Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “Laws of Nature”

Agents of SHIELD Cast - Season 3

Agents of SHIELD is back for season three! We’ve had a long summer, complete with two Marvel Cinematic Universe films, to speculate on the myriad of cliffhangers from last season’s shocking, action-packed finale. We were left with a resolution of sorts to the confrontation with Daisy’s parents and the Inhumans, but also with the promise of plenty more to come as a reunited SHIELD takes a more active role in the Inhuman situation. Coulson lost a hand, May left on vacation, Bobbi was tortured, Ward is the new head of HYDRA, and the Terrigen crystals were lost into the ocean, there to spread into unsuspecting fish oil bottles around the world. Oh yeah, and Simmons was sucked into the mysterious Kree monolith! Our first episode of the fall didn’t resolve all of these mysteries, but it took a first step along SHIELD’s new course, giving us a look at the direction things are heading, introducing new characters and threats, and setting a strong tone out of the gate. So let’s jump right into season three with “Laws of Nature,” written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Vincent Misiano.
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Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “S.O.S.”

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.
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Just a quick SHIELD-related update

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.

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Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “The Writing on the Wall”

*Update: My full recap of “The Writing on the Wall” is now live.  Read it here!

After a week off, Agents of SHIELD is back!  Last week gave us an episode that helped to position the pieces for bigger things going forward, and tonight we took our first step down the path that episode laid out.  Tonight saw the biggest movement yet this season on the Coulson/alien writing mystery, along with a big chunk of information about the Guest House/T.A.H.I.T.I. project, along with a parallel plot about what Ward is up to following his escape.  There were surprises, revelations, and even a few jokes.  Here are my quick reactions and thoughts about tonight’s episode, “The Writing on the Wall,” look for my full recap sometime tomorrow.

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Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “A Fractured House”

Phil Coulson in A Fractured House

After last week’s tense, exciting episode, it would have been tough for Agents of SHIELD to try to match that level of intensity.  The standoff between Raina and Coulson, with Simmons’ life hanging in the balance, combined with some new and emotional revelations about Skye’s father, would have been a tough act to follow.  Wisely, SHIELD charted a different course this week, giving us one of those all-important connect-the-dots episodes, that helps position the pieces for bigger things to come.  And while it might have been a slight but inevitable let down, it still packed in some great moments both fun and emotional, while setting up one big game changer that will affect how the rest of the season plays out.  So let’s take a look at “A Fractured House,” written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc and directed by Ron Underwood.

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Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “A Fractured House”

*Update: My full recap of “A Fractured House” is now live.  Read it here!

Agents of SHIELD has been so solid this season, delivering one great episode after another.  Last week was a particular highlight that advanced many different plots, reunited the team, and added Bobbi Morse to the equation.  Tonight’s episode, “A Fractured House,” didn’t deliver quite the punch, but it still had some great moments, including a continuation of high-quality action this season.  The pieces on the board were moved around tonight, and things are being set up for bigger events down the road.  We’ll have to see how it all plays out, but for now here are my instant reactions to tonight’s episode.  Look for my recap to post sometime tomorrow.

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Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “A Hen in the Wolf House”

Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird

I hope you’ve got your lanyards handy, because Agents of SHIELD got serious again this week.  Last week’s episode was all fun and action (and Philinda), but this week was drama, suspense, and emotional moments.  While last’s week was more of a standalone episode, giving us some small progress but not doing much to advance the plot, this week took some major steps forward.  We didn’t get any concrete answers to the show’s main mysteries, but they did shake up the status quo quite a bit.  Simmons undercover experience with HYDRA came to a head, and Coulson’s secrets are becoming less secret.  We learned more about the Doctor, none of which sounds good, and Raina was put in a tough position.  Oh, and there’s Bobbi Morse, who is the best.  So let’s dive right into “The Hen in the Wolf House,” written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Holly Dale.

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Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “A Hen in the Wolf House”

*Update: My full recap of “A Hen in the Wolf House” is now live.  Read it here!

Last week’s episode may have had a lot of comedy and action, and was thoroughly fun, but tonight’s episode was all about suspense.  Simmons’ undercover storyline came to a head, the team (and the audience) learned a lot more about Skye’s father, and the Obelisk came back into play.  We were also introduced to an exciting new character in Bobbi Morse.  And all of this was wrapped up together in an hour that had some surprising, dramatic moments and a healthy dose of emotion.  Agents of SHIELD is really shining this season, and every episode thus far has been excellent.  Read on for my instant reactions to “A Hen in the Wolf House,” and come back tomorrow for my full recap.
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Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Face My enemy”

Phil Coulson and Melinda May in "Face My Enemy"

This week’s Agents of SHIELD episode was both the funniest and had the best action of any episode thus far this season.  Last week finally told us what Simmons has been up to along with giving us some truly fantastic Fitz moments.  This week took the focus away from the “kids” of the show and put it squarely on mom and dad, as May and Coulson set off on an undercover assignment to retrieve a mysterious painting.  We got some seriously kickass moments from both May and Coulson, a lot of humor, and even some sweetness, in what proved to be a nice change of tone from the previous three episodes this season, all of which have been rather serious.  So let’s jump right into tonight’s episode (while keeping an eye out for laser grids), “Face My Enemy”, written by Drew Greenberg and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

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Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “Face My Enemy”

*Update: My full recap of “Face My Enemy” is now live.  Read it here!

Now that is what I’m talking about!  After three tense, dramatic episodes, including catching up with Simmons last weekSHIELD ramped up the comedy and the action tonight, giving us something that felt like the third act of a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Tonight was full of many fantastic quotes (many of which are below), some great moments for Philinda (Coulson/May) shippers, and some all-around ass kicking.  It had its drama too, and it’s character development.  In all, this was about as close as you could get to my ideal SHIELD stand-alone episode, and while I wouldn’t want this every week, it was perfectly placed as the season’s fourth episode.  Here are my instant reactions to the episode, and remember to check back later in the week for my full recap.

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