Synopsis – The season sees Agent Coulson, the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., attempt to rebuild the organization with his team of agents and allies, following its collapse with the infiltration of the terrorist organization Hydra. They are forced to operate in secrecy due to being wanted fugitives, and hunt down the remaining threats of Hydra.
Episode – S02E01 “Shadows”
My Take – Hydra has been growing inside S.H.I.E.L.D ! People who have been closely following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. & had seen the Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) knew about this eager to dominate the world organization, but who knew MCU was gonna take such a drastic turn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Read my review here). Now before I talk more about the premiere, let me warn you, their are potential spoilers ahead!
Frankly, I have been less harsher with show compared to many others! Citing two reasons; firstly, Marvel comics as well as the movies are usually more campy & glossy compared to its rivals. Yes! they have had darker story arcs, but still they are more family friendly! Now since Disney has acquired Marvel, you can expect them to stick to that policy! Secondly, Its not easy to spin off a TV show starring one lesser know character from a cinematic universe, don’t get me started on the rest of the cast in the show, they all are a bunch of unknowns! The amount of expectation was unreasonably high! Considering this two factors they have done a pretty good job if not the best in running a show parallel to the cinematic universe, of course it has set of negatives as well; especially the flying plane that seems to have as much floorspace as a small village, and out with CGI done on a spare Amiga 500. After the drastic events of Season 1 finale, tieing it up with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier , Season 2 has started off with a bang & seems to have done what people have been crying about; closer adaptations of the source material, closer ties with the MCU. The appearance of classic Marvel villain the Absorbing Man aka Crusher Creel is a prime example of how this episode (and hopefully, the entire season) is utterly at odds with the technique of the previous one. Where season one gave The old crew are obviously back as well, but with more characters crammed into the same space, we see much less of them. Personally, I think that’s a good thing.
The old crew are obviously back , but with more characters crammed into the same space, we see much less of them. B.J. Britt makes a welcome return as Agent Triplett, the only SHIELD agent to receive a personality as part of his training. Adrian Pasdar’s Glenn Talbot is also back, providing an entertainingly hardass authority figure for this new, more rebellious SHIELD to kick against. And Patton Oswalt’s Agent Koenig is – of course – a joy in every scene, finding chemistry with everyone (though Clark Gregg in particular). It’s a shame two of the three undercover guys end up dead, but we can only hope that morally disengaged Brit Lance Hunter will be back, because this series needs someone that unpredictable in the cast. As the new director, Coulson’s elevated position is the most interesting change made the original cast. Early on the episode draws to our attention that he’s becoming detached from his subordinates, even his former team members. Later, it reveals why. There’s no question he needs everyone he can get, but such a small crew means he has to avoid getting attached to everyone – even if he did personally recruit them, because sacrifices are ahead. As for the weird diagrams he was drawing last season, those are touched upon but not too heavily. It doesn’t matter. Unlike last season, there’s so much more interesting stuff going on that the bigger plots don’t need to carry the weight. Of course, we can’t talk about this episode without also talking about the appearance of Hayley Atwell and the Howling Commandos at the start. As well as trailing the upcoming Peggy Carter miniseries known as Agent Carter (and being, by some distance, the most exciting part of the episode) it also introduces a new villain and a new artifact of mysterious power. So Agents of SHIELD season 2 is off to a very strong start, and no-one could be more pleased than me about that. The momentum of last season’s finale hasn’t been lost, and indeed, it’s even been added to. Take that Haters!!