It’s been a long while since I last watched Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and damn if it doesn’t slam you straight into the thick of it. Truth be told I was wondering why I bothered getting hooked on this series in the first place, especially considering the number of other Marvel series I am going to have to watch because of it. Heck, I haven’t even bothered to stay up to date with the movies.
But damn if S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t awesome. There’s just so much going on between one episode to the next that when asked to update a non-serious watcher I found it near impossible. How does one explain exactly what is happening in a way that makes sense of it all? Because, in all honesty, I am still trying to figure it out myself. That explains why when Fuzz decided to watch an episode or two from the latest season over at my place I just couldn’t figure it out. It’s because so much happens across a few episodes – can you imagine how much happens across several seasons?
The good thing though is that I haven’t had to watch the movies and other series to keep up with what is happening so far. No doubt the other shows will give some added insight, but the story is strong enough to keep this series moving on its own, without really having to watch anything else. At least, that’s what it feels like in season two and I don’t know if I’ll have to take my words back in the coming ones. I have to say this though… damn season two was good!
Season three verdict? Pretty solid. I have to say though that the episode where Bobbi and Hunter received the spy’s farewell has got to be one of the saddest in S.H.I.E.L.D. history. Even more so than the season’s tragic ending. But that bit where Coulson says he’s “always wanted to do this” was two hoots and a half! Watch it and you’ll know what I mean.
Things get political is season four, and that always annoys me. I have to admit that I kind of miss Ward/Hive as S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s main nemesis. These not-quite-ghostly creatures they’re up against the first half of this season just seem flakey. And the political voice against inhumans – a senator who is also leading the secret group to kill them – is just so typical. And then of course there’s the whole Android-Blackhold potential mad scientist dilemma, which is definitely the most interesting part of season four and leads to an exciting second half as things get kind of alternate reality. And remember Ward? Well, I guess the writers decided to give him (Ward, not Hive) a chance to redeem himself.
Season five was literally out of this world – but not seeing Fitz for the first few episodes really had me worried. And then, of course, Hunter makes a wonderful appearance. That Man U vs Liverpool rivalry was classic, as well as “You can’t touch this”. The ending of season five is crushing though, as my two most favourite S.H.I.E.L.D. characters – Coulson and Fitz – face up to mortality. Will they be back in season six? God I hope so!