‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Four: 5 Things That Could Happen to Improve the Show

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Well, hello there, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”! Welcome back! I see you’ve got a new Director, and new comrade in Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna), plus a new time slot to boot, allowing for darker plotlines and grittier action- intriguing developments all. But there’s always room for improvement, right? Here are some suggestions on how to make the show even better moving forward.

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1.Oh, oh, oh…it’s Magic!

This season has seen more of an embrace of the supernatural and the occult than ever before, between Ghost Rider and the appearance of various actual ghosts besides, notably Lucy (Lilli Birdsell), who is after the mysterious Darkhold, a Necronomicon-esque book of spells. Factor in the impending release of the “Doctor Strange” movie on November 4th- comic readers will note that he has ties to the Darkhold as well- and the show seems to be slowly-but-surely going deep on the magical elements.

To which I say- absolutely. One of the great things about having a later time slot is the ability to go darker and more violent, and I’m all for the show going there. I’m not saying they necessarily have to go full-“American Horror Story” and take out the majority of the cast or anything, but by simply allowing for magic to be a part of the proceedings, they can take some liberties they might not have before.

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For instance, Coulson (Clark Gregg) was somewhat magically resurrected after seemingly dying in the movie series, and more recently, Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) had a brush with death her own self. With magic now on the table, there’s no reason the show couldn’t have someone outright die, only to be resurrected again via magic- but with consequences.

Yes, Coulson and May’s respective resurrections had consequences, but I’m talking about darker, bleaker consequences- like turning someone outright evil. Sure, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) has gone rogue as “Quake” and we also had Ward (Brett Dalton), but I’m talking taking a “good” character and going full-evil with it, like, say, “Dark Willow” on “Buffy.” Lest we forget, the Whedon brothers were among the creators/writers/producers of this show, so they’ve certainly got the track record to go there, and go there effectively.

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You could still bring them back to the “good” side eventually, but not before they did something particularly nasty beforehand to make sure they suffered good and proper on the other side of it. Yes, it would be sad to see, but it would also make for great drama, too. My personal nominee? Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). How much fun would it be to see her go full-throttle evil? Also, she works closely with the new Director, so lots of opportunity to wreak havoc there.

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2.Get the Band Back Together!

One of the best elements of episode five, “Lockup” was seeing the team largely back together again, for the first time in a while. It was one of those things I didn’t realize I missed as much as I did until it happened, but once it did, I was like: “YES!” More of this please, especially since, once the show does so, they can always do something like I mentioned in the previous entry and explode them right back into different factions again.

But by bringing them back together for an extended period of time, the show can lure fans into a false sense of security first, before dropping a bomb right back into the proceedings again. Think about it- it would just make a development like the one I mentioned even more effective. Besides, it’s always best to make fans happy before ticking them off big-time, lol.

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3.Vampires, Werewolves and Monsters, Oh My!

Another by-product of the Darkhold is its association with mythical creatures like vampires and werewolves and the like. How awesome would it be if one of the team, or even if a recurring character got turned into a vampire or werewolf? Or like, a Cyclops or Minotaur or what have you? Or even something else entirely, like, IDK, a Swamp Thing– oh wait, wrong company, lol.

But you get the idea. How cool would it be to see the team go up against a host of mythical creatures? Maybe even, like, a Monster Squad? That would be a lot of fun, even if it were a little on the silly side. But hey, the show could stand to lighten things up from time to time as well, even while embracing all the darker elements, you know? It would be a nice counter-point to all that, IMHO.

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4.Shooting at the Walls of Heartbreak- Bang Bang! They are the Secret Warriors!

Speaking of teams, might Daisy be in the process of assembling a team of Inhumans, aka the “Secret Warriors”? It seemed to be headed in that direction last season, but never quite got there. Could it this season? It seems much more likely than ever before, and I’m all for it.

If so, potential recruits could include, from the comics: Druid, Phobos and Stonewall, as well as Slingshot- already introduced on the show as Yo-Yo Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley)- and Hellfire (Axle Whitehead), aka J.T. James, who was featured on episode four, the aptly-titled “Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire.”

If this happens, then we’d have two major teams operating, no doubt often at odds with one another, not unlike what’s happening on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” with the LOT and the Justice Society lately. That would also give the show a chance to dig into some of that so-and-so vs. so-and-so action that the movies have been embracing lately with “Captain America: Civil War” and, if we must go there, “Batman v. Superman,” though hopefully with results more like the former than the latter.

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5.Cross the Streams!

One neat thing about the show is the way it ties into the Marvel movie-verse. Just this season, there’s been allusions to “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil Wars.” But oddly, nothing in the way of allusions to the other shows in the Marvel-verse, unless I blinked and missed it. (Feel free to call me out down in the comments section if I did.)

I’m talking the Netflix shows: “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and the upcoming “Iron Fist” and “Punisher.” The first three shows have their connections already, but would it be asking too much to wrap “AOS” into the fold as well? One would think that those sort of characters would certainly get their attention, after all, right? This remains to be seen, but I think it would be a neat development.

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On a side note, I am loving the various Easter Eggs scattered throughout the season thus far, from the nod to Johnny Blaze in “Lockup” (via a poster for the Quentin Carnival) to the one to the Zealots in the premiere (of “Doctor Strange” fame)- keep those coming!

What do you think? Are you on board with any of my suggestions? Have any of your own? Any predictions for what will happen next on the show? Sound off down below and thanks for reading!