The Last Ship: John Pyper-Ferguson

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SPOILER!!! If you click through you WILL see a pic that spoils "Don't Look Back," the 3rd season finale of The Last Ship.

If you got here through the homepage then you would have seen a SPOILER warning. If you came directly here and haven't seen "Don't Look Back" yet, then I can only apologize that you can't unsee this image. But you shouldn't have been searching anyway. Now would be a good time to use your MiB Neuralyzer if you have one. For everyone who still has their memory intact and has seen the finale, please read on.

I never expected to be writing about The Last Ship. That's not to say that it's not worth writing about, just that I have little room to add another thing to my To Do list. I liked The Last Ship from the beginning; it's solid entertainment with great characters and an intriguing story. And the second episode ever of the series really gave me something to come back for: Ken "Tex" Nolan, a guard that the crew of the Nathan James met at Guantanamo Bay. I was immediately taken with his spirit and affability, so different from the buttoned up, by-the-book naval officer.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 3x21 and 3x22: Absolution and Ascension Tweetcap

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In memory of Dan Schmidt, the founder of Across the Airwaves, who sadly passed away this summer. The tribute episode for him can be found here.

I knew someone was gonna go. I just didn't know everyone would.
—Daisy to Coulson, "Absolution"

Here we are, right down to the wire. It's the end. The final two episodes of the superb third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I would have liked to separate these two to have easier to digest posts, but how could I? They aired together. They belong together the way "S.O.S., Part 1" and "S.O.S., part 2" belong together.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 3x20: Emancipation Tweetcap

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In memory of Dan Schmidt, the founder of Across the Airwaves, who sadly passed away this summer. The tribute episode for him can be found here.

Cap, Agent Carter: They were my heroes growing up. Both of them were there at the beginning of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now we may be there when it ends.
Coulson to May, "Emancipation"

"Emancipation? What does Daisy have to be emancipated from? The people who love her and only want the best for her?" That would have been my reaction if I had known the title before watching the episode. Sometimes the title of an episode can give away too much or, usually in the case of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., make me really anxious about what it really means, especially when there's a double meaning.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 3x19: Failed Experiments Tweetcap

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In memory of Dan Schmidt, the founder of Across the Airwaves, who sadly passed away this summer. The tribute episode for him can be found here.


And what if you fail, if they decide to turn on you instead, to come after us with their weapons of war, to kill me...kill all of us? What then?
—Hive
Then I will rip their hearts out.
—Daisy

Looks like this was another fantastic episode that should be counted among the best. I just had to be reminded since this wasn't the Summer of Erin, where I got to rewatch all the series I've been wanting to rewatch for years, but the Summer of Erin Must Do a Million Things and Have No Time for Herself. There were so many of these impressive episodes in the third season, maybe more than the first two years. While every episode has a reason to watch - even if it's something as simple as a perfect one-liner, a sweet moment, or the look on someone's face - the further Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets into the mysteries and closer to the edge of disaster, then the deeper the storyline and friendships, the more developed the personalities, and the more involved we the audience are.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 3x18: The Singularity Tweetcap

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In memory of Dan Schmidt, the founder of Across the Airwaves, who sadly passed away this summer. The tribute episode for him can be found here.

"This alien creature messed with the wrong team. It thinks if it breaks our legs, we'll stop fighting. But it doesn't know how damn stubborn we are, especially when it comes to protecting our own. Hive is building an Inhuman army, but we're not gonna let that happen.
— Coulson, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "The Singularity"

I forgot about this speech. How did I forget about this rousing speech?!

Going through these tweets, I remembered a certain thing that happened in this episode: putting the Science Babies at risk. It makes for great drama, but it's so intense. I don't think the fandom could handle it if FitzSimmons were ever to be permanently separated. That scene with Jemma alone with Hive made "The Singularity" another "best of series" episode. Strangely, I didn't think of it in my last tweetcap when naming "Laws of Nature," "4,722 Hours," "Maveth," and "The Team" as the MVPs of the season and essential episodes of the series.