Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Episode 22 | ‘World’s End’ | Aired May 11th, 2017
‘World’s End’ was probably the best way to end my new favorite season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (AoS)! It was an incredible masterpiece that did a marvelous job of integrating the three major storylines of the season together with any of it feeling forced in. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode and here are a few moments that stood out to me.
“I’m not letting this book leave my sight.”
The Ghost Rider is back, and it makes sense because he is back for the Darkhold, that demon book, and to destroy anything it created. He gets the Darkhold early on and just needs to destroy Aida, Phil wants to use the Darkhold as bait, but Robby isn’t having any part of it. He came back from hell so that he can return the book to hell. He seems more committed to his roles as the Ghost Rider than ever before.
“This is all your fault.”
Aida is more than ready for revenge against Fitz for breaking her heart and what better place to start than by attacking Simmons. She seemingly corners the two of them preparing the supposed tech aspects of S.H.E.I.L.D.’s trap for her. Aida taunts Fitz before killing Jemma before his eyes, but don’t fret it was an L.M.D. serving as a decoy as opposed to a replacement. As the Android dies, she mutters to Fitz that this is all his fault.
This scene stood out for two reasons: first, the team seems to be realizing that the technology that has been haunting them can still be useful. Second, Fitz is likely to believe the L.M.D.’s blaming remarks and I really hope we see a broken Fitz struggling to come to terms with the horrible things he did in the Framework in the recently confirmed season 5.
“I can’t live in a world without her.”
Mack spent another episode being dramatic in the framework, not wanting to leave with Hope. Luckily, Yo-Yo found Mack with Dr. Radcliffe’s assistance. He insists he won’t leave without his daughter even though he knows the framework is fake and can see it falling apart around them. He eventually agrees to leave with Yo-Yo when Hope disappears herself, which goes to show just how devoted Mack is to those he loves. What actually stood out to me about the scenes in the framework was Dr. Radcliffe, he continued in his quest for redemption. I still believe that the scientist is a good but overly ambitious man, who unfortunately lets his passion for dangerous sciences get in the way of forming healthy relationships. We get to watch as he disappears with the framework he created.
“I’m just glad that thing went back to you.”
The biggest surprise of the episode came when Aida was confronting Coulson, and he turned into the Ghost Rider and killed her. The mantle of the Ghost Rider returned to Robby after the ordeal, and the two men have a brief conversation that includes a couple of hints and connections to the rest of the MCU. First, Coulson asks Robby to keep a secret for him. Who knows what the secret is? Then, Robby mentions they are all a part of a multidimensional war, which to me could mean we will be getting some interesting Infinity War tie-ins during the next season. After the exchange, the Ghost Rider makes a portal back to his dimension Dr. Strange style.
“Time for work.”
After putting Aida’s plan to an end the team knows they will come under legal investigation for the atrocities their L.M.D.s did while they were napping in the framework, so they get Shawarma. Unfortunately, they don’t get Shawarma but just coffee while they wait to be apprehended. When they do get apprehended, it isn’t by the government but by a group with far more advanced tech. The next scene we see Phil waking up in what looks like a prison, with outer space on the other side of his window. After the director says the above phrase, the season ends. Are we going to see S.W.O.R.D. (the intergalactic version of S.H.E.I.L.D.) in season 5 and is Phil already a member?
It took quite a bit of deliberation, but I’ve decided that this season was my favorite season of AoS. I am glad we will be getting another season and hope Kevin Feige meant it when he said the TV shows would soon cross over with the movies. Best case scenario season 5 we get Agents of S.W.O.R.D. worst case we get more AoS, and that is hardly ever a bad thing.