This past year, ABC's freshman series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulled off something incredible. The first season was rocky and I don't blame folks for stepping off and quitting on it. I watched, for many weeks, out of desperate frustration alone. What finally caught my attention was how they integrated the plot into the release of two Marvel Cinematic Universe films — Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Characters made references to the Avengers, and the Extremis technology from Iron Man 3 was used heavily in the first half of the season. While the Thor 2 tie-in was a whole lot of fun, The Winter Soldier changed everything and the show seemed to finally (way too late in the season) take ownership of the material. And I think another movie might actually reveal the identity of Skye's parents. When I left Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, I was immediately excited, because by Coulson, I think I've got it: Skye's gotta be Kree, right?
Guardians of the Galaxy was like a trip to the carnival. Everything was cotton candy colors and the roller coasters were fun because they might collapse. Those Kree looked an awful lot like the blue alien that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. used to make GH-325, a drug that revived both Skye and Coulson. Many fans believe that the alien was likely Kree. So why did Coulson react badly and Skye seem unaffected? Better metabolism?
The new season has fewer MCU films to gear up for (just one little one, not sure if you've heard of it... Avengers: Age of Ultron) so I'm looking forward to an unburdened, fun ride this time around. Perhaps Skye and the others will be dropping clues this time! There's also Agent Carter to get excited for at midseason. If television is where Marvel wants to keep it ladies for now, I will happily show my support and tune in. Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starts Sept. 23 and they're moving to a later time slot, which typically means shows can get away with riskier content. I'm psyched to see what they do with it.