! I was sitting up the whole way through. Can't believe we have to wait months for Season 3 now. Sigh... I'm going to have to watch Season 2 again. Can I just say again how brilliant that was?!!!!!
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May 22, 2015
I'm so happy that season 2 will be available on nexflix by June 11!
(And is this good or bad? Lol)
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May 23, 2015
Good for you, but bad for your social life! Hehehehe! ;D
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May 15, 2015
Liked it but I personally couldn't stand the redhead multiplying girl. Why did she have to constantly give herself head nods? I hate head nods. Also did anyone else notice when Cal was supposed to look like a monster, he liked like Randall Flagg from The Stand?
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May 16, 2015
And you know the head nods are completely unnecessary, they are obviously telepathically linked to each other (knowing where each other are). So she is being a show-off. To herself, a self-congratulatory pat-on-the-back so-to-speak. Even when no one else is there but the person she put to the ground unconscious. She is just a self-conceited smugger.
(yes, that last word is made up, I turned smug into a verb ;) )
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May 16, 2015
I guess it would actually be a noun.... You don't end sentences with a verb in the English language generally :) But I certainly am imaging smug used as a verb too ;) Why not? (smug/smugges/smugged/smugging...? )
:)
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May 15, 2015
Best Show,,,evar
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May 14, 2015
This was all excellent, right until the last few seconds ... What the HELL possessed Simmons to open that door? She's supposed to be smart, right? In what possible world could she have thought that that would be a good idea?
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May 15, 2015
She didn't.
Fitz accidentally unlocked it (when his arm snagged on it) before leaving the room.
(Have to say ... not the most secure of locks)

Simmons didn't know the door wasn't locked ... and when the artifact went through it's re-forming ... it opened the door.
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Jun 06, 2015
completely agree, you are containing a dangerous potentially lethal alien artefact and you keep in a box with lock that can be so easily opened by accident? tut tut.
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May 16, 2015
Well, a) how did neither Fitz nor her think to re-lock the door?, and b) I've watched this scene a few times over and over because it makes no sense to me - and it definitely looks like Simmons walks up to the door, grabs it, and gives it a hard pull. She places her hands one above the other on the seam, then moves her hips back exactly as you would trying to pull a heavy object.

Either way, though, that's really stupid on both their parts, and I think the writers just wanted her to get "eaten" by the stone and couldn't think of a sensible way to make it happen.
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May 23, 2015
She only noticed it was open and went to shut it just before the stone went liquid, forced the door open, and dragged her in.

The only one really responsible for what happened was Fitz. Poor guy. Will probably blame himself for quite a while.
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May 14, 2015
I want the season 1 Ward back!

Most comments say Ward has to die. But I really like Brett Dalton as an actor and I really liked his charming wickedness from season 1. I replayed the scene between him and Skye and him saying 'I'm not a good guy' and her saying 'Yes you are.' And he was, in a way. He could have been turned good.
Season 2 started out on that path and he was still in love with Skye and doing stuff just to keep his promis to her. But somehow his character started to drift. Gone was his love for Skye (and I love a good impossible romance) and replaced by that strange relationship that we now have to believe pushed him over the edge into true badness.
So, writers: if you're planning for Ward to be a total bad ass with no good left in him, please reconsider. I want him with Skye in the end. And if that's not possible, then please let Brett Dalton be able to play a nice guy on some other show and kill of his Ward character.
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May 14, 2015
Kaitlin, I think Mack needed more words. We have to acknowledge the character's growth. While all the strings struck just right especially in the last hour of the finale, Mack managed a big comeback. The favorite line might be "I'm the guy who kills Gordon." However my favorite scene was where Mack needs Skye's help and ignoring her when she misunderstands him and points to the shackles. He says "Not the skills i'm looking for" and pulls out a Laptop for hacking the ship's distress beacon. Mack's distrust on superhumans may seem too much but it certainly works for his character.

MORE MACK IN S3 PLEASE !!!

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May 15, 2015
Mack absolutely needed more words. In a perfect world, I would have had the time to dedicate to him. He was amazing in the finale.
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May 14, 2015
Disney's been doing a thing where every major project in Marvel's Phase Two has featured someone's hand getting chopped off in an homage to Episode V to help drum up enthusiasm for Episode VII's release in December.
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May 14, 2015
LOL
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May 14, 2015
Do you watch the show?? Hartley got here hand chopped off at the beginning of the season! I guess that makes 3

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May 15, 2015
Hartley's arm was chopped off in 2014. So not this year. Sorry.
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Jun 02, 2015
Season 2 Episode 2 Hartley got her arm chopped off in the SUV by Hunter.

And, every Star Wars "Episode" saw someone lose a hand. In some Episodes, more than one character lost a hand (I think it was reported 8 lost hands in the 6 movies).
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May 14, 2015
"At the end of the day, when you strip away all the cool fight scenes (raise your hand if you were as excited during that Ward and Bobbi fight as I was) and you remove the tech and the fancy powers, you're left with just people... this is maybe the dumbest thing ever said"... It's on a COMIC BOOK!!! If I wanted to watch a show without these things I would...nothing but morons on this site that think because the are doing reviews they must be negative...
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May 15, 2015
What about that is negative?
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May 14, 2015
Great finale!
Ward is just annoying me to no end. And he's a complete psycho to boot.
I hope they kill him off soon.

So what is it I hear that Bobbi does not get her spinoff? Why?
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May 15, 2015
That spinoff is on the development backburner.
Possibly related to Agent Carter being renewed.
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May 14, 2015
Bobbi VS Ward was and awesome fight, and the cliffhanger at the end was pretty cool too.

I think, however, one of the weak points of the show is Ward, he went from a stiff, boring character to a double agent who, even when he was pretty much nothing but a puppet at Garret's command, he was an interesting puppet =P, then, this season he was someone who didn't seem to really know what his path was (and the whole he and Agent 33 as a couple thing, felt forced), at least at the end of the episode, he seemed to have found a mission of his own, so we'll have to wait and see what the writers have planned for him next season.
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May 15, 2015
I was really hoping Ward was genuinely headed for redemption, but although I don't love the direction he's going in, it almost guarantees that they'll be putting the character to some good use. That's better than not using him at all or sort of halfheartedly pushing him around on the plate when they do.
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May 14, 2015
Ward and Kara on AOS is just as bad as Regina and Hood in OUAT.
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Jun 06, 2015
LOL!! that's harsh!
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May 16, 2015
I dunno, Regina and Hood set a pretty high bar. (or is it low? ;) ). Though I guess it depends on whether you are talking actors/characters (in which case Regina outshines, in the good way, the other three put together), or the plot and other stuff around them (sorry, Regina and Hood's storyline is worse... because Robin's actions and 'development' creeps me out more, personally... thats my justification ;) ). Or maybe I just like Regina more, and knows she deserves so much better, where-as Ward and/or Kara? Meh.
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May 16, 2015
Definitely storyline, the acting is beyond comparison, imho. :)
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May 14, 2015
One interesting thing would be if the Stone was the Kree's answer to the Inhumans. They would create their own powered individuals in order to fight other powered people. It would be interesting to see Simmons become something that she spent so long trying to fight and see how she adapts to it. Skye would probably be a key figure in making this happen.
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May 15, 2015
My fear is that Simmons won't come back with any control over her anti-inhuman impulses and will be at war with Skye.
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May 15, 2015
I hope they won't do this to FitzSimmons fans...
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May 14, 2015
I'm pretty sure Simmons will be back in some shape of form... hmm...
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May 14, 2015
bobbi ward fight was cool...kinda reminded me of the awesome fight in Daredevil on Netflix.
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May 14, 2015
Glad to know I was right about season 2 final episodes being better than season 1, and that it was more than right not to have the biggest momentum around episodes 16-19.
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May 14, 2015
judging from the jiaying's fear towards the Kree Stone which said can eliminate all inhuman, is it possible that this Stone could transform something or someone into Inhuman predator? Imagine Simmons could be a Blue Kree Warrior that might hunt down Skye etc
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May 14, 2015
I'm going to miss Agent 33. She was nothing but a victim of others from beginning to end, basically Agents of SHIELD version of Sansa.
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May 14, 2015
So true, she was just endlessly manipulated. No wonder she went crazy.
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May 14, 2015
Great finale-brilliant. Feel good finish before next season. Can't wait!

The one thing that constantly impressed me on a personal level is Ming Na wen who plays May. She is 51 years young. How is that even possible? She's such a beauty and her energy level would put any 20 year old to shame. Good for you Ming. Another radiant lady is Ellen Degeneres. She is 57 but literally glows. Maybe being a vegan helps. Just look at these 2 life amazons-truly amazing! They are real life superheroes in my book of shield.
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Jun 06, 2015
Shut the front door! 51? Holy crap!! ~ Maybe I should start thinking about going vegan....
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Jun 07, 2015
I know, right? Not sure if Ming is vegan but looking at Ellen, guess it doesn't hurt; plus living a happy and healthy life is implied. :)
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May 14, 2015
I'm definitely impressed. Agents of Shield have been on a different level this season. Very consistent, incredibly well serialized, with relatively few faults to point out. I feel like this show and Agent Carter often put their neighbour DC shows on CW to shame, given how many repetitive procedural elements and numerous plot holes the latter contain.
This 2-hour finale was a nice gift that kept on giving. Everything moved forward quite seamlessly.

The most unexpected moment of the episode must've been Mack cutting off Coulson's hand without much hesitation (I suppose that Cal and Mack could share the MVP of the finale title). Completely didn't see that shocking resolution coming, although I suppose there wasn't much else to do after Phil grasped that crystal.

In the end, it was an unexpected twist on that whole Beauty and The Beast set-up the series had going with Jiaying and Cal (and how absolutely fantastic Kyle MacLachlan has been throughout this run!). I'm glad that Skye's father had ultimately earned some peace of mind, even though using Tahiti Protocal feels partially like a cop-out.

Disposing of Raina made sense, given the inherent problem with regular prophets - spoiling, foreshadowing, and predicting everything that is to come in a more or less ominous manner. Thankfully it wasn't done before she had finally come to terms with her transformation and accepted herself just as she was. It seemed like a genuine move on her part towards becoming a guiding force rather than a manipulative presence.

It's a huge shame that the entire season of development had been essentially wasted on Ward and Kara/Agent 33. I really thought we were getting somewhere, that especially Ward had his own place to find: looking out for his own interests and pursuing his own agenda, while occasionally aligning or finding himself at odds with his old team. Just without the whole 'my purpose is evil' routine, as his motivations would have to be reasonable. But this episode just went back to Hydra Ward, with misguided and torturous intents at play. It also turned Kara into an individual narrowly focused on some misguided revenge. All that after Bobbi logically explained her decision to them, by pointing out the fact that she couldn't have known that the safe house was occupied by anyone.

If there is one thing I didn't particularly like (aside from erasing Ward's evolution) here, it must've been that cliffhanger. Felt forcefully tacked on just for the sake of it. The series did a fine job painting a number of finishing scenes for the season that provided many characters with some temporary resolution. Didn't need cheap shock values at this point. But oh well, I won't be losing my sleep over that fact, what with Simmons having been the least likeable character this season long.
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May 15, 2015
Raina isn't dead. She's just been planted. A little sun, a little rain, and she'll spring back to life, fresh as a daisy.
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May 14, 2015
"how absolutely fantastic Kyle MacLachlan has been throughout this run"
I will miss him so much. :(
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May 14, 2015
Would Coulson have turned to stone for good if his hand didn't get chopped off? His complaint about how he didn't have a say in that decision has been eating at me for a while, and I was reminded that those who do transform successfully also get encased in stone momentarily...
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Jun 18, 2015
Skye and Raina were encased in stone, Coulson was turning to stone. There's a difference.
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Jun 06, 2015
Damn! I didn't even think about that. Still to be fair to Mack it was 50 - 50 shot so I think he made the right choice.
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May 14, 2015
"His complaint about how he didn't have a say in that decision" yeah,that was probably meant as a joke, it was either that or dying, and Mack did well by reacting that fast (it was a cool scene!). He might have alien dna in him but he is no inhuman, he would've die, most likely.
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May 14, 2015
Since everyone else (non-Inhuman) that had been in touch with a crystal like this has died so far, and Coulson's injection with Kree blood obviously didn't stop him from turning into stone (permanent or not, we'll never know), he had to make a decision real fast and Coulson wasn't gonna do that at least before his whole arm was turned into stone.

I love how fast Mack reacted on that. No gambling with Coulson's life. Better living without a hand (I'm sure he'll be getting a nice bionic-like supercool hand next season) than an enormous chance at dying.

(Also, Inhumans get their powers with Terrigen mist that'sinside the crystals, right? They don't just touch the crystal and intantly get their powers, right? Inhumans can touch the crystals without anything happening)
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So why didn't the fish turn to stone when exposed to the leaking crystals?
Hard to buy into a 'it only affects humans' kind of explanation - I'm not fully conversant with the Marvel universe so I might be mistaken but, seeing as the crystals are alien in the first place, seems way too convenient that they are reactive to humans only out of all of the species on this planet. To me anyways, that's lazy writing.
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May 14, 2015
Someone mentioned on another site, and I had forgotten, that when they made the crystals out of the diviners that the diviner metal couldn't be seperated out. Therefore they were dangerous for humans to touch/breath because the metal mixed with the mist when broken so mist & metal parts were both inhaled so by proxy touched. I think the ones in the ocean were just leaking the mist and the salt of the ocean maybe diluted/destroyed/seperated the metal from the crystals that made the mist. So it did not kill the fish but the fish absorbed the ultra fine particles of the mist. So, when a human takes the fish oil pill an Inhuman will be created if they possess the Inhuman DNA but it will not harm the non Inhuman humans since no diviner metal is present. Did this make sense? In my head it did.
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May 14, 2015
So many species on the planet react differently to so many different environmental or biological influences. Some species are allergic to what others are not. Some find health benefits where others find disease and death. Even with Terrigen mist which is a natural mutagen, pure biology comes into play.
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May 14, 2015
The stuff being so diluted might have also had an impact on what it does, presumably the fish oil capsules are going to work on everyone that takes them to a certain extent rather than killing as if the latter happened then it would see them taken off the shelves very quickly, whereas the former greatly expands the amount of powered people available to the show.
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May 14, 2015
Exactly. And maybe some fish not turned to Omega 3 capsules will die (turn to stone) at some point. Or become Inpisces.

Or maybe the Omega 3 Terrigen complex will change the basics of how Terrigen mist affects humans and Inhumans.
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Thank you all.
Imma call it a plot device ;)
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May 14, 2015
Jiaying wanted to save her people, fair enough.
The only problem was that she wanted to do it by killing all other people.

So, Project Insight is a lot like what our governments are trying to do, just more technologically explicit.

It was quite scary, how convincing Dichen Lachman was.

"It's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." -Skye is better off now.

Ward didn't care about Kara at all, she was a means to an end.
He manipulated her into believing that she loved him, just like Bobby said.

The whole "gun pointed at the door" thing was silly.
No one, in a situation like that, goes through a door with their head high in the middle of the door. And, indeed, Hunter was carefully hiding behind the door-frame when opening the doors. He was in no danger and Bobby got herself shot for no reason.
It was noble and touching, but silly.

Simmons getting swallowed by the rock was really shocking.
It was, however, quite out of character for Fitz to accidentally open the latch on the cage and, even more so, to leave it open. There is going to be a lot of self-blame for him, next season.
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May 14, 2015
The most surprising part of the finale, for me, was that Ward didn't kill May's husband.

As soon as Ward started laughing like a maniac, after he killed Kara, I was like: "Calling it now; he's going to kill Andrew to mess with May". Especially because I thought the trap he set up for Hunter and Bobbie was foreshadowing that he'd kill one of the team's loved-one.

I'm somewhat disappointed he didn't do it and he's part/leading(?) Hydra now.
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May 15, 2015
It's not like that option is off the table for him. Tune in next season...
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May 14, 2015
I had just recently read that – as in homage to "The Empire Strikes back " - One character in each of the Phase 2 Marvel movies would lose a hand or arm – albeit generally temporary - So it kind of cracks me up to see it crop up on tonight's show.

On another note, it's rather ironic that after all of her concern about changes in people made by alien artifacts, Gemma may find herself similarly changed after her encounter with the alien stone.
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May 15, 2015
I just watched the Arrow finale tonight after reading Kaitlin's review (and before reading the comments) and there's a moment in the fight scene with Oliver and Ra's that looks like Oliver's hand is getting chopped off, but it was just his sword. But with this in my head, I was freaking out for a second :)
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May 14, 2015
And I'll also miss Raina, she was bonkers, but at least with her ability she could have been somewhat useful.
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May 14, 2015
Wait a minute... they showed the crystals getting into fish, contaminating fish oil supplements. Just a few weeks ago there was a new study that came out claiming that Omega 3 fish oil supplements were not as healthy as previously stated. WTF?? Love this series but that is just a little too weird...or is it coincidental?
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May 14, 2015
It would certainly be a great twist on that study. 'The fish oil you take could dramatically change your life! Just not in the way you expect.'
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May 14, 2015
re: jiaying and whitehall
i assumed that he harvested her organs and transplanted them into himself. like a dr. frankenstein made me into a monster, but I'M dr. frankenstein! ....mwahahahaha!
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May 14, 2015
That finale was the most fun I've had watching TV in awhile.
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May 14, 2015
WOW that was awesome.

All I wanted from the moment that Skye saw Jiaying kill Raina was for Cal to kill Jiaying and be like the T-Rex saving the day in Jurassic Park. I was not disappointed.

Well done, AoS - another amazing finale episode that I will not be able to calm down from for awhile!
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May 14, 2015
Oh man so much goodness... where to begin?

First: I think Ward liked using that girl, grooming her to be his little psycho companion so much that he decided that he could do more, be more, and have an even larger following. Their so-called love was just a psycho head trip that he created with that vulnerable girl who wasn't quite right in the first place. She was easy to control and manipulate. He's a narcissitic son of a bitch. God I was so hoping for that bullet that May has waiting for him.

Second: WTF? OMG Gemma! That big crazy alien stone ate her up. Maybe it'll change her and spit her back out? Something very strange is likely to ensue.

Third: I'm so sad that poor Coulson lost his hand. (I've probably said it before, but I think it bears repeating) I'm so in love w/Coulson, always will be, 2 hands or not... LOL

Finally: This was so epic and full of just the right balance of action, drama, sci-fi/fantasy crazy hijinks, emotional poignant moments, and character deveopment and relationship progression. Such a wonderful season finale!
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May 22, 2015
Hopefully they will replace his hand, perhaps with rockets like Deathlock's lol
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May 14, 2015
Since Coulson lost his left hand, I hope he's a righty.
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May 15, 2015
At first I thought you wrote "I hope he's all righty". And then I wondered if you were secretly my husband writing puns from the other end of the couch.
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May 15, 2015
Lol, now I wish I did write that :)
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May 14, 2015
Maybe it's that in order to be at the head of SHIELD you must be missing a limb or an organ whatsoever. Look at Directory Fury.
Just sayin'... :-D
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May 14, 2015
Amazing season finale. I can't wait for season 3.

1. Please tell me the team will save Simmons and she will be alright. Fitz needs her. I need her. This can't be the end for Gemma! #SaveSimmons

2. Bobbi :( Can someone please kill Ward already? What does he have to do to finally earn a bullet between his evil, wicked eyes?

3. I loved Bobbi (I was actually screaming "kick him in the nuts" during her fight with Ward) and Skye fighting scenes. These girls rock!

4. Cal saved the day. I will miss you Kyle :( Also poor Skye - her mother was a real monster...
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May 15, 2015
#SaveSimmons is right! She better get back to Fitz soon.
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May 14, 2015
"Can someone please kill Ward already?

So much agree with this.
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