Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.14: “Watchdogs”

Return of the Mack.

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Short two characters, Agents of SHIELD renews its focus on people and story lines that have been a little short-changed this half-season, expanding its current cast’s personal lives and trying out some new team-ups and interpersonal dynamics. Also, sociopolitical commentary! And they say comic book shows are just popcorn TV.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.13: “Parting Shot”

I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING.

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We knew this moment was coming, but I wasn’t expecting it to come quite so soon. Still, an attempted coup, an extended interrogation, and a creepy Inhuman power sounds like a good way to go out in style. Hit the jump to see our agents punch some people, a shadow…and my heart.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.12: “The Inside Man”

The con is coming from inside the house!

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As the world’s leaders begin to take action about the increasing population of Inhumans, SHIELD once again finds itself dealing with more enemies than the obvious one, thanks in large part to its covert, faceless nature making it a difficult organization for others to have faith in–at least until they storm in to save the day, that is. Coulson, you’ve really got to come up with some less dangerous trust exercises.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.11: “Bouncing Back”

And we’re off like a shot (a Slingshot, that is).

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Our ever-expanding and technically nonexistent agencies return with new characters (although not necessarily new actors), new conflicts, and a new outlook on Inhumans.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.10: “Maveth”

Yo listen up here’s a story / About a little guy that lives in a blue world…

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We’ve reached the midseason finale, which means it’s time to wrap up some plot lines and see if we can’t get a little of that closure Ward wouldn’t stop yammering about. But where one portal closes, another one opens, and this “finale” is as full of beginnings as it is endings.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.09: “Closure”

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Despite its title, “Closure” isn’t about resolutions so much as massive shake-ups. Most of the story lines function as setup for the big Part 1 finale that’s swiftly closing in, and the last few minutes leave us hanging from a cliff (or lying at the bottom of one unconscious, more accurately). Which isn’t to say that this wasn’t an intense 40-odd minutes of television. My heart, ripped out and pumping feebly on the ground at my feet, can assure you there was plenty to discuss.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 3.08: “Many Heads, One Tale”

If only AoS had some kind of Twitter hashtag to explain its narrative structure…

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Top marks to the creative team this week as they chuck new complications into seemingly resolved conflicts and weave a whole lotta disparate threads into one extensive tapestry. That #ItsAllConnected tag they kicked up way back in Season One has become the show’s mantra at this point, which does a lot to assign retroactive significance to events and stories that once felt disconnected from the central one. And considering we’re within shouting distance of the midseason finale, that’s a pretty good place to be.

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