After a stellar half season, this Winter Finale or whatever we’re supposed to call these episodes was a bit of a letdown.
This season has been so methodical and well-paced but this episode felt like at least two possibly three episodes of plot gobbledegook smushed into forty two minutes. Now, was I ever going to be invested in Eli’s evil plot? No. Would I have liked a better explanation of what it was, why he wanted to do it, and how he was doing it? Yeah. But that’s not my biggest complaint. I feel like the episode really shorted the characters, particularly my beloved Daisy.
I am ecstatic that she’s officially Agent Johnson again but I’m not entirely thrilled with how it happened. Mace basically forced her into rejoining the team, regardless of her personal feelings on the matter when I felt that it should have been Daisy getting over her self-destruction arc and realizing she belongs with her family. We did get a bit of that but I really wish the initial decision had been Daisy’s and Daisy’s alone. I also would have loved some acknowledgement of what she’s been going through by the rest of the team. Yeah, they admitted she saved the day today but I still feel like they haven’t forgiven her for her reaction to Lincoln’s death. But, hey, you can’t always get what you want. Cue music.
Further disappointing was Ghost Rider’s…end? Was it an end? Coulson said that “the last Ghost Rider [made it back],” indicating a familiarity with the Ghost Rider phenomenon that hadn’t been hinted at before. Of course, it’s totally possible he’s come across a Ghost Rider before, but weird he hadn’t mentioned it until now. I wanted more for Robbie. I mean, is he coming back? Has Gabriel Luna been confirmed for any more episodes? I really loved Robbie and I was not ready to say goodbye.
What I did like: the Mack and Elena romance FINALLY got off the ground for reals. Yay!! And so did Philinda…sort of…oh, god. So I guess we figured out what Aida was doing last week. She was designing a Life Model Decoy of May which she with which she replaced the real May. Ahhh! Okay so I obviously have questions. I think we’re safe in assuming the switch took place when May went to collect Aida. Does Radcliffe know? Is that even the real Radcliffe? This opens up so many possibilities for the rest of the season and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited.
Intel and Assets
--Daisy gets new gauntlets so she can power up again.
Mace: “Okay, forget about the fact that I was mildly attracted to her. That totally goes against the Sokovia Accords. Doesn’t anyone remember Ultron?”
Robbie: “Yo, I’m not wearing a mask, man.”
Mack: “It’s not a mask, it’s a balaclava.”
Robbie: “Thought that was a dessert.”
Fitz: “I do not like magic. Or clowns. Or clowns with knives, in the dark.”
Coulson: “Time for Plan B. Anyone? Feel free to chime in.”
Coulson: “You’re drunk on power or drinking your own Kool-Aid or drunk on Powerade, I don’t know.”
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