Sure, it’s sad the Patriot met his end on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, there’s no question he went out a hero.
I was pretty disappointed with the writers, and I mentioned this in my Episode 410 review, when The Patriot turned out to be nothing but a “charlatan.” That said, Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) did have one hell of an interesting arc. I think it’s fitting Mace sacrificed himself to save not just Coulson’s young student, but the entire team as well. It was a moment that caused Hydra May to “snap out of it” as Coulson pleaded. The death was a game changer.
This installment also gave us plenty of action/fight sequences featuring the Patriot. Yeah, Jason O’Mara pretty much owned his big episode. Just like Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) before him, the character will be missed, but his loss will clearly drive the story forward. Again, I am really enjoying The Framwork arc and it’s unfortunate it will be over soon.
I had a feeling when Simmons told Mace the truth about the outside world, it would not shake his resolve. However, the revelation did allow for an interesting conversation between Ward and Simmons. All this time, we assumed the loss of Simmons is what turned Fitz cruel/cold. It was fascinating to learn his father’s influence is what changed him as a person inside the Framework. In real life, many of us wonder how the loss of a parent or someone important affects us. Yet, there are instances when the absence of someone like Fitz’s father made the son a better man. I was lucky enough to grow up with both my parents, and their guidance is what made me the person I am today. The writers have been knocking it out of the park this season. If ABC can’t appreciate that the show has transcended the typical comic book tropes and renews S.H.I.E.L.D., then perhaps Netflix is a better home for the series.
Radcliffe telling Daisy that, “Once sentence can change a life” is profound stuff. “I love you” is a powerful motivator, you know? Clearly Aida is playing that card with the Doctor.
As much as I love Fitz in the real world, I’ve grown to despise the Hydra version. The guy has to go. That’s a testament to Iain De Caestecker’s wonderful acting. While the team can’t kill the Doctor, because Fitz would die in the real world, I have no interest in this guy’s redemption. Will Jemma be able to convince him to leave the Framework or will he be the one holdout? Personally, I can’t imagine this series without Fitz-Simmons, so I’m very curious to see how things play out.
Can you believe Fitz fired on the Quarantine Building with all those kids inside? That was another turning point for juiced up Hydra May. Of course, we got a standoff between May and Mace which was as kick ass as you’d expect it to be. I was glad to see that Mace got the better of her in the end.
It was terrific to see Antoine “Trip” Triplett (B.J. Britt) again, wasn’t it? He is the first major loss I can recall on the show, and only a virtual world could possibly bring him back. Its been such a blast seeing all these familiar faces we never expected to return. It’s also cool to see Trip and Mace interact; two characters that never met. Did you catch the ‘Bakshi News’ mention? That’s right, next up is a guest spot by Simon Kassianides who played Hydra agent Sunil Bakshi. Do you think Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse will pop up before the season wraps? I hope so. Those are two characters that should never have been written off for their own spin-off series.
Ultimately, Hydra May understood Mace’s sacrifice and realized she’s on the wrong side. I can’t say I expected her to crack a Terrigen crystal, allowing Daisy to go through Terrigenesis inside the Framework. Will her powers be the same as in the real world? I’m not sure how it all works, but what if she emerges from that husk looking like Raina (Ruth Negga)? I mean, it’s highly unlikely and we haven’t had our big #SkyeWard moment yet, but the fact she’s going to have powers inside the Framework should help balance the odds. Plus, Radcliffe shared his “safeguard” secret with her.
These last few episodes have been some of my favorite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes ever. While I wasn’t sure where they were headed with the whole LMD arc, the Framework has provided endless opportunities to twist the show on its head. Though we know Bakshi makes an appearance in the next installment, I can’t wait to see which other characters are featured before the end of the season. The S.H.I.E.L.D. creative team has hit an upswing this season and they deserve to keep telling their stories. #RenewAgentsOfSHIELD ABC!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC.