Friday, April 25, 2014

TV Alert: Start Watching Agents of SHIELD

There was a lot of hype around Marvel's Agents of SHIELD when it first came out.  It was a television show set in the cinematic Marvel Universe.  How fun was that?

Over the course of several months, the show has received a tepid to negative response from many fans. Ratings have steadily declined.

I've enjoyed the show, but I could see what others were saying about contrived plots and bland chemistry.

All of that changed 3 episodes ago.

One of the unique synergistic things about the series is that it feeds off of the movie franchises.  When Thor: The Dark World came out, there was "cleanup" episode featuring our heroes dealing with the aftermath.  I was expecting a similar by-the-numbers episode regarding Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Boy, was I wrong.

To say that episode 17 was a game changer is an understatement.  Using the plot of the Captain America movie, we see the entire world of our heroes change forever.

It feels almost like the show is just beginning.  The first 16 episodes were just prequels putting the pawns in place.  Marvel Comics did something similar with a series called Thunderbolts.  The Avengers were gone, so these new heroes came onto the scene.  But at the end of issue 3 there was a shocking twist.  What you thought was just another generic superhero story turned out to be something much more.

And Agents of SHIELD has become just that.  After establishing the universe, everything has been changed.  The last 3 episodes have been edge-of-your-seat nail-biters.  And with only 3 episodes left, it is leading to a big conclusion.

If you've given up on this series, catch up on Hulu and come back to what could be one of the best shows on television now.  We'll see if it lasts.

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