TV Club: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fall finale brings all of its various season developments to a head

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have had its flaws but managed to mostly overcome them by presenting a number of various complications (the A.T.C.U., Lash, missing Inhumans, a goddamn alternate planet), and by gradually doling them out over the course of the season. Some of those complications, like Simmons on that planet, worked better than others, like Coulson on on the Ward warpath, but the overall season (well, half season) focused primarily on bringing tension and action at every moment it could, sometimes to its detriment. At the very least, the show is exciting now, no longer bogged down by its initial slow beginning, its need to rely so heavily on the Marvel film universe, or storylines that feel more like they’re circling the wagons (what could be the big bad of S.H.I.E.L.D.? How about …

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