Dead or Alive Bouncing Back

Agents of SHIELD 3×11 “Bouncing Back” Review

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Official synopsis for Bouncing Back:

“No longer able to keep powered people out of the public eye, Daisy and Mack press forward to find more Inhumans, building a team of secret warriors whose mission is to train and protect powered people. However, the growing presence of Inhumans proves to be a polarizing issue, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must face conflicting public opinions and defend their team from groups who have a more extreme ideology.

The divide between those who want to protect Inhumans and those who seek to destroy them is constantly widening, and Hydra, now strengthened by Grant Ward, looms once again. However, Ward is no longer the same villainous traitor that they once knew, and the team faces an all-new enemy, whose motivations, goals and strengths are unclear. Uncertain about who (or what) they are facing, the stakes for S.H.I.E.L.D. and their assembled group of Secret Warriors are higher than ever, bringing some members of the team closer together and driving others apart. Will S.H.I.E.L.D. be able to stop one of the most powerful Inhumans to walk the Earth?”

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned last night and asked a lot of questions that will need answering in the back half of the season. What’s going on in the random ‘3 months ahead’ flash-forward? Are they teasing the possibility of another dead agent this season? Whoever’s blood that was, I hope it’s not the newcomer to the series, Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), because her appearance last night was one of the coolest to date.

There were notable moments from the series’ return last night, but nothing to get too excited about… yet. Bouncing Back felt a lot like set-up, which will hopefully pay off in the last half of the season. Having said that, for me, the return of the show was disappointing. The only real highlights were Brett Dalton returning as Hydra’s terrifying new villain, Hive, and the introduction of Elena ‘Yo-Yo’ Rodriguez to the show. We know from interviews that she’s the Secret Warriors comic character Slingshot but, as with Quake, we’re still waiting for this name to be acknowledged in canon.

Yo-Yo Rodriguez is a badass, and that’s due in no small part to the work of the visual effects team this week. The SHIELD team is sent to Columbia to investigate someone they suspect is Inhuman stealing weapons from the police. It emerges that the police are corrupt and the Inhuman, Yo-Yo, is simply trying get rid of the weapons. We meet another Inhuman who can freeze people with a look, taking Bobbi and Hunter down during the mission, in another cool visual. The overall mission was unfortunately a snooze fest, but we got a couple of cool Inhumans out of it.

Yo-Yo is somewhat limited as she can only be a speedster during each heartbeat, but she’s a vital part of the team before leaving at the end of the episode. Since her comic equivalent is an integral part of the Secret Warriors, I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll be back. It seems that she’s also going to play the part of Mack’s love interest, which should be interesting given his suspicion of all things Inhuman. It looks like we’ll have to wait for that to pay off though. 

Speaking of pay-off, we’re still waiting on some for Fitz and Simmons. After three seasons they finally kissed, but after everything they’ve been through, they decided to start over last night. Does this mean we have to wait three more seasons to see the two kiss again? One of the only storylines on the show that I find truly satisfying is that of Fitz and Simmons, so I’m praying that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t ruin it for us.

I didn’t find the subplot of Fitz feeling guilty for Will’s death at all believable. It doesn’t make any sense to me for Fitz to feel guilty, since he find out that Will was dead long before Hive took control of him. Fitz essentially killed nothing more than a vessel for the ancient Inhuman. Am I missing something?

After the hiatus announcement that a Marvel’s Most Wanted pilot with Bobbi and Hunter is going ahead, I can’t help but speculate how they’re going to leave the show. I suppose there is a possibility that they’ll be doing double duty and appearing on both shows. For now, however, as Mack says, Bobbi and Hunter deserve each other. 

During Bouncing Back a brooding Director Coulson continues his usual antics, still mourning the death of Rosalind Price. Did he think murdering Grant Ward would somehow give him closure? It didn’t, and the world moves on, with a new head of the ATCU being picked by President Ellis. Guess who? General Talbot. Talbot returning to the show should be hilarious since he’s long been on the anti-Coulson train and, by extension, suspicious of SHIELD.

One of the biggest surprises of the episode was seeing Werner von Strucker again. Despite being in some sort of vegetative state, Coulson elects to put him through the tortuous memory machine of season two. Strucker provides enough information to Coulson to lead to an eerie phone call later in the episode with Malick. It’s clearly not going to be an easy undertaking for Coulson to find Gideon. When he does though, Coulson’s going to end up face to face with his demons and I hope that one of them will be Hive.

The midseason finale left me wondering what Hive can actually do, and what that might mean for the agents. We only got a glimpse of Hive’s powers at the end of last night’s episode, but it was enough to get me speculating. I also want to applaud the man who portrays the Hydra villain, Brett Dalton. When I first saw Hive in that isolated room, I felt nothing but the anxiety coming from Malick. Once I saw the dead glare coming from Hive’s eyes, it truly gave me chills, and that’s thanks to the portrayal of this new character. Finally we seem to have a formidable villain that’s not only terrifying, but also mysterious, as we have no idea whether the show’s direction with Hive will resemble that from the comics. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing Dalton’s continued stellar performance as Hive.

So why was I disappointed and how can the show get better? By stopping the continuous tease of the Secret Warriors and actually giving us the real deal. It’s fun to see Daisy with Joey during the field mission this week, allied with people who have similar strength to her, and seeing Daisy fight alongside Yo-Yo is thrilling. Let’s have more of that! 

Overall, Bouncing Back was a mediocre return for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. My most memorable moment was seeing Hive for the first time, and one can only imagine what it’ll look like once its regained its strength. I’m also relieved to see that there is finally major set up for a Malick and Coulson showdown.

Did you enjoy the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night? Comment below and send us your theories for the back half of Season 3.

Trust No One

Trust No One – Exclusive Interview

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Brett Dalton and Simon Kassianides recently got together to give BrettDalton.org 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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Brett Dalton talks Grant Ward and Season 3

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Brett Dalton gave this interview with ScreenSlam back in January. In it he talks about his feelings regarding Grant Ward, and the way that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has evolved since it premiered in 2013. Brett discusses why he enjoys being on a TV show and his enjoyment of being invited into people’s lives on a weekly basis. He concludes by teasing a little about what’s to come in the back half of season 3. Brett suggests that the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. think that everything is fine, with Maveth, Hydra and Ward all vanquished, but that the opposite is likely to be true! Watch his interview below:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on March 8, 9PM EST with “Bouncing Back”

Hive

What Will He Become? – Brett Dalton previews season 3B

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TVGuide has just released a new interview with Brett Dalton, recorded back in early January, concerning his character’s return. A shocking mid season finale contained the death of Grant Ward and, below, Brett discusses the impact of his new role on the upcoming second half of season three.

Brett reveals that the ‘Creature’, as it’s referred to in the interview, is an enigmatic being. He goes on to tease the long history of this presumed Inhuman, and how it has played a significant role on both Earth, and the planet Maveth. For Hydra, returning this being to Earth has been the work of centuries, and their mission is now complete — so what next? 

Furthermore, Brett teases that this Creature has the power to inhibit bodies, much as we saw it convincingly possess Will in Maveth. The true motive and intentions of this entity remain to be seen, as does the extent to which Ward’s memories remain. Certainly knowledge of the team will have a great impact on any future interactions with SHIELD and, potentially, also those within Hydra. 

As we reported earlier this month, Elizabeth Henstridge let slip that Brett will return in season 3 as Hive. Dalton’s description of the new character, however, leads us to believe that the writers have diverged from comic canon. How that will play out on screen? We’ll have to wait and see! 

Do you think the Creature will raise hell on Earth? Will Malick decide that he’s made a huge mistake? Perhaps both. Tells us what you think! 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns 9PM, Tuesday March 8 on ABC

Oscars Giveaway

Gavin Stone – Oscars Giveaway

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This weekend marks the 88th Annual Academy Awards and Vertical Church Films is using the biggest Hollywood event of the year to launch their first giveaway for their upcoming film. They’ve asked fans to tweet them their “Best Picture” predictions for a chance to win a signed photo of their film’s star, Brett Dalton.

With this giveaway announcement, we’ve also been given a never before seen still of Gavin Stone from the upcoming film. Fans have been patiently waiting for any news surrounding this highly anticipated project, such as a confirmed release date. With the company kick starting their marketing campaign for the film again, it’s possible that an announcement for the film’s release is just around the corner. There had not been any new information or footage released about the film since December.

There is still no word yet on an exact date, but The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is expected to be released sometime this year. Keep checking back as we bring you more updates regarding this film and some exclusive content later this year.

Beside Still Waters

Giveaway – Signed Copy of Beside Still Waters

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After the success of our initial giveaway last year, we’re delighted to announce our first giveaway of 2016!

We have one copy of Beside Still Waters, signed by Brett Dalton, to give away! You must be following our Twitter @BrettDaltonOrg to be eligible for the prize. More entries are up for grabs by tweeting, following our Instagram and signing up to our newsletter – more details below.

This giveaway is open to all and we will send internationally. The giveaway starts on February 25 and will close on March 25. Good luck!

Hive

Grant Ward confirmed to be Hive?

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At Wizard World Portland this weekend, the actress Elizabeth Henstridge from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. let slip a pretty huge spoiler for the show’s return. Although it’s long been speculated by fans since the reveal of Grant Ward’s supposed reincarnation in Maveth, she confirmed that Ward has in fact returned as the character Hive.

During her panel, it’s stated that Ward has made some changes lately, and Elizabeth is asked if we should expect big things from him. The actress responds:

“I did not see that coming. It [Ward’s changed character] is going to play a big role and it’s so nasty.”

Later she discusses her character’s increasingly pragmatic attitude, and apparent willingness to go to any lengths to destroy people whom she deems a threat. This segues into a discussion of Simmons’ current feelings for Grant Ward.

“She hates him. It is fair, but I think that’s the first time she’s felt such strong emotion. And I think she’s still feeling it, you know? And now Ward is Hive and takes on the memories of people he’s killed, so that’s going to have some interesting situations for her.”

Listen to the panel:

Hive, who would have the memories not only of Grant Ward, but also of Will Daniels and his relationship with Simmons on the alien planet, certainly has the potential to be a very real threat. Not only has there been the suggestion that Hive brought about the destruction of the deserted planet, leading to very real questions about what might be coming for Earth, but many of the agents have very personal histories with the people whom Hive’s memories belonged to. It should make for some interesting confrontations when the show returns.

We imagine that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be putting their own spin on Hive, as they have done with many other characters, but here’s what we know of the comic book character:

Hive was a former Hydra agent, selected for a special program codenamed “Ravenous”. He’s placed in a room of parasitic pods who attach to the agent, eventually forming a mutated human/parasite hybrid. Hive is able to gain control of others by placing his parasites on the body of a victim. He also has enhanced strength and excels in hand-to-hand combat. Despite the fact that Hive’s individual parasites are deadly, it still has the physical limitations of its host, no doubt making Grant Ward a perfect choice.

It remains to be seen how much of the 616 Universe backstory the show adheres to, but it sounds like it’s going to be a wild ride! Let us know what you think below, or find us on Twitter.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns 9PM, Tuesday March 8 on ABC

The Tourist

Lost in Florence – New Trailer

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

In the summer of 2014, Brett Dalton flew half way around the world to Italy for his first lead role in a feature film. Almost two years later, we finally have a short teaser trailer with the official first look at that independent film.

Written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer, Lost in Florence 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.

It’s hard to gage whether or not this is a romance or a thriller from the trailer and synopsis alone but our guess is that it might be a little bit of both.

Co-starring Castle’s Stana Katic as Eric’s cousin Anna, and Italian beauty Alessandra Mastronardi as Stefania, this film promises to bring intrigue as well as action, depending on how deeply immersed in this world Eric suddenly finds himself.

We contacted Black Sand Pictures for more information on an upcoming release date, but at the moment there is none set for Lost in Florence. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for any developments and we’ll keep updating as more information becomes available.

Trust No One

Trust No One – Kickstarter Campaign is now live!

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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 has 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.

There’s also a rumor that Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe is involved with the film, but the Kickstarter video has no mention of the prominent actress. It’s possible that her casting will be announced at a later date.

Trust No One is expected to begin filming sometime between May and June of this year, depending on the cast and crew’s schedule and this campaign’s success. If you would like to contribute to Simon and Brett’s Kickstarter campaign, please visit their Kickstarter page here. This campaign is scheduled to end 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.

Update 3/14/16: Trust No One is now fully funded with $69,176 pledged, and Caitriona Balfe confirmed as the female lead, Amber.

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Agents of SHIELD Stars Tease New Project

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It looks like Hydra’s finest may have a new secret mission up their sleeves.

Simon Kassianides recently took to social media to tease fans about a new project involving his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costar, Brett Dalton. The two friends are staying mum on the subject but online speculation has already taken Twitter by storm.

What do you think these two are up to? Do you think Brett is filming a new movie with Simon this year? There have been many hints about an upcoming Kickstarter project from Simon which could be related. You won’t have to wait long to find out because Simon promises to drop the highly anticipated news as early as Thursday. Stay tuned!