The fourth season of Agents of SHIELD's second season will probably be remembered mostly for its fightin' -- both because the fightin' was memorable and because the rest of the episode wasn't especially. But that doesn't mean the show's regressed to season one levels, even in spite of so many season one plots stinking up the place.
So what was good, what was bad, and what wonderful new treats from the Marvel Universe did the show throw at us this week? (Prepare to be disappointed on that front.) ComicsAlliance has all the answers in our patent-pending SHLEID recap of 'Face My Enemy', directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Drew Z. Greenberg.
We live in thrilling times, friend; a miraculous age where Agents of SHIELD isn't awful and I don't dread recapping it. Yes, the show continues its second season renaissance with an episode that uses the characters, the villains, and the SHIELD versus HYDRA dynamic to good effect.
'Making Friends And Influencing People', directed by Bobby Roth and written by Monica Owusu-Breen, reveals what Agent Simmons has been doing this whole time when she hasn't been Tyler Durden-ing Fitz. She's been working for HYDRA! OMG! Plus, the return of a nearly-villain from season one.
Last week, Agents of SHIELD came back strong, and not, "oh, it's better than it was" strong, but "oh, it might actually be good" strong, with the new ragtag outsider premise making for much more interesting dynamic -- and the use of the Absorbing Man pushing all the right nerd buttons.
This week's episode, 'Heavy Is The Head', directed by Jesse Bochco and written by Paul Zbyszewski, picks up where last week's ended -- but can it keep up the pace, the energy, and the quality? Has Agents of SHIELD ever had two good episodes in a row? Could this be that blessed day? Find out, thanks to our ComicsAlliance-exclusive S.H.L.E.I.D. recap system.
Hello, friends. How was your summer? Good, I hope. But all that is behind us now; it's time to get back to work. Deflate the beach balls; put away the flip-flops; unpack the waterproof poncho. Agents of SHIELD is back, and I'm back to recap it. (Inexplicably, I was not fired for my recaps last season. I was actually promoted. Sorry, everyone.)
Long-time readers will recall that my major objection to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is that it just didn't make enough use of its Marvel Universe playground. It didn't need Chris Evans pouting beautifully in every episode; it just needed to exploit the assets it had. Season one never did; yet everything I've heard about season two makes me want to give the show another chance. Because, like Doctor Doom, I'm very smart but I never learn.
Congratulations, you guys. We made it. We've been through a lot together, but the day has arrived; we're finally here. It's the very last episode of Agents of SHIELD.
Season one. Yes, the first live action TV show from one of the biggest multimedia franchises of our time managed to get a second season. This is not surprising. The show could have been awful and it would still would have been renewed. And, what do you know, it was. But can the show finish strong enough to get audiences excited for season two? Spoilers follow.
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.
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