Yesterday we finally got the news that ABC’s Agents of SHIELD has been renewed for a second season. Half way during its first season it was touch and go as the ratings kept dropping. They finally stabilized at 5.5 million viewers watching on TV with a total 9 million viewers including those using DVR. That is by no means spectacular but ABC seems to have few options. Luckily, the quality of the show has improved considerably. I recently had time to watch the first half of the season and though I liked it a lot better during this second viewing I could also see its flaws more clearly. The goofy humor, the lack of character development, TV cliché’s and the fact that some of the SHIELD agents are just dammed unlikable meant this was nowhere near as good as it could be. Agents of SHIELD is of course produced by Joss Whedon, the decision to make a TV based on agent Coulson’s character was made after The Avengers became a success. The show was developed in little more than a year which meant it lacked refinement. To top it off, there wasn’t enough MARVEL in the show for viewers to relate to movies such as The Avengers and Iron Man.
All this meant that Agents of SHIELD got off to a rocky start. The show progressed by relying on the strength of each episode. Those continued to improve steadily while most of the aforementioned problems were also addressed. They are by no means fixed. I still don’t like Fitz and Simmons naïvety or Skye’s lack of usefulness on the team. However, I have high hopes that the problems will be fixed during its second season which is set to start airing late September or early October. To top it off, we are also getting a Agent Carter TV series. Hayley Atwell will reprise her role as Carter after she also played it in the first Captain America movie. Not much is known about the show so far but we can guess it will be about the establishment of SHIELD. I remain slightly skeptical about this new series. The first Captain America had a high goofyness factor that almost killed it. Watching a woman kick ass in high heels and a pencil skirt can last only so long before it will be called sexist. Is ABC trying to cash in on the success and imminent departure of Mad Men? Anyway, expect Agent Carter to air sometime next year.
As for Agents of SHIELD. There is still one more episode to go before season 1 is complete. The previous set of five episodes have carefully set the stage for Coulson and May to take revenge upon the Hydra faction led by Garrett and Ward. The previous episode showed that Garrett was dying because his Deathlok implants can’t sustain him. Raina cured him with the material found that resurrected Coulson. Meanwhile Ward’s past was shown, the episode emphasized that he may not be beyond redemption despite his horrible crimes. Of course we shouldn’t forget the other storyline as well. Skye’s past was also brought up, it seems she may be the descendant of an unknown race. The real Deathlok is still working for Garrett but if that will always be the case remains doubtful. To top it off Ward ejected Fitz and Simmons from The Bus by throwing out the cargo container they were in. I can’t imagine they would fall to their deaths or drown but stranger things have happened.
Below you can watch the preview of the season finale…
From watching the preview it is obvious that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role of Nick Fury. The preview didn’t show anything about Ward seeking redemption. Nine out of ten times that means we will be seeking redemption, trailers can spoiler so much by not showing what we think is going to happen. Well, this was the Preview of Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Finale. The last episode ‘Beginning of the End’ should air coming Tuesday.
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