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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.10: What We Become (mid-season finale review)

Over the last few years, television has seen the advent of the “mid-season finale,” or, as network marketing pronounces it, “MID-SEASON FINALE!!” In the past this was more commonly known as the “episode before winter hiatus” or, more succinctly, “just another episode.” Well, not anymore! Now it’s as big of a deal as the season […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.09: …Ye Who Enter Here (T.V. review)

…Ye Who Enter Here, the title of this week’s episode, alludes to the warning at hell’s entrance, “abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” as depicted in Dante’s The Divine Comedy. In this case, “hell” is most likely the ancient alien city that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra have been searching for. Or it could refer to […]

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 2: How to Improve Sequel Titling

A sequel by definition is unoriginal, so movie sequels already have one strike against them. Strike two comes from studios saddling them with unoriginal titles. Cars 2 The Expendables 3 Paranormal Activity 4 Final Destination 5 (If they’re on the 5th film, then how final is this destination? Just saying.) Humdrum titles like these do […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.08: The Things we Bury (T.V. review)

My wife and I usually watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together, a series that she initially didn’t want to watch at all. Now, however, she’s so into it that she watched the newest episode without me. Without me, the person who got her into it in the first place! (Same thing happened with Lost, though the […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.07: The Writing on the Wall (T.V. review)

I could easily sit here and summarize the plot for this week’s episode entitled The Writing on the Wall. I could synopsize the subplots and truncate the character arcs. If given enough time, I could recap, rehash, reiterate, and regurgitate the hell out of it and then, once the proverbial dust had settled, I could […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.06: A Fractured House (T.V. review)

The title of this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, A Fractured House, could refer to multiple “houses.” There’s S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, still suffering from its Hydra infestation and fugitive status. Next is the Fitz-Simmons relationship, which resumed last week with Simmons’ return, though not in the direction that Fitz would prefer. Then we have a pair […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep 2.05: A Hen in the Wolf House (T.V. review)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten so good lately that nearly every episode offers a sterling specimen of skillful storytelling. (Take THAT, Stan “Admiral of Alliteration“ Lee.) Last week it was the May-on-May catfight. This week it’s Coulson’s bluff, which sounds like a location from a Hitchcock thriller (“If you want Ms. MacGuffin back safely, then […]

Beyond the Marquee Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary

This past week marked Beyond the Marquee’s three-year milestone on the Internet and we’re glad to say we’ve had quite a fun-filled, challenging and amazing year that has truly grown our name and presence in media. We’ve been able to continue our popular original web-series content and also keep tabs on the pulse of the […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 2.04: I Will Face My Enemy (TV review)

The title of this week’s episode, I Will Face My Enemy, takes on double meaning with the emphasis on “double.” And “face.” Director Coulson assumes agent duties once more by going undercover with Agent May in a two-to-tango team-up for old time’s sake. They’re also seeking to steal a “miracle painting” before rival Hydra agents […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.03: Making Friends and Influencing People (TV review)

Making Friends and Influencing People is not a Bizarro version of the Simon Pegg film, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.  It’s the name of this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode but, “Selective Truths” would’ve also been appropriate. That’s a direct quote from Director Coulson to an undercover agent unsure of her ability to […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.02: Heavy is the Head (TV review)

Usually we’re eased into a new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode with a few scenes of status quo before the quo is overturned by the plot. Or an episode begins with a mini-adventure, similar to an Indy film. This time, neither of those occurs. Instead, the second episode of the second season begins right where last […]


Unless you’ve been stuck in a Ghost Containment Unit for the past two weeks or so, you may have heard that Beyond the Marquee hosted a ‘Ghostbusters Week’ from September 15th thru the 19th. The week was full of videos, interviews and articles all centered around everyone’s favorite Ghostbusting troupe. The appreciative response we got from fans and […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep 2.01: Shadows (season premiere review)

Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted last year with “must see live” hyperbole sprinkled all over it. After some lackluster episodes, the hype devolved into “must see days later via D.V.R.”, followed by “If you have nothing else to do, you may as well watch S.H.I.E.L.D.” Several juvenile episodes later and Marvel Entertainment’s first […]

MR. STAY PUFT — Meeting the Man inside the Marshmallow Man

  I’m not one to get starstruck. That’s not true. I get starstruck as much as the next film buff, but I keep it internal so as to remain “professional.” To paraphrase Bill Murray (from Quick Change, not Ghostbusters), “I’m the starstruck on the inside kind, I guess.” Every now and then, however, the internal […]


Summer came to a close this past Labor Day weekend, and with it so too did the summer movie season. Emerging at the top in both box office intake and critical acclaim is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The motion picture soundtrack is also faring well. The “Awesome Mix” of cheesy ‘70s and ‘80s pop […]

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 1: The epidemic of giving bad titles to good (and not-so-good) sequels. defines Sequelitis as, “A medical condition propagated by a combination of commercial success and creative ineptitude.” This epidemic has plagued Hollywood for nearly a century, starting with The Fall of a Nation (1916), the forgotten follow-up to D.W. Griffith’s popular The Birth of a Nation (1915). This inspired sequels in every genre, from historical […]

COFFEEHOUSE SCREENWRITING 102: Caffeinated Writing on a Budget

If you’re looking for how to make passive characters active or how to cram writing in between day jobs and kids, then you’re in the wrong place.  For help with that, I recommend a great book with a title similar to this article — The Coffee Break Screenwriter by Pilar Alessandra. This article isn’t about how […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 (Summer Hiatus Review)

It’s been two weeks since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired its season 1 finale. Two weeks since Coulson and the gang last grappled with the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward’s betrayal, and various super-powered shenanigans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fortunately the series was renewed for a second season. Unfortunately that season doesn’t begin for three full months. […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 22: Beginning of the End (season finale review)

As is the norm with Joss Whedon shows, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started slow and ended big. And we’re only talking about the season finale, not the series finale. If you hung on during the lackluster early episodes, then your reward is here. Having said that, this isn’t the best episode. Beginning of the End is […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep 21: Ragtag (T.V. review)

I always aim for these reviews to be around 600 to 800 words long, but they more than frequently end up being over 1,000. There’s so much packed into the average episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that it’s hard to critique it all without straining Microsoft Word’s Word Count tool. Take this week’s episode, for […]

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