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Thursday, July 30, 2015

"We were a good team. Weren't we?"

So Scooter and I just finished Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD on Tuesday night. When the show premiered almost two years ago, I was pretty hyped, coming off the high of The Avengers. I even wrote up a short, positive review of the pilot. Unfortunately, the next few episodes were a little "meh," and I ended up losing interest, especially given how seldom I watch weekly episodic television. Also, unfortunately, I apparently stopped watching about the same time Season 1—like John Cleese—got better.

The benefits of Netflix include the ability to binge watch entire seasons of show in a relatively brief period of time, allowing weak episodes to be subsumed into the larger flow of a series. Such is the case with AoS. I watched the first season in December or January, when Scooter was busy with something else, and ended up really enjoying it. But Hulu didn't have all the episodes from Season 2, and I didn't want to start "in the middle." And Scooter still needed to catch up with Season 1. So we've been doing just that for the past few weeks, interspersed with SWTOR sessions.

Anyway, the second season was even better than the first, though there were still a few episodes here and there that were weaker than others. I like how they tie the AoS storyline into events from the movies without making it necessary to see either the movies or the show to make sense of what is going on. Some interesting plotlines have developed, and the season finale brought some good closure, while teasing a few new plotlines for Season 3. I don't want to spoil anything if you haven't seen the show. I highly recommend it if you have the opportunity to see Agents of SHIELD in the near future.
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  1. I also watched just a few episodes of season one and did not care for Agents of Shield. Part of it was I didn't care for any of the characters except for Agent May, who I loved immediately. Skye in particular was so annoying to me.
    Lots of good comments from sources I trust said the end of season one was really really good so I gave it another chance with season two, and liked it immensely. I was missing alot of character action and plot from season one, but every character seemed much better, and the plotting was exciting. It still took me most of season two to tolerate Skye, but I appreciate her now. Even so, I'd like the plots for season three to revolve around some of the rest of the team.

    1. S3 may branch out more, but given how "special" Skye (now Daisy, apparently) is, she (and Coulson) will be at the center of attention for the foreseeable future. I recommend going back and watching season one. Quite a few episodes focus on folks not Skye. And May (whom I love, as well) hardly got any characterization beyond mysterious Black Widow analog until almost the end of the second season.

    2. Oh, and I recommend going back and watching S1 beginning at least from about Ep 5, The Girl in the Flower Dress, because it introduces Raina, and the few episodes following, definitely focus on the other members of the team, and how they interact.

  2. This one's going on the list for when Conrad & I are done with Dr. Who. :)