Only three episodes in, season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has offered more intrigue, character development and suspense than all 22 episodes of season one. I hope that it continues on the same trajectory, although I will be very glad when Simmons and Fitz are reunited and someone either puts a bullet in Ward or they drop him into a deep dark hole. But then, what would be the fun in that?
It’s no secret Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a disappointment to many during its freshman year. And after Captain America: The Winter Soldier completely reset the game board, a lot of fans where shaking their heads. I count myself among the confused. While I realize it was important for us to know and sympathize with these characters, knowing how game-changing the Cap’s second installment would be begs the question, why didn’t S.H.I.E.L.D. just wait?
They finally got it right! I’ve been wracking my brain for the past 48 hours, trying to determine how best to articulate just what was so right with this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but in truth, I’m still at a bit of a loss. Was it the action? The character development? Further expansion of the plot? The return of Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Did anyone else find it a little skeevy that Clark Gregg and Amy Acker were playing love interests after playing father and daughter in this summer’s Much Ado About Nothing? No, just me. Okay then.
I’m on the fence regarding whether I want Ward to truly be a bad guy or just a double agent. Honestly, I think either choice could be interesting, although having him remain bad for an extended period of time would really mess with the dynamic of Coulson’s team and could make for some fun confrontations later on. Imagine what would happen if Ward and May got into a fight now?
On any other show, this would probably be the mother of all season finales, but no, we’ve got six more episodes to go. The completionist in me is glad, because on the off chance we don’t get a season two, the writers and producers should have plenty of time to wrap this up in the episodes that are left.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has not yet been renewed for season two, so it remains to be seen if the writers and creators will have a chance to rectify these missteps. I feel that the show is always taking one step forward and two steps back, glancing up against greatness, but routinely falling short and settling for mediocre. Marvel fans, Whedon fans, and most importantly, Agent Coulson, deserve better.
The true hallmark of a Joss Whedon show is a strong female protagonist. In this week’s episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. this trope was taken one step further with the arrival of Lorelei, an Asgardian escapee who can turn men to her will with a touch. Since she makes all of the male agents on the Bus drooling idiots, we are left with Simmons, May and special guest star Lady Sif to take care of the mess Lorelei has wrought.
Thanks to the Olympics we’ve had to wait a full month to find out Skye’s fate. To recap, she was only being kept alive by a hyperbaric chamber at the end of our last episode after Ian Quinn, still played with slimy-goodness by David Conrad, shot her in the gut … twice … at point blank range … because he’s a bad guy.