Review: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Needs Serious ‘Closure’ For its Ward Problem

December 3, 2015

comics, television

Marvel / ABC

Warning – FULL SPOILERS for Tonight’s “Closure”:

After the holiday week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to us all with the first of its final two episodes this year, and while I expressed a bit of worry last time that the break might stifle the momentum Season 3 had built, “Closure” leaped far enough into its 2015 endgame to speed things along. There was a lot to take in overall, including some notably frightening beats for Coulson to play, but the most discussion-worthy element of the night understandably belongs to Constance Zimmer’s Rosalind Price, or rather her sudden end. I can understand that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to color in certain shades of Buffy’s Angelus when it comes to Ward, even as the character’s particular brand of antagonism has been shoved into the main narrative one time too many, and hopefully “Closure” will represent the final nail in any chance of redemption for the character. Granted. Ros’ sudden end via romantic dinner sniper made for an effective shock, the kind of visual flourish Agents could always use more of, Ward fridging* Ros to get to Coulson is still a pretty lame exit for such a strong character. *There’s…

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