Full spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continue below.
As a title like “The Return” promises, the penultimate episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Season 4 was all about how our favorite SHIELD agents readjust back to the real world. But after the success of the Framework arc, the transition back to reality wasn’t as much of a high point as what came before.
Typically Agents of SHIELD is ramping up the action in its final episodes of the season, but because of the exit from the especially strong Framework storyline, this Aida and Superior-centric arc wasn’t as compelling. The most interesting elements of the storyline once again gravitated around the question of characters’ humanity, with Aida’s emotional roller coaster becoming the backbone of the episode.