Emancipation

Agents of SHIELD 3×20 “Emancipation” Promo Material

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Official synopsis for Emancipation

“In the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War, S.H.I.E.L.D. feels pressure to reveal their involvement with Inhumans. But with the stakes higher than ever and Hive growing stronger, the team is tested in ways they could never anticipate.”

Update 4/25/16:

“With only two episodes left before S.H.I.E.L.D. loses one of their own, Daisy’s prophecy ticks closer towards a major loss, as the aftermath of the events of “Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War” force S.H.I.E.L.D. to register the Inhumans.”

Update 5/6/16 Sneak Peeks

Emancipation airs 9PM Tuesday, May 10 on ABC

The Singularity

Agents of SHIELD 3×18 “The Singularity” Review

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Official synopsis for The Singularity:

“The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is left reeling and decimated as Hive continues to sway Inhumans to his side. But there is a sliver of hope as Agents Fitz and Simmons follow a lead that may be able to stop the maniacal Inhuman once and for all.”

Hive continues his uninterrupted rise to power on this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show recently revealed that his control causes his victims to become addicted to the Inhuman parasite while being blindly loyal to him. It is still a weird concept to wrap my head around, and Daisy was the perfect example of how powerful the addiction can be. After the events of last week, there was anticipation to see how far she would go during this arc, prompting us to ask ourselves – will she be the “Fallen Agent” or will her actions be a direct cause of a fellow agent dying?

What was not so surprising, since I did mention it last week, was that the Kree artifact Daisy took with her is the only thing that can stop Hive. My current theory is that the artifact acts as a prison for Hive, since he was successfully banished from earth once already.

Unfortunately, Coulson and his team got a chance to witness how powerful a group of Inhumans could be if they worked together. S.H.I.E.L.D. was on the mission to figure out how to save Daisy from Hive’s control, but when they tried taking down Alicia (a former inhuman ally), Hive made her shoot one of her “twins”. Remember that Alicia’s inhuman power was revealed last season, and it was the ability to duplicate herself. Now that all her “duplicates” are seemingly dead, where does that leave her though?

This episode had plenty of strong performances to go around but the most noteworthy of the hour came from Iain De Caestecker and Chloe Bennet.

When Daisy first came face to face with Fitz in this episode, she nearly killed him. Of course, she did not cross that line but she did say a few things to him that made me believe there was some “good” left in her. It was still a very dramatic scene because I believed Daisy when she told Fitz that she would kill him next time if he continued getting in her way.

We already knew that Hive could retain the memories of those he has inhabited. What we did not know was if he could tap into his host’s feelings. This question undoubtedly came up when we watched Hive allow Simmons to escape after she shot him. Why did he spare her life? He was strong enough to kill her in that moment but he chose not to. That is something that should be explored in later episodes, especially since he is currently inhabiting Grant Ward’s body and spending so much time around a woman Ward once loved: Daisy.

Shedding light on whether or not Hive can keep the feelings of those he has inhabited could even become a weakness that Coulson and his team can exploit later. This show has certainly continued to push on us that caring about someone and loving them are weaknesses that your enemy can and will use against you.

As we probably expected, Coulson’s attitude of “drop everything because we have to find Daisy” mentality came back full force. He crossed a few lines as Director in this episode. The fact that he made Lincoln wear a “murder” vest led to May having a long overdue serious talk with Coulson, where he finally admitted that Daisy was like a daughter to him. As if we did not already know that, given their father-daughter dynamic from the start.

This episode finally saw the “downfall” of Hydra too. Not surprising, since the Avengers actually took down Hydra in Age of Ultron last summer. This just felt like a convenient plot device the show used to clean up a mess they made by trying to revive Hydra at the start of this season. It is a shame that they could not show us how “their” Hydra was defeated though. Considering the fact that Hydra was “their big bad” for the entire run of the show, their demise was almost blasé. Out of nowhere, Coulson received a phone call from Talbot saying that his forces were successful and Hydra was over. Hydra was “taken down” and we did not even get to see it happen. We should have definitely gotten more about this than the afterthought they seemed to give it.

I was very upset to find that there was no Joey or Elena this week either. Considering their team leader disappeared while being under the control of an evil inhuman parasite, you would think they would be in on the mission of trying to save Daisy. Sadly, because Secret Warriors has been too literal with the term “secret” the fan favorite team members were kept completely out of the loop. I really hope that they return soon.

Fans did get to rejoice at the end of the episode though! The science duo that many of us have been rooting for since the start of the series finally crossed the good ol’ event horizon…. That is code for they had sex. They actually made their sexual encounter sound very scientific comparing it to a “singularity” (the name of the episode by the way). Whether you love this moment or really hate it all depends on how you feel about this pairing. I personally have rooted for them so long that I was happy to see them finally go there.

Another highlight for me this week was finally seeing Hellfire appear on the show, even if his character development was very rushed. He also does not seem to have his comic book counterpart’s fire powers because it looks like Hellfire can only make things go “boom”. His connection to Daisy also seems to be missing but that could change, depending on how things develop with Daisy and Lincoln. Still, he was funny, snarky, and the abilities he does have looked great on screen. My only pet peeve about him was how they decided that he would just be Inhuman to fit into the show. Back in season one they encountered powered people that were not Inhuman, so clearly not every powered person on the show should be Inhuman. This is just another plot device shoehorned into the show because clearly Hive needed more badass Inhumans for his new team. The show is definitely heading toward a huge finale fight where it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. Hive. We will have to wait and see who survives the encounter though.

Now that Hydra is gone “for good”, what is next for Hive? Was this all part of his greater plan? How can Coulson and his team stop him and save Daisy? Let us know what you all thought about this episode in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

Edited by Lily Miranda
The Team

Agents of SHIELD 3×17 ‘The Team’ Review

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Official synopsis for The Team:

“Agent Daisy Johnson brings the Secret Warriors together for an inaugural mission that will leave no member unscathed, and S.H.I.E.L.D. learns more about Hive’s powers, forcing them to question everyone they trust.”

The Secret Warriors finally teamed up in this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It seems like the Secret Warriors have been teased for weeks, but when they finally appeared on the show, it was remarkably short lived. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a great job convincing me that each Inhuman could have been the traitor, and I thought the final reveal was done very well. After the events of last week, Hive keeps proving he’s always one step ahead of the team.

Daisy calls in the Secret Warriors to save the agents from Hydra. The obvious choices for the team, Yo-Yo, Joey, and of course Lincoln. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. visual effects team did a fantastic job. Each time the Secret Warriors took down a Hydra agent and teaming up to do so was great to watch. I wasn’t expecting Malick to get captured during their rescue but after leaving Hive dropped the bomb on us that he had “one on the inside”.

Everyone watching immediately started to guess who might the traitor be. I did and I was questioning each of the Inhumans. After Coulson interrogates Malick, he starts to let the paranoia sink in and shares his concerns with the rest of the team. None of us wanted it to be Yo-Yo because she was finally reunited with Mack. Joey had to be the other obvious choice unfortunately that was sort lived, next to blame was Lincoln.

I don’t think Coulson was out of line at all. He is the Director and needs to take precautions especially if a traitor is in their midst. Gideon Malick wasn’t lying though, after losing his daughter to Hive past week then why would he exaggerate? The threat is very real and Daisy’s actions proved just that. The Team was a pretty dark episode. Seeing how Malick died and Daisy’s complete carelessness causing an earthquake in the base was unexpected. Overall the Daisy reveal was intense and she didn’t hold back with her powers under Hive’s control.

A definite highlight was Powers Booth’s performance and did a fantastic job telling Coulson what happened to his daughter.  The big bad nearly cried and let a bit of his vulnerability show. The Secret Warriors team up was short lived and I wished it could of lasted a tad bit longer. Hopefully we’ll get a second round on Secret Warriors again.

Simmons and Fitz had a moment after the team captured Lincoln. The chemistry has always been very apparent but it’s nice to finally see the two taking action on those feelings.

Who will die during the season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Let us know your theories and let’s chat about to episode, comment below or find us on Twitter.

3x16-3

Agents of SHIELD 3×16 ‘Paradise Lost’ Review

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Official synopsis for Paradise Lost:

“S.H.I.E.L.D. hunts for information on their dangerous new enemy, and a shameful secret from Malick’s past is exposed, threatening to destroy his Hydra legacy.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set up a somewhat surprising turn of events the week, as the team set their sights on finding Gideon Malick (Powers Booth). During Paradise Lost we finally discovered more about Malick’s past, and his connection to Hydra. In a direct conclusion to last week’s conclusion, we find out what Malick was so afraid of in the vision he saw courtesy of Charles. After weeks of hints, Hive (Brett Dalton) is finally starting to take the reigns of Hydra away from Malick.

I’d been looking forward to learning more about Malick, his ties to Hydra and what role his daughter, Stephanie (Bethany Joy Lenz), had to play in all of this. The show upped the creepy factor by insinuating that she kind of had the hots for Hive, a risky choice since we know what Hive actually is. I am looking forward to seeing what Hive really looks like, as we only got a small glimpse when he revealed himself to the board of Hydra.

The Malick saga boils down to this: the Malick family has taken part in the sacrificial cult-like ceremony held by Hydra for generations. As a teenager, Gideon and his brother Nathaniel learned their father had found a way to cheat the system, ensuring that he would never be a blood sacrifice. A white stone hidden in the book, Paradise Lost, had a small dent on it, allowing Malick Senior to feel which stone not to pick. Whitehall (Reed Diamond) made a return appearance this week, telling the boys of their father’s treachery after his death. The final reveal was that Gideon tricked his brother to think he had thrown the rock away, actually keeping it and using it to send his brother to an untimely death. Malick then revealed to Stephanie that he’d had a vision that Hive would kill him. This pushed Malick to question Hive, asking if he retains memories from each host.

The flashbacks throughout Paradise Lost managed not to be distracting, and didn’t pull me away from what was going on with the team. Coulson (Clark Gregg) had tracked down Giyera (Mark Dacascos), thinking that he’d be able to use him to get to Hydra. Coulson clearly has ongoing issues of his own, one of which is dealing (or not) with killing Ward. The return of Ward’s body as a host hasn’t been easy on the Director. Could he have been regretting what he’d done? It seemed that way. In an unexpected move, Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) tells Coulson not to feel bad about what happened, but it’s nice to actually see some accountability on the show.

Coulson also sent Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) to track down a lead, thinking they might shed some light on Hive. Lincoln’s character has been in serious need of a little something to flesh out his character, so the show sets him up to be an ex-alcoholic. It remains to be seen if they actually do justice to this story. This half of the Secret Warrior team manage to get their hands on an old cylinder relic, which could supposedly help the team figure out more about Hive. I wonder if this relic is a way to stop Hive, or perhaps imprison him. After all, Hive was just a small parasite before entering Grant Ward.

Gideon finally learns that the hard way that what comes around goes around, with the shocking twist of the episode coming when Hive killed Stephanie instead of Malick himself. I couldn’t bring myself to feel bad for the guy though, because he’s evil and borderline crazy. Given the premise of the last episode, that the future cannot be changed, you have to wonder what Malick actually saw to have him so convinced of his own death. And so another female character died, no doubt causing Malick considerable pain, even as Hive reveals him to be a cheat and liar.

The team does end up capturing Giyera, but it’s a sort lived triumph as he escapes and takes control of the SHIELD plane. It turns out though that Daisy and Lincoln have a plan: the Secret Warriors Initiative. Let’s see if the show can deliver on that set-up next week with the return of Joey and Yo-Yo.

My definite highlight from Paradise Lost was the Giyera and May (Ming-Na Wen) fight. The two went toe-to-toe in a great scene with awesome fight choreography, cashing in on what the show does best. What did you think of this weeks Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

Edited by Cat MacRae
Gavin April 12

Gavin Stone: BTS photo April 12

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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 Twitter Edition

Redbubble Update: The Twitter Edition

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Our Redbubble online store has just been updated with our new line,  The Twitter Edition, featuring some of Brett’s best Twitter moments. You can still purchase the original artwork that’s been there from the start! As before, 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!

Spacetime

Agents of SHIELD 3×15 “Spacetime” Review

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Official synopsis for Spacetime:

“When Daisy gets a horrifying glimpse of the future, S.H.I.E.L.D. races to prove that fate is not fixed.”

 

I count this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as one of the series’ best, due to a compelling storyline, top-notch action sequences, and a Terminator reference! Whilst the movie reference didn’t add to the episode’s impact, it certainly made me laugh when Lincoln admitted he’d never seen the film, only for Coulson to tell him he’s off the team. As if it were that easy. The real messages of Spacetime came whilst following the team through a race to change the future, and witnessing a shift in power.

Gideon Malick has been in control of a lot during the season, but one thing he is having a hard time controlling is Hive, who premiered his new, rejuvenated look this week. Brett Dalton plays the part unbelievably well, and every time he comes on screen as Hive I’m waiting for something terrifying to happen. This week Hive finally shed some light on the one thing Malick has been craving, true power.

You may remember Coulson’s first robotic hand, cast aside after taking Ward’s life on Maveth. As it turns out, Hive kept it. Hive tells Malick that there’s nothing like actually taking someone’s life, rather than ordering other people to do it. Hive then leads Hydra to the tech company that made a component of Coulson’s robot hand, where they find an exoskeleton that Hive urges Malick to put on. Malick gets super strength, and can finally feel powerful, just like Hive’s Inhuman brethren. It’s a chilling moment seeing Malick gifted with such a weapon.

The storyline this week revolves around the team discovering an Inhuman that can not only see the future, but show that same future to whomever touches him. Daisy is contacted, via a 911 dispatch call, by a man she has never even met. He tells her that the touch of a homeless man, Charles, showed her her arrival, subsequent attack by Hydra, and his own death. As Daisy watches on impotently, Hydra takes Charles, who is clearly Inhuman, just as Daisy tries to save him. She inevitably touches him, triggering a vision of her own future.

What would you do if you saw into your future? Would you think it could it be changed? According to Fitz it can’t be. While Daisy retold the sequence of events in her vision, she decided that she had to try and change it to save Charles from death. Fitz then gave the team a dumbed down explanation of time, basically boiling down to the fact that the future can’t be changed, even if you know what’s coming. This scene reminded me of the much missed team dynamic of season one, and represented one of the few examples of true teamwork seen all season.

The expected turn of events as seen by Daisy did not however show Andrew Garner’s sad return. Garner gave himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. stating that his next transformation into Lash would be permanent. I have a theory: if Lash is going to stick around now, even as a captive, then maybe he’s the one who takes down Hive? We shall see. It was heartbreaking to watch May see Andrew transform one last time. I couldn’t help but think of Star Trek as she put her hand up to the glass, mirroring Andrew on the other side. May’s vulnerable moments in the show are uncommon, and it’s nice to be reminded she can have feelings and feel hurt too.

Fitz’s prediction that the future could not be changed was proven to be correct (I didn’t doubt him for second). The big reveal was that Charles didn’t need saving, Daisy did. When Daisy arrives to the rooftop of the building, Malick attacks her with his new getup only to be save by Charles. Although Charles saves Daisy, he unfortunately still dies after making her promise to protect his daughter, Robin. Something Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does well is humanizing characters even when they aren’t all human. I don’t mention Chloe Bennet’s performance on the show too often but she did an amazing job in Spacetime.

A definite highlight from Spacetime was witnessing the final shift of power in Hydra that’s been teased since Hive entered the picture. We know that Malick is losing control of Hive, and it turns out that a better question to ask would be whether he’s ever been control of Hive at all. In his interactions with SHIELD Malick has been the manipulator, but now it feels like he’s being manipulated. Malick clearly saw something in the future that Charles showed him that not only didn’t he like, but also seemed afraid of.

I’m looking forward to finding out if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can keep up momentum after this week’s episode. Action-packed plus a good story to follow helps me look forward the upcoming weeks. Plus, we need to eventually find out who dies in the spaceship. For now we know it’s been hinted that it’s someone who wears a crucifix, which means it probably won’t turn out to be YoYo. So what did you think of Spacetime, and do you have any predictions for the upcoming weeks? Comment below or hit us up on Twitter to chat!

Edited by Cat MacRae
The Singularity

Agents of SHIELD 3×18 “The Singularity” Promo Material

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[ABC media]

Official synopsis for The Singularity:

“The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is left reeling and decimated as Hive continues to sway Inhumans to his side. But there is a sliver of hope as Agents Fitz and Simmons follow a lead that may be able to stop the maniacal Inhuman once and for all.”

Promo photos are now available in our gallery.

Episode promo now available:

Update 4/22/16: First sneak peek released:

Update 4/25/16: Second sneak peek released:

The Singularity airs 9PM Tuesday, April 26 on ABC

Paradise Lost

Agents of SHIELD May sweeps synopses revealed

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May 3

Official Synopsis for Failed Experiments

“Loyalties are tested and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must seek a decisive resolution to the looming Hive threat.”

May 10

Official synopsis for Emancipation

“In the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War, S.H.I.E.L.D. feels pressure to reveal their involvement with Inhumans. But with the stakes higher than ever and Hive growing stronger, the team is tested in ways they could never anticipate.”

May 17

Official synopsis for the 2 hour Season Finale

It’s a showdown a season in the making as S.H.I.E.L.D. takes on Hive. With Hive’s master plan finally revealed, the team must spring into action. Who will live and who will die?”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday 9PM on ABC