The first article I ever wrote for this site was the Top 6 Reasons to Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 and with the spectacular sophomore season wrapped, I thought it’d be fun to apply some journalistic integrity and hold myself accountable for what I said by grading myself on a pass/fail scale. Let’s look back at my predictions and review how the season panned out in the end; but be warned, this trip down memory lane will unavoidably feature spoilers of the show, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agent Carter, and possibly some tidbits of upcoming MCU films and events.
6. Lucy Lawless – FAIL
Adding Lucy Lawless to any series is a geek-cred boon which S.H.I.E.L.D. desperately needed after a lackluster premiere season. However, despite all the buzz (that I had a hand in too), Lawless became a virtual non-factor as Agent Isabelle Hartley gets knocked off in her very first episode. She reappeared in a flashback midway through, but with such a scant presence, this was a definite miss as a reason to watch.
5. Mockingbird – FAIL
I’m not saying by any means that it was a bad thing Bobbi Morse was added to the S.H.I.E.L.D. roster, nor am I saying that Adrianne Palicki was any kind of failure or bringing the show down with her presence. When you try to convince a stranger to watch a show because Mockingbird will be on it, that’s where the ball gets dropped. Without her trademark costumes or romantic connection to an Avenger or being an Avenger herself, Bobbi Morse is no more special than any other Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. except maybe being the second tallest agent behind Mack. All in all, it’s still nice to have her around if you consider Palicki was supposed to be Wonder Woman in NBC’s aborted pilot.
4. Agent Carter – FAIL
I thought Agent Carter would be a companion series to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Agent Carter was really doing its own thing. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with that, but since the events of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 were ultimately irrelevant to the events of Carter, you can’t really say anyone absolutely must watch S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to appreciate Carter. As long as you saw Captain America: The First Avenger, you could wait until mid-season to tune in to Carter, and you wouldn’t have missed a thing.