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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review – Leap Of Faith

Written by  Published May 5, 2017 04:20
Last week, still jacked into the Framework, Coulson and the crew “raged against the machine”...literally, and hijacked Sunil Bakshi’s (yeah, THAT jerk came back) pro-Hydra talk show...and basically told the world that Hydra is “fake news”. That was merely step one in trouncing Aida’s fabricated world. Next would be escaping the Framework altogether, and finally waking up.

Madame Hydra herself however, was quaked right out of a Triskelion window by Daisy (who just got her powers back from a terrigen crystal provided by May)! Her body in the Framework is broken from the fall, and that leaves Evil Fitz in charge.


*Spoilers Ahead! Don't Look Down!!*


badfitzLeo is nearly completed Project Looking Glass which is Madame Hydra’s/Aida’s master plan to use her Darkhold knowledge to create a machine that would create her an organic body and upload her subconscious into it. Fitz even convinces a beaten up Holden Radcliffe to join their cause (after promising him a new body) and tell them Daisy and the gang’s plan to escape via the backdoor portal that he told them about. You can’t trust that guy! Or CAN you?!

Back in the real world, Yo-Yo and the remaining S.H.E.I.L.D. agents that escaped are aboard the Zephyr and have been flying around cloaked for around 10 days while watching over Daisy’s and Jemma’s bodies. The problem is that they are running out of fuel and power and only essential functions on the aircraft are on (even the heat is turned off), the only thing left to keep the ship afloat is cloaking....and now The Superior’s men are on the lookout for them! This is not going to end well.

Simmons is still adamant about saving Fitz inside the Framework, and when May tells her about Leo’s dad being close to him in the Framework, she realizes that that is what Aida changed for him. She goes to Fitz’ dad’s house to try to fix gunpoint...which ends in disaster, of course. While getting him to call Fitz there’s a scuffle and she accidentally shoots and kills Papa Fitz. When Fitz and his troops arrive later, Fitz doesn’t even seemed fazed by the sight of his dad’s dead body....but he is livid and wants to personally put a bullet in Jemma’s skull.

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Coulson tells May about the fact that they are in a fabricated world, and she doesn’t exactly believe it, at first. But she reluctantly goes along with the plan. They don’t tell Mack right away, because he won’t want to leave his daughter, Hope. And they don’t even tell Trip anything whatsoever (hat with him being dead in the real world and all). Ward is weirdly missing in this whole episode. He’s not mentioned at all...and that is very strange, seeing as his return has been pretty important. Daisy doesn’t even get to say goodbye to him.

When they find the backdoor it is in a factory under a vat filled with molten metal. They figure this was a last ditch effort of Aida to keep them from escaping. Thankfully she didn’t count on Daisy having her Quake abilities. She is able to part the molten using her powers so she and her teammates can jump through. The only issue is that Fitz shows up with his men to screw everything up. Coulson is about to jump into the portal, but is shot by Hydra troops. May saves him though, and gets him to do the classic “leap of faith” into the portal. We see Phil wake up in the real world and May is next to wake. Finally! #Philenda back together for the very first time.

Jemma is next but Fitz shows up to kill her. What an odd moment. The two characters we’ve wanted to hook up from the beginning are now so far from being a couple. She pleads with him that this is not really him and Aida has twisted everything around, but he just is so far gone. She even tells him she loves him without any success. He shoots her in the leg and wants her to say she means nothing to him before he assassinates her. She is saved by Radcliffe though, who has switched so many sides at this point I have no idea whose side he’s on anymore. He pushes Fitz over the edge and into the portal. Jemma goes right after.

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When Mack realizes that the world (and Hope) aren’t real, he gets understandably upset and of course, wants to stay. Hope is very alive and real in this world and he doesn’t want to live in a world without her. Daisy understands and decides to be the last one to jump in without him. I can’t help but wonder if Hope, Trip and Ward will come back into the real world via the Looking Glass machine, and then Mack will be able to wake up. Could be a way to keep them all around.

Understandably, when they all wake up, things are understandably awkward. Daisy and Jemma are onboard the Zephyr, which is being shot at by the Watchdogs. They can hopefully cloak themselves again and find somewhere to land. Meanwhile, Fitz is freaking out because of how evil he was in the Framework. He questions whether he is actually a good person. All at the same time while this was going on, Aida had begun the process of activating Looking Glass. Coulson did behead her LMD body when he awoke, but did he do it in time before her real body was created?! I can’t spoil the ending of this episode, but it was a doozy!

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Not a bad episode this week, even though I’m still not too sure if the “magic portal” thing worked for me. It felt like a lot of the science aspect of the show has been thrown out the window with this story arc. The highlight for me was Ian De Caestecker and his whirlwind of a portrayal of Evil Fitz and then Real World Fitz. The future of this character is now uncertain and interesting. How can he move on knowing what he has done in the Framework?!

I don’t know where things go from here! I hope things somewhat go back to normal. I wouldn’t even mind a Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 tie-in next week (yes it’s possible! Go see it to find out how!), but I’m not holding my breath for that. We haven’t gotten such a relevant MCU tie-in in quite some time. But at any rate, by the end of this episode there is still some quiet viable threats for the Agents! And lots of pieces to be picked up in the Framework aftermath as well.

That’s it for this week, kiddos! Stay tuned for next week’s review and my upcoming GOTG vol. 2 review! Bleed out!

Dave Michaels

With his unique brand of humour mixed with die-hard passion and knowledge for all things comic books, Dave Michaels puts his weekly spin on the pop culture like only he can. Each “episode” of Full Page Bleed provides fun, wacky commentary, interviews, recommendations of Dave’s favourite comics, and whatever else his “evil genius” can conjure up. What are you reading THIS for?! Read some FPB RIGHT NOW and PREPARE to BLEED COMICS! FPB is Here...

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