Since I’m a little late on my Agents of Shield Season 2 premiere review, I am giving you all a two-fer! These are my feelings on both Agents of Shield– “Shadows” and Gotham– “Selina Kyle”.
I was overall unimpressed with the first season of Agents of Shield. I thought that it was going to be a big spectacle with tons of action, suspense, and everything else that we have come to expect as fans of the Marvel universe. While there were bits and pieces that were awesome, I thought overall the show fell a little flat until maybe the last two or three episodes. Therefore, going into Season 2, I was not really expecting to be awed and to be honest, I was not impressed. Without spoiling too much here, the interaction with Ward made me a little crazy. He is some big super villain who was playing Shield the entire time he was working for them, but when it comes to Skye he is brought to his knees and spilling secrets. Meanwhile, I understand why Fitz would be so upset without Simmons around all of the time, but I think they could have done a better job of showing Fitz’s pain than they did. The one thing I did enjoy though was the sense of urgency that Coulson, May, and the others showed when it came to the realization that they are completely outnumbered by the followers of Hydra. It brings with it an underdog feeling that was not around when Shield was at its strongest, and I am curious to see how Coulson will build Shield back from the bottom up and what kinds of challenges he will face. Overall, I will keep watching Shield as at this point as I am invested enough in the story that I want to see what happens, but I sincerely hope that this season does not take nearly as long to get going and interesting as season 1 did.
Gotham, on the other hand, is capturing my attention and not letting go. I loved the take on the first episode and aside from a few caveats, I think the take on the city and its inhabitants is an interesting one. This episode delves a little deeper into the life of Selina Kyle, who we all know later as Catwoman, and takes us a little further into the mind of Oswald Cobblepot, the future Penguin. I was wondering, after the inclusion of Selina into the first episode here and there, when exactly we would get a closer look at her and this episode starts getting a bit more into her life. She is sneaky enough to find her way into almost every situation and get information that none of the other characters are able to obtain. As such, it is intriguing to me to see how exactly her and Gordon will work together in the future as she is a character that never classifies herself as good or bad but mostly seems to be in it for herself. Cobblepot, on the other hand, definitely fits into the side of evil no matter which way you spin it. He is bent on revenge for the wrongs that Fish Mooney has caused him and is going to take it out on Gotham and whomever else gets in his way. The ending of this episode got me really excited for the next one as the last scene sets a nice picture for the route the next episode will be taking.
Catch Marvel’s Agents of Shield on ABC at 9/8c on Tuesday nights and Gotham on Monday nights at 8/7c!
-Megan Highwind has left the party.