Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review: Resistance Is Futile

This episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved once and for all that Fitz without Simmons is a nasty piece of work. I’m ready for their reunion… You?

It was tragic to watch him kill Agnes, and even more heartbreaking to see the look on Jemma’s face. One thing’s for certain, Radcliffe’s going to ultimately help our heroes even if it means his consciousness will cease to exist. Though his intentions were never this twisted, he is ultimately the architect of his own demise. The guy made his bed, now he’s got to lie six feet under in it.

I was glad to see Coulson turn around quickly and realize that Hydra lies about everything. Though the soap bit was weird, for sure. How about that familiar line, “Make our society great again”? The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writers are not pulling any punches. The real world references to Trump’s campaign are in no way subtle, which is fantastic. The current administration’s actions and lies parallel some of the worst dictators in history. Using Hydra as a mirror to reflect the times is absolutely brilliant. Personally, I hope the ballsy writing continues.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Identity and Change”
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Anyway, the Skye/Ward team up rocks! It makes me kind of sad when I remember The Framework is a virtual world and Ward’s gone/unredeemable in the real world. If anything, having Brett Dalton back for this arc has been one of the major highlights of this season. You’ve got to admit hearing, “Thank goodness for Ward” was weird… right?

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Identity and Change”
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Mace as the leader of the resistance made perfect sense, though I was expecting some type of twist. The “director” gets a chance to lead again and be valuable in this virtual world. What the writers did with Director Mace/Patriot in the real world never sat right with me. Coulson fanboying over the Patriot suit was cool. It brought back memories of similar moments with Captain American in the MCU films. I was wondering though, does Mace have powers in this reality? He’s the Inhuman leader of the resistance, but in the real world he wasn’t Inhuman. I guess we’ll learn more as the episodes unfold. I enjoyed the scenes between Mace and Ward, something only possible inside the Framework. Yeah, these last few episodes are just cool.

It was nice to see Mack enter the storyline this week as well, but how badly did it suck that he betrayed Daisy? I mean, evil May tricked him sure, but it really made things worse for poor Skye/Daisy. I will say, seeing Mack’s softer side with his daughter was terrific. It was a totally different Mack and Henry Simmons played those scenes beautifully. I’m sure I would have done exactly the same to protect my kid if I were in his shoes. The important thing is, he made his way to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ at the end to help Daisy.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Identity and Change”
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Fitz is another story altogether. Though he told Madame Hydra he’d cross the universe for her, those words did not spark a single memory of Simmons. Yes, the HIVE arc let me down a bit in the end, but “4,722 Hours” remains one of my favorite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes ever. Of course, it makes sense he can’t remember Jemma since she was supposedly dead in this new reality. However, the romantic in me hopes that at some point Fitz begins to remember the woman he loves. Coulson remembered Daisy, but the T.A.H.I.T.I. experiment messed with his brain, which is something Aida/Madame Hydra wasn’t counting on.

Closing Thoughts…

So, right now Fitz is evil. Ward’s a hero. Daisy’s in big trouble. Radcliffe’s built an exit and he knows Aida must be stopped. There was a mention of “Project Looking Glass.” We’ll find out soon enough what that’s all about. Overall, these last few episodes are some of the most interesting in the show’s entire run. Though there are only five episodes left this season, and they’ll probably wrap up the Framework storyline, part of me wishes we could spend more time in the insane virtual world next season. It’s just been so much damn fun. You know?

What did you think of “Identity and Change?” Are you enjoying these latest installments as much as I am? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC.