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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #122 - Beginning of the End Review

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The first season ends and it's up to the Agents to try to stop Garrett's plans.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has come a long way. Many felt the show had a slow start but with the recent changes, you can see how everything has been building all season. As a season finale, it's this episode's job to wrap up everything--or at least almost everything.

Since the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, our Agents have been on the run. With one of their own revealed to be working for HYDRA, there's been physical and emotional costs to the team. This was compounded even further when Agent Ward's past was revealed last week and we saw how far he was willing to go to dispose of his former friends.

With the team divided, Coulson and company attempt to get to the bottom of things and try to get the upper hand against John Garrett. The episode starts out with a big fight scene. This is what we want to see. We can't just have the Agents sitting around or shooting their Night-Night gun at people. Basically you can say the show packs a punch at the beginning.

The revelations about Garrett continue to develop and we see what his plans are compared to those of HYDRA's. With some callbacks to past plot developments and characters, you can see that, yes, everything is connected. It also, finally, makes sense for there to be a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents taking on these big threats. This was a distraction, at times, during the season. Unfortunately it took the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. for this to make sense.

Despite the strong connections to the movie Cinematic Universe, which include a couple pretty big ones in this episode, it still feels like a TV show compared to the movies. This is something I really looked and thought about during watching. I'll be honest, I watched this episode twice! There basically is still a TV tone. It's partly the music and even dialogue, that sets it apart from the tone in the movies. This is just a distraction for me. We are talking about a different medium here and the show has to accomplish different things compared to a full-length movie. It's just hard, at times, when the show is trying to be a little of both with the connections to the rest of the Cinematic Universe.

Of course, it's been announced that Samuel Jackson would have a role in this episode as Nick Fury. Let's just say he makes a pretty incredible entrance. This does take place after The Winter Soldier. That's just another incentive to watch the episode.

Speaking of incentives, there's an interesting revelation about how shadowy organizations can operate. How do they actually find people willing to work for them. The Incentive Program mention in the episode makes perfect sense.

One of the problems with some of the movies and this show, at times, is the humor. There is some here but thankfully it's just the right amount. This isn't your typical cheerful/campy episode. Things have gotten pretty dark. Assuming you watched last week's episode, you know a couple Agents didn't do too well and you'll see the full detail of their fate here.

We do get a lot of closure on certain aspects. That's what you want and need in a season finale. Questions have to be answered as viewers don't want to sit and wait forever. That being said, yes, there is a conversation between Coulson and Fury about what happened and why. Despite questions being answered, there is still a nice juicy cliffhanger fans of the show will dig.

It's not a perfect show but you can see how the show is fighting to find its ground. And it's succeeding. The show may not be everything I would want it to be but I can't deny how the characters have grown on me over the course of the season. I will miss watching the show in the coming weeks as we wait for (recently announced) second season. I might just have to watch the episode a third time tonight to say farewell for now. It's not a happy ending for everyone but this episode is sure to bring some cheers and smiles to your face.

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Posted by patrat18

I herd "END" lol.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Woooo Arrow Finale tomorrow night!!!

Posted by MatthewParker

Awesome! Thanks for reviewing! So excited for tonight!

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@madeinbangladesh: really lol? You just had too, anyway yup super excited for arrow's finale also!

Posted by iDude

Cant wait for tonight!

Posted by MuyJingo

Slow start is an understatement.

The only memorable episode from the first half is the one with Skye in the pink dress at the party.

Posted by Master_Thief
@muyjingo said:

Slow start is an understatement.

The only memorable episode from the first half is the one with Skye in the pink dress at the party.

"memorable"

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One of the best things they could have done for the show was turn Ward bad. I hope they don't try to redeem and worse yet rejoin the team. It actually made him interesting. I hope they do something. I hope they do something to Melinda May because she's another who I think is a weak point. Nothing against the actress I just didn't like her for this role.

Posted by MuyJingo

@muyjingo said:

Slow start is an understatement.

The only memorable episode from the first half is the one with Skye in the pink dress at the party.

"memorable"

Um.

Posted by JTHood

@muyjingo said:

Slow start is an understatement.

The only memorable episode from the first half is the one with Skye in the pink dress at the party.

"memorable"

Remember this?

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Posted by JTHood

Woooo Arrow Finale tomorrow night!!!

Nerdist says a Flash teaser will be included.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@jthood: there's already a little teaser in the arrow finale trailer

Posted by MannEffest

Soooooo excited for tonight :p Can't wait to see what Marvel and Disney have dished up!

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Posted by Night Thrasher

Samuel Jackson can't help but be a bad ass!!!!

Posted by G-Man

@night_thrasher: Wait until you see what...nevermind. No spoilers until everyone gets to watch.

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Posted by Night Thrasher

@g_man: I feel like me sticking with this show through the horrible middle of the season is paying off in dividends!

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@hdtran: I will never forgive you for this. My ignorance was bliss. :p

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Posted by buttersdaman000

@dernman said:

One of the best things they could have done for the show was turn Ward bad. I hope they don't try to redeem and worse yet rejoin the team. It actually made him interesting. I hope they do something. I hope they do something to Melinda May because she's another who I think is a weak point. Nothing against the actress I just didn't like her for this role.

Oh yeah, definitely. Since his betrayal Ward has become so much more interesting and one of my favorite characters. It's added layers to his character and i'm glad AoS didn't go for the cop out double-double agent turn in the end. I would like to see Ward more though as a recurring villain or something maybe. And I totally agree about May. People only accused Ward of being boring but she is basically the female version of him with slightly more snarky attitude lol

Posted by Dernman

@dernman said:

One of the best things they could have done for the show was turn Ward bad. I hope they don't try to redeem and worse yet rejoin the team. It actually made him interesting. I hope they do something. I hope they do something to Melinda May because she's another who I think is a weak point. Nothing against the actress I just didn't like her for this role.

Oh yeah, definitely. Since his betrayal Ward has become so much more interesting and one of my favorite characters. It's added layers to his character and i'm glad AoS didn't go for the cop out double-double agent turn in the end. I would like to see Ward more though as a recurring villain or something maybe. And I totally agree about May. People only accused Ward of being boring but she is basically the female version of him with slightly more snarky attitude lol

I actually thought they would go for the triple agent thing. Especially when they killed off Victoria Hand. I didn't think they had it in them to do that with the main character (Ward) or a just introduced established character like Hand.

Posted by Master_Thief

Best ep EVER

Posted by buttersdaman000

@dernman said:

@buttersdaman000 said:

@dernman said:

One of the best things they could have done for the show was turn Ward bad. I hope they don't try to redeem and worse yet rejoin the team. It actually made him interesting. I hope they do something. I hope they do something to Melinda May because she's another who I think is a weak point. Nothing against the actress I just didn't like her for this role.

Oh yeah, definitely. Since his betrayal Ward has become so much more interesting and one of my favorite characters. It's added layers to his character and i'm glad AoS didn't go for the cop out double-double agent turn in the end. I would like to see Ward more though as a recurring villain or something maybe. And I totally agree about May. People only accused Ward of being boring but she is basically the female version of him with slightly more snarky attitude lol

I actually thought they would go for the triple agent thing. Especially when they killed off Victoria Hand. I didn't think they had it in them to do that with the main character (Ward) or a just introduced established character like Hand.

Well, I'm glad they didn't. With all that you mentioned and Garrets death, AoS is proving to be more ballsy than the MCU

Posted by Dernman

@buttersdaman000: It's certainly not what I expected after the first half of the season. It makes you wonder if they had this all planned out in the beginning or they decided to make adjustments because of how badly it was going. I actually care if it comes back for another season which I didn't before.

Posted by buttersdaman000

@dernman said:

@buttersdaman000: It's certainly not what I expected after the first half of the season. It makes you wonder if they had this all planned out in the beginning or they decided to make adjustments because of how badly it was going. I actually care if it comes back for another season which I didn't before.

Either way I liked what they did and i'll be coming back for more

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Okay I didn't see that coming .

Edited by Skyhawk1

Loved this episode.

I was hoping May would nail gun Ward's nads, and shout Nail Hydra!

Posted by Fresh Prince

About the Skye reveal

Anyone else think her dad might be some version of the Skinless Man?

Edited by MatthewParker

Wow epic episode! Can't wait for season 2!

Posted by Stormdriven

That was a good episode

Posted by iDude

That was a good episode. Im super excited to see whats instore for us in season two!

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@jthood said:

@master_thief said:
@muyjingo said:

Slow start is an understatement.

The only memorable episode from the first half is the one with Skye in the pink dress at the party.

"memorable"

Remember this?

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i will never get why people are down on this show and gush about arrow... it makes zero sense.

Posted by Dernman

i will never get why people are down on this show and gush about arrow... it makes zero sense.

Different strokes for different folks. The other show just happens to get more strokes.

Posted by Dernman

I just watched the show and I want more.

Anyone else thing Fitz is brain damaged? I wonder who they are going get to replace him. Bummer because I liked him.

Posted by MatthewParker

@cuddlebear: I really think it's the comicvine community too, there doesn't seem to be to many fans on here. While arrow has many on this site. It kinda makes me believe my initial feeling that there are indeed more dc fans then marvel on CV

Posted by eamon542000

@fresh_prince: That's a cool idea, would he fall under x-men franchise rights thought? I feel like this show is setting up for Inhumans to play a big role.

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Posted by comicbookfan93

Now that this and arrow have ended watch the hell am I supposed to watch?

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So how come nobody is talking about how Skye and Raina are Inhumans? Raina clearly gave that away by talking about evolution and asking what will she become.

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@ravisher said:

It's the only reason that episode was memorable.

After finally seeing the finale, it was underwhelming.

Sam Jackson looked like he was phoning it in the whole time, just saying his lines.

The reveals and cliffhangers were 'meh'.

The best episodes of the series were the previous 3.

It's not a great show by any means, but so many of my shows ended last year, may as well watch some mediocre popcorn TV.

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