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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap, Episode 20: ‘Nothing Personal’

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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.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap, Episode 19: ‘The Only Light in the Darkness’

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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.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Recap, Episode 18: ‘Providence’

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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.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap, Episode 17: ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’

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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.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 1 Recap, Episode 16: ‘End of the Beginning’

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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.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap, Episode 15: ‘Yes Men’

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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.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap: Ep 14: ‘T.A.H.I.T.I.’

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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 is a 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap, Episode 13: ‘T.R.A.C.K.S.’

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Welcome, fellow traveller, to the ComicsAlliance recap of the February episode of Agents of SHIELD. Yes, we're only getting one episode this month. Weep or cheer, depending on your established bias.

The title of this month's episode is T.R.A.C.K.S., which doesn't appear to stand for anything, and if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything, which reminds me, maybe this is the episode when everything turns around? Spoilers follow!

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Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Recap, Episode 12: ‘The Seed’

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The twelfth episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD officially takes us past the halfway point of the season; there are now more episodes behind us than ahead. You'd think I'd be relieved given how disappointing the show has been, but I'm actually worried that time is running out to make the show work.

This week; Agents of SHIELD goes back to school. But what do they learn?

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Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Recap, Episode 11: ‘The Magical Place’

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After a three week break the agents returned to action last night, kicking off the season's back 12 with a mission to retrieve Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) after his abduction by the mysterious and sinister Hungry Hungry Caterpillar... wait, no, let me check my notes... "Centipede" organization.

The winter hiatus offers the show its best chance yet to address some of its problems. Could this mean the start of a new and improved Agents of SHIELD? Or have I once again let my fannish desire for this show to be good get in the way of realistic expectations? Let's find out together!

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