Monday, 19 May 2014

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (Season 1) Finale

The mission of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. 

As a Marvel fan I've had higher expectations for this show, especially when Marvels Studios first foray into episodic television on ABC, which was clearly designed to present more grounded stories. I have to admit that I didn't really know what to expect.  The first pilot episode directed by Joss Whedon, script penned by himself, his brother Jed and his wife Maurissa Tancharoen did an excellent job of welcoming fans and new viewers into this Avengers universe. While also introducing new agents (Ward, May, Skye, Simmons and Fitz). However, the celebration was short-lived as the early episodes get many information's. From a freshly formed team with five new characters, to producing a universe that's visually and conceptually worthy of Marvel brand, to explaining how Coulson was resurrected after dying in The Avengers and making sure to contribute to the ongoing stories of the cinematic Marvel universe. Many episodes excelled at this balancing task such as February's "T.R.A.C.K.S" in which Skye is shot and nearly dies. This episode is a near-perfect hour of television. The weight of all that responsibility didn't crushed the series at all. Then came Captain America: The Winter Soldier , the blockbuster film that - SPOILER ALERT - destroyed SHIELD, sending a shock wave through the series. Realising the true degree of difficulty that writers should have faced, since they were secretly building to this seismic shift all along is euphemistic.   


Nonetheless this SHIELD-HYDRA twist reinvigorated the show and revealed several subplots designed to culminate in this moment. This show has tons of effects and gadgetry, the things we've come to know and love about Marvel movies but they're doing it on a TV scale. Finally, let's turn toward the finale. I lost my mind when Garrett ripped out the guy's rib and stabbed him with it. Plus, when we talk about character's moments making the biggest impact, I immediately think of Simmons and Fitz scene, saying good-bye underwater. But the question is what will happen to Ward? They represent different voices. The first one is that Fitz still believes that he had been conditioned to be this way. But on the other hand we have yet to see what Garrett pulled him out of. Nick Fury also returned in the finale to tell Coulson to rebuild SHIELD. Marvel have plans for next films and writers have plans to intermingle with them. The end of the season answers some questions but asked a lot of new ones: Who Skye's father is? Why Raina knows him? How are they related? What is Coulson drawing on the wall? I'm pretty optimistic and excited about the idea of a Season 2, and obviously the chance to answer the questions that they leave us with in the finale. 

In short Marvels Agents of SHIELD first season is a 22-hour movie calculated extension of every Marvel outing to date.

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