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Agents of SHIELD – Review

by Keyla Alves Teixeira

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The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 finale was a bit of a mixed bag, but it allows us to acknowledge an actor who’s been with us since the beginning, Brett Dalton. He was introduced as the clean faced, chiseled jaw, bad ass “best since Romanoff” Agent Grant Ward, the very first team member Phil Coulson chose for his new ragtag team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. At the time, we didn’t know much about the mysterious by-the-book agent, but one thing we were told from the start was that Grant Ward didn’t play well with others.

I fell in love with this character immediately, becoming excited about all the potential he possessed. That love quickly transferred to the actor who played him. As the first season progressed and we got to dig into Grant Ward’s past, a fan base of Ward’s Warriors arose to fight for his character’s redemption. I’m still saddened that never came to pass. Throughout the three seasons of this series, we’ve been lucky to witness Brett Dalton’s talent on screen. Sadly, we now have to bid farewell to the unsung hero of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Whether Grant Ward made us laugh as he he jokingly imitated himself during the show’s first season, or broke our hearts after the reveal of his dark past, Brett Dalton always delivered. He conveyed both vulnerablity and strength. His character may have been cloaked in darkness, but Dalton made me believe he never truly lost his humanity, delivering a performance that convinced me that Ward carried both good and evil within him. The character toed the line between hero and villain remarkably well, and that was what struck a chord with audiences.

The impact Dalton made to the show was so important to viewers that many had hopes his character would receive a redemption arc, thus enabling his continued presence on the show. Setting aside the obvious turn of events throughout the seasons, I ended season three still wondering, what if? What if Ward had not been murdered, or if he had somehow been brought back to life after his body was inhabited by an alien parasite? What if Grant Ward had become the hero we thought he was at the start? All these questions were left unanswered, and this somehow makes his story feel incomplete. It’s as if we’ve reached the end of a book, only to find that the last pages have been torn out of it.

Grant Ward not finding redemption on this series is extremely depressing to me as a viewer. It’s a sad realization of the status quo that mental health has in today’s society. After learning what happened to Ward, what lead him to believe in Garrett and what lead him to join Hydra, I found myself feeling sympathy for the character. Who wouldn’t feel for the guy knowing all the abuse he’d been through that started during his childhood and carried well into his adulthood?

I don’t think anyone expected redemption during the first season so soon after the reveal, but many of thought that it might come during the show’s second season. When we first caught up with Ward after the break, we found him in a vault being kept in solitary by Coulson and his team. We learned that he’d attempted suicide three times. And when he finally broke free of his captors, we thought that he was still trying to earn a place on their team by helping them the only way he knew how. This was the turning point some fans were hoping for. Unfortunately, the character was taken down the fork in the road that travelled in the opposite direction than I wanted.

The damage continued as his dark path with Hydra did too. Despite, the fact that Ward taking over Hydra never made much sense (Ward spent all his time since the reveal continuously repeating that he was never loyal to Hydra), Brett Dalton’s talent was a tour de force. No matter what he was given in terms of writing, he was always able to command every scene he was in. It’s no wonder he’s the show’s breakout star (Dalton won an award for this category in 2014). As his character progressed and became a formidable villain, so did his performance.

Dalton was able to successfully convince us that Grant Ward was nothing more than a stern and unemotional agent during the first few episodes of the series. As the show found its footing during the back half of the first season, so did his character, who still held an important role in the team. The greatest twist the show has ever had was when Ward was revealed to be Hydra. Everyone was shocked by this turn of events. Do you know why that was? It was because of Brett Dalton’s undeniable talent. He had the ability to fit multiple hats and to take on multiple changes with his character throughout the seasons. From hero to villain, the road to his death on this series was an emotional one because of the connection he created with the audience. No other plot twist since then has landed quite the same way.

Earlier this season, the audience had to say goodbye to this character who we have watched go through many trials and tribulations. Grant Ward was murdered by Director Phil Coulson. Coulson killing him wasn’t a surprise whatsoever but it was disappointing to watch because of the character’s potential. After Ward perished at the hands of Coulson he became Hive, the inhuman villain that could control his inhuman brethren. This meant that even though Grant Ward was gone, we were still able to keep Brett Dalton for the rest of the season. We were so lucky to be able to watch Brett play two different characters in this series solely because he is so talented. Still, I would have preferred to have had Grant Ward stick around instead.

I think the first time Hive became the formidable villain we expected him to be was after he killed civilians to regain his full strength. Once Hive regained his full strength, that’s when we saw Brett Dalton reach a whole new peak in his acting. The season benefited from Dalton’s performance as Hive, but it was very short lived. The longer Hive stuck around on the show, the less menacing he became. Why can’t this show keep up with itself? Every season we are promised an amazing payoff and every season finale they fail to deliver on that promise.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Brett Dalton for good during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three finale. Hive’s plan to infect the world with the terrigenesis mist was a failure as he ended up getting trapped with Lincoln in the quinjet that carried the nuclear weapon. Despite being the season’s “big bad”, Hive’s death didn’t have as much of an impact as Grant Ward’s death on this show. However, that doesn’t mean that Brett and Luke (Mitchell) didn’t give the best performance of the episode in those final moments where their characters perished together.

Fortunately, fans don’t need to go far for a more satisfying storyline for the turncoat agent they’ve spent the last three years loving. The current Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic run in Marvel’s All-New All-Different lineup is fantastic. Grant Ward recently made his debut in the Marvel Comics Universe and like his TV counterpart; he is already stealing the show. It’s definitely a must read!

This is our final review of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series now that Brett Dalton is no longer a regular on the show. But if you’d like to see Grant Ward to continue to have a place in the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up Marvel’s monthly comic book subscription written by Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim. Please share your thoughts about the season 3 finale below and let us know how you feel about Brett Dalton being officially off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for good.

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Gallery Update – Northern Fancon

Brett Dalton attended the Northern Fancon on the weekend of May 13-15, 2016. Our gallery has been updated with all the latest photos from the event. You can see them here!

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Lost In Florence – Update!

Synopsis: Eric Lazard is a heartbroken former college star who gets involved in a dangerous Florentine sport and a local woman.

Written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer, The Tourist tells the story of a former college football star who is completely down on his luck. On a trip to visit his American cousin Anna, currently residing in Italy, Eric (Brett Dalton) finds himself drawn to the world of Calcio Storico (Florentine Soccer) and meets a beautiful local woman in the process.

You can now check out the movie’s website here.

Lost in Florence is currently slated for US release in the fall of 2016.


By Lily Miranda

Now that we’re well into the year, it seems that Vertical Church Films are starting to release more promotional material. Hopefully the frequency will only increase the closer we get to the film’s release date.

This latest production still features our two leads in something of a predicament. It’s no secret that Kelly (Anjelah Johnson) is not very fond of Gavin (Brett Dalton) when she first meets him. In this new photo recently released, however, she’s apparently going so far as to tell him “how annoying he is”.

Poor Gavin!

It’s going to take quite a lot for him to win her favor if these two are truly meant to be together. Let’s just say that we’re definitely rooting for them to overcome their differences and make it work.

There’s no release date as yet, but our sources say that the production company is getting ready to roll out some new material fans will love! We’re hoping that includes the highly anticipated trailer we’ve all been waiting for.

We’ll continue to keep you posted as more promotional footage hits the web. Stay tuned for more!

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is slated for release in 2016.

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Redbubble Update

Our Redbubble online store has just been updated with our new “Twitter Edition”, featuring some of Brett Dalton’s best Twitter moments. You can still purchase the original artwork that’s been there from the start! All proceeds from every sale made will benefit Habitat for Humanity or PETA, charities that are very special to Brett. All transactions are safe and private. Thank you to all the fans for all of your continued support with our site, Brett and these two charities. Click here to check out all the cool new swag that you can now own while giving back!


Trust No One – Exclusive Interview

by Lily Miranda

Brett Dalton and Simon Kassianides recently got together to give an exclusive interview about their latest project together. Last month, the two friends launched an ambitious Kickstarter campaign in the hope of crowd funding an independent short film they’re planning, co-starring Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe.

Written and directed by Simon, Trust No One follows Ben (Kassianides) who has intel that many are trying to get their hands on. With time running out and choices getting harder to make, Ben quickly realizes that there really is no one left he can trust.

With approximately 60% of the project currently funded, the team behind Trust No One is getting close to the finish line in hopes of making their goal.

Brett and Simon sat down to answer a few questions for us about Trust No One, including questions from fans on Twitter. Click on the link below to find out all you need to know about this incredible film, including why this project is worth your time – and money!

Be sure to visit the Trust No One Kickstarter page here for more information about this fantastic project, and to make your pledge before it’s too late. The deadline according to Kickstarter is on March 14th at 6:55PM EST. Don’t forget to check back with us here and on Twitter for some exclusive content from this interview that we will be posting as the campaign continues.

Update 3/14/16: Trust No One is now fully funded with $69,176 pledged.

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Trust No One – Kickstarter Campaign is now funded!

by Lily Miranda

SYNOPSIS: Ben has intel people have killed for trying to get at. With time and choices running out…there really is nobody left to trust.

As we previously reported, Simon Kassianides recently teased that he will be embarking on a new project with his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-star, Brett Dalton. Just as he promised, the big announcement fans were waiting for came on Thursday evening in the form of a very fun and entertaining Kickstarter campaign video.

In this campaign ad, Simon promises an action thriller like you’ve never seen before, inspired by some of the greatest action franchises of our generation (specifically the Jason Bourne trilogy and Daniel Craig’s James Bond series). The enthusiastic actor goes on to introduce the incredible team he’s assembled behind the scenes as well as his co-star, Brett Dalton.

Fans of S.H.I.E.L.D. already know the pair well, but newcomers who may never have watched the series were given a glimpse into their charismatic friendship with this video.

Trust No One will feature incredible talent behind the scenes as well. Another well known name from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ann Foley, will be designing costumes. Academy Award winning Cinematographer Daniel Katz will be in charge of cinematography and Rui Da Silva (“Touch Me”) will be putting together the soundtrack to the film.

The film’s plot certainly sounds promising and fans have already scrambled to contribute their hard earned dollars to show their support. At the time of writing, a little over $4,000 had been raised in the first 6 hours of the campaign going live. With Kickstarter, project managers have a certain amount of days to raise their budget. Otherwise, the project is completely scrapped by the site. However, based on the enthusiasm fans have shown, Simon and his team should have no problem raising the $65,000 that is needed to make this film a reality.

Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe is involved with the film, with Simon announcing her role as the lead, Amber, during the Kickstarter campaign.

Trust No One is expected to begin filming sometime between May and June of this year, depending on the cast and crew’s schedule. This campaign ended fully funded on March 14, 2016 at 6:55PM EST. We’ll be using #TrustNoOne on Twitter, and remember to keep checking back for more up to the minute updates as we bring to you all the latest on this new film. You can still donate at the Indiegogo page!

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Caption Competition

We’re excited to announce a new competition launching on our twitter @BrettDaltonOrg today! Fancy yourself equal to the Punmaster?! Well now’s your chance to prove it.

Every Monday we’ll be tweeting a different photo of Brett for you to caption. Simply tag your tweet with #CaptionBrett and you’re in with a chance to win our “Fan of the Week” spot here on the sidebar of the site. We’ll select the best caption of the week every Sunday, retweet it to our Twitter, and display your Twitter handle along with the winning caption here on the site.

As an added bonus, you can get your friends to retweet and like your captions, which we’ll take into account when we choose the best of each month. The monthly winners will get a follow back from our Twitter!

The top captions will be used in a head-to-head battle to decide the best of the year. The winner will not only receive bragging rights as the wittiest fan of 2016, but also a photo signed by Brett himself.


#CaptionBrett Winners receive:

  1.  Weekly – “Fan of the Week” promotion on the website and Twitter
  2.  Monthly – follow from @BrettDaltonOrg Twitter
  3.  Annual – photo signed by Brett Dalton

If you’ve got any hilarious favorite photos that you’d like us to use, then simply tag them #CaptionBrettPhoto and we’ll use them in future weeks.

If you’ve got questions then either comment here or drop us a DM on our Twitter and we’ll get back to you. Good luck!!

Go here for all the latest news about Brett Dalton’s projects.