Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Dr Dre Hopes the N.W.A. Movie Will Correct Notions of the Group's Treatment of Women + Working on Inspired Album, More Dr Dre Hopes the N.W.A. Movie Will Correct Notions of the Group's Treatment of Women + Working on Inspired Album, More TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?) Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?) For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' HBO Orders Steve McQueen's 'Codes of Conduct' to 6-Episode Limited Series HBO Orders Steve McQueen's 'Codes of Conduct' to 6-Episode Limited Series Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Rob Hardy Launches Rainforest Entertainment + Taps Mitzi Miller for Head of Development at New Company Rob Hardy Launches Rainforest Entertainment + Taps Mitzi Miller for Head of Development at New Company Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' 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...

It Looks Like Mike Peterson Survived Given Last Night's Mid-Season Premiere Of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 8, 2014 at 11:11AM

It Looks Like Mike Peterson Survived Given Last Night's Mid-Season Premiere Of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'
2
J. August Richards - SHIELD

After the mid-season finale, last year, in what was a cliffhanger episode, during which 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., returned to provide "super-soldier" support for Agent Coulson, it looked like the character was a goner, given what happened at the end of that episode.

Those who've seen it, know exactly what I'm talking about.

Without totally spoiling it, Peterson is called upon by Coulson, and he gets 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 didn't think he died, and fully expected that we would see him return when the second half of the season picked up in early 2014. After all, we didn't see a body, did we? For a cliffhanger, it did its job.

And that's exactly happened during last night's mid-season premiere episode. Although it didn't happen until the very end, so if you turned off your TV, or clicked to another channel after what you thought was the end of the episode, when Coulson is saved, etc, you missed about 30 seconds of footage, showing Mike Peterson, in a room, by himself, on a bed, with the lower part of his body covered up with a sheet. When he sits up and slides the sheet over, we see that his right leg is no more, severed at the knee, as he wonders where the hell he is. He stares into a mirror on a wall in the room to see that half of his face is terribly burned, and is obviously agitated by the entire discovery.

The preview of next week's episode didn't include him at all, so it's anyone's guess where his storyline is going to lead next. But, at least, he's still alive, and will return surely.

Given that I abandoned the series after about the 3rd episode last year (as many others I know did, some even before), 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 more 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 television right now.

Plus the fact that Mike Peterson is a black character, certainly encourages me to tune in when he's on an episode, if only to see how he's used, so that I can write about him here, given this blog's interests.

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 also be seeing more of her give how last night's mid-season premiere ended.

This article is related to: J. August Richards, TV News


Shadow & ActNewsletter