What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the season premiere of the final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! The lead up to this season premiere was crushing. I was excited for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming back, but I Was also not ready for this to be it. If there’s one thing I have been happy to say, it is that I’m proud to have been there from day 1. The good episodes/seasons, the not so great, but it was all an experience that was worth sticking with up to this point. The point where it seems like saving the world is going to have to stick for them.
Regardless of this being the final season, it is still another new season nonetheless. Which means that there are a lot of changes to quickly adjust to. They could have easily spent the better part of the beginning trying to ease us into this new situation that the agents have to deal with, but I was satisfied with their decision to just jump right into it. When you have a problem where it is a race against time, there is little room for talk. That is not to say there wasn’t some things to address before getting back to work, but they didn’t drag anything on longer than need be. Though before they could put feet o the ground, there was of course this development involving their choice to awaken one LMD Coulson. If there was anything I was hesitant about for this season, it was this. Coulson is dead. How many times can we really bring the guy back? The best thing they had going for this Coulson was that there was no pretending that he was the real deal. He thought like him, acted like him, and carried the same brand of humor, though they didn’t once allow anyone to mistake him for anything other than what he actually was.
This brings us to the team dynamic. With the team for the most part back together, this didn’t mean that everything was going to be the same moving forward. Also didn’t mean that things would be too different either. Though with that said, Fitz was still out there keeping under the radar, and May is still out of action. This left everyone else who still had the events of the previous season fresh in their minds. Off the bat I was happy that despite the LMD Coulson brought online, Mack remained the Director. His leadership is refreshing, and he commands attention in a way that Coulson could not honestly. It was definitely beneficial to their team dynamic that Daisy was more of herself again. There was some awkwardness with LMD Coulson, but it was a big step forward that she was back in a mission mindset instead of having her head clouded with distractions which put her out of character.
What I did find appealing about this new mission is how prepared the team was for what they were getting themselves into. Well, it was more Simmons who was prepared, but it was nice that this time around there wasn’t too much of that game where they were spending all of their time a step behind. This allowed for us to also be introduced to some new tech and toys that they now have at their disposal. Something we were definitely missing from the second half of the previous season given all the time that Fitz/Simmons were separated from the others. With that said, there is only so prepared that either side could be when it came to taking on a mission in 1931 New York City. Everything about this time period made them think before they acted. Their clothing mattered, their mannerisms, not to mention the things they knew which could have caused waves in the timeline. So much could go wrong forgetting that there were rules that they had to adhere to.
The Chronicoms’s as the enemy so far I have no arguments with. Just like H.Y.D.R.A., S.H.I.E.L.D. is just as tricky when it comes to keeping this organization out of action. This is the first time where we have been given an enemy who knows better than to simply try to crush them. They presented a great challenge as well since on top of being strong like the Kree, they also have the brains to back them up. This plan they concocted was one that they put thought into, and could have gotten away with easily if they were taking on anyone else who was not up to snuff on their history. Beyond this, it added to their appeal that at the end of the day there was still things that wouldn’t matter to them that they changed in 1931 as long as they took out S.H.I.E.L.D..
Now with that said, the action as always was something to look forward to, and that did not disappoint one bit. Still they are nailing it with the choreography, and for this episode in particular there was more focus on the physical aspect of it than trying to find a balance with shooting or blasting. Of course this isn’t to say I don’t like the shooting or the blasting, because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of those comic book shows where they actually care about the effects.
Overall, the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The New Deal” was definitely one of the more entertaining season premiere’s that we have gotten out of this series. A good note to start on when you want to remind viewers of what they are going to be missing out on when this is all said and done. Characters you grew with for seven seasons, action that has always been evolving, twists and turns, not to mention fun that doesn’t ignore the fact that this exists in a comic book world. I look forward to what the rest of this season has in store for us!