Who: “Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” currently airs on network TV, specifically on ABC, Tuesdays at 9:00 PM.
What: “Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” a serial television drama based on the comic/graphic novel and film universe of Marvel Comics.
The mission of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, i.e. S.H.I.E.L.D., is to monitor and collect rogue supernatural subjects, forces, and people and to control them. The Division is kind of like the so-called Men in Black but is focused on any fringe element looking to create the next Tony Stark (Iron Man) or Captain America or Thor without the natural-born endowments (or the cool suit invented by a rich guy). Of course, the mission has been complicated ten times over since the start of the series.
When: The season 3 premiere aired on ABC, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 9:00 PM.
Where: The show is set in the fictional Marvel Cinematic Universe and closely follows the events of “The Avengers” films, directed by series creator Joss Whedon (along with brother Jed).
Why: Two reasons: Joss Whedon and Disney’s first television production of the Marvel property it recently acquired. Even if I am more of a DC girl, I love Whedon, and I love comic book adaptations, though I have not seen either Avengers film. It seemed like a no-brainer, really.
How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)
It’s been awhile since CPU! has checked into Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., partly because we here at CPU! have been busily launching a podcast and partly because your main moderator is always playing catch-up. To wit, feast your ears on this new episode, in which this viewer invited a small but robust panel of one familiar voice and one new voice to dissect S.H.I.E.L.D. from season one until present, from the very beginning, when Skye was but a gifted hacker infiltrating a secret spy organization, to the present, when Skye’s name changed to Daisy, and she became Inhuman. This series, growing better and smarter as the seasons progress, is appreciated by the panel in varying degrees; listen, and see if you agree or disagree:
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Questions Going Forward
1) Why does Lash leave Skye/Daisy alone?
2) What is the ATCU’s true mission?
3) Will Fitz/Simmons rescue Will from the alien planet? And if they do, how will it affect their tentative romance?
4) Will we learn about the secret society and how far back the knowledge of this alien portal goes?
5) Will we learn which planet it is?
6) Will we learn what’s out in the desert?
7) Will Coulson learn about Roz’s true motives?
8) Does Ward even matter anymore?
9) Who is Powers Boothe’s character, and what is his true mission?
10) Will S.H.I.E.L.D. – or Lance – ever catch up to Ward?
11) Will Lincoln accept S.H.I.E.L.D.’s protection (and calm down)?
12) Will the Inhuman program be successful, and what will be its purpose?
13) Can Lash/Andrew be saved?
14) Can Mack get more to do?
Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just keeps getting better; the entire podcast panel was reluctant at first, finding the show a hard one to like in its earliest episodes, but sticking with it has paid off, as it’s become one of the most satisfying, action-packed “superhero” dramas currently on television, more or less. Even if the panelists vary in whether we think this show is “can’t miss” appointment television, we’re still eager to see what happens next. Plus, the show is moving along at a great clip, with engaging story arcs for its characters. It’s worth tuning in, even if the “tuning in” does not necessarily occur at the time of first airing.
A full season of this program was ordered upon renewal, but it’s too early to prognosticate on its renewal chances for a fourth season. For now, tune in each Tuesday to watch this show. The podcast panel will revisit this program at the end of season (if not during the mid-season hiatus as well), so keep checking back with CPU! for all the latest blog posts and podcast episodes.
Coming next week: the first of a five-part series centered exclusively on The X-Files. The truth is out there, after all.