For all those fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who are excitedly waiting for the season finale, there is good news, the show will be back for at least a season two. The show itself has gotten mixed to disappointed reviews from fans of the Marvel verse who expected much more than was delivered. Many cited the lack of big screen cameos on the television show as being the biggest let down. When the series was in production, however, the show’s producers never promised that there would be more than a nudge and a wink to the superheroes from the big-screen version of the verse.
While fans were delighted when Nick Fury, aka Samuel L. Jackson, showed up long enough to chew out Phil Coulson early in season one, their euphoria did not last long. With a preview of the season finale showing brief glimpses of Fury dropping by to interact with the S.H.I.E.L.D. survivors, this last show of the season looks like it may please everyone.
Another thing that became apparent, after the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that the television version of Marvel’s world would mirror the cinematic storylines. This goes a long way to explaining the slow pacing and the somewhat odd screenings of the show, at one point leaving an entire month between episodes. Presumably, the second half of season two will have to do the same thing since the second Avenger’s film is due out in 2015.
There are a lot of Marvel films do to hit the big screens over the next few years. Although just how much, Guardians of the Galaxy will interact or affect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains to be seen but due to its timing, and the fact that Iron Man did not do an expected cameo in the film, season two should remain pretty much unaffected.
The Marvel show on ABC is not the only program to be given the green light to come back for another season. Castle will also return for a seventh season on the network. Modern Family is the other “non surprise” show to be renewed. Jumping networks and heading over to Fox, the most disappointing news is the cancellation of the Karl Urban science fiction cop show, Almost Human.
Fortunately Fox have decided to bring back the superior Kevin Bacon psychological thriller The Following as well as the long running Bones and new show Sleepy Hollow. Jumping networks again, somewhat amazingly Supernatural has also been renewed for another year on the CW at least. All these shows being brought back will be good news for fans and the folks who work on the programs.
The news that there will be at least one more season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will please most loyal fans who waited out the slow pacing and the sporadic scheduling of the first season. The fact that the show will be back will also calm down those who believe wholeheartedly in the Joss Whedon television curse. This knowledge will at least allow fans to muse over this season’s past events as the season finale looms ever closer. Another thing to think about is just how much of a cameo will Nick Fury have in the show. Just seeing the brief glimpse of Samuel L. Jackson on the previews at the end of Tuesday’s show made it hard to resist cheering for Phil Coulson, who always believed Fury was still alive. The season finale will air on May 13, next Tuesday.
By Michael Smith