For better or worse, Agents of SHIELD starts its second season in two weeks. It’s been a rocky ride, quality-wise, and everyone is wondering if the road will be any smoother for the series in its sophomore season.
For those of us who stuck it out last year, eventually seeing it get better and go out with its best episodes, there’s a lot of trepidation about the new year. Which is Season Two going to more resemble – the dull first half of Season One, or the intriguing second half?
ABC is currently in the middle of its marketing blitz – touting increased action, the rebuilding of SHIELD, and new mysteries. I, though, have my own list of things I want or expect to see in the new season. Some are familiar, and some seem to be lost in the noise of the season-ending changes. And none of them have to do with Skye, despite ABC’s continued efforts to make me care about her.
So, in no particular order, here’s my top unanswered questions for Season Two:
Can We Talk About the Blue Alien?
That blue alien last seen in “TAHITI” still has me intrigued. I’m not intrigued over its possible links to Skye or even Coulson himself (to a lesser extent), but the possible links to the larger Marvel Cosmic Universe. With the awesome entrance into the larger universe granted by Guardians of the Galaxy, I want to see it build even more with this season’s . I won’t spoil what my theory is regarding the alien race involved, but it would provide a fantastic link between several potential future players in the MCU.
Are They Planning to Redeem Ward?
Not that I particularly cared about Ward for most of the season. I found Brett Dalton’s acting to be boring and his character dull. Until he turned Dark Side, that is. Dalton and his alter ego work much better as a turncoat villain. He was finally interesting! For this reason alone, I don’t want to see the show redeem him quickly (as it did with Skye early on) and ruin the good thing they have going.
I was hoping that the writers would be smart enough to be done with Ward’s storyline completely at the end of Season 1, but if they must keep him around, for all that’s holy, don’t turn him good and return him to the team like nothing really happened!
What’s Up With Coulson’s Writing on the Wall?
This is, of course, one of the biggest and first mysteries of the new season. And it’s a good one. There’s so much that this writing can mean. Will it take us back to question number one, the unnamed blue alien? Does it mean a link between Coulson and any of Marvel’s canon comic characters? Is it good or bad? Will we have to wait through an entire season to get any kind of decent resolution, as we suffered through last year?
Fitz! What’s Going on with Fitz?!
One of the bright points in Season 1 was always the earnest and innocent relationship between Fitz and Simmons. Their near-death experience in the finale was a highlight, and not just because of a certain person’s surprise arrival. Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge provide a lot of the heart and soul of the show, despite sometimes clunky writing.
When it was announced that Fitz was not quite himself after being nearly killed – and might never be again – that was really worrisome. I hope that whatever Fitz’s story arc will be, that Iain De Caestecker gets a chance to show his acting chops as he has off-and-on over the first year. The recently released promo shot of the cast added fuel to the speculation that things will be tricky in Fitzsimmons’ world as we start the new year.
Where Will Agent Carter Fit into the Narrative?
I think I’m possibly more excited about the show’s midseason replacement, Agent Carter, than I am about Season 2 itself. Seeing Peggy Carter in the field with the Howling Commandos gave me all kinds of nerd goosebumps. How will they fit into the season opener? Will there be a cohesive arc to both shows? How will this affect the rebuilding of SHIELD in the modern day?
So, those are what I’m most looking forward to seeing in the season premiere and beyond. I hope that the writers have learned a valuable lesson from last year’s issues and can keep turning out an interesting show. Whether my hopes are grounded or baseless will start to be evident on the 23rd. Will you be tuning in? Tuning out? Or just watching The Flash a second time on the DVR?