MCU Chronological Viewing Part Six: Agents of SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, and Daredevil
Okay, so I am supes behind on my MCU posts! I’ve been so swept up in (mostly) enjoying the movies and shows that I haven’t had much time to write. But I am back today with another installment and I promise I will work on catching up! If this is your first MCU post, make sure you start here with the original post. Then check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five. Then you can report back for today’s post, Part Six! Let’s get to it!
Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episodes 1-19
The Basics: Premiering in September of 2014, the second season brings back the original cast, with the additions of Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, and Nick Blood.
Important Plot Points: There are a couple of main storylines in Season 2. One is Skye meeting her parents. Her dad (played by Kyle MacLachlan aka Trey McDougall on Sex and the City) is super crazy and her mom runs a safe space for people who are gifted, also known as Inhumans. Skye spends some time with her mother there, the Afterlife, as she is learning how to control her powers (more on that in a second). Coulson is losing it a little, focusing most of his energy on these weird alien drawings that just come to him, forcing him to carve the symbols into whatever surface happens to be within reach. The drawings lead him and the team to an underground bunker where they find an obelisk that, in the short run of things, enhances powers that Skye and Raina already possess, making them Inhumans. We discover that there are multiple obelisks floating around, many of them in the possession of Skye’s mom and her people. The obelisks kill anyone who doesn’t have the potential to become Inhuman. Ward is being held by SHIELD and he seems repentant and helpful, but he continues to just eff everything up. We learn a lot more about him and his family, and he does try to do some good, but for the most part he continues to disappoint everyone. Fitz is suffering from some brain trauma after being deprived of oxygen for so long when Ward catapulted him and Simmons into the ocean. Simmons is working undercover for Hydra, reporting back to Coulson with info from their science department. She is found out, but saved by Bobbi, another undercover SHIELD agent. Bobbi and Mack join the team, though we find out that they actually work for another branch of SHIELD who don’t want Coulson to be in charge. Raina ends up in the Afterlife and it turns out she can see the future. She sees Skye saving some of their Inhuman friends, so Skye disobeys her mother and leaves the Afterlife, ending up back at SHIELD. Skye begins to feel conflicted, like she must choose between her parents and the Afterlife, and SHIELD.
My Reaction: It was really nice being able to watch most of this season in one large chunk, because I constantly wanted to continue watching. Some of the alien writing stuff got a little weird for my tastes, and I absolutely hated the woman playing Skye’s mom (more on her in the next chunk of AoS) but I like the new characters, and I was happy to check in with all of my old favorites and see that they were mostly okay. Watching Ward is tough this season. I just want him to redeem himself, but every time it looks like he is doing something good, he screws it up and does something terrible. I just want him to be the Grant Ward I loved in the beginning of season one. Don’t think that is going to happen. There was a lot to love about this first chunk of season two, and the last three episodes were pretty rad, so stay tuned for that!
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10, mostly because I need a Ward redemption storyline.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
The Basics: Released in 2017 by Marvel Studios and Disney, the entire cast of Guardians reunites in this sequel. Kurt Russell is the major addition to the cast, starring as Peter’s dad. As of the posting date, Guardians 2 is available on Netflix.
Important Plot Points: After being dubbed the Guardians of the Galaxy, the team work together to bring good to those who need a heroic helping hand. Of course, there’s also something in it for them. The group saves bunch of powerful batteries for the Sovereigns in exchange for Gamora’s sister Nebula. They plan to take her back to Xandar to collect the bounty being offered for her capture. Rocket decides to steal some of the batteries on the way out, causing the Sovereigns to retaliate, coming after their spaceship to try to get the batteries back. The crew crash lands on a nearby planet after being saved by a mystery man in a huge white ship. Yondu, the leader of the Ravagers and Peter’s former mentor, is running into some issues. The other Ravagers (namely Sylvester Stallone) don’t accept him because he was caught trafficking children. The crew leads a mutiny, tying up Yondu and killing the crew members who supported him. Back at the site of their wrecked ship, Peter meets Ego, who claims to be his dad. Ego invites the Guardians to his planet, and Gamora encourages Peter to go. Peter, Gamora, and Drax go with Ego and his assistant Mantis to Ego’s planet, while Rocket and Groot stay behind to work on the ship and watch over Nebula. The Ravagers show up at the crash site and take Rocket and Groot prisoner with the help of Nebula. Nebula then takes off in a ship to go hunt down Gamora. Yondu, who is also being held prisoner, teams up with Rocket to try to break out. Groot has been allowed to wander since the men on the ship find him entertaining. After some false starts, Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of their cell. They then take off to find the rest of the Guardians. Back on Ego’s planet, Peter mostly unsuccessfully tries to woo Gamora. When Peter goes off to spend time with his dad, Nebula arrives on the planet and begins to attack Gamora. After the two both try to kill each other, they realize they don’t want the other to die. They come to some sort of agreement, and along the way discover a huge pile of skeletons that Ego has been hiding. Meanwhile, Ego tells Peter that he is a god, and that if the two of them teamed up they could basically do whatever they want and create whatever they want. Peter seems to be pretty tempted by the idea of so much power. However, Ego then reveals that he was the one who gave Peter’s mom the brain tumor that ended up killing her, which of course, sends Peter into a rage. There is an epic battle, during which Rocket and Yondu show up to help get the win. Yondu ends up sacrificing himself to save Peter, and they have an emotional father/son moment. Yondu receives the Ravager funeral. Nebula is heading off to hunt Thanos. The crew heads out for more adventures.
End Credits Scenes: In the first one, Kraglin is testing out Yondu’s arrow, and mostly failing, finally stabbing Drax with it. The second scene is a meeting of the Ravagers, led by Stakar (Stallone). Scene three is the Sovereign High Preistess creating a new weapon to target the Guardians. Scene four is my favorite: teenage Groot sitting in his disgusting room while Peter scolds him. The final credits scene is the Stan Lee cameo, him being left on some random planet as he tells a long, drawn out story.
My Reaction: As expected, I loved this movie. I will say it is not as good as the first one, which was more noticeable in this viewing as I watched them so close together. But it has everything you want in a Marvel movie: awesome cast, great music, sweet fight scenes, and plenty of laughs. This movie delivers. I thought the plot line with Peter’s dad was a little predictable, it was clear he was going to be a bad guy pretty early on, but the rest of the story made up for it. The interactions with Drax and Mantis are particularly memorable. Honestly, I’m super stoked to see these guys work with the Avengers because who knows what is going to be said. Can’t wait!
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10, awesome, but not as good as the original.
Daredevil, Season 1
The Basics: Released in 2015 as a collaboration between Netflix and Marvel, Daredevil stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Vincent D’Onofrio. It is the first in a line of TV series from the co-creators.
Important Plot Points: There are zero ties between Daredevil season one and the rest of the MCU. This first season centers around Matt Murdock, who is a lawyer by day and a vigilante by night. Oh, and he’s blind. With some help from his partner and their secretary, he manages to take down the most powerful businessman/mobster in Hell’s Kitchen. And then he gets a suit.
My Reaction: You can maybe tell by my summary. I really was not a fan of this show. In fact, I am dreading watching season two. It sucks because I have been able to find a selling point about everything else I have watched so far, but Daredevil is just not for me. It’s super dark (like literally and figuratively) and the violence is gruesome and graphic. The breaking point for me was watching the villain (who I love because he was on Law and Order Criminal Intent) slam a guy’s head in a car door over and over until he decapitated the guy. I’m sorry, I just have no need for that in my life. The highlight of the show was hearing one of my brother’s songs in episode nine. Luckily, he has two more placed in season two, so I have a reason to keep watching. But I’m not excited for it. At all.
My Rating: 5 out of 10, it’s not the quality of the show, it’s just not for me.
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