August 17, 2014
It's been a while, but I wanted to do an overview of season 4, plus a brief speculation about season 5.
So having the season be basically 3 separate mini-series was brilliant. Stand alone episodes are fine, but too many can make a season drag on, the three arcs made the season refresh itself and there were enough plot threads that carried over each time that it still felt like one story. TV shows can be pretty inconsistent when dealing with the main characters being in a large organization. That's something AoS never really got right IMO, but this season managed to balance that out nicely as well. The villains of the season run the gauntlet, with AIDA possibly being one of the best villains in the MCU and then the senator and the superior (when he was human) were both pretty laughable with their motivations.
Out of the different arcs the top was the Framework, which used the fact it was an alternate reality to the fullest extent. Letting us see not only altered versions of the main characters but also allowed some old favorites to return. I do think the show should have at least acknowledged what happened to Bobbi and Hunter in the Framework however, even if they couldn't cameo some dialogue would have helped. Same for Baron Strucker, who is the only HYDRA leader not to at least get a passing mention I believe. And while I never expected to find out what happened to every hero in the MCU when HYDRA took over, the fact that they never mention what happened to the Avengers also stuck out to a minor degree. More so since Mace was basically Captain America in the Framework world. And Daisy saying that Trip should take up being the Patriot definitely made me want to see him in costume! Those are all kinda of minor "world building" issues, but if you include the final two episodes in this arc the fact AIDA goes from becoming a human with a bunch of powers and being unstoppable in one episode, to spending the last episode mostly running away made it seemed rushed.
Next would be Ghost Rider, even with the version that makes no sense in regards to the name (he doesn't ride anything), they nailed the CGI and it was nice to see a ne superhero teaming up with the crew. The ghost scientists were kind of a miss, but it managed to indroduce magic into AoS and seemlessly blend it with science at the same time.
The least impressive arc was the LMD arc, while it had a cool premise and set up, too much was going on. The senator, The Superior, Radcliffe turning evil, setting up the idea of the Framework, and there was little mystery to who was an LMD.
Also in the last episode Fitz offers to take the blame, since he feels guilty over his actions in the Framework, and the team shows some support and it gets dropped. But it is really his fault, he helped Radcliffe build AIDA and the Framework. Granted neither knew how bad it would turn out, but they went in knowing it was illegal and that it violated Radcliffe's pardon.
Some plots that might continue into season 5 is the fate of Talbot and the fate of the senator's Inhuman brother as well as the status of SHIELD as an agency.
As for speculation, I'd say Coulson's new space job is related to SWORD, which is basically Space SHIELD.
I know people don't use the forums that much anymore, but I'd figured I'd try to jump start a conversation.
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