Monday, December 4, 2017

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

Okay, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is officially out of ideas. Tell me if this sounds familiar, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team wake to discover they've been transported to a mysterious new world and will spend several episodes (about half a season, maybe) trying to find their way home? Yeah, that was last season's second-half arc. It's always where this season begins with the team abducted and shot into the future awakening aboard a Kree prison ship and struggling (and failing) to discover how and why they ended up in their current predicament.

As in the Framework, the agents are cut-off from the outside world (this time because the world doesn't so much exist in the way they remember it). Allies are scarce, and likely untrustworthy, including Deke (Jeff Ward), Tess (Eve Harlow), and Grill (Pruitt Taylor Vince). The space station is utterly lacking in interesting design (looks like they re-purposed the submarine and warehouse sets from last year) and other than a single joke about how cool they are look walking down a hallway in space together there's little clever or humorous to be found in the two-part season premiere that foreshadows more trouble with Marvel's recent television offerings (such as lackluster Iron Fist, Defenders, and Punisher and the pretty damn horrendous Inhumans).

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