Krista’s Korner – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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I’m sure by now everyone and their dog has told you that you should give AoS a second chance because it got SO good. I’m here to add on to that and to say, “Shame on you for not watching it from the beginning.”

As I’m sure any casual movie/TV person should know/and/or have heard, it was created by Joss and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tanchareon. It aired Tuesday nights on ABC and premiered with some amazing numbers and earned it worthy enough to have a repeat on Sunday night. As the episodes progressed, viewers tapered off and so many people missed out on the epic build-up.

On the surface, the series is about Agent Coulson (resurrected from his death from The Avengers) putting together a small time to tackle odd-end missions. The formula starts out as a “Monster of the Week” so to speak, but every villain ends up being important in the grander scheme of things. The first episode introduces us to our game players: Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – who we know, Melinda May (Ming-Na Men) – the one-woman army who is stoic yet snarky, Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) a young gruff and manly type of no nonsense secret agent man, Leo Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Hemstridge) are the resident brainiac scientists who provide a lot of comic relief with their banters and discoveries. On a mission they capture Skye, a young snarky hacker (Chloe Bennett)and she unwillingly becomes part of their team, though quickly accepts and begs for higher clearance.

The team has to stop super-powered individuals from killing people, destroying property, stealing artifacts (from other Marvel movies and it’s great). One big bad is Centipede, an organization that aims to create super solider mind slaves enriched with various degrees of super powers or cybernetics. And one spoiler that I will offer is because this is the turning point of why so many people flipped their lids and decided to start watching the series again: Hydra (from Captain America 1 and 2) has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. since the 40s and has silenced any agents that get in the way of their goals and are the biggest threat.

The most engaging part of the series is how it crosses over with the Cinematic Universe. The early episodes were usually talk or jabs at an Avenger or events that happened in a said movie. Occasionally there would be an object or another super human from that movie’s line. It wasn’t until Captain America: Winter Soldier that there was a complete and direct tie in. Fury being chased by by Hydra by car was aired a the end of the episode the week Winter Soldier came out. I’m sure many saw the movie that weekend and collectively flailed about. At the same time events in WS were happening, so was it in AoS. Fury is believed dead and many agents have either been taken out or are working for Hydra, so Coulson and his team are forced to face the enemy alone.

I’m going to leave the betrayals and double-crossing spoil free because I find that to be something super rewarding about the series. But yes, there is betrayal and TRUST WILL BE TRIED LIKE FOR REALS. I admired that there was an attempt to gain sympathy for the betraying character, but in the end it didn’t work out. I hope to see much justice served in season 2.

There’s a subplot of finding out who Skye’s parents are. She’s reportedly an orphan and Coulson instantly takes pity on her, though having suspicions of possibly knowing who her parents are. Skye’s motives are questionable for about the first ten episodes, thinking maybe she’s a double agent, but once she fines the truth of her origins (which are still a bit of a puzzle) she becomes completely devoted to helping S.H.I.E.L.D.  and the team does get very attached to her.

Yes I admit, AoS had a fairly slow start, but I can’t claim that it was bad enough I’d stop watching. I know enough about Whedon shows to trust that it gets better the more it goes on, and honestly that’s how a lot of things go. I’d rather a rough start and amazing climax than the opposite. No matter how bumpy, I was always curious where the series was going to go. I enjoyed a lot of the character interactions (as I tend to look for in a good series). I love Skye. There – I said it. Coulson of course holds the show together with his amazing acting and pure awesomeness and the end of the series leaves you with PHEELS like no other, I’m not spoiling that either, but it is very important to the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

If you haven’t yet given Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the second (or third) chance it deserves, please do so.

Do you like:

Marvel/Comics?

Joss Whedon?

Thriller Dramas with splashes of comedy and cheese?

Badass ladies?

Attractive men in suits?

Tie-ins to awesome movies?

Patton Oswalt?

Bill Paxton?

Flying cars?

Brits and Scots?

Sweet actions scenes?

Betrayal/Revenge?

Then this is for you.

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