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We're almost halfway into the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I felt it was time to do a little review. A kind of pro/con list if you will. The show seems to be rapidly working at course correction, as the preview for the next episode revealed. J. August Richards' Extremis powered everyman returns to join the team for a mission and potentially a regular gig addressing the primary pout fans have had about the show: A lack of supers. The online geek community has been extremely vocal about their displeasure, so I thought it was time to break down everything so far this season to provide some much needed perspective on this oft maligned Marvel series.
Pro: Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Coulson is still the glue that holds Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together. »
- Gary Collinson
Writers: Monica Owusu-Breen
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Synopsis: After the events of Thor: The Dark World, the agents must track down an Asgardian weapon that has fallen into the wrong hands.
In its biggest referencing to date, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. opens with a cleanup operation centred around action sequences that laid waste to London in Thor: The Dark World. Although it’s probably pleasant enough for fans, it does also seem tacked on. Sure, it serves as a reminder concerning Asgardians and their way of life, which is essential to the episode’s plot. The episode opens up with clips taken from Thor and Thor: The Dark World, although Chris Hemsworth’s face is mysteriously absent, probably to avoid royalties. It is a fairly decent scene which does address the question of who cleans up »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
From its inception, Marvel's Agents of Shield has promised grand crossovers with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for all the hype - 'The Well' being pitched as a semi-sequel to this month's Thor: The Dark World - all the Asgardian antics are really no more than a backdrop.
That's a smart move because a major movie-to-tv crossover, while exciting, could prove problematic. You not only run the risk of alienating viewers who haven't seen the big-screen outing but more than ever, viewers will be left asking, 'Where's Thor?'.
So instead, 'The Well' is another in a string of character pieces for Agents of Shield - after Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) fought for her life in 'F.Z.Z.T.' and Fitz (Iain De Caestacker) took centre stage in 'The Hub', this episode looks to shed a little light on Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).
Yes, Ward is easily this »
As we reach the much-hyped crossover with Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and co have some Asgardian cleaning up to do. And Ward and May enjoy a hotel room assignation
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Agents of Shield. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode eight.
Click here to read Graeme's episode seven blogpost
Stop: hammer time? The advance hype for this episode dangled the tantalising prospect of a crossover with Thor: The Dark World. At first blush, the tie-in seemed to consist of Shield agents tidying up in the wake of Asgardians who might either be gods or aliens but who are definitely dreamy. Sifting through the wreckage of a dark elf doomsday device, Coulson's team indulged in notably good-natured ribbing and quipping, with Agent Ward preaching how vitally important it was to keep anything potentially harmful locked up, presumably in a special Shield containment »
- Graeme Virtue
The Graham Norton Show: 10.35pm, BBC One
So far this series, Graham Norton has had some massive names on the sofa with him, and tonight's episode is no exception.
Joining him for a chat will be Emma Thompson, who will be talking about her new film Saving Mr Banks, as well as comedian Jimmy Carr. Meanwhile Doctor Who fans can get excited at not one but two Time Lords talking to Graham in the form of Matt Smith and David Tennant.
Tonight's edition of the Marvel series continues on from Thor: The Dark World, as the team are required to clean up after the events of the film.
After uncovering a plot to piece together an Asgardian Berserker Staff they enlist the help of Dr Elliot Randolph (Peter MacNicol), who helps them get to Ireland and Spain as part of their mission. »
Anghus Houvouras reviews the eighth episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D....
It's funny when something really right exposes so many wrongs. I felt that way last night after watching the excellent Peter MacNicol appear as a guest star on the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This episode was billed as a tie in to Thor: The Dark World, and like many I was eager to see how the big screen world and the small screen Marvel universes would work when crossing over. But to call this a cross-over or a tie-in feels almost intellectually dishonest. Unless you consider playing janitor to the carnage wrought in the finale of The Dark World, crossing over.
It turns out there's some additional Asgardian clean up required after two rebellious Scandinavians track down a battle staff that gives whomever touches it super rage powers. They go on a »
- Gary Collinson
Review James Hunt 21 Nov 2013 - 07:48
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is improving, but will it remain in a permanent state of almost being good? Here's James' review...
This review contains spoilers.
1.8 The Well
Last week's episode of Agents of Shield, which I was unable to review because I was attending the release of my first child, was the first time this series managed to actually achieve its potential. The plot was thrilling and unpredictable, the comedy came from the characters rather than squeezed-out quips, the direction was original and cinematic And they introduced a character from the comics (Victoria Hand) in a way that kept her essence and appearance intact. Admittedly they kind of hand-waved away the fact that Simmons shot her superior in the chest while breaking into encrypted files, but hey, nothing's perfect.
This week's wasn't quite as good as that. But it was getting there. Although advertised as »
“The Well” was the most anticipated episode of Agents of Shield since the pilot, with Star Trek: Tng actor Jonathan Frakes behind the camera, guest star Peter MacNicol, and, of course, the cross-promotion with Thor 2. Fortunately for ABC and the series’ steadily falling ratings, “The Well” was also the Shield‘s best hour by a large margin. The Thor 2 insertions, while unnecessary, didn’t stick out like a sore thumb, and actually worked with the main story of Dr. Elliot Randolph’s (MacNicol) Asgardian identity. The B-story of Ward’s Tragic Past was more of a promise than the fulfillment of one, but it also led to the nice surprise of him taking up Melinda’s invitation for some sexual healing. (Please don’t let this be a fake-out.) All in all, “The Well” fired on all cylinders: character development, plot, humor, and illustrating the ways crazy people become even crazier once they discover the »
- Inkoo Kang
The aliens have trashed the Earth again, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has to fix it. Also Radical Pagans are a thing, apparently.
I haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World yet so there may be some references in this episode that went over my head. Though, really, the major plot point didn’t relate to the movie, I am sure. I am, of course, talking about Ward’s shirtlessness.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
Once again, aliens have come to Earth and made a mess of things. Are there any insurance companies that write policies for “Obliteration/Annihilation by Non-Terrestrial Life Forms”? I doubt it. It would be a losing business model.
Simmons gets a call from her parents, which seems really weird. I know this mission they’re on is kind of lame, but do S.H.I.E.L.D. agents really take personal calls while on duty? And then when she declines the call, »
- Chris O'Guinn
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1, Episode 8, “The Well”
Written by Monica Breen
Directed by Jonathan Frakes
“The Well” is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to directly continue a story from one of the Marvel movies. “Fzzt” referenced the consequences from The Avengers, but “The Well” literally picks up where Thor 2 left off with Coulson’s team sifting through the wreckage of Greenwich and the library. They collect most of the Asgardian remnants left behind, but not far away, a magical staff from Asgard is taken by a power-hungry gang of anarchists who aspire to be gods themselves.
The episode’s biggest trick is distracting the audience with the threat of the anarchists while sneaking in a much more interesting character. In adventure stories, the heroes will often seek out a brainy professor to interpret the Egyptian hieroglyphs or deliver some exposition about a Biblical relic. Peter MacNicol as »
- Rachel Kolb
Considering all of the sexual tension "Marvel's Agents of Shield" has been building between Ward and Skye, it was a bit surprising that he opted to spend the night with Melinda May instead of his hacker underling. In the final moments of "The Well," May silently invites Ward into her bedroom to drink whiskey -- and, you know, probably do other things -- and he accepts. Will these be the first two agents of Shield on this show to do the dirty? It sure seems like it.
There have been plenty of storylines on the show that seem to be implying romantic results, and what this pairing tells viewers is that they should expect the unexpected. Of course, it could be that Ward and May just have drinks and share war stories and pass out in a drunken haze, but the look on her face when she walked by him »
On TV this Tuesday: NCIS makes a new friend, Ravenswood flies off for the holidays, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hammers out a “crossover” and David Blaine freaks out the famous. As a supplement to our original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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- Kimberly Roots
It’s difficult to tell from this 4+ minute clip of the next Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode whether you really need to have seen the new Thor movie to get a full appreciation of what’s going on. At least at the beginning, it looks like you only need to have seen the numerous TV spots we’ve been posting here at SciFiMafia.com.
Remember, as we told you earlier this month, this episode is described as follows: “In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”
So sink right into this clip, which is probably from the very beginning of the episode. You might take particular delight, as I have, in Agent Coulson’s quips about “Thor and his people”: »
- Erin Willard
Sneak Peek new footage and images from the next episode of ABC's "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D", titled "The Well", written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor William Frakes, airing November 19, 2013:
"...in the aftermath of the events chronicled in the Marvel feature film 'Thor: The Dark World', 'Coulson' and the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' pick up the pieces...
"...one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team..."
Guest stars include Peter MacNicol as 'Professor Elliot Randolph', Michael Graziadei as 'Jakob Nystrom', Erin Way as 'Petra Larsen', Toby Wilson as 'Neils', Alex Neustaedter as 'Maynard' and Sylvia Brindis as 'Elena'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D: The Well"...
- Michael Stevens
New Agents Of Shield episode 8,season 1 intense spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, ABC served up the new spoilers and sneak peek,clip (below) for their upcoming "Agents Of Shield" episode 8 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "The Well, " and it looks wickedly intense and quite interesting as they pick up from where Thor 2: The Dark World epic movie left off with the power of the gods ,falling into the wrong hands ,and more! In the new "The Well" episode, In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are going to pick up the pieces, one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team. Guest stars will feature: Peter MacNicol as Professor Elliot Randolph, Michael Graziadei as Jakob Nystrom, Erin Way as Petra Larsen, Toby Wilson as Neils, Alex Neustaedter as »
"The Well" - In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces--one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team, on Tuesday, November 19 (8:00-9:01 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. Guest starring Peter MacNicol as Professor Elliot Randolph, Michael Graziadei as Jakob Nystrom, Erin Way as Petra Larsen, Toby Wilson as Neils, Alex Neustaedter as Maynard and Sylvia Brindis as Elena. »
We’re less than a week away from the release of Thor: The Dark World and I am very excited to see this highly anticipated sequel. Out of Marvel’s Phase One, the original Thor was probably my least favorite (I might tie it up with The Incredible Hulk) and I see this movie as a chance to better explore Thor as a superhero. What I was not expecting was Marvel’s use of the upcoming movie in its ABC series, Agents of Shield. We’ve seen the series make mention of events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Extremis has had a pretty big presence), but this will be the first time the series specifically follows up on a movie.
The episode of Shield is being called a crossover episode, but don’t expect Chris Hemsworth or Tom Hiddelston to make an appearance. According to EW, “The Well” will air on Nov. »
- Brody Gibson
We have been told over and over to not expect to see any Avengers in ABC‘s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But TV’s November sweeps are underway, the time when all networks put on their very best for advertisers and future advertisers, and with it comes news of a Thor: The Dark World tie-in with the ABC show, in the form of this episode synopsis released by the network:
Coulson And His Team Are Under Attack When An Asgardian Relic
Thunders Into ABC’S “Marvel’S Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“The Well”– In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team, on Tuesday, November 19 (8:00-9:01 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.
- Erin Willard
Hey, fans of Marvel Universe crossovers, it looks like those clever dogs at Marvel are at it again. This time they’re crossing over their upcoming movie “Thor: The Dark World” with their TV property, “Agents of Shield”. Plans have apparently been laid to have the events of “The Dark World” somehow impacting on the Marvel U via “Shield” by way of the November 19th episode, to be called “The Well”. In that episode… In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team. “The Well” was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Jonathan Frakes (of “Star Trek” fame, now a pretty prolific director of TV and movies). It will feature guest stars Peter MacNicol as Professor Elliot Randolph, Michael Graziadei as Jakob Nystrom, »
Famous for his role as Riker in the Star Trek universe, Jonathan Frakes is also a well established director. Credits include two of the Star Trek films (Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek Insurrection) as well as countless television shows including Roswell, Burn Notice and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Next up for the actor/director will be a pivotal episode of new series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D follows the adventures of the team of people who assist The Avengers. The first episode was set after the events of movie The Avengers, with Agent Coulson being revealed to have survived, and sees the team try and pick up the pieces of society after that epic battle at the end of the film. The pilot episode also featured fellow S.H.I.E.L.D agent Maria Hill, played again by How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders, »
- Kat Smith
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