During Season 1 of Agents of SHIELD the show was widely criticized for setting up plot lines too slowly, having static characters, and lacking any of the major characters of the movies. Effectively, Agents of SHIELD was a weak shell of the Marvel Universe seen in the movies. About midway through the season the episodes became faster paced, and more intriguing. The older characters grew more complex and a hero from the comics Deathlok began appearing regularly. At the end of the season the intrigue hit an all time high when it was revealed that the evil Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD. These episodes were tied into the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and suddenly the shared universe concept seemed to find its footing. The last episodes were like a sudden explosion, like a detonation of excitement had finally gone off.
Looking toward the Premiere episode the question remains which Agents of SHIELD will show up. The plodding show of Season 1 beginning, or the exciting, edge of your seat ride of Season 1's end?
I am happy to say the premiere had more octane to it than almost all of Season 1. Within minutes there is action, introduction of new intriguing characters. On top of this the episode features a major villain in the Absorbing Man. Very few actual super villains have appeared in the show up until this point so seeing a villain that has battled the likes of Thor and Hulk was amazing.
The entire tone of the show feels more visceral, dangerous and action packed. They lack resources of the former SHIELD and are being hunted by General Talbot of the US military. This situation means less bureaucracy and more fugitive hit and run missions.
Who is the Absorbing Man?
Who is Kraken?
In addition to Absorbing Man the show also introduced its new big bad, the Kraken, who seemed terrifying. Really this episode from beginning to end really sets up how interesting this villain is, there is more to him than meets than meets the eye.
The new agents were also all dynamic. Lucy Lawless added instant spice and action as agent Hartley. Lance Blood was also interesting. I would say both characters opened up new questions particularly on who Coulson should use as allies. I will say that something involving these characters really really surprised me, but I will try to avoid giving away too much.
The premiere also provided interesting clues on the mysteries of Coulson's resurrection and what the mysterious symbols seen in Season 1 were. We also catch a glimpse of Ward who no doubt will play a part in the rest of the season. He seems very diabolical and almost Hannibal Lector esq locked in the confines of SHIELD.
What really become intriguing though is who is Skye's villainous father. Ward seems to know.
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As if the show needed even more it contained an awesome sequence that showed Peggy Carter and two howling commandos. This scene for me was a cherry on top of an awesome show.
In the end, the show was great but left a lot of questions open and me wanting even more.
Good job Agents! Bravo this season is off to a great start.
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Season 2 Premiere Synoposis:
"Shadows" - Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources--but that's not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again? Watch "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," on the ABC Television Network. Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Patton Oswalt as Agent Billy Koenig, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle "Izzy" Hartley, Wilmer Calderon as Idaho, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Matthew Glave as Roger Browning, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, George Stephanopoulos as self, Raquel Gardner as Carla Talbot, Ben Turner Nixon as Hydra Officer, Franco Vega as Military Leader, Rich Ceraulo as Soldier #1, and JB Tadena as Private Tilden.