Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D-Shut up and watch!

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Just caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and wow! I still maintain it’s the best show on television. My friend was saying he had trouble keeping up with everything, having just started the show with this season, and I get that. There’s a lot of history, and unfortunately those who ridiculously stopped watching it mid-season-one because they actually thought it was too slow (It’s Joss Whedon and co, people! Haven’t you learned anything by now?) need to do a lot of catching up first. But stop bellyaching and get to Netflixing! It’s worth it!

Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider is altered from the comics to be a “deal with the devil” rider like his predecessors, which is blowing open the science-based MCU (much as I hope Dr. Strange does). And the character developments have been amazing! Fitz and Simmons have grown up but retained every bit of their charm, and even Daisy, who went a little emo this season, did so for a reason and is working it out in an epic way.

Coulson is a personal hero of mine, and when last season ended, I didn’t know how I’d feel about him giving up his status as director. In this last episode, though, when he wears a suit, flashes his badge, and says he’s from the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division, I was sold! He’s full circle, all the way back to Iron Man but with an amazing development from his experiences. Despite the horrors he’s seen (back from the dead, seeing his whole world crash around him then having to rebuild it, then losing his hand and succumbing to vengeance, learning from it, and fixing the consequences), he’s still a 100% hope-filled fanboy with wry humor in tact. That’s why I love him. And that’s why I love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D! It understands the purpose of the two genres from which it springs, spy thriller and superhero adventure. It thrills, makes us question authority, then delivers high on hope, no matter what. The show does more than entertain, it inspires.

Bring on the challenges, bring on the tragedies. We’ve got this. And we’ll rise again!

X-Appeal: We’re All Mutants

The X-Men seem to only be gaining in popularity, despite fan divisions over various incarnations. I try to delve into why they strike such a chord in so many individuals. What do you think?