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Friday, 5 June 2015

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: S.O.S. (part one)


First of all, we need to applaud the scheduling gurus at Channel 4 for splitting the two-hour season finale over two weeks! But I guess we should just be thankful we're getting to see it!

S.O.S. (part one)
picks up from the end of the last episode, Scars, and pretty quickly addresses the issues I had with that, namely the fact that nobody had spotted a surfeit of Agent Mays in the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters nor reacted to absence of Bobbi's quinjet at the 'Afterlife' rendezvous.

The episode divided itself into two distinct, but linked, plotlines - the kidnapping of Bobbi by Agents 33 and Ward, and the Inhumans vs S.H.I.E.L.D. ruckus.

Coulson's team figured out that Jiaying had killed Gonzales and staged proceedings to appear as though S.H.I.E.L.D. had attacked her people.

She believed the only way to protect her Inhumans was by wiping out S.H.I.E.L.D., but her daughter - Skye - still believed the dispute could be resolved peaceably. That is, until she saw Jaiying murder one of their own.

As well as a number of truly impressive fight sequences, we were treated to good spread of mutant Inhuman abilities in this episode, as well as Cal finally getting to go full Mr Hyde (was it me or did his new form bear a marked resemblance to Jeremy Clarkson?).

There's no teaser for next week's episode as the two parts of S.O.S. were shown back-to-back in the States as a two-hour event finale, but I couldn't be happier with part one and can't wait for the conclusion next week.


AGENT CARTER: Great news this week from Fox announcing that season one of Agent Carter will start on Sunday, July 12, at 9pm. So pleased that this show finally has a home in the UK.

Fox treats its programmes well*, so here's hoping this means we'll then be seeing season two closer to its American airdate next year (much like they show The Walking Dead just days after its American airing).

I'm also hoping that Channel 4 will finally ditch Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., allowing it to be picked up by Fox and shown properly with its companion show... and any future spin-offs that Marvel decide to go with.

Channel 4 lost interest in S.H.I.E.L.D. when its rating took a nosedive early in the first season and have failed to appreciate how key the show is to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the fact that the longer the show runs the more entwined it will become with the world of the movies.

[* I refer, of course, to Fox the UK satellite channel, rather than the Fox Broadcasting Network which is notorious for its dreadful treatment of genre shows]

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