Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Cast & Creators Say Goodbye
Season 7, Series Finale

Clark Gregg | © ABC Network and Marvel Television

"Seven seasons. Thanks to Coulson Lives. Thanks to the greatest fans in the world. Thank you for going on the ride with us."
—Clark Gregg

Life got way too busy three years ago. I've been behind on tweeting all season and right now I'm trying to finish "Brand New Day" before the finale tonight. So, I have no time to write extensively about how much this show has meant to me these past seven years, the way I wanted to. But you have only to read posts about the first three seasons (and some of the fourth) to know how I feel about it.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Heartbreak and Hope
Season 7 in 3...2...1

Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge, "The End," 5x22 | © ABC Network and Marvel Television

"Time is not fixed. It’s a fluid, ever-changing, beautiful thing."
—Simmons to Coulson

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been an amazing, fun, often heart-wrenching ride. Coulson Lives Forever and his code name should be Phoenix. Clark Gregg is precious. This cast is irreplaceable. I’ll miss this show so much.

I already wrote one of these “It’s almost here! Can you believe it?” type posts a few weeks ago. But this show meant so much to me that, like the best of the best that have gone before it, I’ll never run out of praise. So here we are. Six lovely seasons behind us. One season ahead that I'm sure will leave us more than satisfied, with a bittersweet ache, jaws on the floor and tears streaming. They've done it before.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
'Rescue the Future' Promo
Season 7 Preview

"So, you're saying to save S.H.I.E.L.D.–"

"We have to save Hydra."

I am not ready for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to end. I'm not even ready for the Beginning of the End. We've been waiting quite a while for it to start, but can we wait even longer, please? Then it doesn't have to end any time soon.

It was such a devastating past couple seasons, and so well done, so sad. Everyone involved did such a great job. There were great things about every season and each improved upon the last. The story continually expanded, the characters changed and grew, some were tragically lost, and the performances got deeper with every struggle and heartache they went through.

Season 15, Back Half Teaser

"No doubt, endings are hard. But then again, nothing ever really ends...does it?"

It's almost time for the "final ride," as Jensen put it a few hours ago. The end of this series is going to hurt more than most. Being on for 15 years, I wouldn't want it to be any other way. That hurt means it mattered. Like Fringe, Buffy, and Angel before it, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this summer, we'll be saying goodbye to something special.

A Christmas Carol (2019)
A Darker Direction

Guy Pearce | © FX Networks

"The only thing...the only thing I want the spirits to do, the only change I want them to to spare the life of him."

UPDATE, 12/31/2019 - I thought I was done writing about A Christmas Carol, at least until summer, but apparently it was not done with me. There were a few more things on my mind during the week after seeing this affecting miniseries. That's how I know this was great; it won't let me go. It mainly stems from comments I've seen that it was both too long in parts and not long enough in others, making it feel both overstuffed and rushed. I didn't feel at all that way and I kind of ramble on about it.

UPDATE 2, 1/20/20 - I really thought the last time I wrote about this was going to be the last time, but it's nearing the end of January and I'm still thinking about it. That's due to the exceptional talent of Guy Pearce. This one performance shows me he's an equal to Andrew Lincoln or Robert Downey Jr. Funny, because I was floored by him in Memento long before I knew either of the other two. Since then I only remember him from Iron Man 3. IMDb tells me there were a few smaller parts that I forgot about, like the opening minutes of The Hurt Locker, where things didn't go so well for him. There was also Jack Irish, a series he starred in, which I now realize I had started watching somewhere before it became unavailable. I'll have to use my Amazon Christmas gift card for that. So, in all these years, because he wasn't regularly appearing in things I watched, his talent faded from my mind. A Christmas Carol has changed that. Even if Pearce never does anything else, there are very few who can convincingly convey real emotion, and I won't let that fade again.

The Ghost of Christmas Future got his claws in me and isn’t letting go until I write this, my actual work and Christmas preparations be dammed, apparently. I haven’t been able to concentrate on anything all day. At least, in doing this, I get a few thoughts out about this engrossing miniseries just in time, instead of being my usual weeks and months and years later, irrelevant self.