Marvel Studios and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going on break until March 2015, during which time the show's time slot will be filled by Marvel's mini-series, Agent Carter. However, the show concluded the first half of its second season on what many agree was a strong note (read our review), connecting with larger events transpiring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (while also expanding upon them in ways that are significant); and yet, still continuing to develop the various character relationships and subplots that give the TV series a beating heart.
That practice looks to carry on when S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to the airwaves, as THR is reporting that Blair Underwood will be joining the show's cast and will begin filming his scenes this week. Underwood, a seasoned television actor who starred for seven years on L.A. Law (beginning in the late '80s) and more recently headlined the short-lived Ironside crime/drama remake series, will have a recurring role on S.H.I.E.L.D. as Dr. Andrew Garner, a.k.a. Agent Melinda May's (Ming-Na Wen) ex-husband.
S.H.I.E.L.D. already includes one ex-couple who are now working together (and sorta back together), in Agents Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki). May's personal life has been placed on the back-burner in season two up to now, so hopefully the addition of Underwood's character will bring out a different side of "The Cavalry" that we haven't seen before - or, at the least, not since her pseudo-relationship with Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) in season one.
Obviously, now that Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team are dealing with threats that extend from beyond Earth, the relationship drama elements of the show seem all the more like small potatoes. However, it's important that S.H.I.E.L.D. not abandon its original purpose - to depict the lives of ordinary human heroes operating in a world of superheroes and people with extraordinary abilities. All things considered, though, that doesn't appear to be becoming a problem.
And that's good news too, since things are only going to get crazier - with the stakes growing bigger than ever - hereon out with S.H.I.E.L.D. as the second half of season two gets underway. That's not even including the impending Avengers: Age of Ultron tie-in that will be arriving next May, which should once again shake things up for the Earth-based members of the MCU...
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two continues on March 3rd, 2015.