While most of our favorite comic book shows are in the midst of winter hiatus, ABC is readying the winter premiere for Agents Of SHIELD. ABC and Marvel released the synopsis of the second half of the season, shifting the focus away from the likes of Ghost Rider and the Darkhold, grounding the series back to reality.
On the heels of their encounter with Ghost Rider, their strangest phenomenon yet, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suddenly find themselves up against a myriad of new and ongoing threats: The anti-Inhuman Watchdogs are gaining political influence with Senator Nadeer, and uniting behind a mysterious benefactor. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the team, Aida has kidnapped Agent May and replaced her with a Life Model Decoy. Aida’s evil plans for May and the team remain a mystery.
Agents of SHIELD has been stellar in its fourth season, thanks to the introduction of Ghost Rider and a tonal shift to darker thematic material in the 10 o’clock hour. The surprise reveal that Aida had kidnapped Agent Melinda May and replaced her with a Life Decoy Model came as one of the fall’s most surprising endings, trumping even the CW’s crop of genre shows. Agents of SHIELD is only averaging 2.615 million viewers with live views but gains substantial views through on-demand and DVR playback.
Though the show has only aired eight episodes to start the season, the hiatus will at least be very brief. ABC released a six-part web series entitled Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot and is gearing up to air new episodes starting on January 10th, 2017.