Whoops! I could have sworn I posted here. Either I didn't have a chance because of the downtime, or the post was lost in the crash. I'll copy and paste from ReNext:
Aw, man. That was Exhibit A in the Master Class of "How To Do A Series Finale Right." Here we have a show that respects and appreciates its audience.
First of all, they had to save the world from the Complications. They didn't have to restore the timeline, after all, because their original timeline was still there. But, like the good heroes they are, they had to do what they could for the badly abused timeline. This involved taking away the invading alien robots and leaving Deke to sort things out. And sure, Deke got left behind in the Mirror Universe, but he finally got some respect. I especially liked Mack's acknowlegment of what Deke did for him-- which was pretty much what Mack did for Fitz.
And their final solution to the attack of the Contrabands was absolutely beautiful-- and very timely, too. It wasn't about a military victory or counterintelligence campaign or banishment to an empty timeline or super-technological trickery. They just won them over. They taught them empathy and changed their minds. Because you don't want to become like your enemy-- you want your enemy to become like you. A lesson that has needed to be learned repeatedly throughout history, and never moreso than now.
Not that there wasn't action. Daisy got to fight and win a big superhero battle and the little weasely guy got fried and the spaceships blew up. Good enough.
But then, after all those changes that were inflicted on the past timeline, came the real changes that are inevitable as life goes on, and our gang's time together came to an end-- fortunately, it was a very satisfying end.
Piper, in exchange for helping Gemma, is now working with a resurrected version of Davis. Yes, there are lots of existential and ethical questions raised by this, but it's touching so shut up.
Fitz and Simmons, as theorized, were away a lot longer than they let on-- long enough to have a baby named after a star, who may or may not grow up to be a new Deke's mother. And, after carrying out a plot worthy of Rube Goldberg that spanned multiple eras and timelines and star systems, got to retire to a life of domestic bliss. And undoubtedly some interesting hobbies, like designing new fish.
May, after getting to be The Cavalry one last time, is now teaching Generation Alpha how to be new Cavalries-- at the Coulson Academy. Excuse me a minute, I've something in my eye. And there's a little bit of a hint that she might be open to a little LMD lovin,' after all.
Daisy is off on a Space Opera adventure with her new sister from another timeline (fair trade for Deke, I guess) and Sousa. Kora hasn't been around long enough to really make much of an impression, but Sousa feels like he's always been there. They make a nice trio and one can easily imagine them on Flash Gordon adventures. And I love that Sousa was reading a hard copy of Cosmos
YoYo seems to have her own team now, which includes Piper and Davis, and gets to do cool things like jump out of a speeding car at a full run, so she's on top of the world. And, as far as I can tell she's still with Mack.
And Mack-- speaking about on top of the world, he's got his own helicarrier now. Mack the engineer, who didn't want to be the boss and who was the only one who knew how to help Fitz when he had brain damage, is now the director of a fully restored SHIELD.
But ultimately, this has always been The Coulson Show. What would be the perfect happy ending for Coulson? Could it be coming to terms with his new immortal self? Could it be having the opportunity to see the world and the universe? Could it be flying off into the sunset in a brand spanking new Lola? Could be. I'm good with that. So cheers to Phil Coulson, the guy who proved that you can save the world with just a good heart and a resting smirk face.
So, yeah, that was about the best finale a series ever had. Not perfect, though. I have some questions, mostly about the Corpulents.
Like, where are they? Now that they are our friends (as they have always been), are they working with SHIELD? Did they leave Earth to find a new planet to settle on? Are they now the Wanderers of the Universe? What are their plans, dammit?
Also, is Sibyl dead? It was like she disappeared when May landed on her head. Surely she's not that delicate. For a couple of minutes, I thought she was going to learn empathy and become a new love interest for Coulson. They were always kind of flirty.
And Enoch. Poor friend Enoch. Why does he have to be dead? He's a robot, so his brain should still be intact. Why can't they just give him a chest thingamajig transplant from one of those wrecked Coconuts. I think those chest devices are called Life Imitating Machine Engines, or LIME for short. They could just put the LIME in the Coconut.
And, finally, did Fitz's plan actually make any sense? Nah, never mind, I don't care.