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