Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Premiere Review
Die hard fans and critics alike will all admit that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a bit of a rocky start during its first season, but the show was able to find its footing after an impressive Winter Soldier tie-in episode. All of the agents are back for season two, but things are a little different now. Coulson is now the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fitz is having trouble with his memory, and Skye has bangs.
She looks like a flower, but she stings like a bee.
The season premiere started with what almost seemed like a teaser for Marvel’s upcoming Agent Carter series, which gave us a brief look at Hayley Atwell and a couple of Howling Commandos in action. Not only did it make for a great sneak peek of what’s to come, but it also fit in well with the rest of the episode. We’re also introduced to a few other new faces, including Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartly. The new team members are a welcomed addition, but occasionally it makes things seem a little overcrowded. There was so much going on in this episode that it was hard to remember who was doing what.
Luckily, the core members are all back and better than ever, including the infamous Grant Ward. Frankly, the premiere starts off a bit slow until Skye heads downstairs to question the former S.H.I.E.L.D. member. The newly bearded Ward almost seems pathetic during this conversation with his ex-lover, which just goes to show how much has changed since last season.
Another character who has undergone a severe transformation is Fitz. Once a fast talking genius, he is now struggling to even remember words after the events from last season. It’s heartbreaking to see his conversations with Jemma, with Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge doing a particularly good job with the more emotional scenes.
All of the returning cast members are great as usual, but the most exciting thing about this premiere has to be Absorbing Man. There were a few complaints about the way Deathlok looked last season, but something tells me we won’t be seeing any of that backlash when it comes to Absorbing Man. As soon as he started wielding his iconic ball and chain, everyone was hooked. He looks unbelievably badass and the visual effects team did an excellent job making him look as realistic as possible.
While it may not have been the most exciting AoS episode ever, it was great to see all of the agents back on TV again. If they can just limit the number of guest stars per episode and deliver worthy payoffs to the show’s never ending list of mysteries, we should be in for a great season.