March 4, 2024

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Episode 16 End of the Beginning Preview

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With the ratings for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. slowly dipping the race is on to prevent the show from being cancelled at the end of its 22 episode first season run. I think the show is worth saving because of its very high entertainment value but only if some appropriate alterations are made. During the last few episodes we have already seen alterations such as changing the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization into a protagonist/antagonist organization as well as expanding the cast with characters from Marvel’s Universe. However, the show has also developed some nasty habits. At times it can be unnecessary frivolous and campy. I was certainly not entertained by the supposed train ride through Italy which was probably really shot somewhere in California. Often I can forgive these flaws but with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. they are too often a major distraction. Finally there is the frequent interruption to the broadcast schedule that is starting to grow on my nerves. Season 1 premiered on September 24th last year and now were in the middle of our third major break. As this rate the first season will be completed somewhere in May.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Deathlok

Anyway, next week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue with the episode ‘End of the Beginning’. The episode will see the return of Mike Peterson as the villain character Deathlok. Well, I say villain but as viewers may remember a chip planted behind his eye will explode is he doesn’t exactly do as he is told by forces unknown. With Mike Peterson’s return the team will have to deal with many touchy subjects as Mike allowed Skye to be shot. The title ‘End of the Beginning’ certainly seems very prophetic. We can only hope the pace will not be slowed until the season finale.

Agents of SHIELD - Mike Peterson as Deathlok

Well, below you can see the trailer for ‘End of the Beginning’…

In more surprising cast news. Amy Acker whom we all know and love as Root from Person of Interest is set to join the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as The Cellist. Well, her name is really Audrey. She is the woman Coulson says that he was dating in The Avengers. However, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn’t be a show without superpowers if no one was there who didn’t spontaneously get superpowers. This appears to be the case with Audrey, though whether her superhero/villain name will be The Cellist remains to be seen. I do like how the creative staff are carefully extending the cast of the show. Expect Amy in the episode that will air on April 22nd.