Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Premiere “Orientation” Review
***Possible Spoilers Below***
This season premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was without a doubt one of my most anticipated for the year. This show just keeps getting better with each passing season. They took on the extraordinary, the supernatural, the inhuman, and now they are tackling the world beyond Earth. Who would have ever thought we would reach this far in the series? That is a milestone achievement and opens the doors to so much more to explore. Especially now that this team is a bit more open-minded to the impossible.
Considering how season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended, I appreciated that the time was taken to work up to what happened in that moment and moving forward. The background music made light of what was transpiring, but they didn’t undersell what was being set up and clarified for us.
I for one was happy that we could go into this new season with nothing to go off of. Considering we are on the road to Infinity War, it did make sense that space would be the next frontier, but what that means for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is something else entirely. As it always is. The way we jumped into the thick of this action was interesting to say the least. You already had enough questions before the episode even began, and then boom, here we are in a scene that almost feels plucked out of an Aliens movie. Chilling, though that is the kind of atmosphere we are getting used to from this show. Dark, but not overly dark to the point where every action makes you jump out of your seat. This at the very least tells us that they paid attention to the way viewers felt about the tone of the previous season to continue pushing that button with the next. Understanding where this new season would take us was a big change in the normal mission for this team. I found myself as shocked as the rest of the team since nothing makes sense. It might down the road, but it sure as hell doesn’t if you were wondering why out here in space aside from any connections to Infinity War.
They played very well into the excitement that comes from journeying into the unknown. Everyone’s reaction to this new situation was humorous, but as tense as you would expect. Mack of all people I enjoyed most just because of his overreactions. For a big guy, you just can’t prepare yourself for the way he will freak out most of the time. These are agents we are dealing with, so you would have that expectation of them to be on edge. At this point they are pretty much going from one trial into the next. You really couldn’t have found a better way to throw them utterly outside of their comfort zone. Well, with the exception of Simmons who has been there and done that.
The status quo changed in a big way this time around. There wasn’t any recognition, resources, or ideas of holding power over the average person. Not to mention there wasn’t any room to play hero. At least not when they are trying to adjust to this new situation. This was complete madness and all they could do was bear witness to it.
Our new characters here came, went, and took some time to adjust to. This wasn’t the most ideal position to be thrown into and get to know someone. A few of them that we somewhat got to know you could learn to like. The second episode did them the justice they needed when you needed to peel back some layers. Deke and Tess in a short amount of time capture your attention when grasping the pain they have endured to survive. They were a mixed bag of anger, hope, and frustration. The trouble they run into here was a cool development. Could they have chosen a more interesting race of people that we haven’t seen before? Sure, but that wouldn’t have connected us to what lied outside of Earth as much as it could have. Getting to know the enemy at the same time wasn’t a bad use of time. It wasn’t the kind of danger you were expecting, though all the same they were something to fear. the level of inhumanity experienced here was unlike anything else we have seen in the show thus far.
There was one thing nagging at everyone just from the trailer to this new season. That of course being this one character missing from the trailer. Did they die? Is there a larger plan at work for this character? Are they simply getting left behind? It took time to work up to that answer, though it was worth the wait. I for one was just personally glad that they allowed a character like Yo-yo a greater role in this new season. They could have easily tossed her aside which would have been a cop-out, but it is good to have more involvement from someone like her who has the power to offer. That is despite one scene that you could like for bringing her character closer to her comic-counterpart, though at a cost.
As far as settings and effects go, they definitely didn’t hold back here. If anything would have hurt this journey into space, it was going to be how much effort they put into engaging us in life out there. The ship structures, new tech, space itself, and of course the powers were all on point.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere “Orientation” was worth the wait for the two hours of awesomeness they allowed us to soak in. This did feel like a nightmare that this team has stepped into, and that is unlike anything else we have gotten from seasons previous. We know the situation, await to learn the how, and know what Coulson and company will have to fight against to save the day. I only wish I could say more without stripping anyone of the excitement that builds up from tackling the unknown on this scale.