The news about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fifth season just keeps getting better and better. First, ABC were uncertain if season four would be its last and then a tentative 2018 premiere date was set…

Yes, it needed some gimmickry like the introduction of Ghost Rider to inject some fire into its belly but, in the space of four seasons, Jed Whedon and wife Maurissa Tancharoen’s show has gone from audio-visual chewing gum to storytelling perfection.

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The writers know that a season long, 22 episode arc is too much for their audience so geniusly split season four’s arcs into “pods”.

Last season’s pods included an artifically intelligent lifeform named Aida using The Darkhold (think Dr. Strange’s supernatural physics) to create a Matrix-style alternate reality where our heroes lives played out in Lost-like amnesia where they had no regrets. It was a marvel to behold.

In this Man in the High Castle topsy-turvy world, named The Framework, characters new, old and reincarnated worked for the enemy or as French Resistance fighters and, at one point, the show even became so meta that it was renamed “Agents of HYDRA” thanks to an opening title card. Just genius.

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In addition to the show’s most exciting storylines ever, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also grew up by becoming highly political in its last few episodes by taking on Trump and his alt-right head on.

The show has become so god-damned ambitious that its showrunner’s bravery means it could pick up anywhere – either back in The Framework or in space, judging by that cliffhanger!

ABC say that AoS will return immediately after Inhumans ends.

Admittedly, Inhumans looks pretty lame but I just wish that Phil, Daisy, Fitz, Jemma, the writers et al continue the stunning work of season four and its into season five. With America heading for all-out civil war, I’m certain they will.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives in November only on ABC.