Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been an emotional rollercoaster for Marvel fan’s. Season 6 is no different.
Entering Season 6 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fans were left wondering if that was the end of Director Phil Coulson? From the first episode, we knew things were going to be different and by the end, they would never be the same again. While Season 6 was not as intense of Season 4, it added a new element no one saw coming. In terms of acting, it was more of the same, but the storyline provided an emotional rollercoaster that’s been missing from AOS. Although the season was short, there was still some great moments and some that just didn’t work.
Didn’t Work: Deke
Grandson or not, what role does Deke really play on the team? He’s had his funny moments, but other than that, he’s pretty boring. Deke brings a few laughs but even those are often ignored. I get what the writers were doing in terms of showing us a bit of Fitz and Simmons’ future, but he should have stayed in the future. His love for Daisy has not wavered and at this rate, nothing will probably come of it. So why keep him around?
The one good thing he did offer this past season was his brain. If often came in spurts but we did get to see a little bit of Fitz’s intellect floating around in that cranium of his.
Is the fake Coulson evil or good? Will Simmons ever find Fitz? Can Mack become the next Coulson, and who will stop Izel? In just 13 episodes, Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. offered suspense and did their best to tie up any and all loose ends before their final season. The action throughout the 13 episodes was great but fans were still on the edge of their seats trying to figure certain angles out.
The writers were able to do an excellent job with a short season and for the suspense effect, that’s what worked in their favor. While some conclusions were a bit predictable, such as the Fitz/Simmons cliffhanger and the Mack and Yo-Yo arc, it was the Coulson approach that had most fans still questioning what happened even after the Season 6 credits rolled.
Didn’t Work: The Coulson and Agent May Sacrifice
In the season finale, there was a big showdown between Agent May, Coulson, and Izel. What stood out as strange was the way Coulson was still flip-flopping between being good or evil. At one point, he helped May by sending her through the portal with the weapon to defeat the demons. Fans were confused by his next decision which was to go full-blown evil in the blink of an eye.
On the other side of the coin was Agent May. Being stabbed by Coulson was to be viewed as a sacrifice. Her death would have come as a shock, but it was for the good of the team. In the end, she was brought back to life by Simmons with a shot in the neck of some sorts. It would’ve been great to kill her off as a sign of leadership for her decision.
Despite the Science Fiction approach to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 6 was more emotion-filled than anything. Think back to the opening episode where Jemma and Daisy were on the hunt for Fitz. She was so determined to find her husband, that all logic went out the window. Then you have Mack and Yo-Yo who were fighting their feelings for each other while moving forward morning on to what they thought were better things.
To take it further would be the return of Phil Coulson. His return was not just great for fans but it brought up hard to deal with thoughts for May and Daisy. And then you had the brilliant Fitz and Simmons episode where they had to face their fears as a couple. Season 6, as far as emotion, was done on such a brilliant level.
Didn’t Work: Too Short
What was normally 22 episodes was knocked down to just 13. What that did was limit the writers in terms of a storyline. For instance, what made Season 5 so great was the first storyline which featured Ghost Rider than the second half which focused on The Framework.
In Season 6, everything felt rushed. The “is he or isn’t he” Phil Coulson storyline was good but the back and forth of him being good or evil came to fruition too soon. There were too many plaits and too short of a time to give them the proper attention needed.