Now in it’s fifth season, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (referred to as AoS) should be something you’ve saved your Friday nights for. Recently moved to the Friday 8pm slot on ABC, it seems that this could be AoS‘s final season, since this slot is not to be considered primetime. The show had already been saved by Disney after ABC planned to cancel.
However, I feel as though this show is worth saving and definitely worth watching. Let me tell you why.
The reason most people stopped watching, or never tuned in, is because AoS has an infamously bad first start. Their first season didn’t seem to mesh well with the MCEU as well as planned, even with Avengers Starter Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) being their front man. His small role in Avengers wasn’t enough to create an entire show around.
To add, their budget was lower, the characters were overwritten and cliche, and it felt like the story was going in circles. People just stopped tuning in, including myself (at least for a short period).
If you stayed until the season’s end, you were shocked with a FANTASTIC plot twist that the season had brilliantly been building up to. For me, the shock of the twist made the first season watchable. I ended up going back to re-watch the season, just to see if there were any easter eggs alluding to the twist.
It was only uphill from here.
Season two proved to be much better. The characters lost their baby fat, becoming more likable and dynamic. It felt like there was something to fight for/against. Skye/Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) is the star of the season for me. It meant a lot to me that she had Asian heritage that was so pertinent to the story. It was also a big win to know that Chloe Bennet is half Chinese, just like her character.
There were definitely some misses for the season, but season two holds one of my favorite scene in the entire series. I go back and watch it whenever I feel like I need a good cry.
Season three and four are some of the best work to come out of series so far. Season three might be my favorite season out of all, with season four at a close second. “4,722 Hours” is hands-down my favorite episode of the entire series. I would recommend watching the show just for that episode. “4,722” packs an emotional punch if you’ve been invested in the characters arcs, or the show itself.
Filled with outstanding performances by the entire cast, namely Powers Boothe (Gideon Malick), Chloe Bennet and Brett Dalton (Grant Ward/Hive). This season, for me, is the most interesting plot and the best execution, with giant suspense lingering over the season. There are a number of villains, which are all great and work into the overall main plot.
Broken up into three parts, season four is an overall fan favorite and has been the main reason viewers have come back with the introduction of Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna). Hands down this season was BADASS and was filled with scathing political commentary. The three pieces: “Ghost Rider,” “LMD,” and “Agents of Hydra” were all action-packed and suspenseful. With the end of the season taking place within a fictional program called “The Framework,” the story line was purely amazing and allowed the writers to examine their characters from a fresh perspective that mimic the first season’s.
With only the first episode of season five released, it’s safe to say that viewers are in for a nail-biter. Taking place in an outerspace colony, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents seem to be in quite a pinch. With Avengers: Infinity War set for release in 2018, a lot of people are speculating that it will connect to the Infinity War film. I mean the Avengers have to figure out that Coulson is alive someday, right?
Let’s not forget that AoS is filled with badass female role models (2 of which are Asian badasses) and great performances by the entire cast. The humor is actually funny and on the verge of being meta. Their plots have been very relevant and recently have been mirroring real world events with extremist radicals and dictators obsessed with their “fake news.” Everything about the series has matured from the writing to the special effects and I would argue that season 5 will be their best so far.
So I beg of you, please give Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a watch. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I’m sure you can binge watch 4 seasons before tonight! Either way you should check it out!
New episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. air on ABC Network on Friday @ 8/7c.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is available for streaming on Netflix and Hulu.