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'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D': Simmons Returns And Ward Has A New Evil Plan

10/7/2015 9:11am EDT
'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D' Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: Simmo
Last week, Fitz broke down as Jemma seemed lost for good on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We expected a long journey before their reunion. S.H.I.E.L.D took a page out of an unexpected book and went the route less traveled. It resolved a major conflict in two episodes. So where do we go from here on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?

Agents of Save Simmons

Andrew is called in to assess whether Joey (who we met last week) is a candidate for the Secret Warriors. Andrew has been denying recruits for that project for quite awhile. Therefore, Daisy is not too enthusiastic about his assessment. Her frustration pro...

'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D' Premiere Packed With Lots To Absorb

9/30/2015 9:10am EDT
'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D' Season 3 Premiere: A New Skye,
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D started its season 3 premiere right in the middle of an Inhuman discovering the burden of being one. Joey runs away as cops chase him down, ready to shoot. Luckily, Skye Daisy and Mack step in and transport him to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Once back at headquarters, Daisy attempts to convince Joey that being an Inhuman does not destroy your life, but makes it more interesting. Then, she informs him that he needs to leave his old life behind. Joey becomes aggressive upon learning this news, but Daisy knocks him out.

In between our introduction of Joey, and Mack and Daisy's new tea...

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Finale Full Of Big Action And Moments To Wait For Next Season

5/13/2015 9:18am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Finale Recap: 'SOS' Ends The Season On
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has not had a perfect season. It's set some wonderful stuff in motion (Inhumans) and also a lot of crap we just didn't need at any point (Real S.H.I.E.L.D.). Also, in hindsight we can't help but feel that Lucy Lawless was vastly underused.

But "SOS" was so rock-solid, so jam-packed with awesome that we can't help but forget every gripe we've had about this season. Because this is how you do a finale. Big action, big twists, plenty of closure and plenty of last-minute wait, WHAT?! moments to keep us anxious for season three.

First up: Mack. Mack's been on the sidel...

Recap: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Vs Inhumans!

5/6/2015 9:23am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: 'Scars' Goes Insane In the Last
It's finally happening! S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Inhumans! The Rumble in the Undisclosed, Vaguely Eastern Mountain Village! The Battle To End the Season!

Given how many balls "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been balancing in the air all season long- Inhumans, Real S.H.I.E.L.D., Original Recipe S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, Cal, Ward/Agent 33- bringing all those balls together for a big cohesive finale seemed like an impossible feat.

Nope. "Agents" may have waited until the last minute of the last episode before the finale to do so, but we've finally got one grand conflict to end the season on.

And it looks s...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Teases Us With 'Avengers'

4/29/2015 9:30am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Comes
The "There's a Marvel Movie Coming Out This Weekend" episode is an "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." tradition at this point. "The Dirty Half Dozen" is no different, with another Marvel blockbuster just days from wide release. You know the one we're talking about. Something to do with "Age" and "Ultron."

And while "Avengers: Age of Ultron" isn't as integral to "The Dirty Half Dozen" as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was to "Turn, Turn, Turn" last year (it also helps when the crossover episode holds the biggest twist of the season), it was still plenty solid. And plenty Avengers-y.

Although ...

J. August Richards Really Enjoys His 'SHIELD' Character Deathlok

4/28/2015 12:09pm EDT
J. August Richards
Deathlok is a pretty badass character, so to embody him Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hired a badass actor: J. August Richards, who already saved the world once as Charles Gunn on Angel. We connected with him on Monday to talk about his current heroic alter ego and what it's been like for him to fight the good fight one more time.

Tonight's episode is a particularly big one where Mike Peterson, alias Deathlok, is concerned. "Deathlok and Lincoln have been captured by HYDRA," teased Richards. "And as you know, anything related to HYDRA means doom! That's pretty much all I can say."

But t...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': 'Frenemy Of My Frenemy'

4/22/2015 12:00pm EDT
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Skye's Dad Is Suddenly A Really
"The Frenemy of my Enemy" is such an apt title. This entire hour of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was a mess of weird ties between characters who are supposed to hate each other, but have to put all that aside when Hydra suddenly rejoins the fracas in a major way. The lines aren't so much blurred as they are invisible. And also hidden behind a Helicarrier.

(Also, Hydra's newest head is one Baron Strucker, who just happens to be a part of "Avengers: Age of Ultron"- we're officially in "Age of Ultron" tie-in time, people).

The first of many strange alliance shifts: May is suddenly super sympathe...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Breaks Down May's Past

4/15/2015 11:15am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: 'Melinda' Reveals May's Backstor
"Melinda" is something "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" has been building to since it first began- the real reason why May's so surly and so hesitant to get out into the field and kick plenty of ass. Also, why she's such a non-fan of her nickname "The Cavalry."

Even with the monumental expectations "Agents" has been setting for this reveal (and, let's face it- that you could kinda figure out the twist a few minutes before it happened), May's origin story didn't disappoint. At all.

This needed to be something big and traumatic, and it was suitably horrifying. Because every time someone affectionate...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Sees The Return Of?

4/8/2015 9:44am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Which Two Characters Make A Surp
Last week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was a solid uptick after more than a few episodes that seemed to squander how awesome the Inhumans really are. This week's "Agents" outing, "Afterlife," is several hundred upticks, all in a row. Or maybe a giant rocket blasting upwards.

What we're trying to say is that "Afterlife" was crazy entertaining and overloaded with genuinely out-of-nowhere surprises. Two returning character reveals, oodles of Inhuman world-building and one great big leap forward in that whole S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Real S.H.I.E.L.D. thing.

Let's start with the Inhumans' secret mountai...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Does A Little Damage Control

4/1/2015 9:04am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: 'One Door Closes' Takes Us Back
"One Door Closes" is definitely "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" way of running a little damage control.

"Agents" has picked up a couple of bad habits in the last few episodes. Mostly, that our New S.H.I.E.L.D.ers (plus Simmons) kinda come off like jerks. So the show rushes in to reassure us- don't worry guys, Simmons legitimately wants to help Skye. Oh, and look! Badass "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"-era flashbacks for Mack and Bobbi!

You've won us over, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." "One Door Closes" might not be a perfect hour, but there's enough goodness within to keep us thoroughly ente...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Review: Love In The Time Of Hydra

3/25/2015 10:17am EDT
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: A Tale of Two S.H.I.E.L.D.s
Starting "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." off with a "Pulp Fiction" reference is always a good omen. "Love in the Time of Hydra" opens and Ward and Agent 33 are sitting in a classic middle American diner. There's talk of pumpkin pancakes and pecan syrup.

Then they pull out a couple of pistols and hold the place up. All we needed was for Ward to call 33 "Honey Bunny" and the homage would have been complete (and too obvious, probably).

The chunk of "Love in the Time of Hydra" willing to go bold with an elongated "Pulp Fiction" gag is also the chunk that's by far the most exciting. Ward and 33 are g...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Brings New Material To The Table

3/18/2015 11:31am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Skye Makes A Truly Terrible Supe
For everyone who enjoys a full two hours of comic book TV on Tuesday nights ("The Flash" + "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), "One of Us" was in an unfortunate position. "The Flash" put out a 10/10 grand slam of an episode, and "Agents" is left dwindling in its shadow.

But at least "One of Us" brought lots of new material to the table. Cal's starting up a team of supervillains and May's ex-husband Andrew (Blair Underwood) debuts as Skye's So You've Been Granted Devastating Superpowers guidance counselor.

And at least one of those things is really, really great.

Let's get the weak one out of the ...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Skye's Big Inhuman Secret Revealed

3/11/2015 10:39am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Alien Invasion Free-For-All
Well, Skye's big Inhuman secret lasted exactly one episode. That's probably for the best- we've spent an entire half-season pounding our fists on the table and chanting "INHUMANS! INHUMANS! INHUMANS!" To introduce them, then ease off the throttle with too much secret-keeping would be way too anticlimactic.

So now, thanks to "Who You Really Are" (plus Skye going all earthquakey while most of the cast was in the same room), the majority of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." knows she's an Inhuman.

And thanks to a heap of exposition from an Inhuman-hunting Kree named Vin-Tak (Eddie McClintock), the te...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Midseason Premiere Recap: Oh, The Inhumanity!

3/4/2015 8:52am EST
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Midseason Premiere Recap: Oh, The Inhum
Last season, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." started out a little so-so. Then, halfway through the season, HYDRA happened, and the show rocketed into an incredible action series.

This season, "Agents" has been, again, a little iffy. Solid in some parts, feeble in others. But now we've got Inhumans, and the Inhumans are definitely Season Two's HYDRA moment. Everything from now on should be comic book bliss.

Guess what? It totally is.

After months of playing coy with the Inhumans, "Agents" gives us all the Inhumanity we can handle. No new characters yet- we're sticking with the four core Inhuman ...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Yep, [SPOILER] Was Exactly What You Thought It Was

12/10/2014 9:31am EST
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Yep, [HUGE SPOILER] Was Exactly
As with every other "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." recap you'll read this week, this one comes with a hearty disclaimer.

SPOILERS. The most spoilery of spoilers; spoilers that dictate the fate of the ongoing Marvel universe and radically change the basic setup of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Ready? Cool.

Like it says up in the title, the giganto-reveal from last night's "What They Become" is the exact thing everyone was expecting. The secret temple, the obelisk and the alien writing all stem from one thing: the Inhumans.

The Inhumans being a particular group of people experimented on by ancient K...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Alien Death Tombs Under Puerto Rico

12/3/2014 10:46am EST
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Alien Death Tombs Under Puerto R
The mid-season finale of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is nearly upon us, and with it comes (presumably- the ads have been pimping it pretty hard) the revelation of what happens when person is divined by the Diviner. Messy things, no doubt.

That's gonna be huge. But we're not there yet- instead, we've got to get through "...Ye Who Enter Here," the penultimate "Agents" hour of 2014.

Sometimes, it does feel like "...Ye Who Enter Here" is something to get through (instead of something to be enjoyed, breathlessly, while munching fistfuls of popcorn), but for the most part it's a blast- crammed wit...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': A How-to Guide To Alien Superweapons

11/19/2014 11:27am EST
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Is it too early to say that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is on a roll after finally telling us what that alien gobbledygook was?

Aw hell, let's say it: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is on a roll. May it never end.

And from last week, we've upgraded from discovering one secret to discovering 800 billion. In no particular order, let's lay out what "The Things We Bury" taught us about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s current situation:

The Diviner is not a weapon.

The Diviner is a tool to end humanity (except for a select few), from long long ago.

The Diviner holds something even more powerful inside it.

The sec...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': So THAT's What Those Carvings Were!

11/12/2014 10:46am EST
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Too often "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." feels like the downtrodden little brother of the Marvel Universe. Sure, it gets to associate itself with big names like "Thor" and "Iron Man," but the movies are the ones hogging all the cool characters (like "Thor" and "Iron Man").

The only toys "Agents" gets to play with are the ones too inconsequential to ever get their own movie.

But then, sometimes you get episodes like "The Writing on the Wall."

Because those carvings- revealed, finally, as a three-dimensional map of what looks like a city- that's something. Something big. Something with the pote...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: Ward vs. Ward vs. Grumpy Cat

10/29/2014 10:10am EDT
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Before we start this week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." recap, there's something that needs a quick shout-out.

The funny stuff this season has felt a little weak. Mostly it's coming from Coulson, who gets one or two allotted quips per episode. The majority are hammy and not particularly gut-busting. But also not something we'd actively cringe at.

But really, Grumpy Cat? That's a new low, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In the future, please refrain from slapping any more Grumpy Cat mugs into anyone's hands, with the expectation that we will laugh at a two year-old Internet meme (that, let's be hone...

Official Trailer For 'Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Set To Debut During 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D'

10/22/2014 11:11am EDT
Official Trailer For 'Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Set To D
Marvel Studios announced that the first trailer for "Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron" will debut on next week's episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

The film's official synopsis promises danger and the ultimate battle as some of Marvel's most iconic heroes go against the evil Ultron.

"When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villain...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Daddy Issues

10/22/2014 8:55am EDT
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It's safe to say that "A Hen in the Wolf House" has wrapped up the first chapter of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" second season.

Last night, Coulson and the gang swept up about half the plot points we've been dealing with all season, and wrapped them up in a nice neat bow.

Skye doesn't know about her dad? She does now. Coulson keeping Skye in the dark about his brain drain? Not anymore. Simmons undercover with HYDRA? Doubt we'll see any more of that for a while. Fitz hallucinating his own private Simmons? Given that Simmons is back, we've probably seen the last of that too.

Still at large: ...

'Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Dinner, Dancing And The Occasional Face-Swap

10/15/2014 9:54am EDT
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It's a sad but true fact: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" greatness is directly dependent on the superheroes/villains contained within each episode.

Absorbing Man? Slam-bang super-terrific hour of TV. Blizzard? Nothing special. Deathlok = awesome; Generic Superscience Device = we'll try again next week.

But last night, "Face My Enemy" changed all that.

This was an hour of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." with nothing new and nothing particularly noteworthy from the comics (the only new introduction was a nifty face/voice modifying mask- and even that was already used once before, by Black Widow in "...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Supervillain Workplace Etiquette

10/8/2014 9:45am EDT
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This week on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," we finally find out where Simmons has been all this time (besides lurking within the depths of Fitz's batter psyche, of course).

She's a part of HYDRA! And that reveal is way more creative (and stylish) than "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." usually permits.

Set to the go-getting "God Help the Girl," Simmons rises, shines and goes about her daily routine- a routine that takes her into the innards of a HYDRA superscience lab. But don't worry, she's not evil.

At least not yet, anyway.

Simmons, you see, is another in New S.H.I.E.L.D.'s long line of dirty trick...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Season Premiere Redux

10/1/2014 9:20am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Season Premi
Last week, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." blasted out of the gate with a terrific opener, "Shadows." A lot of that was due to The Absorbing Man (aka Carl Creel, aka "Crusher" Creel, aka that guy who can turn into pavement at a moment's notice).

It often seems like "Agents" is saddled with the dregs of comicdom's heroes and villains, and a genuine B-lister like Creel is enough to make people stand up and pay attention.

Also, the episode was sharply written and threw in a bunch of neat twists to get the season rolling. That helps too.

"Heavy is the Head," our second episode of season two, follo...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

9/24/2014 9:32am EDT
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We really could have used an episode like "Shadows" a year ago. Back when "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was first premiering, it presented lackluster episodes to a hungry audience and primed them for disappointment, only to rocket into greatness out of nowhere at the end of the season.

What season one could have used was a premiere like "Shadows," an hour of zippy comic book mayhem, with a balance of color and "Dark Knight"-esque brooding (hence the title) all mingled together.

Also, the Absorbing Man swinging his ball and chain, which is a requirement in every piece of media that features th...

Check Out 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' The Complete First Season, Now On DVD & Blu-ray

9/10/2014 5:27am EDT
Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he puts together a small, highly select group of agents from the law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

Together the team investigates the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henst...

Patton Oswalt Introduces The New Agent Joining ABC's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

7/26/2014 11:01am EDT
Patton Oswalt Introduces The New Agent Joining ABC's 'S.H.I.E.L.
Patton Oswalt returned as Agent Koenig to give San Diego Comic Con attendees the scoop on a very important character joining ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season.

In a pre-recorded video stressing the importance of security lanyards following the infiltration of HYDRA agents, as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the second half of Agent’s first season, Oswalt reveals "Agent Bobbi Morse" is in the join the fight.

"Agent Bobbi Morse" would be Barbara Morse, also known as Mockingbird. Morse first appeared in Marvel comics in 1971, but she wouldn’t take the Mocki...

'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Yes Men (1x15)

3/16/2014 12:59pm EDT
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So... I enjoyed this episode. In fact, I think it might be the best one this show has managed to pull off, with the exception of the one with Simmons almost dying. This episode just... it did a lot of good work. It's still not soaring to new heights or anything, but I'll tell you one thing: Lady Sif helped matters a lot. Also, there's a shocking twist in this episode that actually made me gasp out loud. Let's take a look at the plot.

Lorelei enslaves a biker gang to her will, beginning to create her army. The team discovers a strange reading in the desert, which indicates Asgardian technol...

Hot Legs: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Star Chloe Bennet At The 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Premiere

3/14/2014 10:51pm EDT
Hot Legs: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Star Chloe Bennet At The 'Cap
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet was on hand at the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier Thursday night.

The actress looked sexy in a very, very short Robert Rodriguez dress showing plenty of leg.

She was joined on the red carpet by several other stars of the ABC series including Jessica Szohr, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg.

Check out the trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"...

'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: Seeds (1x12)

1/23/2014 12:50pm EST
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Lots of Fitzsimmons. If this show can just be about Fitzsimmons now, I'll be happy. Seriously. Who cares about Skye and Ward? Let us discuss the plot!

So, at the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, some kids almost get frozen by an instantly freezing pool. Ward, Skye, and Fitzsimmons go to investigate. Fitz and Simmons are pretty much celebrities at the academy, while Ward, who is from Operations instead of Sciences, is bemused at Fitzsimmon's popularity. While the two scientists are giving a lecture, another freezing incident occurs. They are able to save Donnie, the almost-victim. Donnie and Fitz spen...