For weeks, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been promoting a “game changing” episode. Many people have been disappointed with the show overall and it hasn’t had the season anyone expected it to have – not critically or in the ratings. So maybe it seemed a little like this new Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in episode was not so much of a game changer as a marketing ploy to gain some of the oomph it’s lost along the way.
But guess what? NOPE. Last night’s episode really and truly did change everything and it lived up to every bit of hype. For fans who have stuck by the show since day one, it was a major payoff. For people on the fence, hopefully it pulled them back in…because damn. That was one hell of a shocker.
I am not going to go into detail about last night’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, or what happens in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you haven’t seen either, well, go out and see the damn movie! Now! What is wrong with you? Ahem. But I don’t want to give too much away. I will just say that the film leads in perfectly to last night’s episode and creates a mountain of potential blow-back that could fuel this series for many, many seasons. Now, maybe I am a little biased. I love Marvel, I love comics, and the Winter Soldier arc in Captain America Vol. 5 is one of my absolute favorite arcs in all of comic history. Needless to say, I was a wee bit psyched about the film. But you don’t have to be a huge comic reader or die-hard fan to appreciate a good action sequence or a shocking plot twist – and last night’s S.H.I.E.L.D. had all that and more. Plus, Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, just might be the absolute greatest.
So, if you’ve never watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or you gave up earlier in the season, I recommend that you give it a chance. Start from the beginning, or just watch next week when they re-air last night’s episode and then a new episode as well. Then come back and talk to me about it, because I am like: