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Agents of HYDRA – What If…

by Alan Rapp on April 6, 2017

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – What If…
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - What If... TV review

Everything old is new again. Whether or not anyone wants it, whether or not the character ever worked, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to push Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). And guess what? He’s a traitor in any reality. In the show’s return from hiatus, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) wake up in the computer-reality of the Framework and begin searching for their friends who don’t realize the lives they are living are lies. Jemma wakes up having to dig her way out of her own grave. Daisy wakes up in Grant Ward’s bed. It’s hard to gauge which woman has a harder time assimilating to this brave new world.

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Infamous Iron Man #6

by Alan Rapp on April 4, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #6 comic  reviewWhile Infamous Iron Man #6 doesn’t attempt to explain the bizarre reveal that Cynthia von Doom is alive, and apparently involved with Reed Richards, the comic series’ latest issue does offer a glimpse into the past of Doom, Richards, and Ben Grimm. Given the unburdened character striving for redemption we’ve seen in action over the past few issues, this is a sobering reminder of who Doom used to be.

Following the trend of the comic so far, we see Doom pay a visit to a former ally in the Wizard. His attempt to take the villain down also brings in S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sharon Cater (who fares no better than Maria Hill did in stopping Victor von Doom).

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Patriot

by Alan Rapp on January 19, 2017

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Patriot
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Patriot television review

An assassination attempt on Director Mace (Jason O’Mara) leads to the Director, Coulson (Clark Gregg), and Mack (Henry Simmons) being cut-off by the rest of the team and hunted by former Hydra agents. The return of (a well-funded but even less impressive version of) Hydra feels like a bit of a step back for the show. However, the episodes does include one important twist which will shake up the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy and return Coulson to his rightful spot in calling the shots. As for Mace, even if his abilities were cooked-up in a lab, the man knows how to frame and sell a story. It doesn’t look like the public face of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going anywhere anytime soon.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Broken Promises
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Broken Promises TV review

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. puts its Ghost Rider storyline behind as it moves forward with S.H.I.E.L.D. dealing with an out-of-control Aida (Mallory Jansen) who has replaced May (Ming-Na Wen) with an android, attacked and murdered agents, and invaded S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to get its hands on the Darkhold. Things don’t go exactly as planned for the android, who faces Mack (Henry Simmons) and all his anti-robot wisdom (from years of sci-fi movies), but the episode’s closing scenes show this storyline is far from over (and the android isn’t the one behind the search for the Darkhold).

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Good Samaritan
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Laws of Inferno Dynamics TV review

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hits the halfway point of its season with “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics” which wraps up the extended arc featuring Ghost Rider with a final confrontation between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) and the increasingly powerful Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga). The dire situation does call for S.H.I.E.L.D. to put all its meta-human resources in the field, and while Daisy (Chloe Bennet), Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), and the Director (Jason O’Mara) each have a part to play, in the end it comes down to Coulson (Clark Gregg) buying Robbie enough time to end the situation. The episode also has a odd piece of fan service with a mention of Ghost Rider’s previous host, which doesn’t seem to track with S.H.I.E.L.D. not knowing (and not believing) the truth about how Robbie’s powers work for almost the entire season. While a nice nod to fans, the scene seems completely out of place (as does the team’s bitch session about their boss in the middle for prepping to save Los Angeles from nuclear destruction).

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