Just months ago, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. gradually ascended to the top of television’s most watched shows and made grandiose waves with the huge tie-in to Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s plot twist, which resulted in a massive Hydra takeover. Subsequent to this event, the show had spent most of it’s time laying the groundwork for another of it’s large turning points in the series; the betrayal from that of one Grant Ward. And in true Marvel style, it’s finale also left us with quite a few more questions for season two than answers.
“Shadows,” was the name given to it’s season two premiere episode, and of course, it’s fitting. S.H.I.E.L.D. is known to the rest of the world as essentially the same as Hydra, so everything about S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the shadows. We’re picking up where everything left off and getting to check in with all of the beloved characters built up from season one, as well as getting the first look at some of the newer characters.
Obviously one cannot expect every question to be answered (no matter how much we may want to know), but we can remain to hope that we will get all the answers in due time. However, after an opening scene from 1945 (along with that, a guest appearance from Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter), and an eerie closing scene which featured a nemesis from 1945, one can only imagine that this season will focus on the roots of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.
As a fan, I am extremely excited for this. Marvel has done something completely unique in shredding apart S.H.I.E.L.D. as we knew it and handing the reins over to Agent Coulson to reconstruct the exclusive society. Fans get to witness the complete journey as these characters start from scratch to create once more one of Marvel’s iconic symbols of safety, and strength. Focusing on the roots of S.H.I.E.L.D will be essential this season, as the team will most likely be looking to the past for direction for the future, and as was teased at the end of the episode, they will most certainly be facing off against past villains.
In the episode, we see that Skye has successfully proved to be a loyal asset since the last season and has a shiny spot among the ranks, joining the likes of familiar faces Melinda May, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Antoine Tripplett, and the Director himself, Phil Coulson. With a certain lack in equipment in comparison to what S.H.I.E.L.D. had before it was blown up, the team still seems to be getting by, with Coulson’s main focus to continue recruitment for more agents, including Lance Hunter, portrayed by Nick Blood.
However, Skye is forced to reconnect with another familiar face, Grant Ward, while the team is in pursuit of The Absorbing Man – another character we’ll likely be seeing a lot of, what with his rad powers and all – and of a mysterious, metallic 084 that was first glimpsed in the opening scene after Agent Carter collected it and put it away for safe keeping. Though being locked up in Vault D has Ward going crazy, unless it’s honestly just his love for Skye that has him going crazy (which is equally possible).
Skye shows no interest or sympathy at all for him, which gives the audience a good, bitter taste of how far both of their characters have gone from the first season. To be honest, their relationship is something I’m really looking forward to this season, because personally, I got really attached to the whole, “Skyeward” thing last season, and I just can’t wait to see how the writers will manipulate it for the future.
By the end of the episode, just when we think we’ve been exposed to enough change for the first, “welcome back” episode, everyone is blown off of the water when it’s revealed that Simmons isn’t actually there like we all thought she was. All around the world, everyone’s heart was breaking simultaneously for Fitz, and it’s going to be rough getting back into the groove of things while everyone’s favourite duo is split for the time being.
All in all, it was a great episode to start off with for the season.
Marvel has certainly gotten themselves into an interesting position, and all of us fans are eagerly waiting to see what they have cooked up for us this season. They’ve got a lot to live up to after their big stint last season, and not to mention a lot of competition this fall from what feels like just about every other comic book story you can think of being translated onto the television screen.
Just like every wall we think Marvel’s been backed up against though, there’s no doubt that they’ll pull something out of their sleeves, and thus, keep on spinning the glorious Marvel universe round and round. In the meantime, I’ll be reading up on theories about Skye’s parentage, and other Marvel conspiracies, all whilst fangirling over the various couples, or even potential couples, for this season. Coulson’s got some work to do this season, but so does every fan if they want to keep up with him.
Written by Vanessa Kolthof