‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Upcoming Episode Promos and S1 Finale Details Revealed

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[MILD SPOILERS for the final 3 episodes of Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 ahead.]


This initial season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series has been an interesting experiment, with its attempts to weave together its separate overarching narrative with larger developments from Marvel Studios’ film releases, in order to generate a coherent vision of a fictional universe.

While the first half of S1 was an extremely bumpy ride – with lots of “filler” episode time and uneven attempts to replicate the success of past Whedon shows – in recent months the espionage series has become far more satisfying; by settling into a compelling serialized narrative format and building upon events from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the S.H.I.E.LD. TV series has become a complimentary, rather than redundant, extension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

All that’s left for the show now is to finish its first season with a bang, which includes paying off certain ongoing narrative threads and/or season-long mysteries – possibly in addition to setting up a second season, which is starting to look more like a sure thing now.

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Presumably, you watched the most recent episode, “The Only Light in the Darkness”, so you’re aware of the context for the next chapter, titled “Nothing Personal”, with the main characters being split up. That includes Skye and Ward having taken off in “The Bus”, while May met up with her mother in order to track down a certain ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. high-ranking official.

As the promo below teases, in “Nothing Personal” both Coulson and Skye unexpectedly reunite with certain old acquaintances – Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Mike Peterson/Deathlok (J. August Richards) respectively – whose appearances are less than welcome, though for very different reasons.

A synopsis for the penultimate episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1, titled “Ragtag”, has been released, though as you can see, it’s pretty light on details:

In the last episode before the epic season finale, Ward ‘s Betrayal and HYDRA’s shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson’s team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Far more intriguing, however, is the following breakdown of the S1 finale, “Beginning of the End”, which TV Guide has posted (it should go without saying, but MILD SPOILERS AHEAD):

Now that Hydra has revealed themselves and S.H.I.E.L.D. has been disbanded, Coulson and his team are on their own to take down the now-missing Clairvoyant. But how will they react when they learn Ward is actually a member of Hydra planted in their group? The finale will address Ward’s true allegiances as well as answer questions about Skye’s lineage, who’s controlling Deathlok and what the Clairvoyant wants with Coulson. “We think the audience is waiting for a showdown between Coulson’s team and Garrett’s team and they’re going to get a satisfying payoff to that epic conclusion,” executive producer Jeffrey Bell says, hinting there could be other sleepers. “If they win, it comes at a price.” Plus: Nick Fury returns!

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With the promise of major story payoffs (admittedly, some awaited much longer than others), the stage is set for an exciting conclusion to Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s initial run.

That’s all the more surprising when you consider that there was a time, not too long ago, when a number of people admitted to still watching this show out of a sense of duty, rather than affection – wanting to keep up on everything that transpires within Marvel’s shared universe. If these next few episodes continue to entertain, however, then this show’s philosophy – that the actions and small deeds of ordinary people still matter in a world of superheroes – will be all the more easy to justify for it.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues next Tuesday with “Nothing Personal”, which shall air on ABC.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. Since they don’t seem to be putting an episode summary up this week, I’ll post here. I thought the plot fell apart at the end of the last episode. What, Skye finds out Ward is Hydra, has time to get a gun, but doesn’t and then gets basically captured? Weak. But I like the show.

    And yes, MK, I like the idea that Simmons is Hydra more than Ward. I also didn’t like that they had Fitz blubbering like a baby and cowering when he thought his ass was toast. Very un-shield like.

  2. And on the characters. Skye is horribly miscast. The actress plays the geeky computer nerd well, but I would have liked someone with more sex appeal, like Colby Smulders (don’t know if I got the spelling right). This girl does not have it. She’s more like a sixteen year old playing with men. And to say that this hardened shield/hydra agent (Ward) would fall for her is pretty bad. Same with Triplett and Simmons. Triplet is too sophisticated for a geekster. Make Simmons Hydra and KILL her AND Fitz.

  3. What if it turns out Ward has one of those eye-camera brain-bomb things? They let that former-agent from the earlier episode have a second chance after she did bad things because of a brain bomb.

    And it seems as if HYDRA’s incompetence is resurfacing with Ward and his lanyard. Seriously, where do they train these guys? Captain America wouldn’t have a sequel if the flame thrower goons engulfed him instead of surrounding him.

  4. After seeing Captain America I really have to wonder where this show is going to go now that S.H.E.I.L.D. has seemingly fallen apart. One of the things I found odd about the show was how incompetent it made the agency look, and after seeing the film it really became apparent the whole thing was one big, flashy keystone cops that could not see right in front of it. That said it will be hard to maintain the already slim belief that Coulson and his team will be able to accomplish anything without the already shaky back-up they had. Case in point, what did they do with Blackout now that the Freezer is probably non-operational. Did they drop him off at the local police station?

    The handling of Agent Hand and Koeing also brings up the issue of the show falling into the trend of pulling out ancillary characters that some viewers get excited about and others do not recognize just for them to disappear or kill them off. There is already the issue of people having a hard time getting into the main characters, making everyone else throw-away pieces does not help people get invested in the show.

    • I wondered about where they would take the prisoner as well.

      • Uh, excuse me professor and slayer, if you watch the show closely they didn’t take blackout prisoner, he absorbed so much power that he exploded. Hard to imprison someone who is basically a smear on the wall.

        • Is that what happened? I thought he just had a mega-power surge and collapsed. If he did explode, the team seemed pretty nonchalant about committing a revenge-murder for Coulson ;)

          Actually, if Blackout did explode, that makes a lot more sense than sending him to county jail.