‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’- A Look Ahead

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With the first part of the season finished, and fairly well-wrapped up, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is gearing up for the back half of the season, premiering on January 10th. When we last left the show, the Ghost Rider storyline had essentially been wrapped up, with Robbie Reyes trapped- for now- though I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he is brought back at a crucial time at some point within the current season. Why wouldn’t they, given the more or less positive response to the character?

Another source of contention for me and many other fans was the fact that the team has been so scattered this season and often at odds with one another, instead of working together as we’re accustomed to. Sure, it never hurts to shake things up now and again, but a lot of us were missing the team dynamics of the earlier seasons.

Thankfully, that also seems to have been addressed, and all signs point to everyone working together moving forward, with even Daisy/Quake given a more or less “clean slate” by the Director. Granted, the show put a damper on the idea a lot of fans had proposed about Daisy leading up a team of Inhumans, but since everyone will be working together again, I’m okay with that.

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Besides, it’s already been announced that there will be a series, “Marvel’s The Inhumans” premiering in September of 2017 on ABC, so, at the very least, that will definitely be happening, whether Daisy is involved or not. Of course, a lot can happen in the lead up to that on this show, so who knows? That deflection in the mid-winter finale could have been a sly way of trying to throw people off that were suspecting that things were already headed in that direction. Or not.

Not a whole lot is known about the series, save that it will not be a direct spin-off of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and that it will be the first time a TV series will premiere in the IMAX format in theaters before moving to small screens. IMAX is a financial partner in the series, and only the first two episodes will be shot in the format. It will run for eight episodes and center on Black Bolt and other members of the Royal family. It is also not connected to the proposed film version in development at the moment from Marvel Studios.

As for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” itself, clearly the show is about to move into an LMD (Life Model Decoy) based plotline, as evidenced by the reveal of Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) as being an imposter on the finale, with the “real” one being held captive, unbeknownst to anyone. The main villain would look to be Aida (Mallory Jansen), who has been searching relentlessly for the Darkhold, so look for that search to come to fruition at some point, one would assume.

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Of course, we don’t know what her endgame is, nor precisely how long May has been a LMD, so look to that to be addressed sooner than later. Might Aida be up to some Ultron-esque shenanigans? Could be, but I hope there’s more to it than a thinly-veiled rip-off of that storyline, not in the least because it’s obviously already been done before. One hopes that there will be, as it would be sort of pointless to do it in the first place otherwise.

One obvious possibility would be the relationship between Coulson (Clark Gregg) and May, which has been percolating for some now, with the two becoming ever-closer. Might the LMD version of May take advantage of that and take things in a more overtly romantic direction? I think that’s a distinct possibility, and drama-wise, it could have some intriguing fall-out, obviously.

After all, if Coulson ends up falling for faux May, how will that affect him when he finds out the truth? One assumes it wouldn’t be positively. What’s more, what will it do the relationship between the two when the real May finds out what’s happened? All of this sounds like dramatic gold, so I can’t imagine they won’t pursue it.

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The real question is, how long before Coulson figures out the truth? Will it be before or after he actually acts on anything, romantic-wise? Or before or after the two hook up for real, sexually? We shall see, but secretly, I’m kind of hoping the show goes there, even if it’s sort of veering into “Westworld” territory. Not that I want to see Coulson hurt (or May for that matter), mind you, but from a dramatic standpoint, it’s golden.

In addition, Aida might well kidnap anyone else who comes to close to the truth and/or tries to stop her and replace them as LMDs as well, which could lead to some interesting scenarios, to be sure. Before we know it, most of the team could end up as robots! That could be really fun as well, and I can’t imagine they won’t go there at least one more time with one more character, leading to a situation not unlike John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing,” in which no one knows who’s real and who isn’t.

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Another tantalizing potential storyline involves Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara), the new Director. Comics readers know that Mace is also known as The Patriot, but as of yet, he has not shown signs of being such on the show itself, although he was revealed as an Inhuman, at least. However, episode ten, the second one airing once the show comes back, is entitled- you guessed it- “The Patriot.”

It’s described as: “Coulson and Mack discover a shocking secret about Mace, which leaves all of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a dangerous position.” Might we see Mace become the Patriot for real? We shall see. Either way, there’s definitely more going on than meets the eye with this guy, that’s for sure.

Here’s the promo for episode nine, entitled “Broken Promises,” in case you missed it, and be sure and check out the Marvel One Shot, “Slingshot,” a six-episode miniseries revolving around Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), if you haven’t already. It runs about 23 minutes or so and you can watch the whole thing here, on YouTube.

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Be sure and let me know if you heard any more juicy plot details for the upcoming back half of the series down below in the comments section and join me next month for another TV Chat. Thanks for reading!