“Closure” began with a cinematic opening that included Rosalyn’s death, and it didn’t take long before this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resembled the animated Transformers movie. Nothing ties up loose ends faster than offing half of the characters introduced this season. Rosalyn’s death eliminated any thoughts she was a mole. Some may have thought she was a turncoat but I never questioned her loyalty: double crossing has been overdone on this show and she hounded Coulson because she thought he and his team worked for Hydra.
The increased body count wasn’t a bad thing. Rosalyn’s death gave Coulson the impetus to go after Ward, Hydra’s two sides (Ward and Malick) have joined forces, Fitz and Simmons’ story finished integrating with the Hydra/S.H.I.E.L.D. story, and we’re headed for a showdown on the strange alien planet we met earlier this year. We even saw Daisy (Skye/Quake) form her super team, sort of. Even the folks who weren’t featured in “Closure” had some nice moments: May’s pep talk with Mack, and Hunter apologizing for his failure of not killing Ward.
All things considered, “Closure” made some huge strides. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had its share of bombshells this season, but we received some nice pay off here. My only concern is that we still have another episode before the mid-season break and the last two episodes would’ve made good places to pause the series. Even though it falls way short, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is giving us its best Breaking Bad impression. I hope it can keep building its characters and continue its never-ending cliffhangers—at least for one more week.