In Review: Agents Of Shield – The Return

Coulson and the team's victory in the Framework is short-lived

Synopsis: Coulson and the team’s victory in the Framework is short-lived, revealing an even deadlier enemy looming against them all.

Review: The plot thickens as Coulson and the team find themselves confronted with Aida and her newfound human emotions and feelings. Feelings, which are initially contained by Fitz as he tries to put her in touch with empathy, but when her own feelings are hurt. Well you better make sure your on a different planet because the woman will hunt you down, torture you and spit you out.

We star the episode with Coulson and May trying to assess their situation on the oil rig where they have been kept in the framework.

Elsewhere Simmons and Daisy with there agents are trying to reconnect with Coulson and May.

While Aida is with a very mess up and broken Fitz who is trying to come to terms with the terrible things he did within the framework. He’s trying to figure out who he is now. While Aida is suddenly learning about the complexities of her newfound human emotions, but finding it hard to sort and process them all.

Much of the meat and potatoes of this story is created by Aida’s feelings for Fitz, but when she learns that they are feelings that Fitz cannot reciprocate. The shit really hits the fan. Especially given that Aida has a great many inhuman abilities in addition to her newfound human feelings.

Eventually Coulson and May reunite with Daisy, Fitz and Jemma, but things are more complicated by the fact that they are now enemies of the US Government as well as Aida.

The episode closes out with the return of Ghost Rider. Which will hopefully help balance the scales in the battle that is to come.

Once more we get a powerhouse performance from Mallory Jansen and Iain De Caestecker as Aida and Fitz. 

I look forward to seeing how they resolve all of this and what the blow back will be.

I sincerely doubt that all our favourite heroes will get out of this one unscathed. There has to be some collateral damage. Especially given how big of a task that Coulson and the team have in front of them.

Agents Of Shield - The Return
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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