Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Do You Believe in Magic?

 

Last night's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back with something to prove. The show left off with a disastrous mid-season finale in December, which attempted to raise the stakes with the kidnapping of Coulson and the "death" of Mike Peterson. (More on that later.) The idea was fine, but the execution was laughable — and the idea of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without Coulson, its only truly interesting character, didn't exactly herald a strong back half to the season.

 

So how did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. confront this narrative challenge? By bringing Coulson right back into the fold as soon as possible. I don't want to overpraise last night's "The Magical Place," which was basically just the episode the midseason finale should have been in the first place. The dialogue is still clunky at times, the Marvel Universe is still being underutilized, and it's obvious that the show still has no idea what to do with the vast majority of its characters. But as frustrating as those problems continue to be, "The Magical Place" also showed how much more interesting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets when it stops playing coy and starts dropping some real answers.  Read More...


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