Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2

"And that's why Hydra will win. Because while a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is considering right and wrong...Hydra's already taken the shot."

release year: 2014-15
genre: TV superhero action/adventure
viewing setting: home DVD 7/21-31/2016

synopsis: After the events of last season, Coulson and his people (along with some new faces) try to secretly rebuild, but must deal with Hydra foes, another S.H.I.E.L.D. splinter group, and a group of strange superpowered people.

impressions: This season continues the excellent and entertaining plotlines and adds some new ones. Now we have Inhumans, on top of everything else. One major character gains superpowers too. One thing I liked a lot: in episode 11, the good guys finally get proactive about solving their main problem, and the way they do it is great. It also bears mentioning that there are a lot of lies, treachery, hidden agendas, and double-crosses going on here...pretty much what you'd expect from a series about spies.

acting: Clark Gregg is the lead agent, whose resurrection proves to have aftereffects now. Ming-Na Wen is still the most efficient bad-ass female agent ever. Brett Dalton is the traitor who still ends up both helping and hindering his former co-workers. Chloe Bennett is the youngest/newest of the team from last season, except now her alien heritage causes some issues. The formerly smooth partnership of geniuses (Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker) now has some rifts, both personal and professional. Those are the main six on the team, but there are also some new people; most notable of those are Adrienne Palicki as another bad-ass female agent, Nick Blood as her ex-husband who's also a cool character, and Adrian Pasdar as a conflicted general. For the bad guys, there's Reed Diamond as an ageless Nazi/Hydra leader, Kyle MacLachlan as a scientist with a bad temper problem, and Ruth Negga as a creepy evil lady who finally gets what's coming to her. In addition to all of those, there are another dozen minor recurring characters, plus some guest-stars.

final word: Amazing and highly entertaining espionage-heavy complement to the recent Marvel movies.

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