Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back from its mid-season break on March 8th and there is “a new world order” to contend with. There's a myriad of Inhumans appearing and fear threatening public order, so the S.H.I.E.L.D. team have a vital mission and renewed purpose within the ever-shifting climate of their operations - one that will pit them against old and new enemies alike.
ABC have just released a brand new trailer for “Bounce Back” - S.H.I.E.L.D.'s midseason premiere episode following the break (shown above) and it would seem the agency are back on kick-ass form with the powered bonus of Daisy's (Chloe Bennett) Secret Warriors team. Unfortunately as S.H.I.E.L.D grows stronger, their adversaries are rising to the challenge...
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the Marvel Cinematic Universe show that orbits around the Avengers installment movies. The series develops and expands on these events through the lens of the government agency that protects earth from the threat of alien powers and technology. Over the past two and a half seasons, S.H.I.E.L.D has been steadily coming into its own by tying in many familiar Inhuman Marvel characters from the comic series' and pushing boundaries in terms of quality effects that mirror the visual and action standards of its big screen counterparts.
This new trailer sets the tone for the action to come with a powerful music score and clips of Coulson (Clark Greg) and his team members in hero mode on mission and in political interactions that hint at the higher stakes regarding the agency's growing societal role. Villains are glimpsed in the form of Hydra's new secret weapon - the alien/Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) hybrid a.k.a Hive, the Inhuman slaughtering Lash (Matthew Willig) and a new dangerous Inhuman character with some kind of death stare ability. The premiere episode's official synopsis is as follows:
In the mid-season premiere, “Bouncing Back,” in the aftermath of his trip to Maveth, Coulson is more determined than ever to get to Gideon Malick and put an end to Hydra once and for all. Meanwhile, Daisy and the team encounter more Inhumans who have powers like they’ve never seen before, but will they be friends or enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
No longer able to keep powered people out of the public eye, Daisy and Mack press forward to find more Inhumans, building a team of secret warriors whose mission is to train and protect powered people. However, the growing presence of Inhumans proves to be a polarizing issue, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must face conflicting public opinions and defend their team from groups who have a more extreme ideology.
The divide between those who want to protect Inhumans and those who seek to destroy them is constantly widening, and Hydra, now strengthened by Grant Ward, looms once again. However, Ward is no longer the same villainous traitor that they once knew, and the team faces an all-new enemy, whose motivations, goals and strengths are unclear. Uncertain about who (or what) they are facing, the stakes for S.H.I.E.L.D. and their assembled group of Secret Warriors are higher than ever, bringing some members of the team closer together and driving others apart. Will S.H.I.E.L.D. be able to stop one of the most powerful Inhumans to walk the Earth?”
All signs point towards an exciting premiere that barrels straight back into the action full throttle, focusing on the impressive elements of the show that the fans want. Now that the Secret Warriors are finally official and long standing nemesis Ward has undertaken another character metamorphosis, complex plot opportunities have been set in place to build from. These elements and the underlying current of a human versus Inhuman race conflict create endless possibilities, and it is intriguing to speculate about where the showrunners will go from this advantageous standpoint.
Season 3's first half was also pretty ambitious as several subplots were juggled then merged and an off planet location was introduced. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners have so far risen to the challenge in terms of managing their material, so let's hope they can continue to do so with the new Secret Warriors characters to be introduced over season 3's second half - and the expanding world that the Inhuman population represents.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 9pm on ABC.
Source: Marvel TV/ABC