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How many?

How many?

The last month and a half has been a particularly busy one for me, and as a result, I’ve fallen behind in my reviews of all the shows I’ve been covering, save for The Walking Dead. This happens about three times a year (the nature of teaching at a semester-based college – is there any other kind?), and while I’ve usually been able to catch up, some semesters take longer than others (in fact, as I was going through my notes this morning, I realized that I haven’t actually written up a review for one episode of Game of Thrones from last season – talk about overdue!). The good news (for me) is that I’ve been mostly keeping up on the viewing – it’s just the actual writing that needs to be done.

Just a few notes to help me catch up...

Just a few notes to help me catch up…

Over the next month or so, I’m going to be doing my best to catch up on my reviews, one show at a time, until I’m back up-to-date on all counts. This will mean that there will be “new” reviews being posted that are actually of old shows. You’re welcome to read them, but I understand if you don’t – they’re there more or less because I want to have complete seasons posted for when, eventually, I begin to archive posts on this blog.

So please bear with me for a bit longer – I will be catching up on all the shows I review. I’ll be beginning with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is having a strong second season so far; doing Z Nation next, which is a show I love to hate; following that with Forever which, while not as strong as Agents, is still a fun little procedural with a twist; moving on to Gotham, which has been getting progressively better as it grows; and finishing off with old reviews from the summer that I simply never got to (for The Leftovers and The Last Ship). I’ve also been taking notes on Constantine, as I had high hopes for it – unfortunately, it’s never quite lived up to those hopes, and looks as though it might be cancelled shortly – I may or may not get to those notes last.

And as always: thanks for reading!

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Episode: 202
Airdate: September 30, 2014
Directed by: Jesse Bochco
Showrunner: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Written by: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

Tonight’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. slows down the breakneck pace of last week a little, allowing us to get to know the new guy (Lance Hunter – no, I’m not making that name up), and giving the team a chance to figure out what they’re going to do with the triple-pronged threat of Creel, Talbot, and HYDRA. Unlike the majority of early episodes last year, this one is clearly a direct follow-up from last week, thus showing an intent to have at least some continuity, and perhaps fewer one-off episodes like we’ve seen in the past. This should be to the good, as the clear seven-episode arc that ended last season was clearly the highlight of the first year run. Click through to read my full review of tonight’s episode, “Heavy is the Head.”

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S02E02 – “Heavy is the Head” – will discuss plot points and events in the episode. Read at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 201
Airdate: September 23, 2014
Directed by: Vincent Misiano
Showrunner: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Written by: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

Tonight marked the season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., introducing a leaner, smaller, and frankly, more endangered version of the super spy agency. With Coulson beginning his tenure as Director, and HYDRA still a very real danger all around them, their job is not going to be easy. Consider also that the US military is treating every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent as though they were HYDRA as well, and the job gets nigh on impossible. Their first task, then? Get together the personnel and materiel that will help them survive – even if that means making sacrifices. Click through after the break for my review.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S02E01 – “Shadows” – will discuss plot points and events in the episode. Read at your own risk!>>
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At A Glance:

Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
New Season Premiere: September 23, 2014
Channel: ABC
Production Companies: ABC Studios, Marvel Entertainment, Mutant Enemy
Showrunner: Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeffrey Bell
Executive Producers: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Stan Lee, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb
Writers: Jeffrey Bell (4 episodes, 2013-2014), Monica Breen (3 episodes, 2013-2014), Daniel J. Doyle (1 episode, 2014), Brent Fletcher (3 episodes, 2013-2014), Shalisha Francis (2 episodes, 2013-2014), Rafe Judkins (2 episodes, 2013-2014), Jack Kirby (22 episodes, 2013-2014), Lauren LeFranc (2 episodes, 2013-2014), Stan Lee (22 episodes, 2013-2014), Maurissa Tancharoen (22 episodes, 2013-2014), Jed Whedon (22 episodes, 2013-2014), Joss Whedon (22 episodes, 2013-2014), Paul Zbyszewski (4 episodes, 2013-2014)
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt

While a four month break between seasons can seem like a long time, at least fans of Agents don’t need to wait as long as fans of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Of course, as this blog attests, fans of one are often fans of the others. Well then, good news: one of these shows is coming back with new episodes in less than a week’s time. This preview will contain some discussion of events from last season, so if you still aren’t all the way caught up, or are considering picking up this series in a marathon viewing session, don’t read past the break. And for those still on the fence: the beginning of Season 1 was fairly slow, but there is a payoff at the end. It wouldn’t be a Whedon (Jed, in this case) series if that weren’t the case.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of the second season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will include discussion of events from Season 1. Click through at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 21 (S01E21)
Airdate: April 22, 2014

This, the penultimate episode of the inaugural season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sees the team in full scramble mode, as they’ve finally realized the depth and seriousness of their situation, and they seek a way to bring down their enemies for good. With nearly everyone reunited, the team can work together – but will everyone survive the coming climax? Click through to read more after the break.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E21 – “Ragtag” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 20 (S01E20)
Airdate: April 29, 2014

Under the category of “better late than never,” I’m getting up my reviews of the two episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that I missed reviewing while on my family vacation. These reviews will be abbreviated versions of my normal, longer reviews, with more focus on what we learn, what worked, and what didn’t, as opposed to a complete synopsis with commentary. Click through after the break to get my take on “Nothing Personal,” the twentieth and third-to-last of the opening season.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E20 – “Nothing Personal” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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If you want to read my review of Episode 22, the season finale, click here.

With the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight, the fact that the show has been renewed for a second season may come as a surprise to those who gave up on the show early on. There are some very good reasons for this renewal, so for those of you that stopped watching, and anyone else who is interested, I’m going to address some of the issues the show suffered from in the beginning, and how they have been dealt with in the interim. There will be spoilers ahead – click through if you’d like to read more.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article will be addressing events and issues that cover several episodes throughout the whole of Season One of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read on if you dare.>>
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Note: While I have made a habit of writing complete episode recaps combined with my reviews, starting with tonight’s episode of Agents I will be writing reviews and recaps as separate articles. I will place a link to the recap within the review, and vice versa, when both articles are complete

For my review of the season as a whole, click here.

Episode: 22 (S01E22)
Airdate: May 13, 2014

This inaugural season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had its ups and downs, but fortunately for the series most of the ups have come recently, and the announcement last week that ABC is picking the show up for a second season means that they have noticed that the show is beginning to show some real potential. The “Uprising” story-arc has led viewers through the last six weeks at a break-neck pace, as events have kept the team on edge and always on the brink of disaster. Last week left us with some pretty big questions, and there are several more that have been simmering all season long, so the questions are: does the season finale live up to the rest of the “Uprising” arc? and do we get answers to any of the questions Tancharoen and Whedon have been teasing us with? Click through after the break to find out.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E22 – “Beginning of the End” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 22 (S01E22)
Airdate: May 13, 2014

This week marks the end of a somewhat uneven first season for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an uneven season that has finally started to bring things together in a solid seven episode story-arc that has not only increased the stakes for the entire team, but has also managed to salvage what appeared at first to be a mediocre new offering. In addition, the improvements over the last month and half likely had something to do with ABC’s decision to renew for a second season. Some of you, especially those that gave up after the first show or the first few, may be wondering why Agents is worth your time again. On the surface, the addition of Bill Paxton has given the show clout above and beyond the already excellent acting of Clark Greg and Ming-Na Wen, and this week we’ll be seeing a special guest star from the movie series as well (more after the break). However, the reasons to rejoin the show run much deeper than who it has been casting recently; rather, the show has improved it’s quality on every level, from acting to writing, and (in true Whedon fashion) it has shown that even the oddest and most apparently disconnected episodes from early on actually play an important role in the denouement about to happen. Everything’s connected, and in Whedon We Trust.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek will examine events of the entire "Uprising" arc of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. leading into the season finale airing next week, as well as revealing my thoughts on where the series is heading going into its second season. Click through at your own risk!>>
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Four weeks into the “Uprising” arc, and the tension keeps getting ratcheted up. With the wolf rejoining the flock, how long will it be before things come to a head? Lest I give anything away, I’ll wait until after the break to begin discussing tonight’s episode: click through to read on.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E19 – “The Only Light in the Darkness” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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