TV Club: Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “S.O.S., Parts One And Two”

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. became a better show in season 2, but it still struggles to be great television. The cast has started to gel into a cohesive ensemble, the plots have a larger impact on the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the action has become much more engaging, but it has difficulty with balancing fantastic genre elements with grounded emotional storytelling. “S.O.S.” is a prime example of this, rushing through the character work in order to spend more time on the big sweeping plot developments. The major thrust of this episode of Jiaying’s war with S.H.I.E.L.D., which has considerable consequences on the newly formed family dynamic between Jiaying, Skye, and Cal, but these consequences aren’t explored as deeply as they could be.

At the start of “S.O.S.”, Skye is caught between S.H.I …

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