Wow. That’s all I can say about this season. Last night’s episode was, to say the least, pretty emotional.
I have to hand it to the actors. This show has hit some real emotional notes, and I’m not afraid to say I have enjoyed the hell out of it. This week, Iain De Caestecker shows again why he is one of the shining jewels of the show. In the first season, he and Simmons had the quirky, nerdy, adorkable vibe going. neither could really say anything about their emotions, because they knew each other so well, and worked together too closely.
When Ward betrayed everyone, and locked Fitz and Simmons in a containment module, and sent them to the bottom of the sea – it was Leo who sacrificed himself for Jemma. When the season ended, you didn’t know if he would survive, or what, and when the season started, Iain De Caestecker started to show his brilliance. He affected brain damage, and showed his character having to relearn his skills, and get his brain functioning back to the high levels it was previously. It wasn’t instant, and it sure felt like it took forever, but by the end of Season 2, Fitz was nearly back to normal.
His relationship with Jemma Simmons, played amazingly by Elizabeth Henstridge, has been a mainstay. Since day one, he has always loved her, and clearly Jemma has always loved Fitz. But the two actors together, their natural chemistry, it really goes a long way to explain why the show deserves another season. Fortunately, reports are it’s going to be renewed (and it’s a choice that has to be made soon by the network!), so I will be happy when it gets confirmed.
Now, Season 4 has really shown Iain’s range. From the evil Hydra villain, to the sweet and gentle Fitz, he has shown again and again why there is a fan base, even with some of the mis-steps it has had in the past.
His scenes with Ophelia, the real-girl vision of AIDA, with all the Inhuman powers she wanted at her disposable (making her unstoppable, and backed by the knowledge from the Darkhold a really, really bad combination) was fantastic. He tried to play off her positive emotions, getting her to choose the good things, knowing how powerful she was, knowing he had to help get her on the right track early. he simply could not love anyone besides Jemma, and that broke Ophelia’s heart. After that, she’s a rampaging, killing machine.
Hell Hath no fury like an android who used magic to create an alternate reality where she found a way to create herself a human form and give herself unlimited powers backed by magic. And woe to anyone who tries to stop her. Seriously, there were a lot of dead guys, cause she was heartbroken.
So by the end, the team is back at the base, which was blown up by Coleson to try to prevent even more LMD’s from taking over the rest of SHIELD, Ophelia is back with the Russian, who is his own version of nasty and unstoppable, and has been reading the Darkhold. He has a plan to take over the world, and now, the two of them will enact it.
The best scene, however, was at the very end when Ghost Rider made his triumphant return. He will be the only one who can take down Ophelia, and her Darkhold powers. If only he can get along with the rest of the team!