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About What Happened To Mike Peterson On Last Night's Mid-Season Finale Of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

by Natasha Greeves
December 11, 2013 11:07 AM
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Well it looked like maybe he was joining the team, but after last night's episode, I'm not so sure now.

In what was a cliffhanger episode last night, Mike Peterson, the character played by J. August Richards in the very first episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and whom we didn't see again until last night's episode, returned to provide "super-soldier" support for Agent Coulson.

Without totally spoiling it for those who haven't seen last night's episode yet, Peterson is called upon by Coulson, and he does get to put on his superhuman strength act when needed,even donning the S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, but something happens at the end that leaves audiences guessing as to whether he's alive or dead.

I say he survived, and we will see him return when the second half of the season picks up in early 2014. After all, we didn't see a body, did we? For a cliffhanger, it did its job.

What do you think? Have we seen the end of Mike Peterson, or will he return for some more superhuman S.H.I.E.L.D. work? 

To be honest, while I'm probably the only writer on this blog who enjoys the series, I will say that what I think could really boost interest in it is if there were more Mike Peterson-like characters. By that I mean that audiences want to see superheroes with super personalities and super powers. At least I think that's what many folks were hoping for in the series when it was first announced, especially since they kept talking about it in terms of The Avengers movie. I think there were a lot of people who wanted to see The Avengers in a TV series, not average Joes and Janes with martial arts skills and technical know-how, which don't really help the series stand out. If you think about it, there aren't any genuine superhero TV series on TV right now.

That's just my $.02. 

But ratings have been strong so obviously a lot of people are tuning in. 

It was also nice to see Ruth Negga return during last night's episode as well. And it looks like we'll be seeing more of her give how last night's mid-season finale ended.

If you missed last night's episode, watch it in full below:

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  • C. Lynne | December 30, 2013 2:49 AMReply

    Late to the party. But this show needs a serious pick-me-up and Mike Peterson is oh so needed! I have only watched three episodes; the pilot, the one after, and this one. Need I say more. If he were on it I would watch!

  • spirit equality | December 12, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    I think Mike is alive. Sky will probably bond with his son and when they need him most, Mike will return to save the day.

  • mr smith | December 11, 2013 10:39 PMReply

    Personally I gave up on this show early on.It just never grabbed my attention... I have to catch up with Arrow though.

  • slb | December 11, 2013 12:25 PMReply

    I don't know what I'm going to do with this show. I want to like it because, who doesn't like superheroes? But it just continues to spin its wheels to me. I like that Ruth Negga appears to have a significant role appearing in multiple episodes now. I don't like how I don't care about ANY of the characters I'm supposed to care about. Outside of Clark Gregg and Ming-Na, I wouldn't mind seeing everyone die in a horrible accident. We know Disney threw a ton of money at this show, but I just don't see it on screen. The production values look cheap. "Almost Human", despite having its own problems, looks like it has much higher production values than this show despite having a smaller budget.

    I really wish Whedon (and his bro and sis-in-law) sit down this season and do a thorough evaluation of this show. There are many problems and despite the fact they are assured a second season, the ratings continue to erode and it might not make it to a third season unless they do something to reverse the trend.

  • Akimbo | December 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    I agree with everything Maggie said...except cold oatmeal still has more flavor and texture than S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Maggie | December 18, 2013 9:49 AM

    I agree with you. The only regular cast members I like are Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg. The others are boring and generic archetypes. It's hard to imagine that the creator of this show created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a series that had great characterization and excellent serialized storytelling.

    Over all, Marvel's Agents of Shields is like cold oatmeal.

  • Monique a Williams | December 11, 2013 10:12 PM

    Yes, I wanna like it too! Last night's ep was pretty decent. My problem is I'm not really invested in these characters, but I'm gonna stick with it. Definitely need to up the production value. "Almost Human" is killing it!

  • Tom Haverford | December 11, 2013 11:21 AMReply

    "If you think about it, there aren't any genuine superhero TV series on TV right now"

    Well, Arrow comes close, definitely closer than Agents of Shield. And the Flash tv series is set for next television season. Daredevil is also chugging along for Netflix. So by any measure, this isn't something that's going to continue for very long.

  • Akimbo | December 18, 2013 10:34 AM

    I think your problem with Arrow may be that it's not just a case-of-the-week show. Characters and plots actually and evolve and develop on Arrow, as opposed to S.H.I.E.L.D., where they run around and do the same corny thing every boring week.

    Also, the jungle is like the mainland on Lost: it gives us insight into current character motivations, reinforces the themes of the episode, and isn't going away any time soon. I haven't always care about the island story of the week, but I get why it's there and am enjoying the season 2 stuff more. We see the beginnings of Oliver's lieutenancy in the Russian mob, other characters are moving closer to their comic book destinies, and we met that damn crazy doctor. Fun times.

  • spirit equality | December 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    I think Agents of SHIELD is better than Arrow. Arrow takes FAR too long to get through when the stepfather was kidnapped, it took months for that subplot to get resolved...the flashbacks to the island move at a glacial pace, at this point I don't care what happened on the island, wrap it up already LMAO.

  • SO Jo | December 11, 2013 3:44 PM

    I REALLY need to check out Arrow - I keep hearing good things.

    Side note: why is it that the first AA member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is perceived to have been blown to smithereens - in the same episode he's introduced? Maybe it's just me, but I would definitely like to see some consistency with the roles held by minorities in the show (and I now love Ruth Negga).

  • Jasmine | December 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    I was just about to write the same thing. Arrow should not be slept on. Definitely the best live action superhero adaptation on tv

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