Agents of SHIELD Winter Premiere Review: Victims of “Broken Promises”

Agents of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD has returned with a vengeance. I’m so glad to have this show back in my life, and appreciate its twists and turns more than ever. After dropping a bombshell on us in the winter finale, SHIELD kept bringing them right on through the winter break and into 2017….and I love it.

This week on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Aida goes rogue in search of the Darkhold, so Coulson, May, Mack, Yo-Yo, Fitz, and Radcliffe try to stop her. Meanwhile, Daisy and Simmons go on a mission with the Director to locate the Inhuman brother of Senator Nadeer, who has been relocated by the senator herself. In both cases, the conclusion is not what it seems.

First of all, since I didn’t get to write about the winter finale myself, I have to start by LOVING the May twist. I was just starting to question her flirting and more lively nature around Coulson, thinking surely May wouldn’t be that obvious. But when it was revealed that it wasn’t ACTUALLY May, it made complete sense. It really works for Ming-Na Wen, who plays different levels so, SO well, but is often trapped by her character’s surly nature. While I hope as a fan that they discover May’s secret soon, I’m enjoying this new angle and I’m eager to learn what the motivation is behind all of it

Then in this episode, the big bombshell was that Aida was NOT, in fact, the mastermind behind the betrayal, but rather Dr. Radcliffe himself. I’ve always been a little wary of him (to be fair, it took me abnormally long to warm up to Mack, too), so I will be interested to learn if he was always a vile Benedict Arnold, or if he only decided that after he discovered the Darkhold. I would assume it’s a long game, but we’d have to first be sure exactly how long that Agent May has not been herself.

Here are a few other thoughts:

  • I’m really excited that there’s a second Aida. Long live Queen Madalena/Mallory Jansen.
  • Anyone else a little worried for the emotional fragility of Fitz when he finds out about Radcliffe’s betrayal? Fitz has been betrayed before, so I’m both nervous for the character and excited to watch.
  • I can’t shake the weird feeling that Coulson and LMD May are going to…well…you know. How would that even work? Like Westworld?
  • It was good to see Daisy back on another SHIELD mission.
  • I hope this isn’t the last time that we see Mack lop off an LMD’s head. I really hope.

Ultimately, this episode did its job to introduce the mysteries and secrets that will propel Season 4.5. and to get me excited about Agents of SHIELD again. All of the character arcs are promising, and the action was top notch. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring, and excited to be back reviewing the show every other week.

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy the episode? Let us know!

Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC

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