Watching SHIELD has been a bit of a rollercoaster. After getting a bit fatigued by season 3 the show revamped and revitalised with season 4 – introducing Ghost Rider and breaking the structure down into segments each with their own arc that followed through to build a main plot.
Then we got season 5, which abandoned all that and had one storyline set in a depressing future. It had some great plot twists but overall it stopped being fun to watch. Season 6 turned that around, delivering one cohesive storyline but with different threads in different locations. But the series was definitely more fun, being both literally and figuratively brighter and having a vibe that felt more on par with season 1.
Sarge ‘n the Gang
At first I rolled me eyes at the idea of ‘Sarge’ being portrayed by Clark Gregg but the idea really grew on me as the show went on. To begin with I liked the whole mystery to it, from the way them emerged through walls (which felt like something out of Fringe) to the weapons they used. Having them as targets to pursue and reluctantly agreeing to work with them was fun to watch as well as giving that emotional impact as the characters each adjusted to seeing Coulson’s face in different ways.
I thought they resolved the issue and gave a credible explanation for Sarge within the context of the season. I’m not sure what to make of Coulson 3.0 in the next season but I’ll give it a chance after what they did with Sarge
I really liked the shrike plotline. It was well set up, we saw straight away how high the stakes were. And then tying in with Fitz-Simmons unknowingly giving her a ride to Earth so she could conquer it was a great way to wrap up the space arc (finally!)
I’ve already talked a lot about Izel and the Shrike in my Species of the Week posts so I won’t say much more other than I thought the incorporeal species idea was cool and I liked the hint that they were linked to Ghost Rider, though I don’t think that’ll get followed up sadly.
The Deke episode was solid comedy and again reminded me of the fun-times feeling of season 1. There were some genuine laughs in this series and Deke was a big part of that. I liked seeing him get the most of life on un-ruined Earth but also get to be a genius and an asset to the team when it really counted.
The one holdover from season 5 that I did like was keeping Enoch. His character development (and friendship with Fitz) was great and his out of place lines and interpretation of situations was classic Marvel comedy – the episode where he is decommissioned and doesn’t know what to do with his life was one of my all-time favourites!
The Chronicoms were intriguing and again I liked how they slowly developed into a threat. There’s obviously more to this story but I’m glad we will get to find out next season. I found it interesting that this series didn’t seem to draw from comics at all for their villains but chose to stand on their own.
I found it interesting that they didn’t reference the snap at all. I understood why they couldn’t but thought they might have brought it in at the end once their schedule overlapped with Endgame, I suppose everyone just decided not to talk about half the world’s population turning to dust and just crack on with it!!
I’ve always enjoyed SHIELD – I can’t say I enjoy it as much as I used to, but I think that’s just true of most programmes once they go on for a few seasons. But I thought this one was true to the spirit of what the series was established and was one of the most fun to watch. I’m hopeful that they go out on a high with season 7 – and that they finally leave FitzSimmons alone – let them just get married and live happily ever!!! But seriously – looking forward to season 7.