Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E09: Closure


For an episode titled “Closure,” and with so much at stake this season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” promises are implied. Will there really be closure? As Agent Coulson declares personal war on Ward, the heat is on, and the question is – who gets burned? Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Closure.”

Marvel’s Most Wanted

First things first, apologies for the gap in my “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” reviews. I was sick for a bit and this is the first chance I’ve had to catch up. I hope you’ve been enjoying my reviews of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” in the meantime. The big and most recent news since my illness has been the possible end of that series and the potential opening of another S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off.


The much-talked-about spin-off featuring Mockingbird and her ex-husband Lance Hunter has been picked up for a pilot option, and depending how everything pans out, it may be the mid-season buffer for next year’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” should that continue. “Marvel’s Most Wanted” is described as Morse and Hunter on the run, forming a loose alliance with rogue adventurer Dominic Fortune, played by Delroy Lindo, as they uncover the conspiracy that has made them fugitives. I’m down, how about you?

All-American Burgers

The romance continues between Coulson and Rosalind. Even as it continues to be like walking through a minefield, it is so darned charming. As they finally get the burgers they have been waiting to eat for several episodes now, Coulson notes that anything called an ‘All-American Burger’ is never good for you. He is sooo right.


Grant Ward shoots Rosalind sniper-style, cinematically recalling the movie Wanted, then calls Coulson to rub it in. It’s a particularly grisly death, and meant to push Coulson to direct action. Again, I have to think of this episode’s title. We’ve all had just about enough of Ward, right? It’s time to go. And it looks like Coulson is the one to do it. On another note, this particular evening wasn’t a good night for impromptu dinners on comic book shows as Cisco and Hawkgirl didn’t get through theirs either.


Burrowing through all the major cast members to find out everything there was to know about Grant Ward seemed like not only lip service but also a complete waste of time to me. Neither we nor Coulson truly learned anything new. This was only a way to verbalize, and therefore clarify facts only suspected before.


This tactic is used better by Banks, Mack, and Fitz/Simmons in verifying the Malick connection to the planet Maveth and The Monolith, and Will’s Project Pathfinder. The problem is, while Coulson is hunting Ward, Ward has moved on and is actually hunting Fitz/Simmons. I hate to say this, but Ward is ruthless, and better at his job.


While Fitz and Simmons get a whole new twist on interrogation – Ward and Fitz get to listen to the Iron Chef do his worst to Simmons. As they listen to the audio terrors, and the even more horrific pauses, Coulson takes a chance, and kidnaps Ward’s brother. Weirdly, Ward does have a weakness in the brother from “The Well.” And it’s all leading S.H.I.E.L.D. into a trap.


With Coulson off the grid, and the Secret Warriors ready for their first mission, it looks like the final battle takes place on the surface of the planet Maveth…

Next: The winter finale!

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