Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to maintain it’s captivating momentum again, this week! This week’s episode starts off by showing us that Simmons has apparently joined Hydra as a scientist, and has seemingly betrayed her friends at S.H.I.E.L.D. When Simmons spots a Hydra acquisition document, she notices that Donnie Gill’s picture is within. Gill is the scientist that Simmons saved back at the academy. He later developed enhanced powers, allowing him to freeze things on a mass level. As the episode progresses, we learn that Coulson has actually planted Simmons within Hydra to gain intel, and relay it back to the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Back at the hydra lab, the higher ups are growing suspicious of Simmons and decide to test her loyalty. The Hydra commanders decide to send Simmons in after Gill to capture him so that Hydra can use him as an asset, to their advantage. Meanwhile, Coulson’s team converges on the same location, in the hopes of capturing gill. Simmons approaches Gill, and is ultimately pursued by him. One of the elite Hydra members, Bakshi, steps in. He repeats a phrase to Gill, and triggers him, much like a Agent's of shieldsleeper agent. It seems that Hydra brainwashed Gill, and used him to takeover the sandbox where he was previously being held. As Simmons, the Hydra team, and Gill prepare for their escape, Skye takes Gill out, and gets her first experience in marking someone off. Meanwhile, in-between this cloud of action Fitz learns that Ward is being held in the base, and confronts him about what happened on the plane, i.e, Ward almost killing he and Simmons. Fitz subjects Ward to depleted oxygen levels in his cell, and nearly kills him. However, Ward survives with little side effects, and Fitz gets some mild revenge. Throughout this episode Coulson and Hydra are doing their best to recruit the best individuals that they can find. Hydra is able to snag a top tier S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and ultimately are able to brainwash her. She is now able to provide them with vital information, regarding S.H.I.E.L.D. Simmons is still maintaining her cover with Hydra, and can now, hopefully, help defeat them once and for all.

Tonight’s episode was filled with action, plot twists, and drama galore. S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to grasp my attention every week, as it has done since season 1. The episodes seem to become more and more intricate, and interesting subplots are continually being revealed. Ward finally let’s Skye know that her father is alive, and he can take her to him. I’m not really sure what is going on with this conflict, but there is something going on there, that will probably change the show entirely. With Robert Downy Jr. wanting to do a cameo, and endless crossover possibilities, I feel that S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t leaving us anytime soon.

~ Scott R.

TV Saturday: New AMC’s Hell on Wheels

Posted: September 27, 2014 by Aaron M Zaffuto in Uncategorized
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Hell on Wheels 4×09

9PM: Scandal is back!!

10PM: How to Get Away With Murder Series Premiere

Parenthood Final Season

(We’re back!!!!!!!!!)

Our picks for Wednesday night:


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 16 kicks offs

Red Band Society Episode 2 (Aaron will be reviewing)


Chicago PD Returns

Nashville Returns 


The question “Can Shield keep up the momentum that it had in season 1?” has been answered, with a definitive YES! Coulson and his team are back, and ready to balance the scales of justice. Coulson is settling into his new role as director of shield, and has added a few more allies to his team. The episode opens by showing us how the first 084 was found, and the strange properties that it possessed. Meanwhile, in present day, a hydra member who possesses superhuman powers is hunting the 084 that was discovered long ago. We learn that Ward is being held in custody, in the base that the Shield team is using as their headquarters. Skye (Who is now rocking bangs) goes to extract information, pertaining to their mission, from ward. It seems that Ward is regretful of his actions, and wants to help in any way possible. However, Ward also seems like he has went completely insane, as he had become suicidal early into his term of imprisonment at the base. We now cut to Fitz, who is having a difficulty recovery from his head injury. He finds comfort in talking toshield Simmons, who we soon find out is a figment of his imagination, as she left the team soon after the accident. Not much is offered regarding the lingering mystery surrounding Skye’s father. It is only revealed that Ward has information on the subject, and is willing to share with Skye. Skye has no idea that Ward knows about her father, and who he is. General Talbot returns this season, and has achieved a hefty promotion. Coulson tries to explain Shield’s goal of reclaiming it’s good name, and protecting the citizens of the world. Coulson tries to gain Talbot as an ally, and a friend. However, Talbot’s arrogance and stubbornness prevails, and he refuses to assist Coulson. Needless to say, Talbot’s men capture the villain who is hunting for the antique 084. The hydra member is able to shift his molecules into whatever item he comes into contact with. He uses this power to escape the cell that Talbot’s men have him confined in. Unfortunately, the base in which he was contained also housed the 084 that he was so desperately searching for. The hydra member makes off with the artifact, after a battle with Coulson’s team, and heads into the distance. As the close of the episode, it is evident that what’s left of Shield is broken, and is a long way from being mending. Even Coulson and his team are somewhat broken, and distant from one another. We have Ward who is a traitor and is imprisoned. We have Skye who is having an internal battle with herself, over her origin. We have Fitz who is hallucinating, and struggling to return to his former self. We have Simmons who has abandoned the team. Finally, we have Coulson who is dedicating all that he has, to fight a nearly impossible battle to defeat Hydra and restore Shield’s structure. Coulson realizes that he and his team must become ghosts, and begin fighting an epic shadow war.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made a name for itself in the short time that it has ran. This show is not one that simply rides Marvel’s name and has no solid storyline or content. S.H.I.E.L.D is quite the opposite of that. It presents never before seen storylines in the world of Marvel, and when it does present tie ins, it does so tastefully and artistically. I don’t avidly follow the Marvel universe, but I definitely have Shield on the top of my list, this season. So, for everyone wondering if Shield is going to fizzle out this season, I must say that you are completely and utterly mistaken. S.H.I.E.L.D is, if I may say, on “The Walking Dead’s” level, as far as TV shows go. Be sure to catch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. every Tuesday on it’s new time, at 9/8C!

~ Scott R.