Okay, I REALLY need some positivity after that episode. We didn't get any Fitzsimmons fitzsimmonsing, I don't even think they talked to each other... And what in the world was that ending??? How are we supposed to wait a whole year to figure out? I'm also scared for what season 5 will be like... What if they mess it up? Ugh. This does not look good. I'm losing all hope and faith in this show. Any positivity would be great! Thanks!!!
Okay Anon, let me see what I can do here for you.
Was that the ending we wanted or even that they built up to all season when is comes to Fitzsimmons. To many in the fandom it wasn’t enough, but to the writers it was. “Their’s is a forever love” and “They will only ever love each other” was the pay off they were building up too. I think they underestimated the toll that the Framework Arc and lack of time together all season was going to take on the fandom.
That scene in the pod is so profound and so epic that it shall live in infamy as one of the best scenes of the series…and no words were even spoken. Simple touches enough to convey a thousand words.
And speaking of payoff…we did get THIS. Jemma getting a chance to unload a ton of bullets into Fitz’s kidnapper/tormentor. Honestly it was a scene I wanted so bad and I didn’t think we’d get. AND Jemma got a go at Fitz’s horrible father! She got not one but two of his tormentors! That’s our girl, no one messes with her man.
We did get Fitzsimmons Fitzsimmonsing a little bit, no not bickering in the lab but we got the fake out parallel from Season 2 with Fury’s tool box on steroids. They tricked the crazy, intelligent, evil infused former Android and baited her right into the trap that lead to her defeat!. Fitz got to use the LMD how he intended it for, to protect Jemma. Allowing AIDA to attack and think she’d killed the real Jemma. Thus the LMD protected her just as Fitz had intended. And Fitz got a bit of poetic justice in being able to use her own tech/creation against AIDA.
I also see that scene with Coulson on the Zephyr where he said I know you guys have a lot to talk about but now they have to deal with AIDA as almost the writers way of acknowledging that as well. They were saying yes, there has been trauma, they do need to talk, but we don’t have time right now. And its true, they didn’t really. The bright side is they are going to do what the fandom wants and have Fitzsimmons working through the trauma of the Framework over a period of time and together.
I know some of you will outright deck me for bringing out a Jed Quote right now but I’m going too from the IGN Post Mortem.
IGN: I want to talk a bit about Fitz and Simmons. You’ve put them through the wringer over the past couple seasons, and my working theory is it’s because Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Simmons always deliver such fantastic performances of those traumatizing events. Considering what they’ve gone through this year, are you considering them as a couple who will remain rocks for each other, or are you still planning to throw a bunch more terrible things at them?
Whedon: First of all, it’s the nature of the world. I think even this year with the flashbacks of May and Coulson and the rules we’ve stated through many seasons, that there are rules about agents not getting together for this very reason. Your love will be tested. That’s sort of the nature of the business. I think it’s safe to say from these past two episodes that they love each other and won’t love anyone else, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to repair their relationship and all that pain in between. One would hope that they could because everybody roots for FitzSimmons and the fans do and we do. We love the two actors, and so I think that seeing them together is a reward that the audience deserves, but how that happens, we’ll have to wait and see if it does.
That hopefully will be what we see happen in Season 5. Fitzsimmons healing together and dealing whatever the crap has happened that has landed them in space. They were so close to getting out, Shield was out of the Shadows, things were going well, and we had ourselves a Love nest with a breakfast nook…and it was ripped away. Ripped away from them and ripped away from us. That is the nature of shows like this. Until they are ready to give us the happily ever after, its give an take.
Ghost Rider was an add on but LMD and Framework were the arcs they intended all along. The writers knew even back at SDCC this is where things were going. They teased Darth Fitz back then…”This young man as you’ve never seen them before”. Ending with Fitz needing to heal was likely the intention all along as well. I think it was just unfortunate that they continued to give us those bits like “Oh the engagement/wedding will come up again”…it will…just not THIS season. Its about NEXT season as they come back together personally and professionally. They should have gone with their standard wait and see rather than put some false hope out there. Again I think the very much underestimated the toll the Framework Arc took on the Fitzsimmons fandom. This season they established that they love each other and no job change or memory wiping androids can change that.
Another positive we got was as painful as it was to not have Fitzsimmons together how we’d envisioned we did get to see them both grow substantially in their own stories. Good, bad, right or wrong, that is something I have seen the fandom want. They wanted to see each of them with arcs outside of their relationship. Was it perfect, no, they could have given them the separate stories but still had them come together more…heck be in the same room more. But hindsight is golden and makes me treasure those moments we did get even more.
The episode was good, it wrapped a lot of stuff up nicely but also left far more questions. They ran out of time. We knew it when we were still in the Framework going into 20 that there wasn’t going to be enough real estate left to cover what they had put out there. I spoke in previous metas as to this is where we felt the bit Ghost Rider took out of the time. Fitzsimmons weren’t the only ones that didn’t get a really good tie it in a bow resolution. They resolved what they absolutely had too. AIDA, Darkhold, Robbie/Rider, and Radcliffe…and set up next season. Daisy, Robbie, and Philinda also had their arcs suffer a bit at the end (and Philinda took a step back ala Fitzsimmons start over in 3x11). Sadly that happens and for me 4x21 was the Fitzsimmons resolution for the season and then we will pick back up with them again in season 5.
The writers know the fandom is upset, they know they dropped the ball. I really do think they thought what we had in 21 was that payoff the fandom was looking for and planned on continuing this next season as this is not where their story ends. They didn’t break up. This wasn’t a deal breaker. It was another roadblock and one only puts roadblocks in the way of something they want/plan to get too. We can offer our polite feedback and support for the show and characters we love so much.
Now the best news of all Anon is we have a fandom full of absolutely amazing writers that are already hard at work on fix it, missing scene, AU, and this is how it SHOULD have happened fics. We will have a whole hiatus of recovery fic fest 2K17…now in SPACE.
Speaking of space, they have essentially been kidnapped by some mysterious rogue organization that seems intent for them to work for them. At least they’ve been kidnapped together this time and will likely be working and sciencing together until they can find a way to get out of they are get to Perthshire. A united goal! And who doesn’t love sassy sciencing barely tolerant of their captor/new employer Fitzsimmons.
Its okay to be mad, upset, and disappointed right now. Nothing wrong with that at all. I’m there, last night I was feeling a bit betrayed by the writers until I was able to take a step back and take a breath, look at the longer game…and we are in a long game here as we are ENDGAME. Until then…bring on the fics!