Friday, 9 July 2021

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 7 [#tvseries #review]

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I like the simple pleasures in life: a preserved timeline, an empty base and good company.
Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
(Episode 5)

It took me about a year to complete this review (the last episode of this series aired on August 12th) for several reasons. Probably for my laziness, I don't deny it. A little bit maybe because I had other reviews to write, mostly of books. But I think that a part of me chose to procrastinate to not say goodbye to this series. Because now that my review for the last season is here, I know that it's really over! But sooner or later it had to happen, so let's move on!

This series is without any doubt one of my absolute favorites! I find it difficult to make comparisons with other series that are very different in style and themes, and that I haven't whatched for a long time, so I don't know if this is really my absolute favorite or not, but it's certainly in the top 3. The reasons are many. For starters, it's a series that has all the ingredients that I love: action, superheroes, but also a lot on the human side. Then, it's a very original series: in seven seasons it managed to almost never repeat itself, and when it did it most of the time it was more like a tribute to the past and it was not boring. It's a series in which it's very rare to find filler episodes: even in the last two seasons that are shorter that usual, there are multiple storylines and in every single episode we advance with at least one of them. It's a series full of twists, for which we don't have to wait for the last episode. Then, above all, it's a series full of extraordinary characters that I have come to love, that I mourned when they left us, for whom I will always have a lot of affection. It's not a perfect series, I sometimes have found (especially in the last seasons) some screenwriting choices IMHO quite questionable or forced, but if I think about the enormous pleasure and the immense emotions I felt watching all these 136 episodes, every flaw disappears in comparison.

And now this beautiful series is over! :'( Sooner or later maybe I'll find the courage to whatch it all over again, anyway I will continue to remember all the good times I spent in its company!

After this very long preamble, I'm realizing that I should talk about this seven season in particular and not about the series in general. It's difficult because I'd like to talk a lot about every single episode (for some of them I already did it last year) and it's almost impossible to say something without spoiling. I'll try anyway. This seventh and final season was in my opinion created with a lot of ingenuity because through the ploy of time travel (which, by the way, is a cool theme that always works) we have the opportunity to remember a little about the past of the series, and prepare ourselves to the future, because the series ends but the stories of the characters don't. I liked thiis season very much, and I find it a suitable ending to this wonderful series.

Quotes

Did you find bodies without faces? Happens all the time in Canada.
Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
(Episode 1)

Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie: It's easier to let a bad man live than let a good man die.
Phil Coulson: That's catchy, and I wish I'd said it.
(Episode 4)

Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie: Are you worried? It's still S.H.I.E.L.D., just an active base.
Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez: You saw the man in blue.
Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie: The Agent in the throwback uni? Well, hell, I thought he looked pretty tight.
Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez: You ever see a James Bond movie, Mack? An underground base full of men in jumpsuits - always a bad deal.
(Episode 5)

Melinda May: I don't have attitude.
Phil Coulson: That's my point.
Melinda May: Not having attitude is my attitude?
Phil Coulson: Yes.
(Episode 6)

Deke Shaw: You are a valued member of our family.
Enoch: That is the greatest compliment one could be paid. Apology accepted.
(Episode 6)

Sibyl: You said I was wrong about three things. What's the third?
Phil Coulson: Me. You see, I haven't feared death in a long time.
Sibyl: Is that so?
Phil Coulson: Yeah. The fact is, dying... it's kind of my super power.
(Episode 6)

Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie: You anywhere nearby?
Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez: Hey, it's me. Everywhere's nearby.
(Episode 9)

Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez: What are you, like a computer genius now?
Phil Coulson: Yes.
(Episode 11)

Jemma Simmons: You looked at a lot of brains, Enoch?
Enoch: The 19th century was a strange time for humanity.
(Episode 11)

We may be predictable, but so is the enemy, because they're always planning to ruin our day.
Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
(Episode 11)

Melinda May: I'm still getting used to the idea of you as a techie.
Phil Coulson: I'm still getting used to the idea of me as just tech.
(Episode 12)

Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie: That's some serious flying there.
Melinda May: It used to be all I did.
Riferimento al passato quando Melinda May era "just the pilot" (è durata molto poco, comunque!)
(Episode 13)

We're fighting for the very thing that give us strength.
Phil Coulson
(Episode 13)

It's funny what can happen when someone believes in you.
Daisy 'Skye' Johnson
(Episode 13)

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