The sixth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has debuted, and the “boots-on-the ground-in-a-world-of-superheroes” show keeps leaning hard into the world of science fiction.
For those who don’t know, last season was considered the planned end for the series, as ratings had been shaky. But by mid-season, the little show that could had bounced back in the ratings and was picked up for two more seasons. So now Agents of SHIELD, the fifth season of which ended with the death of Clark Gregg’s character Phil Coulson, has embraced the weirder corners of the Marvel Universe, moving from the “monster-of-the-week format” into long-form storytelling. One of the more limiting aspects of the show is that, because it’s part of the larger Marvel tapestry, it has to play nice and incorporate things like a Thanos snap and the Avengers’ heroics into the show. It’s not an easy task, but every season Agents of SHIELD keeps showing up, handling the twists, and putting out a quality show, year after year.
Season 6 dives deep into the world of science fiction. The season picks up with the team split in two. One team is in deep space looking for a lost crew member; the other is back here on Earth, trying to keep the world safe from a group of intergalactic raiders looking to grab as many valuables as possible before apparently ending the world. The only problem is that one of the raiders seems to be Phil Coulson. The situation on Earth remains unstable, and in space things aren’t going much better, with the search for Fitz hitting major speed bumps right away. This show has never been afraid to shock viewers, and that fearlessness tends to make it that much more enjoyable. It will be intriguing to watch Agents of SHIELD develop; with two seasons remaining, producers can plan some pretty spectacular things. The future looks bright for this final run of the show.