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Season 4, Episode 22 – Agents of SHIELD‘s fourth season finale is all action and no substance as it wraps up the various dangling plot threads with shock and awe. But you know what? The entire season is so good that it doesn’t really matter if the ending is a bit flat.
Season 4, Episode 21 – Agents of SHIELD achieves the seemingly impossible, landing every emotional beat in their complex season plot to perfection in “The Return.” The episode expertly ties up narrative loose ends and uses them to catapult the story into its season finale with one last super-sized, super-powered conflict.
Season 4, Episode 20 – In “Farewell, Cruel World!” Agents of SHIELD bids adieu to its warped alternate reality but brings back psychological consequences and some dangerous antagonists. The episode provides closure in most of the placing where the plot was tiring and replaces the resolved storylines with all-new tension and stakes.
Season 4, Episode 19 – Agents of SHIELD reveals motivation and takes a step toward escape in “All the Madame’s Men.” One group of our friends moves closer to freedom while another searches for the reason why they’re all trapped in a virtual prison. The episode moves the story forward just enough to set up some kind of conclusion.
Season 4, Episode 18 – “No Regrets” continues this astonishing run of Agents of SHIELD, mining every aspect of the show and current affairs for its alternate universe. Our friends remain trapped in a VR nightmare while the series knows just which wounds to press and which character traits to tweak for maximum devastation.
Season 4, Episode 17 – Agents of SHIELD continues to rewrite itself in “Identity and Change” by taking the best ideas from the whole series, reworking them, and forcing the characters to confront their demons. The episode knows exactly which spots to poke and which wounds to rip open for maximum effect, both painful and delightful.
Season 4, Episode 16 – Agents of SHIELD rewrites the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in “What If…” mixing together painstaking attention to MCU detail with a little real-world politics. The differences between SHIELD regular world and the alternate reality provide tension while nothing is changed so much that you divest from the story entirely.
Season 4, Episode 15 – After three and a half years, Agents of SHIELD finally fulfills all of its immense potential in “Self Control.” Betrayal, uncertainty, and personal agency are at the forefront of the troubles the team must contend while also deeply examining issues of artificial intelligence, consciousness, and personhood. This is SHIELD at its best.
Season 4, Episode 14 – “The Man Behind the Shield” features everything from heartfelt science philosophies to hilarious action-packed flashbacks, the episode serves up the best that Agents of SHIELD has to offer and leaves you begging for more.
Season 4, Episode 13 – “BOOM” takes the usual Agents of SHIELD formula and gives it a spin to put Director Mace’s alienation at the center of the narrative. Balancing robots, magic, Inhumans, and scientific enhancement, the episode manages to touch every base and deliver a satisfying conclusion that moves multiple plotlines forward at the same time.
Season 4, Episode 12 – Agents of SHIELD tackles philosophy of mind, Russians, and romantic conundrums while Coulson and company race Radcliffe to the Darkhold in “Hot Potato Soup.” Drawing both from current real-life political quandaries and from the series’ expansive past, the episode balances humor and compassion in equal measure.
Season 4, Episode 11 – SHIELD continues to knock it out of the park in every respect with a beautiful mix of robots, politics, superpowers, and character-driven stories. In this week’s episode, Agent May and her copy both fight against their respective constraints, SHIELD’s three leaders clash over policy decisions, and science might not actually save us this time.
Season 4, Episode 10 – Agents of SHIELD strikes the perfect balance between action, political intrigue, and characterization in “The Patriot.” Pulling details from the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, this week’s episode mixes robot clones, Inhumans, science-y superpowers, and forgotten plot points from seasons past for a superb blend of plot, adventure, and character development.
Season 4, Episode 9 – Agents of SHIELD plays with killer robots, mad science, and corrupt politicians in its action-packed return from hiatus. It plays every sci-fi trope just straight enough to pull the rug out from under you in the precise style this show has slowly cultivated through the seasons.
Season 4, Episode 8 – Agents of SHIELD explains all those persnickety world-building questions about the science of magic in “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics.” The episode resolves the most pressing plot points while nurturing others for the future, as any good winter finale should.
Season 4, Episode 7 – Agents of SHIELD figures out exactly how to come back from a cliffhanger hiatus in “Deals With Our Devils.” Drawing together every storyline of the season, the episode hits the perfect formula for the series with a mixture of action, plot, suspense, and emotion. Just like every great SHIELD episode should.
Season 4, Episode 6 – So Agents of SHIELD is basically now on mini hiatus for a month and made “The Good Samaritan” essentially a quarter-season finale and it was amazing. It had a great plot, good backstory, fun character dynamics, and all the crazy you’d expect from a normal pre-hiatus episode—but this is episode six.
Season 4, Episode 5 – Agents of SHIELD‘s “Lockup” offers a lot of action with only a sparse amount of story as the narrative spins its wheels on filler. Action is fun but it could use some more forward momentum.
Season 4, Episode 4 – Agents of SHIELD does well with characterization but falls a bit flat on plot in “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire.” While the elements of the episode are good, the structure never lets the episode find that SHIELD oomph.
Season 4, Episode 3 – Agents of SHIELD plays to its strengths with a science-filled plot to foil a terrorist attack. Pulling both from its own past and the Marvel Universe at large, “Uprising” provides plenty of thrills along with its moments of character development.
Season 4, Episode 2 – Agents of SHIELD‘s “Meet the New Boss” makes a strong case that the series may have rediscovered its former glory. The episode weaves multiple plots together, leaves room for emotionally resonant character growth, sets up the season’s plots, and features plenty of action.
Season 1, Episode 1 – Against all odds, precedent, and common sense Agents of SHIELD‘s fourth season starts off legitimately awesome. Every series regular sets up a personal conflict and the much touted Ghost Rider has depth instead of just being a gimmick.
Agents of SHIELD‘s two-part season finale provides a fitting and fulfilling resolution to a messy season. Individually, each episode stands well, but they’re both sullied by what came before.
“Emancipation” effectively cleans up a messy season of Agents of SHIELD to provide the season finale a foundation to work with. It does the job well, but suffers from the fact that it has to do the job at all.
Agents of SHIELD‘s “Failed Experiments” suffers from a patchy plot and overdramatic plot devices but shines when it comes to character and exploring the moral philosophy of a superpowered world.
Agents of SHIELD remembers it has a whole universe to play with in “The Singularity.” The episode weaves a season arc, a spy mystery, and a character piece into a seamlessly entertaining ride.
Agents of SHIELD rights the ship this week by letting cast chemistry reignite on multiple fronts. Tedious plot lines reach their dramatic endpoints and set up new, dynamic, and interesting conflict for the remainder of the season.
This season is just not what it should be. There have been a few episodes where I thought, “yes! Now we’re going to get down to it!” But “Paradise Lost”, while passable and actually useful, overall fell short.
Agents of SHIELD fails to impress with “Spacetime,” a flashy exercise in stylistics that does nothing for the season’s plot.
When this show is at its best it functions like mortar for the whole fictional universe. It’s the glue that holds all the pieces together. This episode was some hardcore industrial strength adhesive.