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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Disappoints


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The cast of SHIELD

The cast of SHIELD

I’ve given it five episodes, and I’ve decided that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is nowhere near as good as it should be. Here are five reasons why it shouldn’t last longer than one season (but probably will).

  1. Agent Coulson isn’t enough to carry the show. While I love Agent Coulson as much as the next nerd (his death in Avengers brought a tiny tear to my eye) his character is best as a supporting character that brings a nice, dry levity to an action film so that it doesn’t start to take itself too seriously. At times the dialogue in S.H.E.I.L.D. is just as clever as in the Iron Man movies. But honestly, Clark Gregg looks bored playing Coulson.
  2. The other actors only bring a couple perks. No, I’m not talking about the two reasons why Chloe Bennet was cast in this show. It’s hard to tell if it’s the writing or the acting, but I am not at all engaged with these characters. Skye and Agent Ward are about as interesting as the characters of Dawson’s Creek. No one cares whether they get together. Take a note from Bones, Castle, or go back to Firefly or Dr. Horrible to learn how to get the audience routing for a couple. One of the two has to be sympathetic by being slightly pitiful yet still endearing. The only amusing characters, besides Coulson, are Fitz and Simmons.
  3. The intrigue is only slightly intriguing. In episode three, they continue the implication that S.H.I.E.L.D. is crooked. They even have a character call it Big Brother. The problem is that no one cares if it is or not because S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t done anything that shocking. They also have been playing up the suspense as to whether or not Skye is a mole. This came to a head in episode five. But yet again, no one cares. No one cares that Skye was betrayed by her seemingly idealistic lover. No one cares that Skye is just looking for her parents. No. One. Cares. Oh, and Centipede. Could there be a lamer code name for an evil organization? I do have to concede that the only reason I’ll keep watching is to see just how Coulson has come back from the dead. But it better involve Doctor Strange!
  4. The only thing carrying this show is the Avengers references. While I was giddy at the Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury cameo, let’s face it. We’re all hoping that a recognizable villain or hero makes an appearance in the series. I was all aflutter in episode one when I thought that the super hero character was Luke Cage. I was also hoping for a Sunfire appearance in episode five.  But thus far it’s been nothing but a tease. I suppose I’ll keep holding out hope for at least the likes of Owl to show up.
  5. Remember The Flash? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Back in 1990, after Tim Burton’s Batman was a HUGE success, The Flash hit the small screen. Go ahead, Netflix it. You’ll find the likes of Mark Hammill as The Trixter and David Cassidy as Mirror Master. It’s a lot of fun to see the Flash in a live action TV show, but if you think it makes good television then you probably also like Progressive Insurance commercials. Like The FlashS.H.I.E.L.D. is riding on the success of a blockbuster movie.
Luke Cage? Nope. Mike Peterson. Never heard of him? Yeah, me neither.

Luke Cage? Nope. Mike Peterson. Never heard of him? Yeah, me neither.

I wanted this series to be as good as Avengers or at least as fun as Iron Man 3. But it’s just a disappointment. If you take off your Marvel colored glasses, you have to admit that it’s not a good television show. It’s more Dollhouse than Firefly.

 

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I've been a comic nerd since the Super Friends and Spider-man and his Amazing Friends. I prefer the original Star Wars, the BBC Sherlock, and any version of Kirk under 40. Above all else, well-written characters matter. But I'm also a sucker for literary allusion.