Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Farewell, Cruel World!” Recap and Review
Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jemma learned that AIDA and Fitz’ end game is a device that will give the android a human body and free will in the real world. Daisy gained her powers in The Framework and worked with May and the team to expose Hydra over a news broadcast.
“Farewell, Cruel World!” kicked off in the outside world with Yo-Yo, Piper, and a few other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The group struggled to maintain power to run the Framework and keep the quinjet going. They decided to turn off the cloaking to save power. Inside the Framework, Fitz tried to persuade Radcliffe with the idea of building a new body in order to find out where Daisy and the others are going. The doctor appeared to accept the offer.
After learning that Alistair Fitz is in Leo’s life the Framework, Jemma went after him armed and ready to go. She tried to get him to call Fitz to his home alone. Instead, Alistair warned Fitz that Simmons was there and told his son to bring a team. The pair got into a scuffle that ended with Alistair being shot dead. The death of his father put Fitz on a personal and rage-filled mission to kill Jemma. Iain’s performance during this scene was awesome.
AIDA discovered Fitz’ plans and demanded that he return to base, but he already had Radcliffe on his side and a team gathered to head after Jemma. Not wanting to waste time, she began the process of creating her new body. At the Resistance base, Jemma returned and told the others what happened. Daisy and Trip had a goodbye scene that reminded us how hard it was to say goodbye to him the first time around. When Coulson and the others arrived at the location, it turned out to be an oil mine instead of a fountain. Daisy used her powers to open the portal, but Fitz and his Hydra team opened fire on them. Coulson ended up getting shot in the crossfire. With the help of May, he went through the portal and woke up in the real world. May soon followed despite her hesitance.
Jemma was prepared to jump through next, but Fitz’ appeared and held her at gunpoint. Finally showing he’s a decent guy, Radcliffe knocked Fitz out and pushed him through the portal. He apologized to Jemma for all he had done and told Fitz that he was to blame for everything. In an emotional scene, Mack decided to stay in The Framework after he finds out that Hope isn’t alive in the real world.
On the other side, Fitz had a breakdown as he remembered everything he had done in The Framework. While Jemma and Daisy woke up on the jet, AIDA, now going by Ophelia, walked into the room where Coulson and May were trying to console Fitz. Before May could shoot her, Ophelia grabbed Fitz and somehow teleported away in a spark of blue energy.
Final thoughts on this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It really sucked to say goodbye to Trip again. Saying goodbye to Mack hurt too. Those two moments were the first time Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made me tear up since Bobbi and Hunter’s farewell bar scene. Was anyone else thinking Daisy should have lied to Mack to get him back to the other side? It certainly would have hurt their friendship for a time, but the idea of him staying in The Framework is not one I like. I certainly feel for Yo-Yo too. As for Fitz, it’s already clear that he has a long road ahead of him. Just a few minutes back in the real world he’s consumed by guilt and idea that he’s a bad person. This episode had me on the edge of my seat for the entire hour.
With the return of Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider confirmed for the finale, I’m really excited for the last two episodes of the season. It’ll be nice to have Gabriel Luna and the Ghost Rider excitement back on the show. I’m giving this week’s episode a 10/10.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesday on ABC at 10 PM EST.
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