4. Agents of SHIELD Season 4
The fourth season of Agents of SHIELD was split into three sections, which kept viewers entertained even as the show began its descent into complacency.
The year started out on fire with the Ghost Rider arc – a major Marvel superhero that the series was lucky to land. The storyline with the Darkhold and several scientists running around as ghosts was a bit stale, but there is plenty of great Ghost Rider action, along with impressive sequences featuring Quake and May, which fans have grown accustomed to.
The middle plot details Life Model Decoys – specifically a scientist named Radcliffe’s recreation of his love, Aida. The multiple versions of Aida are scintillatingly played by Mallory Janson. All the while, the SHIELD team starts to suspect that some of their roster have been replaced by L.M.D.’s. This angle does make for suspenseful and engrossing television, while the interactions between Coulson and May progress from subtle to overt.
The rear segment temporarily re-titles the series Agents of Hydra. The agents are mentally placed in a computer “framework”, which is basically a Matrix rip-off, down to the ultimate rule of death in the Framework carries over to the real world.
Despite the derivative setup, Agents of Hydra offered some intriguing character predicaments, as well as a chance for Ward, Triplett, and Lincoln to greet dedicated fans of the show one last time. Mack grappling with losing a daughter, who died as a baby in real life, is as heartbreaking as Agents of SHIELD gets.