First Impressions – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Ep. 1 – 6

I NEED A HERO

Following the Battle of New York, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) puts together a team of agents to handle strange new cases.  Melina May (Mina-Na Wen) is the team’s ace pilot who is very quiet and damaged following an incident which was so horrific that she sought out a desk job.  Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is the black ops specialist who has a gruff exterior.  Skye (Chloe Bennet) is a new recruit and a hacker who had ties with the hacktivist group, “Rising Tide”.  Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), together Fitz-Simmons, are the team’s engineer/weapons expert and biochemist of both human and alien life sciences, respectively.

I think I put all my eggs in this one shield when it came to the new Fall shows.  First of all, Joss Whedon.  Secondly, Joss Whedon.  Thirdly, Marvel.  I honestly thought it was going to be a fun, witty, action-driven show. The first episode of the series felt like a classic Joss Whedon episode.  It didn’t exactly blew me away but I could hear his punchlines and feel how he’d be shaping the series as a whole.  Plus, there was the guest appearance by J. August Richards, a Joss Whedon alum.

However, the episodes that followed were about normal people who happened to have or in the process of creating extraordinary technology and using it for their evil schemes.  Despite the great ratings for the pilot episode, there was recently an article by EW stating that the rating keeps slipping and perhaps the show needed a superhero.  The show doesn’t need to follow the comic book stories and I do appreciate that there is a consistency between the series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I think the biggest problem is that the show sorely lacks any thrill and mystery.

The show makes some allusions to a secret society that aims to thwart our agents and bring about their evil plot but we such little details about what they’re doing that I personally don’t see them as a threat just yet.  The other half of the show should be about our agents but they a bit unremarkable that the witty jokes fall flat and the rest of the episode is about maintaining their stoic demeanor.

In the show’s most recent episodes, the stories did begin to improve with the introduction of characters with superhuman abilities that the team needed to help.  However, I can’t help that even those stories were overly simplistic, predictable and dated.  The series feels like it’s a Young Adult show of the 90’s.  Kids are much more savvy these days and I think even they would be bored with the show’s plotlines.

While I do see that there is improvement in the plotlines, I’m not sure that’s enough to keep me watching.  Phil Coulson is a great character and I still enjoy the way Clark Gregg plays him but the rest of the cast feels disposable.  If they didn’t show up in the next episode, I wouldn’t miss them much.  Perhaps I’ll check in every once in a while but I make no promises.

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