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TV Series Review

Things changed that day when an army of mechanized aliens burst through a rip in the sky and invaded New York City. That day—at least in the Marvel universe where the Avengers reside—people realized they were surrounded by near-incomprehensible forces and powers, things that we mere mortals have very little control over.

The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. inhabit that smaller world filled with larger-than-life characters—liaisons between Avenger wannabes and the rest of us. "It means we're the line between the world and a much weirder world," says Agent Grant Ward in the first season. "We protect people from the news they're not ready to hear. And when we can't do that, we keep them safe."

But sometimes, that line gets very thin indeed.

Marvel-ous Complications

Agent Ward—who turned out to be secretly an agent for the evil org Hydra—is now dead and gone. The agency itself is rebuilding. Director Phil Coulson, after a strange, post-Avengers-like resurrection, passed on to his great reward—even as a doppelganger of him is causing no end of trouble. But the loyal cadre of agents he trained, now under the leadership of Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie, continues to fight the good fight, and you can bet they won't stop crusading for the cause of truth and justice until all the world's calamities have been cleansed. (Or until ABC cancels the show, whichever comes first.)

We’re now in the sixth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the line between the world and a “much weirder world” has all but been obliterated. Some agents are gallivanting across the galaxy, trying to rescue one of their own. Those back on earth are dealing with evildoers using odd reality-shifting warp tunnels to invade terra firma.

Want weirder? Even though the sixth season debuted just weeks after Avengers: Endgame—and even though the fifth season made mention of its big-bad villain, Thanos (and the timeline seemed to line up with Avengers: Infinity War)—this season seems to be doing its best to ignore the “Snap.” No one on the team vanished into dust. The world does not seem to be in a state of grief recovery, as we might’ve expected. There’s no sign of a massive, Thanos-caused cataclysm at all.

After several seasons of the show matching up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it appears that this season may have jumped into its own alternate reality. (‘Course, time travel was a big element of the show’s Season 5, and Endgame vets know that time travel can be quite tricky indeed. Much trickier than we saw in Back to the Future.)

No S.H.I.E.L.D. From Problems

Superhero stories have proven to be an effective conduit to poke at some profound questions. What is good and evil? What makes us heroic? What makes us human? And with Agents being the brainchild of Avengers director Joss Whedon (who's also known for having done some serious thematic probing with television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), this show tries to follow suit.

For all that promise, though, Agents has some sizable problems. These agents can do some positively gritty things, and their surroundings have gotten progressively darker. Their story is an inherently violent one—filled with fights and shootouts and occasionally grotesque corpses. Sexually charged double entendres can fly more than the superheroes do. And foul language can be an issue.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an effort to try to do the right things, and that's important. But just like the agency itself, the television show has been infiltrated by a few nefarious elements.

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Episode Reviews

May 10, 2019: "Missing Pieces"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Mar. 8, 2016: "Bouncing Back"
Agents-of-SHIELD: 11-18-2014
Agents-of-SHIELD: 4-1-2014
Agents-of-SHIELD: 9-24-2013



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Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson; Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May; Brett Dalton as Grant Ward; Chloe Bennet as Skye; Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz; Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons; Nick Blood as Lance Hunter; B.J. Britt as Antoine Triplett; Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall; Kyle McLachlan as The Doctor; Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell; Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez; Powers Boothe as Gideon Malick; Barry Shabaka Henley as Marcus Benson






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Paul Asay

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