Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Mid-Season Round Table

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2

Are you enjoying the darker tone the show has entered since the events of Season 1?

Andy: I think it’s a combination and transition to both darker and more serious, especially since the show is now at 9 PM which gives them the ability to tell slightly different stories from a tone perspective. It also in a way gives us a different side of the MCU that we don’t see a lot of because most of these amazing films they do, are very bright, fun and colorful with a pinch of dark. I think as we get towards the end of this season, we will even start to see more of the MCU getting to a darker point with the end of Phase 2 and beginning of Phase 3. But for the show itself: I think it’s a much balanced theme now than it was last season.

Blaise: Yes, a show like this needs to be dark otherwise it comes off as cheap and unbelievable for the most part. I think that was the problem with season one; that it wasn’t serious enough or dark enough which made most of the characters and writing feel unbelievable and entirely too cliche. There’s also more of a purpose to this season. As I mentioned in the first question, last season felt purely like a companion to the Marvel universe without having any direction to it, while the first half of this season S.H.I.E.L.D. is its own show with its own characters and a story to be told.

Chris: I wouldn’t say Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is much darker this season–just more serious. When the show first began, it was this campy, somewhat corny comic-book TV series that tried to get people to watch because there was a chance that someone like Samuel Jackson would show up and phone in a performance. The more serious direction that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has taken, ever since “Turn, Turn, Turn,” has made the show feel like it has real stakes, and thus made me care about the characters and their stories more.

We have seen A LOT of new Marvel characters making their jump from the comic books into the show: which one has been your favorite and why?

Andy: There have been so many, but I think Mockingbird is my absolute favorite one because when you get someone as flawless and powerful as Adrianne Palicki, she will out triumph anyone. I also really loved the introduction of the Absorbing Man that ended up being much cooler than I expected and hopefully, we will be seeing him again before the season is over. It’s inspiring to see them finally utilizing more of their gigantic Marvel library and introduce characters like Mockingbird, Daisy/Quake, Mister Hyde and many more to the show where they can be better used than just minor supporting roles in the films. Hopefully as we get closer to the return of the show, we will hear the additions of other exciting Marvel characters.

Blaise: I’ve mostly enjoyed the introduction of Mockingbird so far. While I’m the most excited to see Daisy Johnson, we haven’t known her as that name or with powers, which will come, but for now it’s been really cool to see Mockingbird run around being an awesome spy. I loved her introduction as a deep undercover Hydra agent who ends up rescuing Simmons and since then she has been kicking butt and a solid addition to the team. I’m curious to see where her mysterious motives are going and what she could be hiding or doing behind everyone’s backs. She was able to hide and get away with a lot because there was the major distraction of Whitehall and the obelisk, but now I’m hoping to see characters catch her being shady.

Chris: Mockingbird, by far. My reasons why? Adrianne Palicki, Adrianne Palicki, Adrianne Palicki. Need I say more?

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