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

March 25th, 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

March 18th, 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

March 11th, 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!

March 4th, 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

December 10th, 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

December 3rd, 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

November 19th, 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!

November 12th, 2014 10:46am EST
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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

October 29th, 2014 10:10am EDT
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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'

October 22nd, 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

October 22nd, 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

October 15th, 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

October 8th, 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

October 1st, 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

September 24th, 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

September 10th, 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.'

July 26th, 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)

March 16th, 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

March 14th, 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)

January 23rd, 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...

The Best And Worst Resurrections Of TV Characters

December 18th, 2013 11:07am EST
Family Guy
Brian from Family Guy was resurrected via some time-traveling tomfoolery Sunday night, making him the latest TV character to be brought back from the dead. We can't say we were surprised by his return, considering Family Guy might as well be called "The Stewie and Brian Show" these days. However, it did get us thinking about some of the best and worst resurrections of TV characters…

Worst: Stewie, Family Guy. Let's stick with Family Guy for our first choice. Yes, it was necessary for Stewie to come back to life due to his popularity on the show. However, when Stewie "died" in a computer pr...

Thoughts On 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Through 7 Episdoes (Review)

November 13th, 2013 9:42am EST
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t the best network drama on TV. The series isn’t the best superhero show on TV. The CW’s Arrow is currently producing terrific episodes weekly. Arrow’s a product of DC Comics whereas Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is saturated in the Marvel brand. Marvel’s basically untouchable as a brand, especially after its deal with Netflix to produce four more series about superheroes. Thor: The Dark World earned $86.1 million over the weekend. Arrow feels like an extension of the tone Chris Nolan created and set in his Batman trilogy. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an extension of the mo...

Disney And Marvel To Bring 'Daredevil' Series To Netflix

November 8th, 2013 2:24pm EST
Disney and Netflix announced a new deal on Thursday that will bring four new series featuring Marvel superheroes, inlcuding Daredevil, to the streaming video service.

The live-action adventures of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will be told through four new 13-episode shows beginning in 2015. The shows will all lead into special miniseries "The Defenders," which will feature all four heroes that hail from Hell's Kitchen, New York.

"This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all ...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Girl in the Flower Dress (1x05)

October 27th, 2013 7:10pm EDT
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Cliche. That's the best word I can use to describe my problem with this episode. Cliche. Let's take a look at the plot.

So, a street magician in China (Chan Ho Yin) seems to have some pyrotechnic powers. He is visited by a mysterious girl named Raina, who is the "girl in the flower dress" mentioned in the title. Raina wants to help him turn into a real super hero. We find out that Chan is in contact with S.H.I.E.L.D. and they've been keeping an eye on him. When Chan doesn't make a meeting with his S.H.I.E.L.D. handler, they realize he's been taken.

Apparently, the reason Raina and her peo...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Review: Eye Spy (1x04)

October 19th, 2013 2:00am EDT
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This episode gets a failing grade for title creativity. Seriously. Eye Spy? Are you people kidding me? But if I stop sighing in exasperation at stupid title puns, this episode did have a few good things to offer us. It was certainly stronger than last week's. For the first time, I felt some connection to Skye's character, which is a pretty significant improvement and a definite step in the right direction. But let's slow down and look at the plot.

We open with a very interesting scene. This was my favorite opening sequence on the show so far. There were creepy people with red masks and bri...

Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

October 5th, 2013 2:06pm EDT
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Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.


ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Season 1 Episode 2 '0-8-4'

October 4th, 2013 7:33am EDT
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A promising second episode. Here's what I'll say upfront about this show. It's still early days. It's hard to be too critical of something that's still just learning to walk on its own, and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not up to masterpiece standards, I think about the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I know that sometimes true art takes a while to emerge. I trust these actors and especially this creative team to give me a quality product. It's just not quite there yet.

In this installment, the team has been ordered to retrieve an 0-8-4, which is basically an unidentified ob...

TV Pilot Review: 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

September 25th, 2013 8:10pm EDT
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The most hyped show of the season has arrived. Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the most ambitious project this season, but ambition doesn’t necessarily translate into quality. While it has been a while since we walked this path with such a major canon, we’ve been here before. Heroes had to create a story without the benefit of a backstory, and make it interesting. And regardless of how you feel about Heroes later seasons, Season 1 was incredible. And comparing Agents of Shield’s pilot to Heroes? Well…

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is alive and well. Though, there’s a hint of mystery as to...

'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': The Best New Show Of The Fall Season

September 25th, 2013 9:57am EDT
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Today is good: a Joss Whedon series is back in primetime.

Unlike his last two series, Firefly and Dollhouse, no reports of the network ordering a re-shot pilot hit the Deadlines and TVLines of the internet. Joss Whedon directed one of the biggest movies of all-time (2012's The Avengers); now, he pretty much runs Marvel Studios. He polishes Captain America and Thor and oversees the biggest brand of Marvel right now--The Avengers. Critics and bloggers didn't doubt Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would get ordered to series. Critics and bloggers wondered when they'd get to watch the first episode. Jos...

Joss Whedon Talks Series Focus Of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Video)

September 24th, 2013 11:48am EDT
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Avengers 2 may not grace our movie screens until 2015, but sci-fi master Joss Whedon is keeping busy – at least on the small screen with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Aside from being of the most anticipated pilots of the season, the series focuses on a special group of skilled individuals who come together and work to keep the world safe while the superheros are fighting to save the day.

So what can we expect? We were lucky enough to have the opportunity at Comic Con to sit down with the master himself for a brief interview. Watch the full interview below for Whedon’s thoughts on what f...