Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in March

Good and bad news for the month of March, regarding Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The good news is that there will be another S.H.I.E.L.D. episode (“Tahiti”) tonight (it’s been weeks with no new episodes!) and then another on March 11, and that one (“Yes Men”) will feature Lady Sif from the Thor movies. I’m a big fan of Lady Sif, on account of how she is played by Jaimie Alexander, who is an amazing actress. I loved her on Kyle XY, where she played Jessi, a 16-year-old pod person.

Kyle XY was a weird show, with major plot points stolen directly from Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Specifically, there was a “chair” into which Jessi was put in order to download a history and personality into her brain. When she acted up, she was put back in the “chair” for a tune-up. “She’s a computer, and her life is the program,” said the head of Madacorp, the evil corporation of the show.

In any case, Jaimie Alexander had to play this very confused young person who was reprogrammed at others’ whims, and she knocked it out of the park. Watching the first time, I was convinced that she had studied the character Anya on Buffy The Vampire Slayer for her role. Now I am not so sure. But she was possibly the best character on a show which owes any success it had to its actors. They had to contend with some pretty bad writing. Kyle XY is one of the best, and one of the worst, shows I have ever seen.

And I never thought I’d have an excuse to talk about Kyle XY on this blog.  I’m kind of embarrassed to like it. It seems to be aimed at a very young audience (the way the writers don’t even bother, like they expect their audience to not think critically at all.) At the same time, it has content that’s clearly not appropriate for kids, like Laurie choosing to lose her virginity in the bushes at a party, and people killing each other off willy-nilly. It is a ridiculous show, a preposterous show, but oh such a sweet and charming show.

Anyway, the point is I am a fan, and I’m most especially a fan of this Jaimie Alexander, who is awesome as well as gorgeous. Lady Sif was pretty understated in the Thor movies, but she’ll be the main character on the new episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. on March 11.

And now for the bad news for March. On March 18, which happens to be my birthday, there will be no S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Instead, the network is going to air a “sneak peek” at Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as a look at the remaining “phase two” Marvel films (these are the ones that Joss is overseeing.) This is bad news because I’m sick of ABC not airing new S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes for weeks on end, just when the show was getting really good!

It’s good news for those dying for any hint about Age of Ultron, though. It is unclear how much can be peeked at, since the movie hasn’t started shooting yet. What I’m hoping for is just some glimpse about its supposed darkness. And I’m curious about how much parallel there will be with what’s going on in the world right now (NSA spying, for example.) Joss has a way of working the metaphor and making big statements about things that matter.

On March 25, there will be another repeat episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. (“T.R.A.C.K.S.”) Well, that one is worth seeing a second time, but I’ve already watched it three times so to me, the repeat is just annoying. There will be more new episodes in April.

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