AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Premiere Recap – “Shadows”
Of all the 2014 Fall TV premieres I have watched thus far, I never, EVER, thought Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 would be the one show to hook me emotionally. The show itself has been a fun ride of Marvel backstories, tying into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and giving fans something to watch each week that can hold them over until the next Marvel Cinematic release. But with the Season 2 premiere of Agents, all bets are currently off and this is the one show I cannot wait to see unravel as it’s promising sophomore season moves forward.
Complete with an opening scene cameo from the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself, the premiere of Agents this week was all-out action with one devastating and heartbreaking twist. Opening Season 2, Agent Carter is shown with the Howling Commandoes in the 1940’s, crashing the Hydra party and obtaining the very first recorded O-84, the very first Object of Unknown Origin. And from there the show went all-in, pulling out all the stops for an hour full of reveals, inside-jabs, and one huge character development…and one highly noticeable character absence.
With Coulson now acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. following the events of Season 1’s finale and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he is in more of a background role as his team recruits surviving S.H.I.E.L.D. members to reinvent the agency. With the traitorous Agent Ward on lockdown, the team is now free to pursue clearing it’s name, even though the American military is out to eradicate what’s left of them. Director Coulson is not about to let that happen, and Clark Gregg absolutely commands this role. Agent May and the rest of the ragtag team are hot on the trail of the conveniently missing original O-84, and they even run into obscure villain The Absorbing Man several times throughout the episode. The wheels are set in motion for a fun season, with more reveals sure to follow as we inch ever closer to the next Avengers film in the Summer of 2015. I have high hopes we will see the entire core team from Agents in the next Avengers film, Age Of Ultron.
But the most important development thus far, not only for Agents itself but in all the premieres I have watched thus far, is what’s become of Agent Fitz. In the finale of Season One, Fitz proclaims his love for his partner Simmons as they lie at the bottom of the ocean, submerged in a metal coffin by the treacherous Agent Ward. Simmons would later rescue Fitz and save his life, but with one huge incident…Fitz’s time unconscious in the water has led to brain damage.
Most, if not all, shows would never address this issue. They would show a miraculous recovery and their heroes on the mend, but Agents has done a complete 180 and the show is all the better for it. Agent Simmons has also left the team, and this leaves Agent Fitz on his own as he struggles to find the right words to speak so he can help the team like only he can…or at least, like he could. And what’s worse: he is hallucinating visions of Agent Simmons helping him recover. It’s a heartbreaking choice to follow this route, but the show has me hooked: Agents Fitz and Simmons were always the fun part of the show, with nary a worry until the end of Season One. Now we must all watch Fitz struggle to recover, if he can recover at all.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is off to an incredible start for its sophomore run. At a time when we didn’t think we could really get behind this show, they are putting together something very special. I only hope word of mouth brings more viewers to the fold, or Agents second year could be it’s final outing.