Anybody who has watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knows that its first season wasn't exactly an exciting watch. It was very generic with boring characters, slow pace and uninteresting plot. The show didn't really start to pick up until HYDRA entered the equation with it's Captain America: Winter Soldier crossover. However, by then most fans had already written the show off and stopped watching. I'll admit that even I have missed a considerable amount of episodes in Season 1. Somehow, over the controversy of the quality of Season 1, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was still renewed for a new season and after a pretty kick-ass Season 1 finale, people were pretty hyped for the next chapter for the Agents... And it's pretty fucking awesome.
Forget everything from the bland and uneventful Season 1, Season 2 really kicked it up with some ideal casting, new ideas and more digging into the unknown part of the Marvel Universe. Although, how has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really improved to the audience? That, I will tell you right now !
1. Kyle MacLachlan as Skye's Father/Calvin Zabo
When I heard that i actor, Kyle MacLachlan was portraying Skye's father... I was a little iffy on the casting choice. Not that Kyle MacLachlan isn't a great actor or anything, because he was great in Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Dune and other projects. However, he can sometimes turn up in a pretty silly performance and the acting in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, has been passable at best. But, Kyle really brings the character of Calvin Zabo a.k.a Mr. Hyde to life as a three dimensional and interesting character. His best scenes include him mourning his deceased and mutilated wife and sharing the story of his wife with his daughter, Skye.
Kyle makes me really want to see this guy evolve and see how his story develops with his vendetta against Coulson and his love for his daughter. Will he go full villain or will his love for Skye pull him to the good side? Only time will tell.
2. Getting to the point of Skye's origins
One of the biggest problems of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was that the characters were not terribly interesting or engaging. The show constantly hinted at Skye being more than a newly created character for the show but the character was so bland that audiences were less than interested to stay tuned until her origins were finally explained. Well, the writers decided that enough was enough and that it was now or never to reveal the backstory of the show's leading character... and it did not disappoint. The show revealed that Skye's real name was Daisy Johnson a.k.a Quake, an Inhuman, most likely hinting at the future franchise that has been revealed for the MCU.
This finally helps make Skye more of a deep character by trying to figure out her origins, her new powers and her relationship with her father. Whatever happens next for Skye, I hope that I'm sitting in front of my computer watching.
3. Building a better team
One of the shows biggest achievements is including Marvel characters that make fans go, "Hey, it's [insert name here], that's so cool." It started with Deathlok and Lady Sif in Season 1 but slowly evolved into The Absorbing Man, Daniel Whitehall, Calvin, Daisy, and hopefully much more. The show's team started simply with Coulson, May, Ward, Fitz, Simmons and Skye. While the first season of a new show is usually pretty slow - because they have to introduce new characters, ideas, and storylines - the characters in Season 1 were pretty hard to endure. Ward and Simmons were pretty bland to watch and the goofy turned buzzkill scientist Fitz was annoying to deal with.
However, Fitz and Simmons became more three dimensional characters as Simmons was becoming more involved with the team's missions and Fitz stopped being a buzzkill and more of a sympathetic character. Season 2 also added more members to Coulson's team with the additions of Mack, Antoine Triplett Lance Hunter and Bobbie Morse a.k.a Mockingbird and they are so much fun to watch. It's great watching Coulson's new team work together and work off of each other to make some pretty humorous and kick-ass scenes. I look forward to what's next for these characters, especially Mockingbird
4. Making Grant Ward more interesting
One of the biggest sins of the first season was that Grant Ward was the most uninteresting aspect of the team. He was nothing but this stone-faced, by the book, no sense of humor kind of guy whose gimmick got old real quick. Then the show decided to throw the audience off during the mid-season finale by revealing that Ward as been working with HYDRA under John Garrett. This is the best thing the show could do to make Ward an interesting character because every time he's on screen, I cannot wait to see what he's going to do next. Is he gonna capture a HYDRA agent to help Coulson's team or is he gonna start working for the villain to get closer to Skye?
He's has sort of become the Loki of the show, because I cannot guess what his next move is going to be - which I love about the character. What does the show have in store for Ward, his relationship with the group and Skye? Only time will tell and I look forward to seeing it!