Thoughts on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When I heard there was going to be a weekly television series dedicated to S.H.I.E.L.D., I was really excited at the possibilities. Where could they go with the story? Will any of the characters from the Marvel universe make an appearance? Will it be any good? Well now that I've seen a few episodes, I think its fair to get some of my opinions out there about the show.
The first thing that really does bother me to a degree is that most of the main characters feels so bland and generic. You have the "specialist" Grant Ward, the "renegade hacker who is now helping us" Skye, and the two "tech geeks" Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. My issue isn't with the cast, I feel they all do a great job with the show and the material, but the characters are just a little too formulaic. You have the usual character types you see in a show like this and it hurts the show from having its own identity. Hopefully as the show goes on the characters change and become more interesting with layers added to them.
I do think the stories that the show has done so far are interesting and entertaining, but in all honesty to me the show kinda feels like "CSI: S.H.I.E.L.D.". It feels more like a by the book crime drama than it does a show about a secret government organization that investigates, eliminates and covers up threats to the world, both man made and alien. This really is my biggest issue with the show, and it seems to be a lot of peoples issue with it. Hopefully in the future the show can make its own path and get away from this and go more in its own direction.
The world the show sets up doesn't quite feel like its part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In my opinion though that may be a good thing. That allows the show to go beyond what the movies lay out in terms of story and characters. They can have familiar faces pop in from time to time, like Nick Fury showing up in the second episode, but letting this show be its own thing will give it a longer lifespan in the long run.
The last thing I want to talk about is that I am happy to see the Agent Coulson character make a return and be a main fixture in the show. Clark Gregg's performance in the role as the likable agent who had the goods to deliver when needed to was one of my favorite parts of the Marvel movie universe. I'm glad that the same qualities that made myself and so many others like the character from the films didn't get lost in translation when writing the Phil Coulson character in the show. I do think that the show should focus more on Coulson as a person though, as opposed to just what he does as an agent.
Is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a perfect show that has everything that was great about the organization in the movies? No, but it is a good series, and given more time to flesh out the characters and their world it could be a great one. I am looking forward to where this show goes and hope people give it a chance past the first few episodes.