In Review: Agents Of Shield – Farewell, Cruel World!

Daisy and Simmons race against the clock to get the team out of the Framework, but not everyone is ready to leave.

Synopsis: Daisy and Simmons race against the clock to get the team out of the Framework, but not everyone is ready to leave.

Review: The team make plans to escape the framework and go back to normality. But persuading certain team members that they are in a simulation is not as straightforward as at first seems.

Simmons goes on a bit of a side mission to try and save Fitz from himself via his father, but it proved to be a futile move. The only person that can save Fitz winds up being Radcliffe who cleverly helps Fitz track the team to the exit point.

Meanwhile Aida’s plans to make herself human are moving full steam ahead.

There were some really great moments in this episode. A notable one being Mack’s refusal to leave the framework. His line, “I can’t live in a world without Hope” worked on so many levels and proved to be both ironic and bitter sweet. Ironic because the simulated world he is in is a dystonia ruled by tyrants. Whereas the real world though far from perfect doesn’t have his daughter.

I also enjoyed how Coulson eventually after much persuading got May to make a leap of faith.

Also fun was the fact that Daisy has to use her Inhuman abilities to literally part the vat of heated metal so that the team can escape.

The real treat though was Fitz’s reaction when he left the framework. The fact that he was so overcome with remorse was very true of his character and as ever Iain De Caestecker nails it. I also enjoyed his hesitation when faced with the human version of Aida. 

Overall this episode was everything you could have expected and so much more, but also a sad episode due to the fact that we have to say goodbye once again to agent Triplet.

As to if Mack will ever leave the Framework remains to be seen, but if he does. I think it will have much to do with his daughter Hope or maybe Yo Yo.

Agents Of Shield - Farewell, Cruel World!
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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