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Season 5 of ‘Agents of SHIELD’ proves superhero shows are more than just action

The fifth season of “Agents of SHIELD” premiered on December 1, 2017, and ended on May 18, 2018. After a shocking ending from season four, season five does not disappoint, leaving the viewers with a variety of emotions.

“Agents of SHIELD” follows an elite group of agents, led by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Gregg also appeared as Coulson in the MCU films “Iron Man” and “The Avengers.” Besides Coulson, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) has the largest role in the show. She is an inhuman with earthquake-like powers who has proven herself to be a leader and a fighter in the last five seasons. Inhumans are people whose DNA has been mixed with that of aliens, giving them superpowers.

The rest of the team consists of pilot and hand-to-hand combat expert Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), scientists Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Leopold Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), strongman and mechanic Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie (Henry Simmons), and the super-speedy inhuman Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley).

“Agents of SHIELD” originally premiered on September 24, 2013 on ABC and has aired 110 episodes by the end of the fifth season. At first, the show was fairly slow and a bit boring, but halfway through season one, it began to pick up and has been amazing ever since. On May 14, 2018, the show was renewed for its sixth season coming out in the summer of 2019.

Freshman Jake Weiss says, “When I originally started watching ‘Agents of SHIELD,’ I gave up on the show because it was too slow. Later, I gave the show another chance and enjoyed it a lot more than before. The story and plot was so interesting, and I’m happy it has been renewed for another season.”

Season five of “Agents of SHIELD” picks up right after season four, which ended with a cliffhanger. This season takes place in two different timelines: at first the dystopian future and then the present. The goal of the agents in the first half of the season is to escape the future, while in the second half it is to prevent the future from happening.

There are many amazing things that made season five worth watching. The first of which is the introduction of many new characters that are all important to the story. Of the newly introduced characters, Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward) is the most important to the season. Shaw is a scavenger in the future timeline who helps the agents once they arrive in the future. He is a great comic relief in a serious show, and overall has great connections with the team.

Also, the show has an extremely developed plot and great writing, more so than other popular superhero shows like “The Flash” and “Arrow,” which have quite bland plots. There are so many things that are mentioned at the beginning of the season, or even in previous seasons, that have a part to play in the future. The plot is very complex, but complete, with a variety of conflicts and actions that all lead up to one major point in the season.

Freshman Saketh Vegunta says, “The writing in ‘Agents of SHIELD’ is drastically better than the writing of most other superhero shows like ‘The Flash.’ In ‘The Flash,’ the writing has become lazy and the story is just like the stereotypical superhero show. On the other hand, ‘Agents of SHIELD’ continues to have a creative and original story for each season, making the show much more unique and enjoyable.”

The emotions that “Agents of SHIELD” make the audience feel is another reason why it is so intriguing. The show projects a plethora of different emotions, causing the audience to actually feel for the characters. The viewers can be happy, sad, angry, and surprised at many points in the season, and sometimes have conflicting emotions at the same time.

The best parts of the show are the characters’ interactions and their development as a group. All of the agents have their own little niche in the show that they fill, making the team feel complete. Relationships among characters have evolved, making them feel like one whole family. They do not always get along, but they care for each other nonetheless.

Would you consider watching “Agents of SHIELD?” Why or why not?

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