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Marvel's Agents of Shield S2 teaser trailer analysis

The teaser trailer for Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of Shield was released online the other day, and avid Shield fans may have watched it a ridiculous number of times more than once. But there's no judging in the Whedonverse.

[The following analysis and trailer contain significant spoilers for Marvel's Agents of Shield Season 1. The first season, particularly the later episodes, where it crosses over with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is worth watching ahead of Season 2.]

The teaser mostly contains footage from Season 1 (which is fair enough, since not much of Season 2 will have been shot yet, and they don't want to give away too much--besides, the point of a teaser trailer is mostly to convey tone, which this does). However, we do get a few new shots, such as Agent Skye being a ninja. Skye's come a long way from her Rising Tide days, and Season 1 hinted heavily that there are significant revelations and changes in store for her character.

Couson's (Clark Gregg) speech in voice-over is awesome, despite being made up entirely of cliches:

"This is a make-or-break moment. The enemy has the advantage. But we have to fight on,
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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 finale review: Beginning Of The End

After a faltering start, Agents Of Shield delivered a satisfying season finale that's sure to have viewers coming back for more...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

1.22 Beginning Of The End

A breakneck finale stuffed with plot and character moments that actually make sense. If you'd told me that's how Agents Of Shield would be concluding after the series nadir that was the mid-season cliffhanger, The Bridge, I'd scarcely have believed you. But here we are. There was a lot to get through and virtually all of the series' ongoing plots got touched on in some form or another.

Whether he was involved in the writing or not, one could sense Whedon's influence on this script in a way that hasn't been seen since the pilot. The way everyone undercut Garrett's supervillain rants was sublime, and the opening scene introduced Cybertek's headquarters and set up the stakes for the conclusion with low-key brilliance.
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Why Marvel's Agents of Shield is like Shakespeare

There may be some similarities between the current TV show Marvel's Agents of Shield and the work of William Shakespeare. Before you all riot, hear me out. And also catch up on the recent episodes and Captain America: The Winter Soldier if you haven't already. To say that lots of very dramatic things happen is an understatement. For one thing, there's political intrigue aplenty, reminiscent of Shakespeare's historical dramas.

[The following contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Marvel's Agents of Shield up to Season 1 Episode 17, 'Turn, Turn, Turn', the first post-movie episode.]

First off, while some may have dismissed the early episodes of the show as insufficiently Whedonesque and insufficiently superheroic, given the expectations set up by the confluence of Joss Whedon and Marvel, the last few episodes have been increasingly serialised (really, since S1 E10, 'The Bridge', and to some extent even earlier, if you look for it).

"I can just imagine a tearful, rage-filled Fitz shouting at Ward, “You, or I, or both, must die!”"

More specifically, the ending of 'Turn,
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Why Marvel Phase 2 is like the Buffy musical

If you're a Marvel fan, it's not unlikely that you're also a Joss Whedon fan, and vice-versa. After all, Joss Whedon was influenced by Marvel comics, they have storytelling styles in common, and they even overlap (The Avengers and Marvel's Agents of Shield onscreen, plus Astonishing X-Men and Runaways in comics). If you're a fan of one but not familiar with the other, why not check the other out? (Not to be confused with the Avengers character The Other, played by Whedonverse veteran Alexis Denisof.)

In any case, this comparison of the recent Marvel films Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 (and the TV show Marvel's Agents of Shield) with Joss Whedon's first show Buffy the Vampire Slayer will try to avoid any major spoilers (though there's one for Captain America 2, which will be clearly marked), so feel free to keep reading.

Post-Avengers, all of the
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The cast of Angel: 10 years on

Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00

Sarah digs into the post-Angel careers of David Boreanaz, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Charisma Carpenter and more...

It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.

The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you
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Agents of Shield, Season 1, Episode 12, “Seeds”: Xavier’s School For Gifted-Oh, Wait

Agents of Shield, Season 1, Episode 12, “Seeds”

Written by Monica Owusu-Breen and Jed Whedon

Directed by Ken Fink

Agents of Shield has struggled in its first season to find its voice as a stand-alone TV show and its identity within the larger Marvel universe. One possible reason is that the show hasn’t developed a formula. “Seeds” does not change this, but while it does not develop a formula unique to Agents of Shield, it does borrow an episodic formula familiar to fans of The X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fitz and Simmons return to Shield Academy after an accident involving technology that they developed while studying at the academy. A student has built a device capable of freezing water in the air, which could be weaponized to freeze enemies to death or create massive weather storms. Donnie, a highly intelligent and socially awkward freshman, is under suspicion for being behind the accident,
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Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mid-Season Finale Review – “The Bridge”

Welcome back, true believers! After a week off, the agents return, as well as the antagonist from the first episode, Michael Peterson (played by J. August Richards). This episode will mark Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first two parter, promising a big cliffhanger leading into the next installment, which airs January 7th. Will the nefarious Centipede prove to be too much for our agents, even with the help of a failed super soldier? Will more about Coulson’s secret resurrection be revealed? Hit the jump to find out. Our episode begins with a “Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” intro, which is the first time the show has had one of these if I can recall. It’s a good way to get people caught up to speed with the going ons of the main story arc had they missed it prior, and hopefully they make it a habit as there are
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The Week in Spandex - The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman vs. Wonder Woman, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, The Incredible Hulk and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...

Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...

So, things have been almost deathly
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Why Marvel's Agents of Shield is like Dollhouse

[Spoilers for the pilot episode of Marvel's Agents of Shield, and The Avengers]

Drawing parallels between Joss Whedon projects again. Must be Tuesday...in my brain. Which seems to be situated in the land of perpetual Tuesday.

Based simply on the first episode of Marvel's Agents of Shield, Joss Whedon's latest TV show has much thematically in common with his last.

Though Joss is involved “as much as an executive producer can be who's also making a movie [i.e. writing and directing The Avengers: Age of Ultron]”, two of the show's day-to-day showrunners, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who worked on Dollhouse, also have a significant creative influence on the show. It's the Jed and Mo show! If Joss has his fingers in many pies, then that means that this particular marvellous shield-shaped pie has room for plenty more fingers, and Jed and Maurissa's fingerprints are all over the pilot (or pie-lette, to use a Pushing Daisies pun).

Where is this finger analogy pointing? Finger puppets! Puppets! They're all puppets! Pop tarts!
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'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Review: Episode 1.01 'Pilot'

by Paul Montgomery

Unabashedly earnest, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." offers the same unassuming charm of its most valuable asset, the still-beating heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson. Paired with Ming-Na Wen's steely, enigmatic Melinda May, the affable, competent Coulson leads an oddball crew of operatives weaving around the footfalls of giants. Coulson knows the way, but the transition of Marvel Studios from the big screen to network television isn't without its turbulence.

A New World

In a generous cameo as Agent Maria Hill, Cobie "Not-The-How-i-Met-The-Mama" Smulders posits that the Loki-led Chitauri assault on Manhattan—and the formation of the Avengers to halt it—marked the end of the world. Hill and her colleagues in the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement (breathe) and Logistics Division shepherd humanity through a new world where people can do the impossible, though no lifetime's consumption of comic book origin
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 1.01, “Pilot” one of the best pilots this year

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, episode 1: “Pilot”

Directed by Joss Whedon

Written by Joss Whedon & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen

Original air date: September 24, 2013

Airs Tuesdays at 8:00 Pm on ABC

With the massive success of the Marvel movies, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives with a guaranteed victory. Since the series is more or less a TV spinoff of The Avengers (the third highest grossing film of all time), it shouldn’t be surprising if it scores big ratings since there’s already a built in audience. It marks Disney’s first attempt to move one of its major franchises to network television with the hopes of dominating the silver screen; and if that wasn’t enough, ABC has relentlessly marketed the show all year long to ensure its success.

It’s the first new series from creator Joss Whedon, writer and director of The Avengers, and the man who became famous
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Tom Hardy: The Fire Rises

On 20 July, The Dark Knight Rises will hit cinema screens, already hyped beyond recognition and with a sense of feral anticipation beyond the wildest dreams of any executive or marketing firm. At the forefront of the action is one Edward Thomas Hardy, Aka Tom Hardy, who’s star will rise to it’s highest ever point as the potentially unforgettable cinema juggernaut Bane, a villain inspiring fear and adulation among fans before a single reel of film has been shown.

Rewind ten years, to 9 December 2002. Again, a blockbuster Hollywood effort was showing to the viewing public, the final chapter in a franchised saga. And, again, Hardy was at the fore, a young British actor off the back of some small roles, with the chance of a lifetime to play a scene stealing, career making role as the ultimate villain to the film’s iconic hero. That film was Star Trek: Nemesis,
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Fantastic Fest 2009 Preview

With the insane awesomeness of Fantastic Fest 2009 only a day away, our very own Don Simpson has screened some of the films that will be featured, and provided reviews for both. First up is a UK film based on a true story and described by many as "A Clockwork Orange-esque", Bronson: Hardy’s transcendental performance is reason enough to see Bronson – there are few performances will ever top this one. The real Michael Peterson should be proud. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Bronson can be read as a scathing indictment of celebrity culture and glorification of violence in the media; or perhaps a critique of the prison system’s inability to rehabilitate criminals; or maybe an example of how a downtrodden economy makes some people want to go to prison for free room and board…(Read More) Next is the Japnesse film that recently took the 2009 Berlin Film
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Bronson | Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writer(s): Brock Norman Brock, Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Tom Hardy The year is 1974. We find our humble narrator and star of the film, Michael Peterson (Tom Hardy), attempting to rob a post office with a homemade sawn-off shotgun (he scores just under 30 quid). Peterson, a highly volatile 22 year old from Luton, England with an already checkered past under his collar is promptly apprehended and sentenced to seven years in jail. He quickly adapts to his new milieu, so much so that he extends his stay indefinitely – spending a total of four months outside of custody and over 30 years in solitary confinement to date. Peterson uses his prison time to transcend into a carefully crafted alter ego – Charles Bronson. A superstar in his own mind, Peterson/Bronson becomes increasingly violent to a point that the British prison system can no longer hold him (he spends
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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #8

It looks like I had a slow week since six of these choices are grouped into two spots, but there's a reason for all that as I will detail below. As always, remember you can keep tabs on my personal Netflix queue right here. Now, here's the recap of my week in movies... Shocker (1989), Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) and The People Under the Stairs (1991) Quick Thoughts: I watched these three Wes Craven features as they will be released on September 15 in a three-movie Wes Craven Collection, which you can buy at Amazon right now for only $15.49. Are they greatest of films? Nope, and The Serpent and the Rainbow is probably my least favorite of the bunch as I never get too into movies involving any kind of voodoo or hoodoo stuff. However, both Shocker and The People Under the Stairs were so wildly stupid I managed to have a lot of fun with them.
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Bronson Official Trailer

I first read about Bronson in a Magazine I bought and the real story sounds to be even more interesting then the movie which is definitely it appears over the top. Below you can checkout the trailer for the film; In 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. With an ...
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Saw 2 Darren Bousman Writing and Directing Abattoir

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Radical Publishing topped off San Diego Comic-Con news with the announcement that “Saw II” director Darren Bousman is writing and directing a big-screen adaptation of the upcoming Radical title “Abattoir”, which Bousman co-created with Michael Peterson. The horror-oriented story follows a real estate agent who begins to clean up and restore an old mansion after a brutal slaughter took place there. A strange old man appears and then joins him in the house, and from there things go horribly wrong. “Abattoir” joins “Shrapnel,” “Caliber,” “Freedom Formula” and “Hercules” in the line of Radical titles with film adaptation futures. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more “Abattoir” news. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source MTV Splashpage)
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Darren Bousman To Write And Direct Film Based on Radical's 'Abattoir'

Less than a week after announcing Len Wiseman as the director for the film adaptation of their "Shrapnel" comics, Radical Publishing punctuated their San Diego Comic-Con appearance with news that "Saw II" director Darren Bousman will write and direct a movie version of their upcoming "Abattoir" title, which he co-created with his partner Michael Peterson.

"I am addicted to haunted house stories," Bousman said in a press release. "My addiction to this genre became an obsession to create one of my own. Abattoir is my spin on a haunted house story."

Bousman's story follows a real estate agent charged with cleaning up a mansion after a brutal massacre. When a strange old man joins him in the house with a twisted agenda, horrible things occur which probably won't be difficult to imagine for a series whose title is a French term for slaughterhouse and whose creator directed three "Saw" movies.
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'Saw' Helmer Stepping into 'Abattoir' Next

Well, here's a surprise: Darren Lynn Bousman, who wrote and directed Saw II and directed Saw III, will be doing a movie with blood and guts next.

Abattoir, to be released by Radical Pictures, centers on a real estate agent who must clean up the remnants of a massacre in a mansion he hopes to sell. While doing this, he is visited by a weird old man who draws him into a world of shadows, murders...and maybe blood and guts?

Variety reports Radical will also turn the property, which Bousman and writing-producer Michael Peterson came up with, into a graphic novel. Artwork for the book of Abattoir (which is French for "slaughterhouse") will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con.

Bousman said Abattoir has the potential for sequels. "After taking over the 'Saw' franchise for so long and then directing 'Mother's Day' based on the original film, this is exciting
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'Saw' Director To Bloody Up An All-New 'Abbatoir'

This bit of news falls into that murky grey area between MTV Movies Blog and Splash Page. On the one hand, it's an all-new horror property from an established gore-nography director. On the other, there's a graphic novel tie-in being produced and the studio in charge of the project is a spin-off arm of a comic book publisher. Since Splash editor Rick Marshall is out at Comic-Con right now, I'm going to take this one for Movies today. Shhhh... don't tell him.

To those of you who skimped on your high school French -- or those who took Spanish/Italian instead -- "abbatoir" translates to "slaughterhouse" in English. It is fitting then that Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of "Saw II" through "Saw IV," is set to spill blood in Radical Pictures' new property, "Abbatoir." Bousman's last project was "Repo! The Genetic Opera" and he's also signed on for a
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