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Pokemon Go! Three Social Tips



Part of the fun of Pokemon Go is running into other Pokemon Trainers doing the same thing you are.  These trainers may quickly walk past you or they might simply give you nod.  I have however met a couple of  really cool people in Pokemon Go!  You can too!  Talking to people can also help with the game which gyms have the toughest Pokemon.  Where are people catching the most in your neighborhood all of these tidbits can be gleaned by talking to others on a mission to Catch them All.

Ive picked up a few tricks on how to communicate with people.

1) GoChat
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GoChat has become successful along with Pokemon Go.  It is a separate App that allows you to leave and see messages from other players at Pokemon Gyms and Poke Stops.  The App is pretty brilliant because it covers up one of Pokemon Go's flaws in that it has no such messaging system.  GoChat has become somewhat of a victim of its own success.  Built by Beta Tester who realized that the game need a chat system it was ready to launch with the game.  However, it has been overwhelmed with over 7.5 million users which is an absolute ton for a small app.  This usage has overwhelmed the apps servers and it is currently struggling to keep up with people logging in.

The app is not generating money but its creator Jonathan Zarra has found investors and they are in the process of upgrading their servers.  I have read one estimate that around 10% of Pokemon Go users are logging into the app which is astonishingly high for a third party application.

I expect the server issues to be short term and for GoChat to be back up in no time.



2) Pokemon Go Plus




The Pokemon Go Plus is an alternative device to use to play Pokemon Go.  The device itself is not too expensive and is kind of a subtle fashion accessory letting everyone know you are a Pokemon Trainer too.  It costs around 35 dollars.

The Pokemon Go Plus lights and vibrates when you approach a poke stop or a pokemon.  It even allows you to throw a pokeball to catch a pokemon.  The one caveat is that the watch like device does not allow you to catch new types of pokemon.  It will however warn the user so they can at the very least turn on their smart phone.

All in all its a pretty cool device and it definitely lets the world know you are serious about Pokemon Go!



3) Wear a  Pokemon Hat
Ok this may seem silly but wearing a Pokemon hat while hunting for Pokemon is a lot of fun.  People we ran into while wearing our hats busted out in joyous laughter with many saying they will do it next time.  It is kind of putting up a flag telling the world what you are up to.





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Pokemon Go - What is candy and stardust?


Pokemon Go! - What is Candy and Stardust


Candy and Stardust are two of the major resources that you harvest when you collect Pokemon.  They are used to both upgrade and evolve your Pokemon.

What is Stardust - Stardust is a resource that is used on all Pokemon for upgrades called Power Up.  There is only one kind of Stardust and it can be used on all Pokemon capable of an upgrade.

What is Candy - Candy is a Pokemon resource used for later upgrades and evolution.  Candy is Pokemon specific.  If you catch a Pidgey you get Pidgy candy, and Pidgey candy can only be used on Pidgey or one of its evolutionary offspring.  You typically acquire around 3 candy per Pokemon catch.  Usually lower level Power Ups of a Pokemon only  require Stardust but as the Pokemon's level rises Candy is also required.   Evolution also require a set amount of candy.  The candy required to evolve a Pokemon vary by Pokemon.  Magicarp takes whopping 400 candy to evolve to Gyrados,   While it takes only 25 candy to evolve Rattata to Raticate.

One more way to get Candy is to transfer Pokemon.  If you do need a Pokemon because you already have multiple more powerful versions of it, then you can transfer it.  Transfering sends the Pokemon away to Professor Oak who rewards you with an extra candy.

Where to see them:
To see your amount of Stardust click on a Pokemon.  It will show you how much Stardust and candy for a given Pokemon you have.   It will also show you the costs to Power Up or Evolve that specific Pokemon.




Tips:
Do not Power Up early on.  There is this reality in the game that you catch more powerful Pokemon as your Trainer level increases.  Sometimes this feels wrong because in the old game you built up your original Pokemon through battling.   Pokemon Go rewards collecting at higher trainer levels more though and this changes strategies of how you use your resources.
The most important thing to increase early on is your Trainer Experience.   You want to focus on upgrading this which can be boosted through evolving your Pokemon.   Don't however spend too much time trying to boost your first Ratattas level after level.  Save your stardust.  I would only begin upgrading when you are serious about going to a gym battle.  You should be past level 10 before you consider this.

Don't dismiss all of the Ratattas and Pigeys you get.  What you will do with them is harvest them by evolving them.  This will then give you high amounts of XP.

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MTG Battle of Zendikar - Info and Trailer


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There is quite a bit of hype building for Magic the Gatherings new release the Battle of Zendikar.  The release date was Oct 2 and already I am seeing it take over talk at comic and game stores.
 One of the things that this release features is its own trailer, and a fleshed out story with characters and events laid out in it.

General Story:
Return to the wild plane of Zendikar, where the monstrous Eldrazi threaten the entire world with destruction. The plane's inhabitants, and even the land itself, stand united to oppose them.
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See art from the series at:
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Verna - Spider-Man villain







Who is Verna?
Verna is one powerful members of the Inheritor family who hunt down and eat the life essence of of other living beings.  Verna and her family are Spider-Man villains.

First Appearance: 
Superior Spider-Man #33

Location: Like the rest of the Inheritors she seems to be from Loomworld (Universe 001)

Quotes:
 "I am Verna of the Inheritors and I will feast on your bones!"
 "Fools Let's see how long they last in 3145."

Bio:
Not much is known about Verna other than she is part of the Inheritor family and often uses Hounds other super-powered beings to hunt down and kill her prey.  She does not seem to like getting her hands dirty.  The hounds seem to come from 001 however she once used multiple Vulture hounds which means that they must have been taken from multiple different dimensions.

She set out with her family to exterminate all of the Spider based totems in the multiverse by using Master Wearver as the means of traveling through dimensions.  The Inheritors sought to do a special ritual to kill all Spider totems forever by using three special totems known as the Other, The Bride and the Scion.  A group of Spider totems from across of the multiverse opposed the Inheritors joining into the Spider-Army.  The Spider-Army attacked Loomworld in an attempt to stop the ritual.

In the end the Spider-Army was victorious and the surviving Inheritors were trapped in fall out shelter tower called Sims Tower in a universe where Earth is a radioactive wasteland.  Radiation being highly poisonous to them they were effectively left trapped.


Powers and Skills:
Verna is extremely fast, strong, and durable like the rest of the inheritors.

Powers Include:

Energy Absorption- Can absorb the energy of living things. 

Super Strength

Super Speed, Agility, and Reflexes

Super Durability - Highly resistant to most forms of damage

Immortal - The inheritors seem to age very slowly and are able to return from death through advanced cloning facilities.

Weakness:
Radiation
The Other

Hounds:
Verna seems to prefer using her hounds who are super-powered beings reduced to becoming her personal attack dogs.  For hounds she has shown to have groups of Vultures, Kravens, Pumas and Silver Sables at her disposal.

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What is the Eye of Agamotto?


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What is the Eye of Agamotto

The Eye of Agamotto is one Doctor Strange's most powerful relics.  It is an item that has been used and passed down from Sorceror Supreme to Sorcerer Supreme all the way back to the original mystical entity Agamotto at the beginning of time.  The Eye is considered to be one of Strange's most powerful artifacts and is potentially the most powerful magical artifact in Earth's plane of existence.

The Eye of Agamotto will appear in the film Doctor Strange.  Images and commentary about the eye were shown at San Diego Comic Con 2016.


Alias: Eye of Infinity, Eye of Truth


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Powers:
The light from the eye can allow a user to:
Create a mystical shield
Create portals to other dimensions
See through disguises and illusions
See the past
Track ethereal and corporeal beings
Weakens evil beings such as demons, devils, undead, dark extra-dimensial beings, and human practitioners of the dark arts.
Can probe minds
Levitate objects
Create a suspended animation cage
Teleport a group to any point in the universe



Origins:
Unknown.  There are theories that Agamotto either found it or that he created it.

Agamotto is still tied to the eye and it has been suggested that he records when it is used.

Video:
Video explaining the Eye of Agamotto.



Video of a custom made Eye of Agamotto.  Not sure who made this but I think its pretty amazing.



MCU:
The Eye of Agamotto will appear in the movie Doctor Strange.

Kevin Fiege commented at San Diego Comic Con 2016 that the eye of Agamotto has some probability altering powers, effectively he says that the eye could alter Time.  This has led many to speculate that the Eye could be the Time Infinity Stone.  Most of the other Infinity stones have been revealed but not Time and Soul.  With his abundance of magical artifacts it seems natural for one of the stones to turn up in the Doctor Strange film.





As Strange in the comics draws upon many different magical power sources its possible we see a variety of colors based off what spell he is casting and where he is drawing the power for that spell from.One of the theories with the Eye of Agamotto is that when Doctor Strange has green glphys lighting up around him that he is using or drawing power from the Eye.  Evidence of this is in the picture of Strange having a green glyph appear from his hand the eye itself is also lit up with a similar green glow.

It seems quite possible that as Doctor Strange is a relative newcomber to the magical arts and that he is battling a seasoned sorcerer that he may need to lean on the Eye of Agamotto to even the odds against his adversaries.



At San Diego Comic Con 2016 the first close up picture of the Eye of Agamotto was released.




Initial Eye Speculation:
It has also been rumored that a eye like relic in the Treasure vault of Asgard in the Thor films is actually the Eye Agamotto.  This is actually not the Eye of Agamotto but another powerful magical artifact known as the Warlock's Eye.

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Pokemon Go - Reactions from Teachers and schools may scare you!




The phenomena of Pokemon Go exploded all over the world in July 2016.  People of all ages love the game but it is especially popular with Highschool and College students.  Some people bemoaned the throngs of distracted walking players.  Fights with Pokemon Go players have even broken out at places where people considered playing a game offensive.

So far though one important institution has been immune to the game,....School.  While some year round school and some Summer school have encountered the game a huge tsunami of students is preparing to go back to school this fall.  Many will be walking into the school with their heads down looking for Pokemon.

Many schools have given up on taking away students phones as they have become too ubiquitous.  Pokemon Go presents a unique problem in that it is extremely popular and also that it may function extremely well inside a school.  Multiple school's near my home actually feature Pokestops where players can periodically load up on items.  Pokestops reset every 10 minutes or so meaning an inclined student could attempt to hit a Pokestop inside the school multiple times a day.  This is not rule out even the crazier happenstance.  Rare pokemon siting have cause huge herds of gamers to appear at the most biazzare locations.  What if a rare Pokemon appeared in a school Would crowds of students pour out of class to capture a Snorlax?      Its hard to say.

How will the school react to all of these distracted students.  We have our first clue from a Texas professor at Texas State Technical College, Amelia Carnagey.  Amelia created the following poster to warn her students that hunting Pokemon in her class was both forbidden and potentially costly!

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The poster is now even for sale to other teachers at a teacher supply website.  Amelia says the poster was a tongue and cheek joke that her students were in on.  That said I expect many teachers to take a strict view with the game.


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Pokemon Go! Don't discount Magicarp


Pokemon Go! Don't discount Magicarp
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Everyone has been talking smack about the Magicarp Pokemon. In some areas Magicarp come up all the time. Other times people get them in Eggs that only hatch after walking multiple kilometers. Magicarp is one of the weakest Pokemon in the game. He also looks entirely pathetic flopping around on the ground. What agitates people even more is that Magicarp takes a full 400 candy to evolve. 400 CANDY! That is a lot of Magicarp to catch before you have any hope of getting something out of it


Here is one thing you should know about Magicarp though. If you can go through that grind and get 400 Magicarp candy you can evolve it into one of the best Pokemon in the game Gyraddos. How many people have done this? Not many in my area (Keep in mind I don't live around much water).

In the old Pokemon games it was very hard to evolve Magicarp too. You had to put him in a battle then sub him out for another Pokemon to take the lead and in that way he would gain enough experience to evolve. It was a long, hard haul however the reward was beautiful.
Gyarados!!!!!!!!!!!

This unnsual and ironic transformation was even highlighted in the Pokemon cartoon series. Of course Team Rocket made the mistake of underestimating Magicarp.



Some Go Pokemon Trainers have set out to evolve their Magicarps. However, it seems like the more common strategy is to simply attempt to capture a Gyrados itself.

Video getting the feared Gyrados



The twitter account for Magicarp has also had a lot of fun razzing anyone who dares make fun its namesake

















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Star Trek Beyond review by Sir Kent



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Seeing STAR TREK BEYOND was a bittersweet affair. On one hand, you had a movie that helped us believe in the imagination and hope that the late great Gene Roddenberry had for us all. But also that this franchise deserved to continue its current trend. However, it also reminded us of the great lose of Leonard Nimoy the Dr. Spock. Plus, the unexpected and sudden death of young actor
Anton Yelchin who played Chekov.

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Star Trek Beyond is set during the first deep space mission for the crew of The Enterprise. The rigors of deep space exploration and the never ending vastness begins to take its toll on the crew. What started out to be an exciting adventure has become tedious and boring. That is why when
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew receive a distress call from an unknown nebula, they are all quick to assist. Anything to break up the normal day-to-day grind.
A few days before all of this, Dr. Spock 

(Zachary Quinto) receives words from New Vulcan that Dr. Spock prime (It's a time travel thing and if you haven't seen the last two, SHAME ON YOU!). This is the moment that all the emotions you felt when Leonard Nimoy died in real life came rushing back. Suddenly, the movie itself somehow took a backseat. Especially if you saw the interview that Quinto gave where he broke down and cried while trying to talk about Nimoy’s passing. Then there was young Mr. Chekov (Anton Yelchin) who played a major role in this movie.

You were left with the feeling that he would definitely have a much larger part in the next movie if not for his untimely demise. Did I just emotionally go all off the rails? Let me get back in track, eh? After rescuing the captain who sent the distress signal, the crew of The Enterprise are drawn into a trap that has been waiting for 100 years! As they approach the nebula, they are attacked by a swarm of bio-mechanical ships that are being controlled by Krall  (Idris Elba).

Because of their makeup and movements, the enterprise is no match for the swarm and is easily boarded and then destroyed. After crash landing on the planet Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) and
Dr. Spock become a little closer due to being trapped together and the fact that Spock had been run through with a piece of debris. Meanwhile Scotty (Simon Pegg who also wrote this movie. Which was a good thing because it needed his comedic touches with the undertones of loss) finds himself confronted by a few natives intent on relieving him of any valuables including his life. Enter Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) who defeats them and recognizes the uniform that Scotty is wearing and offers to help him if he can help her.


A simple matter really. To get a 100 year old starship named the USS FRANKLIN and the mystery into their attacker slowly begins to take shape. The Franklin and her crew were lost and presumed dead nearly 100 years ago. Their Captain, a highly decorated veteran of the Romulan Wars Balthazar Edison, was given the rank of Captain. Then he was put in command of the Franklin and sent on one of the very first deep space explorations for the federation.

After becoming trapped and crash landing on this very planet, he watched as his crew started to die off. There was no reply from Starfleet and a once proud warrior, had become heartbroken, disillusioned and jaded towards Starfleet. He and the few remaining crew members he had left found a technology on the planet that could sustain life and even alter his,appearance. The cost, however, was the essence of a living being. Thus begun his journey down the dark path of revenge against Starfleet.

The effects around the enterprise in this movie were amazing. There is a scene where it is traveling through warp that is incredible and another where it leaves space dock that put you right in front of the deflector array. All in all, you did get the feeling that the planet had been done before but, that was broken up with the fight scene on board the saucer section of the enterprise. The new uniforms the crew were rocking were a lot more realistic and believable which was nice to see. If you are able to come back from your sense of loss during this movie, it is,an enjoyable time and makes you look forward to the next one. 

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Jared Leto's controversial Joker look

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Here is the new picture of Jared Leto's Joker for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.  The look is a fairly dramatic twist on the Joker and has sent tongues across the internet wagging.  The character of Joker debuted in Batman #1 in 1940 making him one of the older characters to maintain his level of popularity and relevancy.

In addition to the new look of the Joker, Jared Leto has gotten into character by giving mischievous gifts.  The gifts have included things like dead rats, pig heads, used sticky playboy magazines anal beeds and used condoms.   Will Smith and Margot Robbie both said they called Jared Leto Mister J during filming.

Will Smith said that when he got the gifts he thought that ...
"Jared has gone full Joker....The rule generally is don't go full-Joker....But he really set the tone. he wasnt playing with it, he was dead serious as an actor."

Many actors reacted very negatively to the gifts and to Jared's behavior.  Viola Davis has stated at one point she nearly pepper sprayed Jared Leto.






Margot also said of Jared's method acting that:
"I saw him out of makeup once and I was actually petrified of him. I was too scared to go up and didn’t know who that person was, and when he got back into his makeup I was far more comfortable.”

Commenting on the gifts Jared has said that the gifts were part of an acting method that allowed him to gain further insight into the Joker.
"I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there. The Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries."
"The Joker loves to play games, he loves to manipulate. and that was part of the reason to do that... when you do give a gift to someone, even in real life, you think about what to get them, you think about who that person is to you, what would they like... It immediately started to be really good homework for me."

Jared Leto appeared on the Jimmy Falon and also gave him a Joker gift.





Analyzing the look.

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First lets give take an objective take on this new look.  Jared Leto's new Joker look appears to be a punk version of the Joker.  This joker is relatively young, physically fit, and covered in tattoos.  He also has grill over his teeth.  Not much can be determined from a single picture about behavior, personality etc but he does appear to be maniacally laughing.

Classical attributes:
  • Green slicked back hair
  • Pale skin
New attributes:
  • Shirtless and Muscled- I don't think I have ever seen the Joker shirtless before. 
  • Surgical glove
  • Tattoos - This joker sports a huge assortment of tattoos
    • "Damaged" - On forehead
    • Teardrop or Knife blade under his left eye
    • Cracks - Above eye
    • Giant smile - On right arm
    • Ha Ha Ha - On left arm and left chest and back
    • Ace of Spaces - On left collarbone
    • Jester Skull - On right chest
    • Kick Me sign - On back
    • There are others on his abdomen, arm and back that I can not make out.
Missing Attributes:
  • No suit
  • No flowers or other clown paraphernalia
Picture of Jokers back:

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 Some subjective thoughts:

There are aspects of this version of Joker that are similar to previous versions.  His posture and attitude in this picture immediately bring to mind the panel from famous Batman story the "Killing Joke".  In the Killing Joke the Joker's origin is explored as a failed stand up comic who descends down a path of homicidal madness.   The Joker in the killing joke however wore his traditional suit and was not covered in tattoos.

the joker cartoon Suicide Squad’: David Ayer teases Jared Leto as the Joker, pays homage to Killing Joke
Joker from The Batman
There have been many versions that have appeared as physically strong.  There was one almost Gorilla like version that appeared in the 90s cartoon "The Batman".

Heathe Ledger's joker also had a certain Post-Punk feel to him.  However he was physically scarred and not tattooed.


The new Jared Leto version is definitely new but with enough traditional characteristics to keep the Joker identifiable.  This look was a surprise and it was not where I thought Leto was going.  I actually saw him going toward some kind of sophisticated, joker philosopher.  That said I think there is room to explore a joker with this look.  Keep in mind the Joker is kind of a personification of senseless evil and chaos.  He can appear in a variety of ways and each version some new fear or aspect of evil is explored.

Here is the David Ayer tweet that released the picture:

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New Agents of SHIELD Poster






New Agents of SHIELD Poster
Marvel is going to release a poster for each episode.  The posters will be featured as promos online as well as sold through the Marvel store.  Each Print of the posters is around $50.


On the current poster:




SEASON PREMIERE

COULSON FACES A SURPRISING NEW RIVAL, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF "MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D." ON ABC

Constance Zimmer Guest Stars

On the season premiere episode, "Laws of Nature," when Coulson and the team discover a new Inhuman, S.H.I.E.L.D. comes face to face with another organization searching for powered people. And still reeling from Simmons' dramatic disappearance, Fitz goes to extreme lengths to try to learn how to get her back. 



Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for an action-packed third season, with Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) leading the charge as S.H.I.E.L.D. searches the world for more powered people in the aftermath of their epic battle with Jiaying and her army of Inhumans. However, Coulson and the team soon find out that they are not the only group looking for these new Inhumans.

Many months after their war with a rogue group of Inhumans, the team is still reeling. Coulson is again trying to put the pieces of his once revered organization back together while also dealing with the loss of his hand. His confidante and second in command, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), has yet to return from an impromptu vacation with ex-husband Andrew (Blair Underwood); deadly superspy Agent Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) is recovering from her traumatic torture at the hands of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton); Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is obsessed with discovering the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge); and all are on high-alert for the next move from Ward and Hydra.


Season 2 Episodes and Posters
S.O.S.

 

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See the Promo:
Promo for S2 E21 "S.O.S."

This one of my favorite posters to date.  I love the idea of making it look like one of Marvel's old horror comics.

THE INHUMANS' ENDGAME IS REVEALED, ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF ABC'S "MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D."

"S.O.S.," Part One and Part Two" - S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever, on the two-hour season finale of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," TUESDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.


See below for the Previous Week's Posters


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Previous Posters:


Scars

See the Promo:
See the promos for "Scars" Here

Synopsis from Marvel:
"Scars" - Skye is torn between her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and her connection to the Inhumans as tensions rise between the groups -- and Coulson reveals a secret he’s been hiding from even those closest to him, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Tuesday, May 5th on ABC.




The Dirty Half Dozen 

See the Promo:
Promo for S2 E19 "Dirty Half Dozen" 

Synopsis:
"The Dirty Half Dozen" - Gonzales and Coulson must find a way to put their differences aside and work together against Hydra, even if it means teaming up with someone they don't trust, on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesday, April 28th on ABC.



Frenemy of my Enemy

See the Promo:
Promo for S2 E18 Frenemy of my Enemy

Synopsis:
GRANT WARD MAY BE COULSON’S LAST HOPE, ON “MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.” ON ABC
 
“The Frenemy of My Enemy” – A dangerous new alliance is formed as Coulson and Hunter turn to the last person anyone would expect – Grant Ward! As the war between S.H.I.E.L.D. factions continues, Skye and Lincoln will find themselves drawn into this conflict, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
 
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.
 
Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Henry Goodman as Dr. List, Kyle MacLachlan as Cal, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Maya Stojan as Kara, Dichen Lachman as Jiaying, Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell, Kris Lemche as Ethan, Staci Roberts as Paula, and Trenton Rostedt as Hoodie Guy.
 
”The Frenemy of My Enemy” was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Karen Gaviola.
 
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L,V parental guideline.
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Melinda

See the Promo:
Promo for S2 E17 "Melinda" The truth about the Calvary
Synopsis from Marvel:
“Melinda” – The story of Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry” is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about the Inhumans will send her in a new direction, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Tuesday, April 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

 

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse. 

 

Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Ruth Negga as Raina, Kyle MacLachlan as Cal, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Christine Adams as Weaver, Blair Underwood as Andrew Garner, Dichen Lachman as Jiaying, Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell, Kris Lemche as Ethan, Terrell Tilford as Agent Hart, Derek Phillips as Agent O’Brien, Winter Ave Zoli as Eva Belyakov, Ava Acres as Little Girl/Katya, Brendan Wayne as Assistant, Ben Wise as Blue Jacket, Omid Zader as Burly Gangster, Hani Al Naimi as Fiasal El-Hashem, Houshang Touzie as Colonel, Branden Morgan as Tac Agent #1, Alex Paez as Tac Agent #2, and Antonio Leon as Bahranian Soldier. 

 

”Melinda” was written by DJ Doyle and directed by Garry A. Brown.
 

Afterlife

See the Promo:
Promo for "Afterlife" S2 E16
 Synopsis from Marvel:



“Afterlife” – As Robert Gonzalez makes his move, Coulson must do whatever it takes to protect the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile Skye’s journey to control her powers takes a surprising turn when she meets the enigmatic Inhuman named Lincoln, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Tuesday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 
 
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, and Adrianne Palicki. 
 
Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Ruth Negga as Raina, Kyle MacLachlan as Cal, Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, Jamie Harris as Gordon, DichenLachman as Jiaying, Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell, Craig Johnson as S.H.I.E.L.D. Leader, Stoney Westmoreland as Honest Eddie, and John Forest as Robbie. 
 
”Afterlife” was written by Craig Titley and directed by Kevin Hooks.




One Door Closes
See the Promo:
Promo for "One Door Closes" a flash back to the day SHIELD fell

This weeks poster has Mockingbird with her small staffs out in a defensive position, ready to strike.

One interesting thing to note is that Lucy Lawless will be returning for this episode as Isabelle Hartley.  I am guessing this will be part of a flash back sequence that may shed light on this new SHIELD's motivations.

Official Synopsis:

War comes to Coulson’s doorstep in a way he never anticipated as shocking revelations are brought to light, and Skye struggles to control her new abilities but will soon make a decision that irrevocably changes her life, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.

 

Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Christine Adams as Agent Weaver, Kirk Acevedo as Agent Calderon, Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Case, Sai Rao as Susanna, Mackenzie Astin as Tim Maguire and Rick Otto as lead Hydra agent.

 

"One Door Closes" was written by Lauren LeFranc & Rafe Judkins and directed by David Solomon.
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Love in the Time of Hydra
 See the Promo:
Grant Ward and Agent 33 return in Promo for Agents of SHIELD
This weeks poster has Ward bending into kiss Agent 33 who seems to be wearing the face of Skye.

Official Synopsis:
Love in the Time of Hydra” – Coulson and his team are still reeling from a shocking revelation that leaves the team fractured as they must decide what to do with one of their own. Meanwhile, Bobbi and Mack reveal their true allegiance to Hunter, while elsewhere, Ward and Agent 33 embark on a personal mission, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Tuesday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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"One of Us"
 See the Promo:
Meet Angar the Screamer in Promo for E13 "One of Us" 

The new poster is for the Episode called "One of Us" which features the return of Skye's Father Dr. Calvin (Cal) Zabo  ie Mr Hyde.

Official Synoposis of "One of Us"
"One of Us" - Cal seeks revenge on Coulson by assembling a team of Super Villains to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, May calls on renowned Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood), her charismatic ex-husband, with a crisis that threatens to tear the team apart, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, March 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse. Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Kyle Maclachlan as The Doctor/Cal, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Blair Underwood as Dr. Andrew Garner, Drea De Matteo as Karla Faye Gideon, Ric Sarabia as Wendell Levi, Geo Corvera as Francis Noche, Jeff Daniel Phillips as David A. Angar, Gregg Martin as student, Jack Kennedy as security guard and Jamal Duff as John Bruno.
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"Who you really are"
 See the Promo:
"Who you really are" Promo and Analysis

Official Synopsis:
"Who You Really Are"
Who You Really Are" - Coulson and team come to the aid of a confused Lady Sif, who has lost her memory after fighting with a mysterious warrior whose true mission will send shockwaves through S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, Bobbi and MacK continue to hide their true mission from everyone close to them, on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesday, March 10th on ABC.


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Aftershocks

 See the Promo:
Midseason premiere coverage from the Watcher! 
Midseason Premiere Promo (Season 2)  

My take:
Everyone wants to know if Raina will be a character from the comics or a new character on the show.  One of the ideas is that Raina could be the character Tigra.
I think the idea that Raina is Tigra is really out after seeing this.   That is not Tigra.


Aftershocks Official Synopsis:
After discovering an alien city with ties to his resurrection, Coulson and his team destroyed it before the forces of Hydra could claim its secrets, eliminating the villainous Whitehall (Reed Diamond) in the process. But new threats to the world have arisen, including Skye's father, Cal (Kyle McLachlan), who now seeks retribution against Coulson for stealing his revenge against Whitehall; a disturbing alliance between former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and Agent 33; the enigmatic Raina (Ruth Negga), who struggles with her transformation into something inhuman by the alien Obelisk and seeks vengeance; and Skye (Chloe Bennet), who developed mysterious new powers from the Obelisk but whose lack of experience with her new abilities may threaten the safety of those she loves.

Meanwhile, Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Mack (Henry Simmons) begin the next phase of a plan which seems to have grave repercussions for Coulson and his team, who are unaware that there's another mysterious force moving against them. And as Hunter (Nick Blood) is forced to make the biggest choice of his life, Coulson will find his mission threatened by this shocking endgame.

In the midseason premiere, "Aftershocks," Coulson's team must deal with the consequences of their war with Hydra as shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, and Hydra makes a dangerous move that may involve a traitor in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s midst.


 

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