Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been an emotional rollercoaster for Marvel fan’s. Season 6 is no different.
Entering Season 6 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fans were left wondering if that was the end of Director Phil Coulson? From the first episode, we knew things were going to be different and by the end, they would never be the same again. While Season 6 was not as intense of Season 4, it added a new element no one saw coming. In terms of acting, it was more of the same, but the storyline provided an emotional rollercoaster that’s been missing from AOS. Although the season was short, there was still some great moments and some that just didn’t work.
Worked: Mack and Yo-Yo
To have one of our favorite couples separated when the season began was heartbreaking, to say the least. But to find out the reason behind it, did make it a little easier to understand. Mack has always had problems expressing his feelings, but taking over as Director, had to weigh heavy on him and his relationship with Yo-Yo.
Did we think they would get back together? Yes. It was just a matter of time. What the Mack and Yo-Yo storyline provided was the missed opportunity between Phil Coulson and Agent May. The feeling was mutual for both but Coulson was so busy trying to be a leader that he forgot about his personal life. This is what Mack had to come to terms with. He won Yo-Yo back because he was honest with himself.
Didn’t Work: The Separation of Fitz and Simmons
How long do we have to continue to deal with this? First, it took forever to get them to admit their feelings and when they finally did, they were separated by time, space, death, and an alternate reality. Once they reconnect in real life, we see them separated again in the Season 6 finale. Just stop it. Like, what have they done to deserve this?
Their one episode in Season 6 did provide fans with better insight as to why they are so connected. As usual, the pair did have their comedic moments but with a shortened season, Fitz and Simmons’ followers were cheated out of a blossoming marriage. Hopefully, in Season 7 the writers can get back to what has made them our favorite couple on AOS.
Worked: The Return of Phil Coulson
At the end of Season 5, we knew this was the end of the line for Phil Coulson. The crazy part is, fans were ready for that knowing that the team was left in good hands with its current staff. But to see Coulson not only return to a starring role but also to reemerge as a villain was awesome. It wasn’t just the acting he provided, it was the storylines that came with his return.
Evil Coulson challenged the leadership abilities of Mack. Brought back loving memories for May who spent Coulson’s last seconds with him before he supposedly passed. But most of all, it was the father/daughter relationship between Daisy and Phil that shaped the last few episodes and made it more dramatic than what it should have been.
Didn’t Work: No Ghost Rider
If there was ever a time to call on Robbie Reyes, Season 6 was definitely it. It’s clear AOS had jumped the gun with his appearance in season 4. If traveling to the depths of hell and fighting off another world of demons was always the plan, then why not fight it with a someone built just for that?
Reyes had a connection to Coulson and the inner conflict he and Daisy would have had to fight through the urge not to kill would have been explosive. Plus, imagine Izel taking control of Ghost Rider’s body as she did almost every member of the team. The ultimate showdown between him and Daisy would have been on the Avengers vs. Thanos-type level.
Worked: Mack’s Leadership
With Coulson dead and Daisy not wanting the position, someone had to take the mantle. Was Mack the best choice? Yes and no. For most of the series, Mack has been a loyal follower but did he have it in him to be the leader Coulson was or the leader they needed? From the start of Season 6, Mack had his doubts about himself. The irony is, he wanted to be like Coulson, but at times, Phil often questioned his actions and decisions.
The one downside of Mack becoming Director was that he had to evaluate his relationship with Yo-Yo. While her relationship with Keller didn’t last too long, Mack was still left pawning over the speedster. His team never doubted his orders and when it was time to sacrifice his well-being in order to save others, Mack never hesitated. That’s a true sign of a leader.