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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Agents Of Shield Season 05 Episode 08: The Last Day

January 20th, 2018 by Todd Black Comments

As we draw closer to the end of the “future imperfect” storyline, we’re still fighting some very overt issues that Agents of Shield just seemingly can’t go without. And while “The Last Day” was much better than many previous episodes, I still can’t help but say, “Does it really matter?”

Frankly, if someone from the main team DOESN’T die…then this was honestly all pointless. Because it meant there was no consequences outside of memories that are now irrelevant, and a few wounds that will heal. And I’m really starting to wonder if that’s going to happen now.

“The Last Day” was good because it brought Robin in to help “solve” some of the mysteries, and yet, in good form, it was anything but simple. I love how comics can take a “basic” superpower and twist it to something unique, or even troublesome. Yo-Yo’s superspeed is a great example of this, but Robin is another. She’s trapped in various timelines, and it’s hard for her to sort it out. This was shown to great effect not only in the future, but in the “past”, as well, as we got to see her with May, Fitz, and Simmons as they tried to solve the mystery of her visions, as well survive everything. Turns out, not all of them went peacefully.

The reason I loved these scenes was that it did give some connective tissue to things in the future, including to some of the characters we meet in the episode and this season like Virgil and Deek’s dad. Also though, it was great to see Ming-Na Wen get to play Melinda in a much more maternal and faith-based way. She’s a soldier, she said so herself, but this episode showed that she can be much more.

I was afraid that the Mack, Yo-Yo and Flint storyline would be pointless, but ironically, it was one of the best parts of the show. As the three worked together to save the Lighthouse from the roaches, who were beset on the human population by Kasius. It was very villainous, and a great way to play up everything we know about this new world.

I also dug that Flint is apparently the way they’re going to get home. How exactly is unclear, but we’ll roll with it for now. Something tells me it has to do with that chunk of the Monolith they got.

Sadly, that’s where the good things end. We all knew that Daisy wasn’t going to die by Voss and the others hands. And while Robin’s death was good in a way, again, it’s pointless if they save the world. Which is the other thing, everything we “know” about the future is obviously going to be changed or altered in some fashion. Daisy (or whoever) CAN’T destroy the world, because that wouldn’t just mean the end of the series, but the end of the MCU (and that’s bad for business). The line about them “never being seen together again” after the diner can be altered as well, as that might not be depending on how things progress.

“The Last Day” was solid, but this storyline honestly needs to end so things can have meaning again. Cause based on how things are looking, that won’t be the case until it’s over.

4 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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