Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two Finale Recap “S.O.S.”
For this Agent of Geek, Season Two of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a huge mixed bag. For every great Melinda May moment, we’ve had just as many Skye/Daisy-struggles-with-who-she-is moments. For every heart-warming Fitz-Simmons interaction, there’s another Inhuman scene to take us off the rails. This show EXCELLED when it was about Agent Coulson and his team, but instead Marvel has decided to use it as a launching point for introducing The Inhumans into their televised and cinematic universes.
“S.O.S. Parts One and Two” were a fitting end to a trouble television season. Marvel had so many loose ends to tie up with their endless Inhumans plot that they sacrificed quality on nearly every other level. And while I understand that Marvel needs to continue to introduce new elements in their overall narrative, doing so at the expense of the great Clark Gregg and his Phil Coulson doppleganger has done them no favors. In fact, for all the great storytelling the Coulson character gave us throughout Marvel’s Phase One initiative, Phase Two and beyond has really suffered without his direct involvement, cleaning up after The Avengers destroy another part of the Earth just doesn’t cut it anymore.
So I hope Marvel is happy. As Skye becomes Inhuman, and The Inhumans declare war on S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and his team are forced to be the common thread that ties it all into a greater Marvel universe, both on television and in the movies. And while that’s certainly a fine idea on paper, it just doesn’t translate now that Coulson is reduced to mop-up duty. Clark Gregg deserves better, and so does the entire cast of what was once a fun TV show to watch week in and week out.