“The enemy has the advantage. We need one of our own.”
SYNOPSIS: Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources — but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again?
It’s been a while since I talked about Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (which, going forward, I’m going to refer to without all those darn periods in there to spare my fingers). The last episode I reviewed was way back in November of last year: episode 1.03, The Asset. I realized not long after, that some people may have taken the silence on the subject of the show as confirmation that, like a lot of Marvel fans, I found the show disappointing and found other things to watch on Tuesday nights. This couldn’t be further from the truth. From the first time I saw the pilot, back in San Diego last year, I was in the long haul when it came to the MCU’s first foray into television.
However, being a fan of this particular show on the internet was a difficult thing for a long while. Everywhere I went, wanting to sing the show’s praises, people complained about its lack of direction, the characters, its supposed isolation from the MCU as a whole and a host of other things (including Skye’s shiny hair for some reason). But I remained convinced that the show, though slow to start, was inevitably building towards something big. We got that around the time Marvel Studios released Captain America: The Winter Soldier and all of Agents of SHIELD‘s pieces finally fell into place. The back half of season 1 was nothing but payoff for all of the seeds planted earlier in the season, the action had heavy consequences for the show, and finally connected up to the rest of the MCU in a big way that was clearly in the works from episode one.
It’s difficult to not say that I feel vindicated when it comes to defending Agents of SHIELD, going into season 2, where the stakes seem higher and the tone has gone appropriately dark for its move to its 9pm timeslot. I am so ready for season 2.
My thoughts on the season 2 premiere, along with a whole lot of feelings and spoilers, after the jump.