Binge Central’s Top 10 Dramas of 2014

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By Josh Axelrod, David Oliver and Anamika Roy 

10.) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

I fought hard for this one. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is, with all due respect to the second half of “Homeland’s” Season 4, the most improved show of 2014. Marvel basically took all the criticism of the show’s first season to heart and did everything in its power to fix those problems. The pacing never slowed, questions were answered, the relationships were more genuine (Fitz and Simmons are MVPs) and, most importantly, Skye (and Chloe Bennett) proved her worth to the team. Oh, and it also has a far-reaching impact on the Marvel Universe with the introduction of Daisy Johnson and The Inhumans. Excelsior! – Josh

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S2E10: “Is It Nature or Nurture?”

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By Josh Axelrod

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” just had by far the best midseason finale of any fall show. There, I said it. The level of awesomeness on display here was beyond compare. Oh, and it also just happened to unlock a previously untapped side of the Marvel Universe that has the potential to impact just about every upcoming Marvel movie. Pretty cool for a show that too many impatient people left for dead last season, huh?

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S2E9: “Because Bad Guys Love Their WMDs”

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By Josh Axelrod

This episode was kind of a mixed bag. We raised some interesting questions and made some progress with the whole alien city storyline, but the whole thing seemed like a setup for next week’s (hopefully) epic midseason finale. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it left the events of this episode feeling a bit too much like filler. Oh well, we work with what we’re given.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S2E8: “Discovery Requires Experimentation”

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By Josh Axelrod

So much happened in this episode I barely know where to begin. There was sex and ultra violence. We learned more about both Whitehall and Skye’s father’s histories and motivations. We also made some major headway on finding this fabled city that everyone is so keen on getting to first. It all made for an entertaining ride that is further proof of how strong Season 2 of “S.H.I.E.L.D” has been.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E7: “The Lunatics Are Running The Asylum”

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By Josh Axelrod

Okay, seven episodes into Season 2 of “S.H.I.E.L.D” and I’m ready to make a bold proclamation: This show is now top tier TV. No, it’s not as good as the best dramas on TV like “The Good Wife,” “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones.” But it’s just as entertaining as any of them, and its implications in terms of the Marvel cinematic universe are getting more important. I don’t see “Game of Thrones” influencing an entire movie universe.

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