Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had one of the best season finales in 2014 and they had some awesome live tweeting during the show and to top it off, Samuel L. Jackson made another brilliant appearance as Nick Fury to help save the day. One of the best parts of watching the finale was, interestingly enough, the live tweets. Fans of the show and @AgentsofSHIELD kept the Twitter feed jumping with popular posts being almost continually retweeted and favorited by the more zealous fans on the microblogging site.
Certainly this action packed end of season round up vindicated those fans who believed that the agents, and HYDRA, would deliver in the last show. That all that skittery programming, slow pacing, and somewhat meandering plot devices would be sorted in the end. Beginning of the End had so many brilliant moments that it is a little difficult to shine a spotlight on them all. Although even the sudden, and expected, arrival of Nick Fury, whose appearance gave the ever-loyal Agent Phil Coulson his own vindication, was overshadowed by Phil’s really coming into his own. He was not the only character to “rise and shine” in the this thread gathering exercise.
Skye proved that in terms of S.H.I.E.L.D. she’s got chops. Melinda May proved once and for all that she was the bigger and better “kick-ass” agent when she literally “nailed” Grant Ward. Simmons showed that despite her science background she was willing to die attempting to save a precious colleague (Fitz). Mike Peterson proved that despite his earlier beliefs, there was enough of him to turn on HYDRA leader Garrett when the opportunity arrived. On top of all these personal highlights, Triplett proved that he will be a welcome and valuable addition to Team Coulson.
The show was a bit of a “proving ground,” even Nick Fury proved that the loyalty factor swung both ways with his agents, especially Phil. On top of all the character points that were made, there were times where a good dose of irony was thrown in. Raina, or Flowers as Garrett called her, had lost faith in The Clairvoyant when she learned he was a fake. When Garrett was injected with the GH-325, he then became what he’d pretended to be earlier. The irony was that once Raina had her question answered she left. Certainly happier having gotten her answer, but still disillusioned with Garrett.
Despite all the great moments for so many characters (even the resurrection of Koenig at the end) as well as the live tweeting during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the reappearance of Samuel L. Jackson, the show was really about Phil Coulson and the reason why bringing him back from the dead was the right decision by former Director Fury. Throughout the first season viewers have seen Coulson evolve after his return from Tahiti, “it’s a magical place.” By the conclusion of Phil’s encounter with Fury, when the reigns of power have been handed over, the urge to reach for a box of tissues was overwhelming. When Nick tells Coulson that he brought him back because he was an avenger, there should not have been a dry eye in any living room in America.
This show was very much about revealing more and more layers to the agent whose death in The Avengers made grown men cry. This low key, matter of fact agent, whose first name according to Tony Stark was Agent, was a familiar face in the avenger films, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. As Fury himself says when Coulson dies in the movie, Phil was his “one good eye.” Referencing the film again for a moment, another highlight was Coulson getting to use the Asgard gun again against the super soldiers. His line, “I know what it does,” brought both a painful twinge and a welcome bit of comedy. However it was the crowning of a new king of S.H.I.E.L.D. that should have had fans excitedly talking to one another.
At the very least this great moment should have had fingers tapping keyboards frantically, tweeting out fan’s delight at this turn of events. Social media has changed how we as audience members watch television. Twitter, and to a lesser degree Facebook, has allowed the common man, woman and child, to interact with casts of their favorite shows, as well as directors and, in the case of The Walking Dead, the FX guys and showrunners. The practise of “live tweeting” became the norm on another AMC show, Breaking Bad. Stars of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been doing a bit of live tweeting as well as using Twitter to build up excitement for an upcoming show or to thank fans for their interacting with them. The arrival of Samuel L. Jackson generated quite a number of live tweets during the season finale. It has to be pointed out, that using Twitter to remark about whatever show you’re watching adds a different level to television itself. One that makes it more interactive and enjoyable. #AgentsofSHIELD certainly entertained the heck out of its loyal fans, those on Twitter and those who don’t tweet were all enthralled by the end of the show.
By Michael Smith