Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (IMDb): “Shadows”
Created by: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Marvel Comics by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Season/Episode: Season 2, Episode 1
Directed by: Vincent Misiano
Written by: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Length: ~45 min
My IMDb rating: 7/10
This review contains spoilers for season 1 and season 2, episode 1. Please continue reading only if you don’t mind being spoiled or have already watched all the episodes anyway. Enjoy 🙂
I was really looking forward to the second season of SHIELD. Especially after the first season’s finale which left Coulson as the new head of a nearly completely dissolved S.H.I.E.L.D. organisation, Fitz having suffered from supposedly severe brain damage, and of course the capture and consequences to be dealt with concerning one ex-S.H.I.E.L.D.-and-secretly-H.Y.D.R.A. agent Ward. Let’s not talk about the
ridiculous mysterious family situation that Skye had to deal with at the moment or at all.
Unfortunately, I may have been expecting too much. I tend to do that from time to time when I really enjoy something. And I did enjoy the first season of Agents of SHIELD. It had been a good start for a series that may or may not become something great for the MARVEL fandom. But let’s go back to the start.
The first episode of season 2 opened with a look back to Nazi Germany were an H.Y.D.R.A. camp is attacked by Agent Carter (I am so going to watch that upcoming series!) who confiscated their goods, stating that it was important to store them in a way that no one ever had a chance to reach them. As if that ever worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. before. Back in the now, we are being introduced to some new faces that, as it turns out, are helping our well-known group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to recover am important stolen item that sucked the life out of people when they touched it (did it do anything else?). I was delighted to see Lucy Lawless who I adored ever since her role as Xena the warrior princess and was equally sad when she died unnecessarily. The plot was really not all that interesting, nor new for that matter.
I did love how they dealt with Fitz’ situation. It saddened me that Simmons was gone, of course. I really like her character and I hope that she will be back (not only as a part of Fitz’ imagination but as a full character). Their dynamic was what drove SHIELD for me in season one. Fitz on his own and as he is now is a very interesting character, though. Even though Coulson is sceptic about his recovery, I really do hope that he will get back some of his usual self in some way or another. Hey, Coulson was brought back from the dead. Skye was brought back from the binge of death. I don’t see why there wouldn’t be a way to recover some “mere” brain damage…
What really bothered me was what they did with Ward’s character. Really? Really? Was that necessary? “I see what I did now and I’m really sorry. Let me make it up to you.”??!? Nooooo… Sorry, but no. Unless it’s some clever H.Y.D.R.A. agent trick… no, actually, not even then. Just don’t. In the moment that I saw what had become of Ward, I really wished for a device that would allow me to shut him out just like Skye did. I could’ve just turned the TV off, I guess. I will continue watching SHIELD, of course, but I do hope that the next few episodes are better than this one. Not a very good start into a new season. Somehow, the title fits. This episode stood in the shadow of a wonderful first season’s finale. And I guess it really just had no chance to shine.