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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7E1 The New Deal

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7

Coulson and the agents are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1931 New York City; with the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out exactly what happened.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back for its final season as the series takes on a Quantum Leap quality about it. While the show has its usual popcorn-light flair about it, the series clearly has a mission as it wraps things up.

With its debut episode, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has planted a flag for where it’s going, and that’s a retrospective in a way. Through the season, the series will explore the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. and pivotal moments throughout history. It also has a goal of tying into previous seasons and wrapping up questions and delivering answers. That’s evident from who guest stars in this season’s debut as well as what is eventually revealed. It’s a wink, nod, and a bit of a payoff for long-time viewers of the show.

While the show at times has put the emphasis on the “enemy” of the week with shoutouts to Marvel comic’s deep bench, this season’s tone shift a bit where the enemy is a generic bad guy who wants to change history and literally whose face can change. The season villain is a literal blank slate and generic emphasizing the focus elsewhere.

The episode’s not bad. It has the usual fun and flair of the show never going too deep and not taking itself too seriously. Some thought has gone into the impact of the team in 1931 and what the reaction would be to them. But, like with everything on the show it feels not deep enough. While Mack’s presence is acknowledged, as it should be, Quake’s is not. Whether the fact that actress Chloe Bennet’s father is Chinese while her mother is Caucasian, and we can debate if 1930s individuals would know she was, there’s no comments as one might expect. So, while one aspect of the racism of the time is acknowledged for another character it isn’t. It’s something that stood out to me as a viewer as it’s a plot point for one character but not another. Still, the show does bring up how a woman would be treated in these situations. So, it both nails the details and doesn’t which is interesting.

The draw of the series at this point is the enthusiasm of the actors and it continues here. You can tell so many of them are having fun and while that enthusiasm doesn’t quite become infectious it does make the show more entertaining.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing its victory lap as a show that has gone on much longer than expected. It continues to do its thing and this season feels like it’s made for those who have stuck along this entire time. While it continues to not be groundbreaking, it is still a fun hour and for those into the details of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this season might just be a must by the time it’s over.

Overall Rating: 7.0

ABC Gives Us More Details about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans

Today was ABC‘s Upfronts where the network presents what we can expect this coming television season. That includes first looks at shows and the announcements of when things will air.

We’ve already been told that Marvel’s Inhumans will debut on IMAX September 1 and then ABC in the fall. We now know the show will air Fridays at 9pm. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Fridays at 9pm later in the season.

We got a first look at Inhumans beyond the teaser trailer already revealed and this show looks epic capturing the vibe and characters of the classic comic series. It looks full of action and drama and much better than the teaser image already released. We also get to see Lockjaw in action… hells yes!

Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere a version of the first two episodes in IMAX theatres for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

Ghost Rider Returns for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale

Gabriel Luna‘s Ghost Rider returns for the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on May 16. Ghost Rider and the team must stop Aida from ending the world. The episode, “Worlds End,” was written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Billy Gierhart.

There’s just three more episodes left of the season and it’s unknown if the series will be returning for a fourth. The latter half of the season has seen the S.H.I.E.L.D. team trapped within a virtual reality world run by Aida and has Hydra in control with members twisted into new versions and some fighting as part of a resistance.

Review: Agents of Shield #10

agents_of_s_h_i_e_l_d___10When having a read through Agents of Shield #10, I had no idea the title had been canceled. I was a casual reader of the series but all the same I was sad to see the goodbye message at the end.  This review will be a cover not just issue 10 but also the rest of the short-lived series as a whole. Since his appearance in Iron Man in 2008, Phil Coulson exemplified the everyman of the extraordinary Marvel Universe. Coulson was/is our stand in to the spectacular world of Marvel, the proverbial fan boy / SHIELD company-man smack dab in the middle of the world that we all know and love. “Our Universe”

In some respects, I feel the comic iteration, achieved this sentiment more strongly than its televised counterpart.

One reason for this is that the Agents of Shield in the comic version had more free reign and artistic license than the ABC tv show does overall. Since the beginning of AoS the show, the central premise was to explore the non-superpowered aspect of the MCU, a faithful link and crossover over into that world, that maintained its own character and plotting. As I have written elsewhere the limits of the show’s base premise slowly grew  as the interconnectivity of AoS and the greater MCU of which it was a part of is shackled by the intellectual property turf war between the movie and television studio.

The AoS comic series did not share in this disadvantage. Reading through the AoS comic series was like a reading a love letter to the greater MU of which it was a part of. The last time that  I read a comic and felt this way was during the heroes for hire series, which played with so many aspects of the Marvel U and lead to some creative team-ups. AoS in a similar fashion, bore many touchstones  to the MU, whether that was Elektra, Jonas Graymalkin or Deathlok among many others. I am sure that if this title was not prematurely canceled this trend would have continued and would have been enriched.

agents_of_s_h_i_e_l_d___10-1Despite its short shelf span, Agents of Shield was able to enjoy at least two forays into major events namely; Civil War II and Pleasant Hill. Where I’d argue that SHIELD took a greater role the first superhuman civil war event, it is not as front and center in this current one. This may be a good thing, as the challenge for titles tying into a major event, is to do so without having too much of its own voice, and plotting being co-opted.  I would say that this series succeeded in this challenge, organically telling its own story and exploring the politics of SHIELD given the event without getting too eclipsed by it. This is exemplified in Coulson’s approach to find a “third option” to the latest superhuman disagreement.

It was a real treat to see Coulson and co. interact with such high-profile characters from the MU. Although I must admit it was a bit difficult delineating some characters from their comic versus TV counterparts. I am specifically talking about Daisy Johnson and Bobby Morse. Much like  Nicholas Fury Jr., I argue that the latest iteration of these characters suffer a degree of conceptual blending from the MCU and the Comic canon which was a bit a disservice, but this is a minor gripe. The outcome with Jemma Simmons being saved with Deathlok technology in this issue was very interesting, especially so considering the transhumanist bent that the title’s TV is currently exploring with the introduction of the Life Model Decoy AIDA and Dr. Radcliffe. Not sure if this was intentional, but if it was that would be brilliant

Agents of Shield was definitely beginning to blaze a trail that would have made a firm example for the television series. Although I’m sad to see the comic series go, I’m sure we’ll see more of SHIELD in the future, as it  as had a firm presence in the MU whether or not it has a dedicated SHIELD-centric title in publication. Given more issues, I’m sure this series would have grown to be a fan favorite with some awesome cameos, and tie-ins and stronger connection to the greater MU.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Ario Anindito
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation Buy

Marvel Provided Graphic Policy with a Free copy for review

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comes to WonderCon

agents of shield secret warriors 1The cast and Executive Producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be heading to WonderCon in Los Angeles! Join them for an exclusive panel Q&A session at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, March 26.

The Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel will be moderated by Marvel’s Head of Television and series Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb, and will include a Q&A discussion where fans can get a glimpse of what’s ahead for the team in season three. Fans lucky enough to attend will also get a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of the series before it airs on ABC as well as a limited edition show-themed mini-poster, featuring never-before-seen art by Marvel comic artist, Mike McKone.

Can’t make the panel? Fans can catch the cast at a poster signing after the panel in the private signing room.

EVENT INFORMATION:

SATURDAY, MARCH 26:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Panel Session and Poster Giveaway

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in Room 408AB

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Cast Signing Event and Poster Giveaway

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the private signing room.

Please note that signings are ticketed events and passes will be available via a ticket drawing beginning at 7:30 AM on Saturday, March 26th in West Hall A.

Toronto Comic Con 2015: Celebrity Q&A with J. August Richards

J. August Richards has been working in film for over twenty years and has over forty acting credits to his name between television and cinema.  He is perhaps best known for two characters in particular, Charles Gunn from Angel and Deathlok from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the latter of which inducted him into the select group of actors that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As a celebrity guest at Toronto Comic 2015, he took part in a moderated Q&A period, and got to talk about his experiences on film.

The Moderator:  You used to be a comic collector, but did you have Deathlok comics?

deathlokmarvelJ. August Richards:  What I did have was The Guide to the Marvel Universe [The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe].  So what happened was that all of my old comic books were in my sister’s house back in D.C.  It just so happened that there was a Christmas break so I went home, I got all my comics, and I was like “I’m going to find Deathlok in this comic book collection” because I was not familiar with the character.  So I was looking around and I saw The Guide to the Marvel Universe and I was like “I’m a virgo, if I know me, I completed this set.”  I checked and I had A through Z Guide to the Marvel Universe.  I went to D and found Deathlok and that is where I started doing my research into the character.  Then Marvel was nice enough to make the old comics accessible to me and I read those to a certain point and then I had to stop, because as you may or may not know, there are three incarnations of Deathlok over the history of Marvel.  Maybe even four, it depends on how you are counting … could be five depending on how you are counting.  They had three very different back stories, the three ones that I looked at, and the circumstances were very different and I still wanted to stay true to the character that we created in the first episode, the father with his son, being a single parent.  That meant the world to me and I thought that whatever happens from here on out, that I had to play a father to a son, and that is who that character was going to be.

skyeQuestion From the Floor:  Will Deathlok show up again in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or in a movie?

JAR:  I like the way that you are thinking.  Unfortunately when I started the show, way back when we did the pilot, I had to sign a contract that prohibited me from talking any future things which would happen from the show, so unfortunately I can’t answer that question.  I need to leave that alone but I like that idea [of showing up in a movie.]

QFF:  How did they come up with the name Deathlok?

JAR:  The character was introduced in 1974, which was the year after I was born.  So I don’t know where they came up with the name, but this would be my guess.  One of the interesting things about playing a character that exists in the comic books is that you can do research in the comic books about that character, and one thing that I learned was that although there were three different Deathloks, they had something in common which was that they were trapped, somewhere between life and death.  So I believe that is where they came up with the name.  It is kind of like that he is locked in death.  And it is a little more relevant in the comic books because in one version, the consciousness is in the machine of Deathlok, so he is like a human being but he’s not quite human.

deathlokQFF:  How long before did you find out that you were playing Deathlok?

JAR:  The day before he turned into Deathlok. When I signed up to do the pilot it was just for the one episode, and then they brought me back for episode eight, and then as I was doing eight then asked me to do nine and ten.  And then I did ten and they asked me to do a bunch towards the end of the season.  That’s kind of how Marvel worked, they want to keep everything top secret, and they want to make sure that nothing gets out and want to make sure that nothing spoils it.  Personally I hate being spoiled, sometimes I will go see movies that I know nothing about except the title, because I just like that experience.

TM:  But that brings up a good point.  As an actor do you prefer some notice?

JAR:  I prefer not knowing, because then you just have to play what’s in front of you.

TM:  One part that we haven’t talked about is Angel, and during that series …

JAR:  At least you didn’t say Heroes.  I meet a lot of people that say “you were in Heroes.”  “No, I was not.”  But the actor that was in Heroes, we look a lot alike.  Leonard Roberts doesn’t think we look alike, he used to say that until his girlfriend invited me to his surprise birthday party, and I showed up late, and when I walked in everyone yelled “Surprise!”  And so when he showed up finally I was like “Now do you think that we look alike?”

gunnTM:  Angel was a spin-off but I have heard people say that they started looking forward to Angel more than Buffy.  Have you heard fans say this?

JAR:   Umm … no.  Angel is so synonymous with Buffy and it came out of Buffy.  I don’t hear that very much myself.  They’re together right?

QFF:  How awesome was it to work with David Boreanz?

JAR:  Like this awesome [holds arms wide].  I love David, he’s so much fun.  He’s just a whole character, you know what I mean?  He’s just a super cool guy, he likes to try to make you break character when the camera is on you, which is so unfair.  I feel like now that I could act with this whole building falling down, because having to do very intensive scenes with him laughing at me and pointing at me, you know I feel like I can act through anything.

QFF:  Have you read the Angel comics that came out after the Fall?

jarjarJAR:  I can’t read that for some reason.  I can’t bring myself to.  When we were in that alleyway which was the last shot of Angel, I said goodbye to the character.  Anything else would feel like someone writing an unauthorized biography about you.  Not that it is unauthorized, just that I don’t get to play it, so I don’t want to know about it.  I want to leave him right there, because I found him to be so heroic and he found what he was looking for.

QFF:  As an actor and as a Star Wars fan, if J.J. Abrams was here, which character would you pitch to him to play?

JAR:  Nice!  First of all if you want to see someone fanboy out, or more accurately fangirl out, I would lose it.  Because I love Star Trek too and what he did with it.  What part would I want to play?  Any part.  I would be an extra.  I would do anything.  Put me in a mask, put me in whatever, I don’t care.  I mean maybe like Jar Jar Binks’ nephew?  Ha ha, never!  That’s the the only one I wouldn’t want to play, but really anything.  Stormtrooper number 12!  But if I had my druthers, I would be a dope Jedi, with like, four lightsabers.