Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s2e1: Shadows

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Shadows” – Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources — but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again? Watch “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” at its new time, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) ADRIAN PASDAR

Air Date: September 23, 2014

Rating: 9/10

As Agent Coulson tries to rebuild Shield from the ground up, HYDRA is searching for an ancient artifact discovered by Nazis that was also the first 0-8-4, or item of unknown origin. Fitz is recovering from his psychological trauma, and Skye has to talk to Ward, who is now a prisoner of Shield after his betrayal.

I’m glad they work The Absorbing Man into this one. Really there’s so many Marvel characters that nobody is using, I think they should try to work each and every single one in this show somehow. And the way they use Ol’ Absorb-y is done very well and creatively. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him.

I have to say that the cinematography in this episode is very well done, so much so that it stands out. It feels more like the panels of a comic book than we’ve seen in past and episodes and I hope this keeps up as this series continues.

Also I like seeing Agent Carter again, even if only for a short cameo.

My only complaint is that there’s a couple of scenes near the beginning where Coulson and his team seem to be very wooden and lifeless. I don’t know if it was just a long shooting day or what.

SCORING:

+9: A pretty good start to a new season

+1: Very good cinematography

-1: A couple scenes where everyone just seems tired

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