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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.19, “The Dirty Half Dozen”: Together Again

    After an overloaded plot in “The Frenemy of My Enemy”, nitpicky writing inconsistencies in “Melinda”, and Lincoln’s exposition dump in “Afterlife”, Agents of SHIELD delivers one of the best episodes of the show so far with “The Dirty Half Dozen”. Picking up right where “The Frenemy of My Enemy” leaves off, Gordon rescues Skye and Calvin and brings them back to Afterlife. When he returns for Lincoln, however, he is injured and narrowly escapes being captured by Hydra. Skye is determined to rescue Lincoln despite Jiaying’s objections, and she returns to SHIELD to save Deathlok and Lincoln. As always, other characters including Coulson and Gonzales have hidden agendas and their own reasons for agreeing to the mission. More

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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.18, “The Frenemy of My Enemy”: Ice Cream With Dad

    “The Frenemy of My Enemy” is an episode with a whole lot going on, probably a little too much going on. The return of Ward, Hydra seeking out super-humans, and Cal’s day out with Skye all come to a head in a big showdown in Milwaukee. Plus, Simmons and May are clashing over Gonzalez’s SHIELD, and one of Jiaying’s super-humans goes missing on a camping trip. As a result, everything except for Skye and Cal’s father-daughter date feels rushed, but thanks mostly in part to Kyle Maclachlan’s performance, the episode is still very entertaining despite its minor flaws. More

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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.17, “Melinda”: That One Time In Bahrain

    Despite teasing the return of Ward in “Afterlife”, Agents of SHIELD delays the return of SHIELD’s favorite double-agent with a flashback episode. “Melinda” takes a trip back in time to seven years ago and recounts the origin of May’s nickname “the Cavalry.” Predictably, this is not a happy story, and it involves a young woman whose superpowers are a danger to the people around her, drawing obvious parallels to Skye. It also sheds some light on why May is so protective of Skye now that she is super-powered and why failing to keep Skye safe could devastate her. More

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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.16, “Afterlife”: The Dead Live Again

    After Bobbi and Gonzalez’s big hero moment and Skye’s escape in “One Door Closes”, “Afterlife” is set up to be a bit of a let-down, or at least a slowdown by comparison. There are plenty of good hero moments like the return of Deathlok and Fitz-Simmons pulling the wool over Bobbi’s eyes. Even with these moments, the episode’s focus on Skye slows everything down to introduce Afterlife and fit in lots of exposition from Lincoln, played by guest star Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People). More

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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.15, “One Door Closes”, Another Blows Wide Open

    The episode title “One Door Closes” is a play on the old saying, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Agents of SHIELD is focused almost exclusively on Agent-now-Director Coulson and his team, even more so after the fall of SHIELD. In “One Door Closes”, the writers of Agents of SHIELD ask the audience of SHIELD a lot of important questions. Are Coulson and his team in charge because they are the best people for the job, or does the audience want Coulson in charge because it is the only possibility they have been presented with? Is he only the director of SHIELD because Fury wanted him in charge and knew that Coulson would continue Fury’s style of leadership? If that is all true, is that really for the best? More

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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.13, “One Of Us”: Kyle Maclachlan’s Super-Villain Squad

    “One Of Us” is an episode that improves on repeat viewings. Like “Who You Really Are”, this is not a perfect episode, and has one really bothersome plot hole, but some enjoyable characters get a chance to shine. May gets substantial back-story with her ex-husband Dr. Andrew Garner, played by Blair Underwood. Cal is back with a vengeance, and some powerful psychos at his side. Bobbi kicks butt all over the place. Plot hole or not, “One Of Us” is still a really fun episode, with a lot to recommend. More

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    Agents of SHIELD, Ep. 2.11, “Aftershocks”: Human Inhuman Drama

    The season two midseason finale “What They Become” is a bombshell in Agents of SHIELD. Triplett and Whitehall are dead. Skye and Raina have transformed into super-powered Inhumans. Bobbi and Mac are not being completely honest with Coulson and the rest of the team. In “Aftershocks,” SHIELD and Hydra are both hurting. Hydra has a power vacuum with Whitehall gone, and SHIELD is fractured, fighting over Coulson’s decisions from their last mission. Even characters like Raina or Skye’s father who are only looking out for themselves are having a rough go of it, especially Raina post-transformation. More

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    30 Best TV Series of 2014

    2014 has been yet another fantastic year for television, one that continued the nichification of the medium, with highly specific and underrepresented voices breaking through in every genre. There was a comedy explosion, particularly on cable, with dozens of new series presenting confident first seasons and several returning shows reaching new heights. The dramas didn’t disappoint either, with visionary creators bringing new life to familiar settings and taking greater risks with their returning series, deepening their worlds. Throughout the year, directors and cinematographers brought lush visuals, composers pushed the auditory envelope, and an astonishing number of actors gave fantastic, memorable performances. More than a few shows delivered spectacle on a weekly basis, while others went small, deriving incredible power out of stillness and self-reflection. Some series swept the audience up, week in and week out, and others built subtly, only showing their hand in their season’s final episodes. There truly was too much great television this year for any one person to see it all (95 separate series were nominated by our contributors!), so limiting the discussion to 10 or even 20 series would be ridiculous. Instead, here is Sound on Sight’s list of the 30 best series of what has been another wonderful year for television. More

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    30 Best TV Series of 2014

    2014 has been yet another fantastic year for television, one that continued the nichification of the medium, with highly specific and underrepresented voices breaking through in every genre. There was a comedy explosion, particularly on cable, with dozens of new series presenting confident first seasons and several returning shows reaching new heights. The dramas didn’t disappoint either, with visionary creators bringing new life to familiar settings and taking greater risks with their returning series, deepening their worlds. Throughout the year, directors and cinematographers brought lush visuals, composers pushed the auditory envelope, and an astonishing number of actors gave fantastic, memorable performances. More than a few shows delivered spectacle on a weekly basis, while others went small, deriving incredible power out of stillness and self-reflection. Some series swept the audience up, week in and week out, and others built subtly, only showing their hand in their season’s final episodes. There truly was too much great television this year for any one person to see it all (95 separate series were nominated by our contributors!), so limiting the discussion to 10 or even 20 series would be ridiculous. Instead, here is Sound on Sight’s list of the 30 best series of what has been another wonderful year for television. More

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    30 Best TV Series of 2014

    2014 has been yet another fantastic year for television, one that continued the nichification of the medium, with highly specific and underrepresented voices breaking through in every genre. There was a comedy explosion, particularly on cable, with dozens of new series presenting confident first seasons and several returning shows reaching new heights. The dramas didn’t […] More

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