For Phase 2, Marvel released a TV Show to go alongside its MCU movies. The show is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. The show starts off a few months after the events of the Avengers, and is seamlessly incorporated throughout with all aspects of the films. The guest cameos are fun and all, but the cast itself is pretty good. Early on it seems like the show is starting to drag, but it all pays off later, TRUST ME. Everything there is connected. Marvel used an entire season as introductions to the characters but the show has really taken off in season 2. In every aspect: writing, acting, story and you feel more of a connection to the MCU films.
(This is where I warn you about “SPOILERS”. If you don’t want season 1 ruined for you the stop reading now.)
Good, now that THEY’RE gone we can proceed.
I will be breaking down season 1. I’m not going to go back and do over 20 show recaps, it’ll be an overall season recap. I recommend you stop reading this at any point and just go binge watch the whole season. Seriously, season 1 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and it’s also on Netflix. Iron man 3’s Extremis serum plays an integral part in the first half of the season. Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier play parts in shaping the story for the remainder of the season.
We begin with the reveal that our main character, Agent Phil Coulson, who was last seen killed by Loki in The Avengers, is still alive and has been given control of a special team by Nick Fury. The “who, what, where, why and how” of his resurrection are played on throughout the season and we come to find out that he was revived using a serum that was created to revive an Avenger, if needed, by order of Fury. That starts off a whole other question because this serum is made from the blood of an ancient alien corpse found on Earth. This serum is used more times during the season and it has different side effects. The people who are injected with the serum experience strong side effects. They include visions of symbols, the need to carve these symbols, and eventually going crazy. The only way to contain the dementia is to have the memory of the surgery wiped clean off the brain… literally. The exception to those side effects is Skye, the hacker-turned-agent who also happens to be a hottie. Now they must find why Skye reacted differently while trying to survive Hydra’s invasion of SHIELD (Yes, the storyline for Captain America: The Winter Soldier directly impacts the show). When one of the agents is found to be Hydra spy all Hell breaks loose. Then comes the finally and we are left with more questions than answers. The whole time, characters from the comics are integrated into the stories and nods are given to past MCU films. I will spare you some of the spoilers from the end of the season in case you go back and watch it. Going forward, though, I will not be as kind.
Season two has been non-stop thus far. Every episode is better than the previous one. I can already see some sprinkling of future MCU films in the story. I will not recap season two here, however. Now that we have reached the mid-season finale tomorrow, I will be posting a first half recap. I will recap every episode after that, either weekly or every two weeks, depending on how much it is.
Hopefully this helps you either want to catch up with this show or at least make you want to follow along with me here.
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