When “Agents of SHIELD” first premiered on ABC, we expected it to be some high-octane comic book series that brought to the table many of the themes of the motion picture, just in a smaller, more episodic form. However, it took a little bit of time in order to get to the place that it really needed to be. By the time it got there, we were near the end of the season.
Season 2 of the series was really the chance for the show to really prove its mettle, and for the most part, it did that by creating interesting new villains, introducing more powers, and continuing to find fun ways to integrate into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe while still existing on its own. Ultimately, there are so many different reasons why you should be excited / optimistic for the third season after what we saw this time in the fall and spring.
What worked – Chloe Bennet first and foremost. She had an enormous part in the story of season 2, as we learned more about her being one of the Inhumans, Daisy Johnson, and a major force to be reckoned with. She had a superhero origin story wrapped within a larger show, and it was one of the best portrayals we’ve seen of someone trying to come to grips with having powers. It can be a blessing for sure, but it can also be quite the curse.
Of course, there were many other story plots as well: The introductions of Bobbi and Lance, the rise of Ward within the ranks of Hydra, and the entire arc with the Real SHIELD. We’re probably going to like anything that leads to giving us more of Edward James Olmos.
What didn’t – We wanted more of J. August Richards throughout the entire second season, and for the most part we’d say that the first half of the season got completely overshadowed by what happened in the back half. Granted, it’s hard to really expect anything else when things were so insane pushing close to the end, plus you have the whole recency bias on top of that.
Overall – A heck of a fun season for the show. We’d be hard-pressed to be too negative about anything Jed Whedon and company did, and the funny thing here is that we do still feel like the best for “Agents of SHIELD” could be still to come.
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