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Throwback Thursday – Agents of SHIELD, Season 3

Since we’ve been talking about Agents of SHIELD so much on the podcast with us re-watching it… was interesting to go back and read this reaction post from the start of the previous season. To see how I’d reflected back on the ups and downs of the show, and on the hook they used to bring you into season 3. Hope you enjoy the reflection too!


We’ve had our eye on this show before it was on the air. We were always going to watch it; we were too much of fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of the Whedons. Of the son of Coul, first name Agent.

Season one took us pretty far down into “how much do you love all those things?” territory. Then they redeemed themselves gloriously after Captain America: Winter Soldier. Finally, it was the show it was always supposed to be, except that the title agency was somewhat kaput.

That didn’t stop them for a season two that was solid. Not stellar, but so much better than season one as a whole. They still felt a need to string us along with a mystery throughout the season, which if I recall boiled down to “Coulson is slipping information to the Avengers” and was explained away in mere moments. Not a big shocker. But it’s the things they took their time with, that they explored, that made the season. The Inhumans. Skye – now Daisy, a strong move towards redeeming a character who from the start had seemed superfluous or forced. Hydra, and a world coping with their existence. Ward, and his broken self.

Avengers: Age of Ultron did not do much to impact Agents of SHIELD, other than nailing the coffin in Hydra as we knew it. And there had been talk of a spinoff show – effectively cutting the cast in half – and that didn’t happen. Which is good, since one point so far this season is that they don’t have enough people to really have a full team… But that meant that they got to keep everyone together, and move forward with the story they have been building.

I wasn’t thrilled with the first episode – honestly, I had to go look it up to remind myself what happened. There’s a new agency out getting their hands on the new Inhumans. Doing bad things. They find a new guy, looks just like Ward, someone should really mention that. Anyway. It was nothing to write home about.

Then we watched the second episode of the season, Purpose in the Machine. And oh. My. Goodness. This is the sort of episode that is the very reason that you make this show. It had people working as a team. Science (Fiction). Comic book stuff. A returning character – from Asgard! Super powers. Heroism – and not from the people with super powers. Spy stuff. And a mystery that seemed like they might string it along for half a season (they would have, season one) that’s already been resolved, at least in part. It was harrowing.

We loved it.

I am now really excited for this season. I like where it’s going. I’m with them on let’s get Ward – they have effectively made him into a villain. I’m with them on Daisy – now looking like Quake – becoming more of a hero, more of a leader. And on her being torn – and wanting to merge – SHIELD and the Inhumans. I’m with them on the emotional and physical scars that a lot of the characters have – and that they’re working their way through them.

They’re putting the band back together.

And I’m with them on the piece that was thrown in for the comics readers, the folks who see what’s coming… Daisy and her “Secret Warriors.” This officially means I need to read my next Jonathan Hickman series, Secret Warriors. Oh, darn.

Note: I still haven’t read Secret Warriors… Oops!

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Agents of SHIELD – Comparative Opinions Episode 47

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts David and Holly spend this week talking about Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, especially season 4 which just finished up (spoilers), but also season 1-3 which they have been binge watching as well! The show is improved by knowing where it was going, and with some binge watching, and our conclusion was that season 4 was absolutely the best so far – so if this show dropped out of your life at some point, it might be worth it to pick it back up and watch it through season 4!

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My Short Thoughts on Evil Captain America

I keep reading the headlines about the current Secret Empire storyline in Marvel Comics, and feeling like I should say something about it. My previous writings on comics are some of my most-read material, after all, and here’s all the writing-about-comics material you could ask for!

But I knew I had said something when Captain America first hailed Hydra, and I just went back and read it. And basically… one year later, but all the same thoughts. To enumerate,

  1. It’s probably in poor taste to be doing this with Hydra, given Hydra = Nazis. Just read a similar point on The Mary Sue.
  2. The movies have been getting based on the comics; we’ve reached a point where the comics are being based increasingly on the movies (and wider MCU).
  3. This is all a product of Secret Wars, so it’s a new universe and a new Steve Rogers so it doesn’t have much bearing on what’s come before.

The Mary Sue article I linked to basically argues that that first point invalidates the later two, and perhaps, fair enough. But they also provided exactly what I expected: evidence for point three.

Maybe that’s real Steve Rogers! Who knows, there were quite a few of them on Battleworld. Whatever. The Marvel Universe is dead to me and I’m just really having trouble caring. Should they maybe leave secret Nazi storylines alone? In the current political climate? I mean, DC is responding to the current political moment with the Doomsday Clock:

How about you – are you reading Secret Empire? What are your thoughts on all of this? I’d love to know, because I’m unlikely to read these comics anytime soon myself!

Hail Hydra? The New Captain America?

So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!

Kilgrave Hail Hydra

That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.

So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.

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Hail Hydra? The New Captain America?

So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!

Kilgrave Hail Hydra

That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.

So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.

Continue reading