It’s odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space — one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the “final frontier” — was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Rodenberry’s notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last 30 or so years, it seems crazy to think that one of the most groundbreaking SF series was a network pariah and a ratings dud. Today, there’s an entire cable network devoted to this kind of programming. You can’t turn on your TV/Roku/cut-cord viewing device without bumping into spaceships, alien invasion and wonky sci-fi food-for-thought.
Science fiction has been around in one form or another since the early-ish days of television, both here and abroad, and its legacy now looms larger than ever. So what better time to count down the 40 best sci-fi TV shows of all time? From anime classics to outer-space soap operas, spooky British anthology shows to worst-case-scenario postapocalyptic dramas, primetime pop hits to obscure but beloved cult classics, here are our choices for the best the television genre has to offer — submitted, for your approval.
#27: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
While only sticklers tend to append the possessive sobriquet “Marvel’s” to this show’s title, it’s absolutely worth noting: After all, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mission is to dance between the raindrops of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s constant stream of big-screen blockbusters, reflecting changes to the status quo while still telling an engaging story about a team of super-spies in its own right. Ambitious action set pieces and likable performances from series leads Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennett ensure that it succeeds. STC
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Warning: The following contains major spoilers from tonight’s new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you haven’t tuned in yet, you may want to click away. Consider yourselves warned.
We had a feeling that whatever Hive had up his (their?) sleeve after returning to Earth was going to be pretty major, but we had no idea it was going to literally put all of humanity into jeopardy.
As the team swung into action on tonight’s all-new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to rescue an infected Daisy (Chloe Bennet)—who was quaking the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. compound apart after revealing she’d been turned when we last saw her—she and Hive (Brett Dalton) embarked on their demented SkyeWard reunion, which also involved collecting more Inhumans to infect and apparently buying a whole damn town.
At first, Hive’s plan sounds beautiful. Admirable, even. “After we’re finished, there will be no more war. No more pain. Especially now that we’re together,” he told Daisy. Who among us doesn’t want to see an end to war and pain? Let’s hear more!
“It’s time we took back this planet,” he continued. “Made it the home Inhumans have always deserved.” Oh. Um. Maybe we should’ve stopped while we were ahead.
Of course, none of this was alarming to Daisy. She’s always wanted a family, a place to belong, and, as Fitz (Iain De Ceastecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have discovered, Hive’s parasitic control has her all doped up on pleasure. “It’s like this emptiness I’ve always had is gone,” she says. Hoo boy, this is one habit that’s going to be hard to kick.
That’s not to say that there isn’t a plan to rescue Daisy. The team always has a plan and, tonight, that involved FitzSimmons heading off to Romania to find the disgraced Dr. Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah), a rumored transhumanist (think people who replace body parts with tech a la Coulson’s hand, though not out of necessity, but a desire to become something more than human) who they believe to be their best hope at disinfecting their fallen agent. Little did they know that it was a race to Radcliffe’s lair.
After Daisy and Hive scooped up Alisha (an Inhuman who can send doubles of herself elsewhere) and James (that Australian guy from last week who hadn’t gone through Terrigenesis yet)—as well a mysterious object buried beneath James’ house that Hive only refers to as “the only thing that can destroy me”—they hightail it to Romania and snatch Radcliffe right out from Fitz’s hands. Daisy tries to tell Fitz that she doesn’t want to have to hurt him or Simmons, but it’s a bit of a mixed message because she’s also using her quake powers to nearly choke him to death.
While Fitz was having the life almost squeezed out of him, Simmons was cornered by Hive, allowing her to encounter whatever of Will is actually left inside. Sensing not very much, she fired off three shots into his gut before getting away, but it didn’t do any lasting damage to the insane Inhuman because the episode closed with he and his band of happy host heads, along with the captured Radcliffe, walking down an empty street as Hive revealed even more of his plan.
“We are one organism, seeking change. And with your help we’re gonna redefine humanity, permanently,” he told the doctor. How, you ask? “By recreating the same Kree experiment that was done to me. And this is where it all begins.” And no, not in the house they’re standing outside of. He means the whole freaking town. It might be time for Coulson to call in some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s friends for help. Where are the Avengers when you need ’em?
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!
As fast as the Secret Warriors were united they were disbanded, mostly because one of their own was inadvertently working for Hive. Twist!
Remember how Hive could literally infect other Inhumans and they’d suddenly become loyal to him? That’s what happened during Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and her ragtag team broke into the Hydra base to save Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the gang.
After capturing Malick (Powers Boothe), the head of Hydra revealed that Hive could infect any Inhuman, putting a target on the Secret Warriors. Initially, Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) was revealed to be the culprit, having stowed the Kree orb away in his locker. But it was all a frame-job as Daisy was ultimately revealed to be infected and blindly loyal to Hive — so much so she destroyed the S.H.I.E.L.D. base on her way out. EW caught up with Bennet to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So presumably this is what you meant when you teased there was some crazy stuff ahead?
CHLOE BENNET: Oh girl, I wish this was as crazy as it gets. Oh my God, it gets even worse!
When did you know that Daisy was going to be infected by Hive?
We found out a couple months ago, so that sucked. [Laughs.] It was really hard. They brought me into the office. They’re like, “We have some news for you. This next coming episode, you are going to be swayed by Hive, and you are going to basically be under his control, his drug. He’s a parasite, he’s gotten into your brain. He’s able to basically manipulate you and change your motives. You’re still you, you’re still Daisy, you’re still as powerful as Daisy, but your intentions for what you want are completely different, and that’s super dangerous.” I was like, “Nooooo! I can’t!” You just defend your character. I feel like I’m Daisy more than I’m Chloe, so when I found out that was going to happen and I can’t control any part of it, it was a big challenge for me as an actress.
Is this reversible?
I think anything is possible. We brought Clark [Gregg] back to life, so I think yes, I’m sure they can find a way.
This is a fascinating dynamic — she is devoted to Hive, who looks like Ward.
Who isn’t Ward and I’m not Skye, but it’s SkyeWard and I know fans are going to love it a little bit, but also be very confused.
Will Hive and Daisy connect on a level similar to what we saw with Ward and Skye since Hive has those memories?
I’ve gotten a lot of questions like that: “Well, is she drawn to him because it’s Ward?” It’s the exact opposite. You’ll see moving forward that they do have a discussion about that, and she’s like, “No, I hate Ward.” It has nothing to do with him being Ward, it really has to do with the fact that she’s under the influence of drugs. That’s what the bosses told me when we were moving forward. They said, “She is basically on a large amount of drugs and not under her control. She didn’t take them, someone gave them to her.” She’s basically been Inhuman-roofied, is how I like to describe it. There’s something that Hive does to her — there’s a void that she’s felt her entire life as someone who is an orphan, who has always wanted to belong. Immediately, that emptiness and that sadness that she’s felt is gone, and that’s a really powerful thing to give someone — the immediate opportunity to belong and have all their insecurities go away. That’s one of the most powerful drugs you could give someone. That’s what we’re dealing with.
Does she really not care that she’s basically left Team S.H.I.E.L.D. to die?
I don’t think she even understands as Daisy. It’s funny to talk about it, because now I sound like the writers, because these were all questions I was asking. “How could she leave S.H.I.E.L.D.? What do you mean?!” It was really frustrating to me. It’s like, “You’re under drugs. You are yourself, but your entire intentions and your entire existence — the meaning of your existence has shifted into something completely different.” That was a weird thing to play and really hard for me as an actress, because you want to defend your character and understand their choices. You have to keep going, “You’re under the influence, you’re intoxicated, so you’re not being yourself,” but you are being yourself, which is why it gets really complicated.
Are we going to see her try to fight this at all?
You’ll see that. You see her getting really frustrated, because she obviously has run-ins with the team in the future, and crazy s— goes down, basically. You can see that there’s an internal struggle happening, but Hive’s power over her will always win.
Out of everyone on the team, who do you think has the best chance of getting through to Daisy?
Obviously it’s Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and Coulson who have the most influence. She loves Coulson like a dad and she loves Lincoln as her boyfriend and partner. It’s really hard. Basically, I’ve been in a very emotional state for months now.
Hive had her kill Malick and destroy the base. Can you tease what Hive will want her to do in the future?
The dangerous part about that is I don’t think Hive had her kill anyone. It’s confusing. She had that idea on her own, and she goes, “I know something we need.” So it’s really about impressing him and working for him. It’s really tricky. Moving forward, it’s going to be such a weird thing for fans. Obviously fans of SkyeWard are going to be like, “Yay, but this is weird — no!” I can say that, moving forward, the series won’t be the same at all. Nothing about the series will be the same, and the finale is truly one of the most — we’re shooting it now and I’ve just been in stitches for days. The whole show will never be the same again.
Will those terrigen crystals she stole come into play in the finale?
They’ll come into play sooner than the finale.
Are we heading for an all-out war between Hive’s Inhumans and those who are with S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Yeah, it’s not going to be easy. There’s going to obviously be a struggle. There’s an aspect of it that was kind of exciting. We get to basically see how powerful Daisy has been and how much she’s been holding back. Without her moral compass working, her powers are so much more powerful than we even thought. You even see it with Malick; the way she kills him is so brutal and not something you’ve ever seen from her before. Moving forward, that will continue to happen. That really ties into the debate in Civil War. You see how an Inhuman in the wrong hands, or manipulated by the wrong person, is incredibly dangerous. You really see how much control Daisy has had up to this point of her powers. Then you see them unleash a little bit.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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