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

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 14, 2013 12:49 PM
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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

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:

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19 Comments

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:16 AMReply

    LORD, it's just not my night with the multiple posting. smh.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:15 AMReply

    Sorry for the double posting. Tech error. Anyway, I also saw the return of J. August Richards as a full fledged Agent of SHIELD and that was a cool episode too. The show yes is still bland, but it's on at 8PM, the family hour. Broadcast TV. You're not going to get the gritty realism of 10PM The Blacklist.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:15 AMReply

    Sorry for the double posting. Tech error. Anyway, I also saw the return of J. August Richards as a full fledged Agent of SHIELD and that was a cool episode too. The show yes is still bland, but it's on at 8PM, the family hour. Broadcast TV. You're not going to get the gritty realism of 10PM The Blacklist.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:15 AMReply

    Sorry for the double posting. Tech error. Anyway, I also saw the return of J. August Richards as a full fledged Agent of SHIELD and that was a cool episode too. The show yes is still bland, but it's on at 8PM, the family hour. Broadcast TV. You're not going to get the gritty realism of 10PM The Blacklist.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    Just finished watching these episodes of #AgentsOfSHIELD (http://bit.ly/19VgtLE) featuring PASCALE ARMAND (Left) and RUTH NEGGA (Right) and the shows were good escapists fun. The show still isn't fantastic, but good middle of the road family type adventure.

    About the ladies. Both ladies of color were great in two totally different type roles showing that we people of color are different type folk.

    ARMAND was great in her role in a action packed Michonne Walking Dead type of way only with a slightly better personality and no samurai sword. LOL

    NEGGA was oh so vampy in her role and that's all I can say.

    I will give this spoiler because it almost never happens, BOTH women live to fight another day!

    I would like to see their follow up episodes as it was left open for both to return.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:09 AMReply

    Just finished watching these episodes of #AgentsOfSHIELD (http://bit.ly/19VgtLE) featuring PASCALE ARMAND (Left) and RUTH NEGGA (Right) and the shows were good escapists fun. The show still isn't fantastic, but good middle of the road family type adventure.

    About the ladies. Both ladies of color were great in two totally different type roles showing that we people of color are different type folk.

    ARMAND was great in her role in a action packed Michonne Walking Dead type of way only with a slightly better personality and no samurai sword. LOL

    NEGGA was oh so vampy in her role and that's all I can say.

    I will give this spoiler because it almost never happens, BOTH women live to fight another day!

    I would like to see their follow up episodes as it was left open for both to return.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 5, 2014 12:09 AMReply

    Just finished watching these episodes of #AgentsOfSHIELD (http://bit.ly/19VgtLE) featuring PASCALE ARMAND (Left) and RUTH NEGGA (Right) and the shows were good escapists fun. The show still isn't fantastic, but good middle of the road family type adventure.

    About the ladies. Both ladies of color were great in two totally different type roles showing that we people of color are different type folk.

    ARMAND was great in her role in a action packed Michonne Walking Dead type of way only with a slightly better personality and no samurai sword. LOL

    NEGGA was oh so vampy in her role and that's all I can say.

    I will give this spoiler because it almost never happens, BOTH women live to fight another day!

    I would like to see their follow up episodes as it was left open for both to return.

  • Alex | October 14, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    Ruth Negga is a fantastic talent - every TV show she's been in over here in the UK, she's been great in. I would prefer to see her in something with more character development - maybe she will get that in this, but from what i've seen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - she deserves better. At least she's getting exposure, lets hope its not short lived as Gugu's and more like Jean Marie-Baptiste. Black actresses never break as well as Black actors from this side of the pond.

  • Phred G | October 20, 2013 3:46 PM

    I agree there are many talented black actresses in Brit shows. Can't wait too see Gugu Mbatha-Raw in BELLE. Also enjoy Lenora Crichlow (BEING HUMAN), and Nikki Amuka-Bird (TORCHWOOD, LUTHER).

  • sthn | October 14, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    All these black women on the show. They want to be cancelled. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Mia | October 14, 2013 3:11 PM

    idiot

  • Akimbo | October 14, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    I quit the show. So boring and with an incredibly bland cast aside from the main guy and Ming-Na. All the young pretty white people are garbage.

    This has been the worst fall tv season in recent memory. There are a couple new shows I tolerate/endure, but none I truly like so far. Oof.

  • Akimbo | October 14, 2013 8:37 PM

    LOL, nope. I have no problem with talented actors of any background.

    You can stay mad, though.

  • Boo Hoo | October 14, 2013 8:32 PM

    Akimbo and Nadia are more of the "The mixed folk talking all the roles" bitch and moan club. Sorry we are not crying with you Nadia. Akimbo, get over it trick. No one cares if you don't watch. lol

  • Akimbo | October 14, 2013 7:25 PM

    Yeah, sorry Noonie, I wasn't denying Chloe's heritage to prove a point; didn't know she was half (maaaybe a quarter) anything other than white. Still, the point remains: pretty (half-)white, and bland. Didn't like her on Nashville, don't like her here, and she's doing a pretty great job of passing.

    As someone who is "just black," I find it extremely annoying when a show casts "diverse" actresses who are just ethnic looking enough to be "exotic," but still white enough to deem worthy of having lines. Let's call it even.

  • Nadia | October 14, 2013 6:31 PM

    @Noonie - Pretty Chloe "erased" her own ethnicity so that she could make it in Hollywood. Or did you not know that story? Why do you think she changed her professional name from Chloe Wang to Chloe Bennet? She's positioning herself as a white girl, taking advantage of the fact that she can "pass" as one. And so America sees her as white. That's why she's working. And yes, she's pretty bland too. Please.

  • Noonie | October 14, 2013 5:56 PM

    Chloe Bennet (born Chloe Wang) doesn't exactly count as a 'pretty young white person', though. As someone who is myself half-white, I find it extremely annoying when people's ethnicities are erased to prove a point.

    Yes, the diversity could be upped, but make that argument from the correct baseline instead of making it artificially smaller.

  • klay | October 14, 2013 1:18 PMReply

    Well I guess they filled their quota for the season.

  • sagevalentine | October 14, 2013 1:16 PMReply

    You are 100% correct , Tambay. I attended New York Comic Con this past weekend and saw 2morrows episode. It was awesome. I am so happy to see more black women on TV.

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