AOS – Season IV – Ep. 18 “No Regrets”: A Review

Posted: 04/20/2017 in Uncategorized

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Well, another winning run from AOS. Still fighting the good fight in the framework Team S.H.I.E.L.D. encounter a blast from the past and attempt to escape back into the real world. Yet again, what is real is duly posited with ‘rogue code’ in the form of Ward (Brett Dalton) and Mace (Jason O’Mara) aptly pushing Jemma (Elisabeth Hentsridge) to see them as real. From Ward’s better self to Mac’s (Henry Simmons) young daughter, perfectly named “Hope” (Jordan Rivera), their point is not lost. What really pushes this episode as superior is the reinforcement of the idea that one thing, one decision, one person, etc.can be absolutely redefining.

This ep introduced us to the alpha and omega of Fitz’s (Ian DeCaestecker) dark turn. Exactly how nefarious Aida, or Ophelia (Mallory Jansen) as she is known in the framework,truly is, is given proper examination. A later one on one with Daisy/Skye (Chloe Bennett) pushes how all too human Aida has become as her reality has a greater reek of vengeance than “removing regrets” from those whom she holds as captive in her ‘rewritten’ world. She might cite natural algorithms as accounting for the progression of a world in which Hydra holds domain and endeavors to destroy Inhumans who might threaten their supremacy, but ultimately her new world order is about power and control.

Through his expository moment in captivity, Radcliffe (John Hannah) summarizes matters succinctly telling Daisy “a sentence can change everything”, using “I love you” among other phrases to illustrate his point. The notion of what Fitz lost or never really had takes form via character actor David O’Hara playing his now no longer estranged Dad. A moment between the two in which Fitz doubts his actions last week, namely murdering Agnes (Mallory Jansen- again) in cold blood, is met with a ‘character bolstering’ speech that leaves no doubt as to the paternal influence making him the man he now is.

Who the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew at heart are seems irrefutable. May (Ming-Na Wen) now a Hydra lackey carries a genuine hatred for Inhumans due to the Bahrainian incident. She volunteers to be temporarily enhanced that she might take on Mace/the Patriot and bring him and his crew to Hydra’s heel. The fight sequence between the two delivered and the show runners are again to be lauded for showing the man Mace ideally could or should have been. His psychologically taking on May as he pushes her to burn the enzyme out of her system played with military precision right down to the “are you juicing or are you one of us now…?” May’s moment of truth is regrettably earned at a very high cost. Her holy eff later actions with Skye show that the real May is far from gone. Coulson (Clark Gregg) though still a little ‘loopy’ taps into his inner heroic core and undoes a previous wrong.  Jemma’s compliment “no one is like you” is apt.

Agent Tripp (BJ Britt) returning was a well guarded secret and I am sure for the remainder of the framework arc, we will get other cool surprises and character returns. Having essentially a new world to play in, allows fans a proper payoff for characters lost along the way over the course of several seasons.

While the ep did end with an unexpected and powerful loss, the send off the character received was exceptional. The restoration of Fitz will be a major plot arc for the remaining few episodes as Aida truly has her hands on his soul. Radcliffe’s revelation to Skye allows for a modicum of hope while the denouement via May more than delivers.

Season 4 again remains on point with great personal moments, strong action sequences and the knowledge that with three arcs ably juggled, AOS is easily in its creative apex even if the viewership members do not reflect such. Whether or not the series receives a fifth season renewal, this show seems poised to end off on a high note. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains one of the best shows on television.

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