Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast. your source for comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary.
In this week’s episode, we’ll talk about the increasingly well populated landscape of television series based on comic books, our impressions of specific projects, and what if any effect these developments may have on the comic book business itself.
It's the second-to-last episode of the first season of Agents of SHIELD, and the action is moving towards a thrilling conclusion -- but don't worry, there's still time to stop off for a whole bunch of origin story flashbacks starring some trees.
We'll find out next week at the network upfronts whether Agents of SHIELD is coming back for a second season. Based on ratings, it seems a dead cert for renewal. It's actually the storyline that leaves it on shaky ground. Will there be a SHIELD to build a show around in the second season, or is it going to be months of Coulson and the gang relaxing poolside at the motel? We don't know! So let's enjoy the show while we still can. Or, let's try, anyway. Spoilers ahead.
If we regard the last six episodes of Agents of SHIELD's first season as a single story, we're now two-thirds of the way to done -- and I'm pleased to say I can't guess which way the last two episodes will take us.
There are certainly some predictable paths available, at least one of which would be incredibly exasperating. That's the path marked "Ward's redemption". The events of this episode seem to steer us in the other path, but you can never be sure with redemption arcs. Audiences will forgive a guy anything if they think there's a love story involved. Spoilers ahead for this week's Agents of SHIELD, and if you haven't seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, it's officially too late. You suck.
On tonight's Agents of SHIELD, Phil Coulson utters the line, "HYDRA just released the entire population of the Fridge into the wild". If you think this is going to be an hour of Baron Strucker in a forest weepily shooing away a recalcitrant pack of bacon like John Lithgow chasing off a bigfoot, you're going to be disappointed.
But if you're looking for underwhelming spy drama dancing around the edges of a hugely popular nerd film franchise, boy, do we have a show for you! Spoilers for Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier follow. Hail Harry and the Hendersons.
Last week's Agents of SHIELD saw some major changes for the characters, and a major change for the viewers -- it was actually a decent episode!
As the ramifications of Captain America: The Winter Soldier continue to unfold on the small screen, the question we have to ask is, can the show keep up the quality? We're all pulling for you, Agents of SHIELD!
Please note that this episode recap once again contains spoilers not only for Agents of SHIELD, but also for the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agents of SHIELD has had a lot of chances. It's had guest stars and movie tie-ins. It's had extended hiatuses when it could have re-tooled. It's had heavily pushed event episodes that were meant to reinvigorate the show. But for sixteen episodes the show has failed to catch fire. Now, after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the show has one more chance to prove itself.
SPOILER WARNING: This recap not only contains spoilers for tonight's Agents of SHIELD, it also contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you haven't seen the movie and you want to remain unspoiled, do not read on.
Last episode: Sif. Two episodes ago: John Garrett. Three episodes ago: Deathlok. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has embraced the "Marvel" part of its name the past few weeks, but the ABC television series still hasn't been able to match the quality or excitement of Marvel's other live-action productions.
In this week's episode there are no new Marvel faces, but several familiar ones crop up, and perhaps more excitingly we see some welcome advances in the plot. Yes, there's a plot! Buckle in, true believer.
In tonight's Agents of SHIELD: Sif happens. Yes, for the first time since the Nick Fury cameo in episode two, an actual non-Coulson-shaped major character from the Marvel Studios movies makes an appearance! Everything's going to be great from now on!
Actually, despite claims from some corners of fandom that viewers will never be happy with Agents of SHIELD until Iron Man appears in every episode, I never expected Iron Man to appear, nor did I ever ask for it, and I'm surprised to see Sif in an episode. The main thing I ever wanted from this show was some decent TV. So, I'm grateful for Lady Sif, but let's see how this episode fares on the other front.
Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler, who discuss the nature of mainstream American comics with respect to idiosyncratic creators working on corporate properties -- particularly the artists drawing titles published by Marvel and DC Comics.
The group also checks in on the Agents of SHIELD television series, which by most accounts is something of a misfire for the otherwise victorious filmed entertainment division of Marvel.
Finally, we discuss the aesthetic impact the Arkham Asylum games may or may not be having on the ever popular Batman universe of comic books and other stories and products.
Did anyone order a "series-shattering maximum event?" Marvel's Agents of SHIELD returned to our screens this week after a lengthy hiatus -- and judging from the way ABC billed it, this time it's meant to actually be good.
So what isa maximum event, and how does it shatter the series? Does all that hype just mean that Bill Paxton is on the show now? Let's find out together!
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