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Looking Back On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb. Now I know Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is well into its second season at the moment, and as you can see, clearly I’m not doing episode reviews this time around and there’s two reason for that: 1) They are very time-consuming. And 2) While this new season has been airing I have actually been re-watching season one, so I’m currently not up to date, yet. Anyways, I just finished season one and thought I would give my thoughts on it as a whole, so consider this a review of sorts, a LONG one. Okay? Good, let’s do this! SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!

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So, AoS season one, well it was a rough season I can tell you that much. The show had so many hurdles to deal with not only before airing but also during its entire run. Not only was it coming off the hype of The Avengers and the other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also had to create a compelling setting, with good stories and characters to hold fan interest where none of the main superheroes were involved. Then there’s the early feedback on the show, which wasn’t bad, but it could have been better and those who weren’t fans of the show quickly spread their negative thoughts like wildfire which really affected the show’s viewership. Add on top of that the fragmented air times of episodes, unlike most TV shows, AoS had a terrible habit of pausing and waiting for certain Marvel films to come out, so you’d end up waiting for weeks just to see another episode, it was a major problem especially that really killed the momentum of the show.

However through all of its problems the show persevered and ended up being very fun. Sure it had some problems with early episodes being a bit hit and miss due to a lack of compelling stories, poor character development, heavy reliance on the Marvel films and not fully utilizing the comic book source material. But after Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s story came into play, this show did a total 180 and became more focused, aggressive, dramatic and action-packed. It pretty much became the show that fans had wanted in the first place. But it also helped that the early episodes had a great deal of build up prior to the big story twist as the pay-off felt so good.

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So now I’m going to break things down into sections; story, characters and presentation.

Story

When it comes to stories, at first AoS tried to tell its own stories that were separate from those in the Marvel films, but still tie them together through visual and verbal references. The writers did what they could to craft new, small-yet-important adventures for Agent Coulson and his team to tackle, the problem was that these stories weren’t nearly as compelling as the writers thought they were. Now I hate to compare this show to Arrow, because they are two very different shows, born out of different circumstances, however I watched the first season of Arrow after AoS and it was apparent straight away why Arrow was better, the stories were better. The pacing and tone of Arrow was better, the stories were consistent, the drama was real and the overarching storyline throughout. AoS only had a handful of episodes that were good prior to the Hydra storyline, besides episodic tales, there were stories that were started and dropped or dragged out for far too long (Coulson’s revival, the Rising Tide’s origin and the mystery surrounding Skye are just a few examples). However once Hydra came into play things got a lot better and engaging, the show felt like everything was falling into place and got better use of its source material too.

Best episodes:

  • Eye Spy
  • FZZT (personal favourite)
  • Seeds
  • T.R.A.C.K.S. (personal favourite)
  • T.A.H.I.T.I.
  • Yes Men (personal favourite)
  • End of the Beginning (personal favourite)
  • Turn, Turn, Turn (personal favourite)
  • Providence (personal favourite)
  • Nothing Personal
  • Ragtag
  • Beginning of the End (personal favourite)

Characters

The cast is one of the main aspects that was going to make or break the show and luckily everyone was up for the task. At first a lot of the characters besides and Agent Coulson and Melinda May were just dull and undeveloped, but over time they everyone had their turn in the spotlight and showed why they belonged on the show, and by the end of it this cast of people felt like a well-rounded bunch of individuals. So let’s talk about them individually.

Firstly Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, what can be said that hasn’t been said before? The dude is awesome, he was one of the best parts of the Phase One MCU films and this show gave us more of that. The man is still serious, hardcore and hilarious, but after his death and revival you could see that he was a different person and had some quieter, more emotional moments to uncover. Gregg acts his heart out and while it was weird to see his character not as assertive as he was in the films at first, that eventually got sorted and he was just as awesome as ever by the end of the season. Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May was the first of the new characters we had to adjust to and luckily she was one of the most compelling. A woman with a mysterious past, badass martial arts skills and a ‘silent but deadly’ personality? Sign me up! May brought a lot of the show’s action, style and humour, and it also helped she was played wonderfully by Wen (who I am honestly in love with at this point). Chloe Bennet as Skye is one of my least favourite people. From the beginning she got drafted into Coulson’s team, and since then she’d lied and got them in trouble, and yet at the same time she was there for them when they needed her and she stuck her life on the line when necessary. I just wasn’t keen on the way her character was handled, her progression felt shoe-horned rather than being natural. But Bennet did her best and it helped that she pretty too.

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Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons were two characters who had a hard time being developed at the beginning. As FitzSimmons they were two science friends who were quirky, energetic and constantly bickering, it was cute and funny, but sometimes annoying too. They had a while before people warmed to them, but after episode six I think people started to pay attention. Together they have a special kind of relationship akin to that of best friends or a brother and sister, though most people could tell that there was more going there especially for Fitz. I loved both Caestecker and Henstridge’s performances. And then we have Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, this guy was one of the most plain and boring characters in the beginning and fans were vocal about that from the beginning, however once he revealed he was part of Hydra the guy became much more interesting. To learn about his backstory, seeing how he planted himself in the team and pretended to be such a dull person just changed so much about him completely and I have to give Dalton props for taking on the role and reaping the rewards.

And then there’s the great supporting cast. B.J. Britt as Antoine Triplett was a great addition to the team, not only was he a capable replacement for Ward, but he because of his heritage he had ties to The Howling Commandos and his soft spot for Simmons created some nice tension between him and Fitz. Britt was great in his role, he had the right amount of charisma, sass and style to make him a good member of Coulson’s crew. Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand was another great addition to the show, she was a strict, by-the-book kind of person who also didn’t smile a lot, but she was loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. and created some interesting moments between the main characters. Patton Oswalt as Eric/Billy Koenig is one of my favourite characters to appear in this show as Oswalt is hilarious and brought his personality into his role in such a great way. Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot made for a great antagonist who gave Coulson and his team a bit of trouble and expanded the MCU’s cast of characters just a little more.

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Ruth Negga as Raina is one of the strangest, creepiest and mysterious people to come out of this show, but that’s why I’ve liked her, she’s odd, but in a compelling kind of way and when you find out how deeply she’s tied to the bad people of this show, she does become more and more interesting. David Conrad as Ian Quinn, at first seemed like a disposable character, but with his skills, connections to bad guys and the Gravitonium, you knew he’d be sticking around and I’m glad he did. The guy is confident, stylish and talks big, but he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and I really liked Conrad’s performance. J. August Richards as Michael Peterson/Deathlok was really interesting, from a potential hero to a full-on villain against his will, that was some cool stuff. I loved his story and transformation and Richards was just great as this cyborg who was forced to kill to ensure the safety of his son. Bill Paxton as John Garrett was probably the best addition the show, Paxton is one of those kind of actors who brings a good time to any project he’s on and that was the same for AoS. Garrett is a relaxed, hilarious kind of guy but is also very dangerous and a bit of a maverick, but he is made even better when revealed to be the big bad of the show, The Clairvoyant. As a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Garrett was a cool, but as Hydra leader he was so much better. The guy was evil and Paxton played that role to a tee and with such style, it was amazing.

At least the show was not above using good guest star material, having Samuel L. Jackson appear as Nick Fury was awesome, Cobie Smulders was also cool as Maria Hill, even having Titus Welliver and Maximiliano Hernández return as Agents Blake and Sitwell was awesome. But my favourite guest character was Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, she was the best! All of these returning characters gave the show a great sense of continuity been the TV world and the film world.

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Presentation

As for the presentation the show was good for the most part but it had its problems. The visual effects were a bit hit and miss with super-powered beings like Deathlok jumping or when the Bus was flying around, sometimes the CGI was a bit blurry and lacking in detail but for the most part it was decent. The fight sequences were the highlight for me, seeing May, Ward, Deathlok or the Centipede bad guys throwing down was kick ass and choreography for the most part was really well-done. The soundtrack by Bear McNeary is also good, sometimes it can be a little cheesy and overblown, but for the most part it is thrilling, exciting and meaningful, and it works best during the more intimate moments.

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Conclusion

In conclusion the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a good time, it takes a while to get going, but once it does it doesn’t stop. While re-watching it, I didn’t like some of the earlier episodes as much as I did the first time round, at the same time, seeing the show again allows you to see so many things you wouldn’t have seen the first time round. Plus this miniature universe AoS has created for TV creates the potential for more comic book source material to be mined and possibly crossover material into the film universe as well. Only time will tell but this is a good start for the show, now let’s see if season two can do better.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Were you a fan from the beginning or were you persuaded a little while after or do you just not care? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Beginning of the End” Review

Good day to you ladies and gents of the interweb, after all this time we’ve come to the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with episode 22 entitled Beginning of the End“. Ever since the introduction of Hydra things have definitely been heating up in the story department and AoS has hit its stride, can it continue into the final episode and gives us a satisfying conclusion? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

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What I Liked

All I have to say is thank god they didn’t mess this episode up. The season finale of AoS was not only good but it was also one of the best episodes of the series. This was some solid TV here and I feel like there was loads to love in this episode with the various story plot points, different emotional moments, character development and cool action sequences. There is just an immense level of satisfaction you get as a viewer as so many of these different plot points and characters finally come together in an epic kind of way and still leaves so much more to be followed up on in the next season. I think this episode has a lot of the best moments of the entire series, the humour finally works most of the time, Coulson finally feels like the guy us fans fell in love with in the films and the set ups for the future are pretty cool.

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Here’s some of my highlights:

  • Fitz and Simmons Under the Sea: Honestly this was my favourite part of the show. There is just something about people who are the imminent danger who also confess their feelings for each that just gets me every time. After seeing these two get dropped in the ocean that there’d be some danger and drama, but I didn’t expect it to play out like that. For a minute it looked like things were completely hopeless, then the two find a way out, but then that glimmer of hope is ruined when Fitz says that only one of them can leave alive. Having Fitz ready to sacrifice his life for Simmons shows just how much he cares and how courageous he is too, but we also see how much Simmons cares for him saying that she didn’t want to leave him. Also Fitz finally told Simmons how he felt, THANK GOD! Dude finally grew balls and it worked so well in that scene. Both Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecke’s acting was incredible and very believable, the moments between those two were very emotional.
  • The Return of Nick Fury the Badass: Ah Samuel L. Jackson, you’re just one of the best guys ever and seeing you return in this episode just makes me smile. His return was just incredibly badass, coming down to save FitzSimmons in the ocean was cool. Also seeing him and Coulson together on-screen was beautiful and the two had great chemistry especially when they were talking during Garrett’s mad speeches and I’m glad that Coulson got to address his whole revival with Fury even if it was done mainly off-screen. Then there’s the moment when Coulson was appointed new director of SHIELD which was a powerful and important moment, I loved Fury’s words about taking time to rebuild and that he’d still be everywhere.
  • Garrett’s Grand Day Out: Garrett in this episode pretty much sounded crazy with all his talk of the future, ruling the world and monologuing while people aren’t really paying attention. Also seeing him kill one of the military guys was so brutal and badass and then there’s the moment when he knocked the wind of Coulson, kick ass. And of course there’s that moment at the end of the episode when he just rises up and gets that armoured suit and looks like he’ll return as a villain, but then is blown into oblivion by Coulson. That was totally unexpected and frigging funny as hell.
  • Action Galore: This episode went pretty hardcore with the action with the hand-to-hand combat and fire fights, from Coulson and Triplett’s assault on Cybertek to May vs. Ward and then seeing Garrett in action too. Seeing Coulson and Triplett together was great, the way they were vibing while taking on the bad guys was awesome. But what was even cooler was May and Ward going at it, that fight was really dynamic, there was wall-crashing, makeshift weaponry and some brutal punches and gets delivered, best part was when May shot Ward in the foot with a nail gun, badass!
  • Agent Koenig, Yay!: Man after seeing my boy Patton Oswalt get taken out a few episodes ago I never expected to see him again, but the moment when he appeared again gave me an immense amount of joy. But what’s even more interesting is the fact that this guy must be one of the life model decoys, his lines of dialogue were exactly the same, however this Agent Koenig had a different name. Robot!
  • Raina Knows Skye’s Father: Besides Raina’s conversations with Garrett that suggests she’s more than just a human, knowing that she actually knows Skye’s father who is some dodgy, bloody-handed man sitting in some dimly lit location makes for me so excited and curious to know who it is. I have no idea, however I am sure that the dude is dangerous and is probably come into play as a villain next season and at least we know where Raina’s alliance lies too.

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What I Disliked

Well as for the stuff I didn’t like as usual its nitpicking at best but it is still stuff worth mentioning. First and foremost, WHERE’S MY GRAVITONIUM? Annoyingly my Gravitonium was once again just side-lined and wasn’t used for anything. Now I understand in the grand scheme of things there’s not really as place for the stuff especially the way the story was going and I’m glad Quinn still has it, however the fact that it was introduced in episode 3, left for ages, rediscovered in episode 18 and then has no major development in the season at all is really disappointing for me considering the source material it’s based on. One other thing I had hoped for was more of a showdown with Garrett, now don’t get me wrong, what was on display was cool, but I had just hoped for more. Also is it wrong that I wanted either Fitz or Simmons to die in this episode? While I love them as characters, I like it when shows take risks and kill main characters because it really adds drama.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Beginning of the End” is a great episode and is a very good end to this series. This episode had a great combination of action, drama and foreshadowing and it was handled smartly. There was so much to like and appreciate like the small character moments with Fitz and Simmons, seeing May unleashed her fury on Ward, John Garrett’s crazy yet awesome speeches and the return of Nick Fury. While there are still some questions left unanswered, overall this was a strong episode and I can’t wait to see what happens in season 2.

Rating: 9/10

So what did you think of “Beginning of the End“? Was it everything you wanted, were you disappointed or did you want more? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for my season review! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Ragtag” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 21 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Ragtag“. I really have to apologize again for the late review on this, but I have had the most hectic time at university recently, it’s really hard to balance between the blog and my work and not procrastinate. 😛 Anyways, AoS has been on a hot streak of recent, can it continue to keep up that momentum. Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Ward’s betrayal and HYDRA’s shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson’s team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.

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What I Liked

This episode was really cool, I loved the non-linear approach and overall the information presented was really unexpected and insightful relating to Grant Ward and John Garrett which makes them even more interesting than ever before. While Coulson and his crew have their moments to shine, this episode definitely makes the bad guys come across on a more engaging level.

Here’s my episode highlights:

  • Back in the Day with Ward and Garrett: We have gotten hints at what Grant Ward’s past was like and have been getting little tidbits of information from Ward about how Garrett found him and basically made him who is today and in this episode we found out why. The flashbacks in Ward’s life are very interesting, insightful and badass with going from wimp to a man in a considerable amount of time and its all thanks to tough love of John Garrett. Garrett’s dialogue is amazing, its like he’s the Emperor from Star Wars seducing Ward to the dark side and its awesome. From the being in prisons in prison to being left alone in the woods to fend for himself, Ward’s had it rough. It’s no wonder he’s become the person he is today. Another interesting element is how the events in the past crossover into the present where Ward and Garrett are squabbling like an old married couple lol.
  • Coulson and May Undercover: Finally May and Coulson are back together and its awesome once again. Firstly seeing May smile so much is both unnatural and funny and Simmons’ comment about May not looking over 30 was great. Having them undercover and trying to talk smart under the guidance of Fitz and Simmons was funny especially when they started arguing. Outside of the awkward meeting with the Cybertech people, we got some more funny moments involving May and Coulson with a man in an elevator and a scene when May knocks out a guy in a hallway and still has to time to catch a phone receiver and adjust her glasses (so cool).
  • Checking out the Old-School Tech: The moment when Triplett busts out his grandfather’s old spy equipment was awesome, from Coulson and Triplett having nerdy conversations to Fitz setting the curtains on fire, it was fun and hilarious. To see the individual items and their different uses was great and like Skye said it was straight of a comic book. These small moments of nostalgia and throwback to the comics is what makes this show work.
  • Garrett’s Dying and is the first Deathlok?: Garrett’s such a bastard and he knows it, he’s running around, smiling and at first he has good reason to. Deathlok’s creating havoc for him on the news, Raina is close to recreating the serum that saved Coulson and Skye and his plans are moving ahead without problems… That is until he starts dying. The dude had a dodgy accident years ago that left him messed up, unfortunately the tech keeping him alive isn’t enough as his organs are giving out. Oh and by the way Garrett is the first Deathlok! What? Yeah, because of an incident many years ago he’s been and the reason he’s been after Coulson for so long and crafting the Centipede project is because he wishes to save himself and craft a super army for Hydra. Well we see Raina gives him the serum and Garrett has a crazy fit, but looks like he survives and he looks crazy and excited at the same time.
  • Fitz and Simmons are Going Under: Our two favourite smart people attempt to infiltrate the Bus where Garett is only to be intercepted by Ward. And our man Fitz has a great moment where he short circuits Garrett’s tech with an EMP device that leaves Garrett in dying state and his dying wish is to have Fitz and Simmons taken out. Our two scientists attempt to escape, but then Ward chances them into a corner. Fitz attempts to salvage their friendship but Ward ends up ejecting Fitz and Simmons into the ocean. Nooooo!

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Other things to note was the interesting points are the small conversations, like the ones between Raina and Deathlok, Ward and Raina or May and Simmons. Both are insightful and give us more to look forward to in the future. What really stands out is the fact that a place in China, where Skye was found was attacked and the people massacred by monsters, however the monsters were apparently Skye’s parents? What the hell? Now this show needs to stop messing me around and give me answers! I want to know what makes her so damn special! And what the hell was up with that ending? Centipede soldiers are back and ready to take out Coulson’s team? Madness. Cannot wait to see how they get out that one.

What I Disliked

The one thing I wasn’t keen on was how this episode tried to make me feel for Ward. Now I’m not sure if that was the writer’s intention, but it sure felt like the people behind this show was trying to get us to feel for Ward and make him seem like he’s still got some good in him by showing him struggling to kill the dog in his past or not shooting Fitz and Simmons in the present. Some people may want Ward to be good, but I don’t. The dude’s bad, he’s been part of Hydra for a long time, he’s killed, he’s a bad guy and I like it this way. Makes him way more interesting and fun. I want him to be bad and have no redemption, because if he doesn’t change his ways and gets back on to the team then that totally defeats the 180 he did in “Turn, Turn, Turn“, leave him evil!

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Ragtag” is a great episode and probably my favourite since episode “Providence“. The heavy focus on Ward’s backstory was great as it allowed us to learn much more about him and his history with Garrett (who was still a badass back then too lol) and seeing how it connected to modern-day Ward and Garrett was kick wonderful. On top of that there was a lot of interesting discoveries made in this episode and a some great set-up towards the season finale. There are still many questions left unanswered and many things that need clarification, I hope that we’ll get the answers.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of “Ragtag“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 22, THE FINAL ONE YO! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Nothing Personal” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my late review of episode 20 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Nothing Personal“. I was actually gonna review this last week Wednesday but since my schedule has been messed up I haven’t gotten around to reviewing the show until now. 😦 Anyways… So now we’re finally in the final stretch of episode in AoS and it has taken a while to get to this point, but we’re here now and thing are definitely getting more and more interesting. So how has the latest episode fared? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Just when there’s no one left to trust, Agent Maria Hill returns to team up with Coulson as S.H.I.E.L.D. is being destroyed around them.

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What I Liked

This was another great episode filled with more interesting pieces of information being divulged for both the heroes and the villains too. There was more character development for Skye and Ward, Coulson, Fitz and Maria Hill in an episode that was fairly dramatic, emotional and melancholy overall.

Here’s some of my highlights:

  • Hooray for the return of Maria Hill: It was so good to see Cobie Smulders back as Maria Hill as I believe she has so much more to give to the MCU and in this episode we got see a bit of that. Her introduction scene was great, the Man-Thing reference and the fact that she was talking to Pepper Potts on the phone was just delightful (again establishing that shared universe which makes the MCU so fun and engaging). Also I enjoyed not only her interactions with May but also with Coulson too. Those were some very heated and insightful conversations especially with Coulson being annoyed at her for leading Colonel Talbot and his team to the secret base.
  • Skye and Ward, the Awkward Couple: Just seeing these two together is awkward. You can see that they’re lying to each other to the point where you’re just waiting for one or the other to crack. Obviously Skye eventually breaks her cover and let’s Ward know that she knows about his Hydra dealings.
  • Fitz is Angry and in Denial: Man it seems like man can never catch a break. First he lost all hope when he came close to death a few episodes back, plus he’s had to deal with Triplett imposing in on Simmons and now he finds out that one of his own team mates is Hydra. Seeing him snap at Triplett was cool, he’s totally distressed, in shock and doesn’t wish to believe the truth. You can understand is anger and frustration, he’s all over the place and I loved seeing his aggressive and emotional breakdown.
  • Deathlok’s Back: Yay, my Terminator friend is back and he’s totally badass. I love how menacing he is, I love how he blames Skye for his son’s protection being compromised and then that point when he shots that thing at Ward and potentially kills the guy is great. He won’t hurt Skye, but he’ll nearly kill Ward just to prove a point that she’s not a killer, oh and obviously to get the hard drive encryption code. Also it seems like Deathlok can also be funny, like that point when he tells Ward to fly the plane and Ward says he can’t, then Deathlok shock’s him, bringing up his heart rate and then gives him a tap on the face. That was so cheeky.
  • The Infiltration of Providence: So it seems like the Providence base got a visit from Maria Hill and the special forces which was a another surprise. Adrian Pasdar returns as Colonel Talbot and he’s very bossy, rude and throws his weight around in a cool and villainous kind of way. I like how he just doesn’t give a crap about the team and wants to keep the world safe, but has a twisted kind of logic about how to get the task done.
  • Coulson Talks About Tahiti… Wait, What?: So yeah the first time I saw this I was severely confused and even after watching the episode a second time I’m not quite sure hat that last end scene meant. So May found a video of Coulson talking about the Tahiti project and recommending that it be shut down because of bad side effects among other things. But I’m wondering, who is this guy? Is it Coulson before or after his memories got replaced? Is this a Coulson clone? I don’t even know what this means and that both excites and troubles me.

There are some other things I wanted to about like when May was climbing out of that grave at the cemetary and that dude saw her, that was funny. Also the way the episode ended before the secret ending was a nice, if somewhat melancholy one. With Maria Hill confirms that S.H.I.E.L.D. is no more and that there is nowhere else to hide, Coulson and his team have no base of operations, no proper home or protection or any official missile. They are just people, people with skills who are being hunted for their association with an organization that has now been destroyed from the inside.

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What I Disliked

Firstly the way that Skye and Ward were acting around each other was a bit dodgy, I know that they were meant to be lying to each other but I swear the way their back and forth conversations were going, especially in the diner was just unbelievable. By that point in the real world one of them would have just said “Is there something you wanna tell me?” or “Okay let’s cut the crap”. Also I wasn’t keen on the way Adrian Pasdar has been treated, it’s too bad the dude along with the rest of his team get taken out so quickly.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Nothing Personal” is another good episode. This episode had a lot of great high points like the tension and deception between Ward and Skye, seeing Deathlok again and having Coulson and company discover the hidden agenda of Ward was delightful. While the episode didn’t blow me away, it was still a great episode and I am really curious to know what’s gonna happen in the season finale because there’s still so many unanswered questions.

Rating: 8/10 (Conflict and secrets being exposed makes for a good episode)

So what did you think of “Nothing Personal“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 21! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “End of the Beginning” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 16 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled End of the Beginning“. All I can say is FINALLY. AoS has had the most fragmented and awkward run of any TV show I’ve seen in recent history and it has been hard for fans and casual audiences to keep connected to it. But hopefully with this episode things will get back on track.  So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Agents Garrett and Triplett are back to help Coulson’s team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.’S nefarious enemy – the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master’s identity.

SAFFRON BURROWS, TITUS WELLIVER, MAX HERNANDEZ

What I Liked

Well overall this was a good episode, it definitely picked up the pace on some of the plot points of previous episodes and things feel like they’re finally going somewhere. I also like the whole more active approach to this episode, the hunt for the Clairvoyant has squads of agents going out into the field, Deathlok attacks people and there are several twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing. Ah man because I’ve seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier my suspicions about this show are going crazy about the true enemy behind the shadows but I cannot disclose that information yet. 😛

Story-wise there’s a lot to look at so I’m just gonna highlight a few points below:

  • Garrett and Triplett hunt for Deathlok: I like how Agents Garrett and Triplett are on the move trying to find Deathlok, it is a nice way to keep the characters relevant and it also shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. haven’t forgotten about the dude and are actively searching for him.
  • Deathlok is back and more dangerous: So we see Mike Peterson as Deathlok is not only sporting some new armour, but he has an armoured wrist rocket shooter now? Nice. While the uniform could look a little more intimidating the dude is definitely dangerous and more machine than man, I just want to see him mess some more people like Agent Blake.
  • The hunt for the Clairvoyant begins, ends and begins again: So Skye comes up with an interesting pairing system with certain amounts of info given to each pair to try and find the main bad guy. Except when we find a vegetated man who says he is the Clairvoyant it seems a little too easy, unfortunately the guy is shot by Ward before any more information can be obtained (which was a shock). That being said I knew that it wouldn’t be that easy to find the main enemy of this show, plus Coulson brought up the point about the screen having the same works as the wheelchair guy, who is to say he wasn’t just reading them?
  • Coulson thinks Ward is the traitor: I didn’t expect Coulson to pick on Ward as the secret Clairvoyant, but I guess he’s emotionally fueled at this point and wants answers so if the enemy is someone within S.H.I.E.L.D. then he’ll probably look towards someone on his team. I knew it wouldn’t be Ward and I’m glad he defended himself aggressively because it makes him look less suspicious.
  • May looks like the traitor: Obviously when Fitz found May’s secret phone line on the Bus we knew shit would go down and for a while she did look really suspicious while chasing after Fitz going to gun him down. Obviously Coulson and Skye get her at gunpoint and try to pry information from her. With not willing to give up her info she’s looks even dodgy than before. But obviously when the Bus is rerouted and we see who is controlling it at the end we see that May doesn’t look like she’s as close to the Clairvoyant as one would first believe. (And thank god coz I love her and I don’t want her to be the bad guy)
  • Victoria Hand looks bad now: So yeah at the end of the episode we see that the bus has been redirected by Victoria Hand’s people at The Hub and she says that she wants everyone on-board killed except for Coulson because she wants to take him out personally. Man there are things related to Captain America 2 that I really want to talk about here but since American audiences still haven’t seen it I cannot divulge my suspicions yet. 😛

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Character-wise I love how this episode basically summoned several characters who transcend the MCU from the films, One-Shots and the TV series, having the cast interact wit each other the way that they did was awesome and created some great interplay between some of these people who had never interacted before. Having Agents Sitwell, Blake, Garrett, Triplett and Victor Hand together along with Coulson and Melinda May was special for me. To see all these characters together made the show feel more important and interesting, plus it’s just funny to see the funny conversations that come from conversations like Garrett talking to Coulson or Skye or Hand, the dude is hilarious and I love Bill Paxton as this character. Coulson starts to get aggressive in this episode as well as Ward, both were awesome, seeing Melinda May in this tight situation made for an interested temporary bad-guy moment for her, also any time Agent Sitwell is around I smile and having Agent Blake return was great, I love his witty and snarky remarks, but his conversation with May was the best.

What I Disliked

So what did I not like about this episode? Well firstly Deathlok didn’t get to do that much besides fire a few rockets and run away. Seeing Skye officially become an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. was inevitable but I’m still not overly keen on her being on the team. Also this episode left me with more questions than answers just when the episode was getting more interesting too. But that’s pretty much it.

B.J. BRITT, BILL PAXTON, CLARK GREGG, MING-NA WEN

Conclusion

In conclusion “End of the Beginning” is another good episode, it takes several plot points from previous episodes and starts to put them at the forefront of the story. There are great twists and turns and with the great ensemble cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe things are really starting to feel connected and reflective of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier story themes too. While I wanted more Deathlok and there were more questions than answers in this episode, it is still in the better batch of episodes and I can’t wait to see how things transpire in the weeks to come.

Rating: 8/10 (The hunt for Deathlok and the Clairvoyant make for an interesting episode yo)

So what did you think of “End of the Beginning“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 17! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Makes Deathlok Plans!

Alrighty then time for some more Marvel news and this one is a bit of a crazy one as we have new info from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which really changes the perspective of not only the way the show has gone down so far but also how it will proceed too. The following info comes from superherohype:

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Marvel has just revealed that one of their classic comic book characters is not only set to make an appearance to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, but that he’s actually been a part of the show since the very first episode. J. August Richards’ Mike Peterson will, in the February 4th episode, become the cybernetic soldier Deathlok!

Deathlok, Marvel’s cyborg assassin, celebrates his 40th anniversary this year. Formerly considered for a big screen film, Deathlok’s role on “S.H.I.E.L.D.” is officially described as follows:

Transformed into the cybernetic solider against his will, Mike Peterson must struggle to find the man in the machine. With a high-tech eye that allows him to see through walls, super strength and increased speed courtesy of a cybernetic leg, will Deathlok fight alongside the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or against them?

“We have been waiting all season for this moment where we can reveal that Mike Peterson’s story arc is an origin story,” said Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell. “We’re thrilled to have J. August Richards playing Deathlok and to have our audience enjoy this favorite Marvel character on the show.”

“If you would have asked when I was nine years old what I wanted to be, I would have said a super hero and I’m so excited to be one now as an adult on TV!” added J. August Richards. “It’s a dream come true.”

Titled “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, the February 4th episode is the series’ 13th overall. The 15th episode, meanwhile, was previously announced to feature Jaimie Alexander reprising her Thor and Thor: The Dark World role as Lady Sif.

“Sif will come to Earth to track down Lorelei, a villain from Walter Simonson’s Thor run,” reads an official Tweet update from Marvel’s TCA presentation. Elena Satine (“Magic City”) will play the Asgardian foe.”

Okay let’s start with the main news story about Mike Peterson… Damn! He’s not just a regular new character, but a new guy disguised as an established Marvel Comic villain. Sneaky! To think that the producers have had that planned out since the beginning is mad, seems like Marvel really do plan ahead. Now obviously many have speculated since before the show began that Peterson was more than he seemed, but to think he was getting set up for a villain-based role was something I could not have suspected at all. So how do I feel about this? Happy and yet slightly let down. Firstly I’m happy that the character is gonna become someone related to the comics and will have more significance, however I’m kind of gutted that he could not have remained a unique character and been built up to me an original and cool member of the MCU. Well I guess it’s better than him being Luke Cage in my opinion.

And then there’s the extra bit of news in form of a bit more information about episode 15 involving the return of Lady Sif and now why she’s coming to Earth. There’s another Asgardian, and she’s female! Yay! Now I make it no secret that Thor’s world is one of my favourite elements of the MCU and anything to do with Asgard is welcome in my book and the fact that we’re seeing focus on another female Asgardian who isn’t Sif or the now-deceased Frigga is a great thing for me. Bring on the females! Tell me this Lorelei will be tied to Enchantress or something, PLEASE! XD

Anyways there’s my input on this news, what do you all think? Drop your thoughts in the comments below. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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