Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has aired its first nine episodes so far. Fans were initially hesitant to embrace the new show. Common complaints were that it was either campy or had a tendency to ‘jump the shark’ too often. After 4 or 5 episodes the show changed for the better with introducing characters arcs for all the principal cast members and raising the stakes through more effective drama. In my opinion the show improved across the board. Though the fact that it played in some mirror universe that didn’t seem connected to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe made it feel a bit lost. Sure there were references to ‘The Asgard’ and the ‘New York Event’ and even to Thor’s good looks but they all felt shoe-horned and fake. It wasn’t until the 8th episode ‘The Well’ that the two universes felt truly connected as one.
After nine episodes that have been an incredible fun ride the only story arc that needs immediate progression if that of agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). We know he died in The Avengers. We know that he was supposedly resurrected in Tahiti and that he may be many things including ‘not human’. The show has seen a lot of foreshadowing and little progression so after the ninth episode and the small two-week hiatus I was hoping the tenth episode ‘The Bridge’ would be a Coulson-centric episode. From the trailer below that seems unlikely, at least we won’t know that he actually is. However, it will see the return of Centipede as the arch criminal organization challenging S.H.I.E.L.S and Coulson.
With the return of Centipede the show may get more direction and purpose, though I will confess that I thought Centipede was one of those ‘campy’ things from the initial episodes.
‘The Bridge’ will air on December 10th, here is hoping we will keep on getting our dose of S.H.I.E.L.D throughout the holiday season.