Saturday, May 30, 2020

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The New Deal

It's been over two years since I sat down to watch an episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which I was astonished to discover was still on the air. Set in New York City during the early 1930s, features the remaining agents tracking Chronicoms who plan on stopping S.H.I.E.L.D. from ever coming into existence by altering the timeline. The episode has fun with the look of the era, particularly in styling Daisy's (Chloe Bennet) hair and clothing. The season premiere also fixes a mistake with the show since it's inception by having the version of Coulson (Clark Gregg) be a Life Model Decoy for the now dead (again) agent. The choice to allow the LMD to know what it is allows for some internal conflict within the character and also full use of its enhanced strength against the threat of the Chronicoms.

Attempting to protect Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Joseph Culp), who the team mistakenly believe is the Chronicoms' target, makes for a fine first episode. Other than the historical stylings, it might not be memorable but at least it's a fair bit easier to sit through the the dystopian future storyline. The twist of someone else being the target is given away fairly quickly although the reason behind it offers an interesting twist. To allow S.H.I.E.L.D. to be founded and flourish, the time-displaced agents will need to safeguard the organization's greatest enemy. After all, if Hydra never rises then there is no need for S.H.I.E.L.D. to be formed to stop them. The paradox of their situation will no doubt fuel internal strife among the team throughout the show's final season.

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