The new TV season is nearly upon us, and with a number of new and returning comic book shows premiering this fall, it’s hard to pick which shows to make room for on the dwindling space on your DVR. You’ve certainly bailed on the terrible shows already last year so the first ones now on the chopping block will be the ones that never quite escaped mediocrity. Unfortunately, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can fall under this category. As a viewer myself, I experience reluctance to recommend this show to others, and I know diehard fans of Joss Whedon, The Avengers, and/or the entire genre who refuse to pick it up. Therefore, since I may need it as much as you do, here in no particular order are six reasons to watch Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
6. Lucy Lawless
Several new cast members have been revealed, but this is the most notable one. After flashing her natural accent (and other parts) for Battlestar Galactica and Spartacus, Lucy Lawless returns to fighting for the side of angels as longtime S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley. Described as a tough badass, Hartley at first sounds redundant with Ming Na Wen‘s Melinda May still around, but there’s no reason Hartley can’t find herself some Asgardian armor and resurrect the Warrior Princess image.
As revealed by twin Patton Oswalts at the SDCC Panel, S.H.I.E.L.D. gets to inherit an established comic book character and official Avenger, Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Agent 19 of S.H.I.E.L.D. a.k.a. Mockingbird. She is the perfect addition to this series because of her ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers while also hovering below top-tier, name-recognition superhero level which is just about where the series resides and operates. Also, she had no superpowers until recently when she received some of Captain America’s strength and agility, but either version they portray would still be within S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s special effects budget. For those who are unfamiliar with Mockingbird, the reason you’ll want to watch out for her is her significant relationship with Hawkeye. Married, divorced, and back together again, she is surely to appear alongside Hawkeye in a future Avengers movie so Marvel will likely cast major talent for her role.
4. Agent Carter
Continuing the story from Captain America: The First Avenger, ABC’s new miniseries, Agent Carter, is scheduled to fill the winter gap between the first and second half of the season. It will follow Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter as she struggles through the infancy of S.H.I.E.L.D. This will serve to deepen and enrich the universe of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with what’s sure to be lots of historical background, fun hints, and easter eggs for both the TV and cinematic franchises.