Joss Whedon is a genius. I don’t know how hands-on he is with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I know that he laid the groundwork for what has become a blockbuster of a show. You want to see a one-hour feature film every week? Tune into ABC every Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Season 3 picked up several months after the Season 2 finale, but didn’t waste a lot of time bringing us up to speed. Co-writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who happen to be married, know how to give us exposition without spoon feeding us. While members of S.H.I.E.L.D. were shooting, punching, pacing and flying, they were also giving us very brief summaries of what’s been going on, sandwiched between some great punchlines.
We’re two episodes in and our team, while small, is back to being a well-oiled machine. We’re not bogged down in a lot of pity parties or soul-baring sessions. We are on the move, making things happen, like saving our friends and settling debts.
One of the hallmarks of a great TV show is resolving conflicts quickly. S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t spend half a season trying to figure out a way to bring Jemma back from the blue desert. Bringing her back so quickly makes me feel two things: 1. I’m relieved she’s back and I don’t have to worry about her getting killed off; 2. Because that huge plot twist was tied up so quickly, I know S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot planned for the season ahead, which excites me.
The only story arc that’s dragging is Grant Ward’s. I’m exaggerating a little to say that his story is dragging when there have only been two episodes, but I can watch him intimidate and beat up only so many people before I get bored. We need answers! What’s his end game? Hydra, yeah, but what specifically?
Bobbi and Hunter
Because I’m a TV nerd, I know that ABC is developing a Marvel series starring Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, who play Bobbi and Hunter, respectively. I’m very excited about that, because those two have excellent chemistry and can wield one-liners as well as the rest of Joss Whedon’s stable of quippy actors. But, that knowledge is taunting me, making me wonder what will happen to our S.H.I.E.L.D. team that will send those two off on their own. I’m kind of hoping that Peter MacNicol’s Professor Elliot Randolph, an Asgardian, will become a series regular to fill the void they leave behind; MacNicol is a crazy good actor, and seeing him tear it up Asgardian-style is a hoot.
The icing on this yummy S.H.I.E.L.D. cake was seeing super-scary Lash, a gigantic, spiky Inhuman, blasting the hearts out of his victims. Dude is huge! And frightening! His sheer size and power make him seem impervious, which immediately raises the stakes for Daisy and the gang, because, how can they beat him? Did I mention he’s scary?