Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Black Women Will Feature Prominently In The Next 2 Episodes Of Marvel’s 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 14, 2013 at 12:49PM

Three episodes into the new season (the show's first), and I've already begun to lose interest in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
19
Ruth Negga As "The Girl In The Flower Dress" In Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ruth Negga As "The Girl In The Flower Dress" In Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Three episodes into the new season (the show's first), and I've already begun to lose interest in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

And it's happening rather quickly too! The first episode held my attention, although I wasn't exactly captivated; but the last 2 were more like chores to watch, which is obviously a negative... for me anyway.

But maybe I'm just not a member of the series' target audience. After all, it appears to be doing well enough for ABC, since the network announced last week that it had picked up the series for a full season. 

It opened as TV's highest-rated drama debut in nearly 4 years and, on average, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is No. 1 in its Tuesday, 8pm time period.

There are no black characters in the series' starring cast, as you should already know, and given this blog's interests, it's something that we've previously paid some attention to - notably Joss Whedon's former Angel cast member, J. August Richards, making an appearance in the series' pilot episode, as the source of the episode's conflict.

Looking ahead, you may be interested in knowing that this week's episode (10/15), as well as next week's (10/22) will feature 2 women of African descent in prominent roles - one seemingly also as a kind of quasi-villain (similar to the kind of character J. August Richards played in the season pilot) - at least, based on the info currently available to us; The other is still a mystery at this point. Although we are told something of who the character is and how she's involved in the episode's plot.

Pascale Armand
Pascale Armand

First, in tomorrow night's episode, look for actress Pascale Armand (photo left) who will play a character named Akela Amador. The episode is titled Eye Spy, and in it, Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to "track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. But when the woman’s identity is revealed, a troubling secret stands to ruin Coulson."

The mysterious woman is of course Akela Amador, as played by Pascale Armand - primarily a stage actress, with few screen credits. In fact, based on her IMDB page, I'd say that this is her highest-profile on-screen role ever!

And then in next week's episode (10/22), actress Ruth Negga will also play a source of conflict for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Titled Girl In The Flower Dress, Negga will play an elusive girl in a flower dress (as you can see in the image above, from the episode) who may hold the key to the mystery that brings Coulson and the team to the rescue a young man with an unusual and dangerous power. 

This will mark the Ethiopian-Irish actress' USA TV debut.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. 

The TV serial is being shepherded by Joss Whedon (who wrote and directed the big-screen version of The Avengers), alongside Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse).

So tune in tomorrow night (and next week Tuesday) at 8PM to catch Pascale Armand and Ruth Negga in their respective roles on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Here's a look at tomorrow night's episode with Pascale Armand:

This article is related to: TV News, TV Videos, Pascale Armand, Ruth Negga


Shadow & ActNewsletter