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Published on December 10th, 2015 | by Sharp-O


S.H.I.E.L.D. Exposed: “Maveth”

When there is no more room in hell… Ward shall walk the Earth!  

Maveth is the winter finale for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it has to be the most tepid, predictable episode we’ve had in a while.

And honestly, I don’t think I was expecting more. It’s paint by numbers but all the numbers are 1 and the colour is beige. Hands up everyone who guessed Will would be evil in some way? How about that Ward (suddenly and inexplicably drunk on HYDRA kool-aid) would die/get stranded? Two for two. Okay, how many saw this coming?

tumblr_nz4041BZuh1qbhk3no2_r1_500 tumblr_nz4041BZuh1qbhk3no3_r1_500Okay, that wasn’t expected but that’s mostly because it’s stupid. Seriously, who built that? It’s not like this dirtball has any cities or anythi–

tumblr_nz3ydlchmi1qbhk3no2_r1_500 tumblr_nz3ydlchmi1qbhk3no3_r1_500… Son of a bitch! But you know what the worst part is? That we still don’t get to find out what go damn planet this is! I need more lore in this show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I am not getting what I signed up for!

The attack on Castle WolfenHYDRA is the c-plot and while there’s a few fun lines here and there (Nick Blood, you make every scene you’re in golden), it’s mostly taking a back seat for the meat of the episode.

tumblr_nz3mdt9fc61saqgydo6_500Will is revealed to be possessed by the mysterious creature HYDRA wants to find and it’s a slug. Thing. I’m getting REAL tired of this show and it not giving me what I want. I was expecting something I knew. Something that looked like something from the comics. Still, kudos to Fitz for setting the guy ON FIRE.

tumblr_nz3mdt9fc61saqgydo7_500On the flip side, the bastard is dead! *Ode to Joy plays* But it still felt… Unsatisfying somehow. Ward was bound, full of bullet holes and high on sudden indoctrination so no matter how metal his death was (and lets face it, getting his chest crushed by Coulson’s robot hand is pretty fucking metal!) it still felt… Empty. Hollow, even.

tumblr_nz35xy27sW1tdaqflo2_400Which is how Coulson must feel right now given his face. This is what a broken man looks like. Even when he found he was a resurrected science experiment, he was still Coulson but everything he’s dealt with for the latter half of season 2 and first half of season 3 has finally taken it’s toll. He’s not Phil Coulson anymore and that’s just sad… There’s not much made of the fallout of Fitz killing Not-Will but I’m sure they’re saving that until the second half.

tumblr_nz3zrrMpbi1ubiau5o2_500Well. This is going to be a thing, isn’t it? On the one hand, I’m interested to see Brett Dalton play something decidedly un-Ward but on the other, we’re not going to have the same despicable asshole we love to hate. Guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

For a winter finale, especially as a tease for what’s coming up, I can’t say it does a good job of getting me excited for the latter half of the season. If anything, the constant adverts on-screen about the two-hour premiere for Agent Carter got me excited for an entirely different show!

What did you guys think of this season so far? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you all next year for more S.H.I.E.L.D. Exposed!

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