Another season of Agents of SHIELD has come and gone, and this one certainly went out with a bang. Last week’s episode set the stakes for a showdown between SHIELD and the Inhumans, with Skye caught in the crossfire, and the season finale certainly delivered that and more. This episode had it all, from shocks and surprises, to great character moments, to fantastic action and one-liners, to multiple character deaths. It was an intense episode, resolving some of the season’s larger threads while setting things in motion for season three. Let’s jump right into the two-hour season finale, “S.O.S.”, part one written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Vincent Misiano and part two written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancaroen and directed by Billy Gierhart. Continue reading →
The penultimate episode of Agents of SHIELD was preceded by the excitement of Avengers: Age of Ultron and followed this week by the news that both SHIELD and Agent Carter have been renewed for a second season. In between all of that, however, was an episode filled with surprises, setting the stakes for the two-hour season finale on Tuesday. Last week we watched our heroes (plus Ward) launch an attack/rescue mission on HYDRA, reuniting the original team for the first time in what felt like ages. This week showed us some of the aftermath of that mission, as well as the events of Age of Ultron, as the power dynamic at SHIELD was shaken up once again and the conflict with the Inhumans finally came to a head. So let’s take a look at “Scars,” written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc and directed by Bobby Roth.
Every serialized show on occasion has to do what I call a “positioning the pieces” episode, and that’s exactly what we got on this week’s Agents of SHIELD. These episodes often precede a much bigger episode or string of episodes, and based on the preview for next week things will definitely be big. Last time on SHIELD was all about the character development, giving us deeper looks at Skye’s predicament as well as some background and intriguing history on her father and on the Inhumans. This week the Inhumans story took a back seat to the show shuffling around its characters in a build up to next week’s showdown, but we also finally got to see what Ward’s been up to since he was shot by Skye in the midseason finale. So let’s jump into “Love in the Time of Hydra”, written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Jesse Bochco. Continue reading →