Hi everyone! My regular readers (yes I know who you are, yes I appreciate you more than I have the words to express) will have noticed that I didn’t post a recap/reaction to last week’s Agents of SHIELD, and this post isn’t one for this week’s episode. Honestly, I’ve just been too busy to post much of anything lately, and as such you haven’t seen new reviews, trailers, or any other articles in the past few weeks. I still haven’t finished my review of Insurgent. However, this isn’t going to last, and I’ll be back to posting more regularly soon.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I’ve never seen a more exciting, emotional, badass, hilarious, sweet and special finale to a show’s first season. Not only that, but tonight’s episode of Agents of SHIELD is already up there on my list of top season finales of any show ever. I have to give full credit not only to the writers and showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, but the cast, crew and everyone involved in the show for doing a truly spectacular job. In an hour they managed to wrap up the dangling storylines left from last week and the entire season, not only as far as plot but also with the characters, set things in motion for next season by completely changing the direction of the show, work in the show’s best guest appearance thus far, while managing to surprise and send a fist straight into the chest of my emotions, pulling out one of my ribs in the process. I could go on and on (and I will), but I might as well just jump right into tonight’s season finale, “Beginning of the End,” written by Jed and Maurissa and directed by David Straiton.
Agents of SHIELD is back once more, this time with the promise of no more funky scheduling until the end of the season. Last time we saw our heroes facing an Asgardian visitor and ended with the revelation that May has been spying on Coulson and company for some unknown authority. Tonight our team decided to intensify the search for the Clairvoyant along with pretty much every agent who isn’t Nick Fury or Maria Hill, giving us an exciting episode that upped the mystery level even higher. All of this happened while simultaneously setting us up for the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend, which will lead directly into next week’s episode. So let’s jump right into “End of the Beginning” written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Bobby Roth.
SHIELD is back with one of its most shocking and creative episodes yet! After last episode’s journey to the Academy, where we uncovered some big revelations about Skye’s background and saw Ian Quinn take a bigger role with Centipede and the Clairvoyant, tonight’s episode gave us a direct followup to that while delivering some big punches, some clever storytelling, a juicy tease for Marvel comic fans and a cliffhanger that will have to tide us over until after the Olympics. So without further ado let’s jump into “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, written by Lauren LeFranc and Rafe Judkins and directed by Paul Edwards.