Hi, guys! Today, I'm here to talk about and share my thoughts on the epic return of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Directed by: Vincent Misiano
Written by: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
- Clark Gregg as Director Philip Coulson
- Chloe Bennett as Skye
- Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons
- Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
- BJ Britt as Antoine Triplett
- Patton Oswalt as Billy Koening
- Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
- Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
- Adrian Pasdar as General Glenn Talbot
- Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley
- Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall (the comics' Kraken)
- Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
- Brian Patrick Wade as Carl "Crusher" Creel
- Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
- Wilmer Calderon as Idaho
- Neal McDonough as Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan
- Kenneth Choi as Jim Morita
So, after a long wait for the return of our beloved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I couldn't be more satisfied with the action-packed and solid season premiere.
MAoS (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) had a lot of pressure on that season premiere. It was on the critics' radar, as it is a series that started great, got worse, but then, got great once again after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And they really hit the spot with "Shadows".
The episode made me tense, worried about the characters, excited, and fulfilled all my expectations. The SSR flashback sequence was great, presenting us with a very cool cameo by Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and the origin of the term "0-8-4", which also was very cool.
The new characters, Lance Hunter, Isabelle Hartley and Idaho (that's the only way they call him) were also a nice addition, as they brought this feel that S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't only exist within Coulson's team. Lance Hunter will appear in more episodes (and I think he'll be a regular character), though Isabelle and Idaho were one-time appearances, as they both die at the end of the episode.
We also found a very cool villain in the form of Absorbing Man (he was only called "Absorbing Man" by Isabelle Hartley, in an ironic tone; most likely just an easter egg). He really reminded my of Absorbing Man comics, and I really liked the villain, as he adds a next-level power element to the series. I hope they explain how he got his powers in the next few episodes, and I wonder what they'll do to defeat him.
The Quinjet was unexpected to me. I wasn't thinking at any time the team was looking for a Quinjet. It was a nice turn, and made a link with the second Cap movie.
And there sure were some fun easter eggs in "Shadows". I already mentioned the "Absorbing Man" alias easter egg, and there was one more with Carl Creel involved. In the fighting scene in the park, he picks up a chain and ball from a guarding, which obviously resembles his classic weaponry. Loved that easter egg. Not only that, it is shown to us that the Alien body used to create the GH325 was originally found by Hydra, back in WWII, and was recovered by the SSR.
A great episode, a great return, leaving many opportunities to be explored in following episodes.
Couldn't like it better (well, if Isabelle Hartley had survived I would've liked it better).
- Great feeling of an expanding S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Coulson works as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Great supporting characters
- Great villain
- Great Easter Eggs
- Some radical changes, such as Simmons leaving the team and Fitz growing insane
Final Score: 9 out of 10
Okay, guys, thanks for reading! Be sure to tell me in the comments if you watched the Season 2 Premiere for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and if you liked it as well. Once again, thanks for reading!