Two weeks in how does the sophomore season stack up? Better? Worse? Read on to find out.
The official description from ABC:
Coulson makes a desperate move to save his team as multiple enemies close in. Meanwhile, a doctor harbors secrets that could threaten one of the agents.
Springing from the rubble of “Shadows” we find an injured but determined group of agents still in hard pursuit of Carl “Crusher” Creel (Brian Patrick Wade) aka the Absorbing Man. Right from the opening recap to the strong finish it’s clear that the creative team has certainly upped their own expected level of quality with, thankfully, only a few minor dialogue missteps along the way.
Two of the new additions to our down but not out Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division are finding their place among the primary cast rather nicely. And as the plot for “Heavy Is The Head” continued to unfold the importance of both Alphonso Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) grew to a believable and relevant point. So much so that in this reviewer’s estimation they might, down the line, become as valuable as Howling Commando descendant Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt).
Central in the arc is the struggle of Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and the actor does a marvelous job playing the damaged genius. Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) continues to be the anchor of these festivities while Chloe Bennet (Skye) and Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May) exist as consistent actors that do exactly what they need to do. With a handful of rather noteworthy scenes each character gets time to develop during the manhunt for the mysterious 084 (object of unknown origin).
Beyond the heroes all I have to say is bring on the villains! The threat of Hydra would certainly be enough for any agency to deal with on a weekly basis but bubbling to the surface is a different monster entirely. Reina (Ruth Negga) makes a pivotal comeback as the shadow of a certain father (Kyle MacLachlan) grows more menacing by the day. And of course there’s the consistent trouble from the U.S. Government in the form of Brigadier General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar), but time might just make him more an ally than an antagonist.
Mavel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is off to a rousing start as this sophomore year carries the gravitas the first season flat out lacked. “Heavy Is The Head” continues the narrative progression of our now familiar team while steadily charting the course for future interactions and more resonate mysteries. I don’t want to jump the gun but, the quality level of the show is undeniable, and I think fans finally have a worthwhile extension of the Cinematic Universe.