"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season finale is shocking and satisfying

Agent Johnson (Quake) finds she can no longer stop Sarge, now that he has assumed his true alien form

"New Life," the two-part finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 brings closure to all the storylines. However, there were several major teaser scenes about what next season’s storylines may involve, but that’s a tale for another…time. However, one scene reveals that the Chronicoms (Enoch’s artificial humanoid race) are on an all-out mission to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. ...it appears they will be the Big Bad next season, but that has been brewing the last few episodes and isn't a major surprise.

Most of the character drama this season has been couples-based: Director Mack's break-up with YoYo, then YoYo's secret romance with another agent, the intense mindprison experience with Fitz and Simmons, May's season-long torture of seeing Coulson's face on Sarge, and Deke lookin' fer love in all the wrong places. The introduction of Deke took too much time away from an already large cast, in my opinion. All the other cast members' stories didn't get as much attention, especially in a shortened season.

Deke’s insecurities about self-worth and belonging still rage on, but Fitz & Simmons’ grandson-from-the-future finds some peace in this episode, but not until his Grands discover the secret to his wealth and fame. Deke has become the Wesley Crusher of the Marvel tv universe this season…young, brilliant, irritating, but somehow saving the day.

The final showdown between the alien Izel and S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t disappoint. There are zombies, shocking, I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened twists, plenty of suspense, and some excellent swordfighting and hand-to-hand combat scenes, where the show got plenty of use out of the elaborate Mayan tomb interiors they constructed for the last few episodes.

Izel’s plan to open a portal to her homeworld and invite an invasion force through it succeeds…briefly. Sarge’s evolution continues, with more aspects of Coulson’s personality and memories surfacing, but we are never completely sure whose side he is on. Two things are certain: he still desperately wants to kill Izel, and not everyone will make it out of this episode alive.

Sarge’s storyline ends too, in a two-parter of his own. Will S.H.I.E.L.D. find a way to keep Coulson's face around next season in some shape or form?

Tune in on your DVR, On Demand, or at abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield to find out in the season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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