Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Sends Heroes into the Shadows

Bob Chipman | 24 Sep 2014 12:00
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Season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. feels a lot like the second half of season one... and that's a good thing.

...And we're back!

In case you're just joining us for these Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reviews, these columns are all about SPOILERS. Consider yourself warned!

In lieu of me using up space to get all flowery about where we left off and what went down, why not refresh yourselves on the long version? As for the short version...

S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of MI6, founded sometime after World War II through the efforts of Agent Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, The Howling Commandos and others. During the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was discovered that The Agency had covertly been infiltrated by the former Nazi splinter-group HYDRA to the extent that the only way to excise the cancer was for Captain America to destroy the entire infrastructure. In the wake of this, former Director Nick Fury has entrusted the rebuilding of a new, "purified" version of S.H.I.E.L.D. to a small but dedicated team led by new Director...

AGENT PHIL COULSON: Murdered by Loki during the events of The Avengers and revived (against his will) using still-unknown alien technology, Coulson was placed in charge of a S.H.I.E.L.D. mini-unit of misfit agents which will now serve as the foundations of the new Agency. Previously operating out of an airborne command-center called The Bus, the team now has a permanent home in the mysterious Playground and consists of...
AGENT MELINDA MAY Combat expert and pilot, nicknamed "The Cavalry" by fellow Agents. An old friend of Coulson, it was ultimately revealed that she was the team's "shadow leader," keeping an eye on Phil's potential post-resurrection "quirks."

AGENT SKYE Real name Mary-Sue Poots, computer expert. Initially an anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. "hacktivist" looking for information about her unknown birth parents, who may or may not have been alien and/or superhuman creatures -- making her a walking "084," S.H.I.E.L.D. lingo for "unidentified superhero-adjacent stuff." Nearly killed in combat, she was revived using GH.325 - the same serum that saved Coulson -- which only he knows was derived from the corpse of an unknown, blue-skinned humanoid creature of still-unknown origin.

"FITZ/SIMMONS:" A male/female pair of S.H.I.E.L.D. science whiz-kids (Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons) from the UK, often referred to as a single unit. Nearly murdered by Agent Grant Ward, the HYDRA traitor on Coulson's original team, an experience which has changed them: Simmons is withdrawn and quiet, Fitz has brain-damage and cannot remember certain words.

AGENT TRIPP The grandson of original Howling Commando Gabriel Jones. A newcomer, trained under HYDRA turncoat John Garrett but loyal to Coulson and the new S.H.I.E.L.D.

AGENT MACK Another newcomer, serving as the team's mechanic at The Playground.

AGENT ERIC KOENIG The enigmatic, jovial overseer of The Playground. Appears to have multiple "brothers," all identical to him in appearance and mannerisms, at similar hidden sites all over the world. It's his job to help Coulson and company stay off the grid, as S.H.I.E.L.D. is supposed to be being hunted into extinction by...

GENERAL GLENN TALBOT A hard-nose military man who has ascended to the rank of General on his newfound reputation as the top buster of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA holdouts -- though suspects (incorrectly) that HYDRA has been largely eliminated and considers rogues like Coulson his top priority.

Everybody got that?

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