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'Agents of SHIELD': The highs and lows of season 1

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Marvel’s attempt to bring its tentpole movie franchise to the small screen — burst onto the scene almost a year ago as one of the most anticipated gambles of the 2013-2014 season. On the surface, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had everything going for it: seasoned showrunners who knew how to build a cult series, an expansive universe full of rich history, the promise of enticing characters. But it took awhile for the show to find its feet; early episodes seemed more like a CBS procedural than an action-packed spy show. Obviously, we couldn’t expect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be Iron Man. But those who tuned in hoping for something more fast-paced were initially disappointed.

And then the back half of the season happened. Or rather, Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened — and all of a sudden, the show picked up speed. S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped holding back, instead throwing in unpredictable twists and raising the stakes of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the television world. Sure, the show’s first season will remain polarizing – but personally, I’m excited about what we’ve set up for season two. Coulson is set to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. as Director, per Fury’s request — but we’re not sure if his brain is actually okay after all. Garrett is dead, at least one of Skye’s parents are alive, and there’s something about her past that may make her more evil than innocent. (Plus, the promise of more Patton Oswalt!)

After a season filled with numerous ups and downs, I tried my best to round up (and sum up) the good and the not so good. Don’t worry — I’m pretty sure I’ve passed Koenig’s lie detector test. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' finale: Welcome to your new life, Coulson

Is everyone okay? No, really, it’s a serious question: Is everyone okay? Because I’m not okay and — full disclosure — I’ve had over a week for this finale to sink into my head.

This year has been a helluva ride for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While we’ve endured some ups and downs in terms of storytelling and pacing (we’ll dissect all of those in tomorrow’s wrap-up post) and while we dealt at times with some ultimately frustrating character developments and plot lines, there’s no question that we ended on a high, explosive note. After a really shaky takeoff and a slightly smoother flight, the finale really stuck its landing by setting up a ton of new stories for next season, while leaving us with some tantalizing questions. And, of course, what would the hour be without action, humor, and a few gut punches? Without further ado, let’s dive in.

[Warning: This recap is long. Super long. You’ve been warned.] READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' react: A boy and his dog

So, here we are. One episode away from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season finale. It’s been a long road, a long TV season, and just like Grant Ward, we’re not exactly the same people that we were when the series first started last fall.

But everyone has to start somewhere, right? And so in an episode that centered around what made Grant Ward the person he is, we start our story in Plymouth, MA, at a juvenile security unit. This is where 15 years ago, a young and troubled Grant Ward was visited by a man named John Garrett, who was intrigued by the reason Ward was in prison in the first place. “Did you know your brother was in the house when you set it on fire?” Garrett asks, visibly impressed. Although Ward denies it, Garrett sympathizes with being a pyro (always a good thing to bond over) and makes him an offer he can’t refuse. With his family attempting to press charges for attempted murder/arson and his brother wanting to try him as an adult, he’s looking at a good long life in prison. Or… READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' react: I get by with a little help from my friends

I kind of want to make a list of all the things I loved about this episode. Like Maria Hill, and the Skye/Ward moments, and Lola finally getting some use, and did I mention Maria Hill? Take a page from Coulson and buckle up, because we’ve got two episodes left this season, and if tonight was any indication, we’re in for a hell of a ride. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' react: A little night music

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has really been on a roll these past few episodes, and “The Only Light in the Darkness” was no exception. It was an episode that I had been looking forward to for awhile thanks to the inclusion of Coulson’s mysterious cellist, but after last week’s development, I was also super curious to see what would happen now that Ward had rejoined the team with his Hydra cover intact. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: Agents of Nothing

Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D… well, let’s just say trust is a little hard to come by these days. S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen. The team itself remains wary of whom they can actually count on, thanks to the events of last week. Hydra, which has been quietly infiltrating the organization for far longer than anyone can really comprehend (pawning a little background from Zola and Winter Soldier here) has finally prevailed. And just when we thought we had everyone figured out, Ward — Ward, of all people! — has gone to the dark side.

Or has he? There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not Ward is actually as Hydra-brainwashed as he seems to be, and we still have a handful of episodes to get through before the end of the season, so this should be a fun ride. (Though something tells me this isn’t going to be resolved neatly, if at all.)

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'Agents of SHIELD': New initiative art teases team divide -- EXCLUSIVE

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Last week, EW exclusively debuted the first in a series of new art from Marvel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven.” Each week, as we move towards the show’s May season finale, Marvel is releasing a different piece, which will tie in directly with the events of that week’s upcoming episode.

EW is proud to help Marvel introduce the art in advance of episode 18, “Providence,” which will air next Tuesday, April 15 at 9 p.m. ET. (Note that due to a scheduling change, ABC will air 2 hours of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with a repeat of “Turn, Turn, Turn” at 8 and the new episode airing at 9.) The piece, which details the big events of this past week’s outing and teases both the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the appearance of Hydra, was crafted by Paolo Rivera, who has designed multiple posters for Marvel Studios as well as Eisner-award winning comics.

EW again spoke with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeff Bell about this week’s concept, and how it ties in to Tuesday’s episode.

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'Agents of SHIELD' react: Hail Hydra!

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How about that, agents? How. About. That.

“Turn, Turn, Turn” ended a little more than an hour ago, and my head is still reeling from all those reveals. And that kiss! And so much more! Where do I even begin? I suppose I’ll start by saying that first of all, if you’ve come here having not seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you should probably be warned that a minefield of spoilers lies ahead. I’m not kidding. The stars and creators teased that the events of Marvel’s most recent movie would tie in to their show in a very big way, and boy, did they ever. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has tried to do tie-ins before — sort of with the pilot, when they made a lot of passing references to The Avengers, and then more notably with Thor 2, the previous big Phase 2 tentpole. But Winter Soldier is the first series tie-in that’s actually felt meaningful and relevant, no doubt due to the fact that unlike otherworldly Asgard, S.H.I.E.L.D. plays a very big and relatable role in both the television series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or, should I say, played. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: Deathlok'ed

Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.…well, it’s been awhile, mostly because ABC’s scheduling has been a little crazy. But starting tonight, we’re back with a handful of episodes all in a row, no breaks required. Rejoice!

I don’t know about you, but in the past few weeks, I’ve felt like the show is finally starting to find its feet and become the series it was supposed to be when it first premiered. Those thoughts were validated in tonight’s episode, which gave us a solid mix of action, plot development, and reveal. And finally, we get to see some real agents other than Coulson getting their hands dirty! Be still, my Marvel-loving heart.

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: For Asgard!

Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Skye’s dead! (But not really.) Coulson is still freaked out about his resurrection thanks to a possible alien! Oh, and some Asgardian whore named Lorelei came to town.

This episode probably went one of two ways for you. If you’re a casual Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewer and not exactly well-versed in Marvel lore, you probably were confused at the mouthfuls of exposition about Asgard and Thor and Odin and 600 years in prison, yadda yadda yadda. If you’re a Marvel stan, on the other hand, you probably shrieked with glee every time Sif opened her mouth with another vague reference. READ FULL STORY

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