'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is far from a perfect show …

But last night’s ‘Winter Soldier’ crossover episode definitely made watching up until this point worth it. The transmedia storytelling going on in Marvel is arguably unprecedented, and when it syncs up like this, it’s a really satisfying experience. The best entertainment makes the audience feel smart. Our knowledge of the A-story (‘Winter Soldier’) puts us in a place of privilege in the B-story (’S.H.I.E.L.D.’), and when it pays off, our prior knowledge is affirmed and reinforced. We feel like we knew something and get a sense of accomplishment from being able to connect the dots. ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ then took the next step by twisting what we knew and applying it to their characters. It’s too early to see how this will really affect the show, but taking on the influence and story direction of the greater MCU, at least for one episode, was the best thing that could have happened to this series. It even made the Clairvoyant story arc that came before better in retrospect.

The only major problem of this transmedia storytelling is that if you didn’t see ‘Winter Soldier’ over the weekend, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spoiled its biggest and most fun twist. Nevertheless, for the completists that took in both it was a gratifying two-part watch. In short, ‘Winter Soldier’ left me wanting more and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ delivered.

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