It is been a little over a month since Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made its debut on ABC Tuesdays, and with five episodes in the show has not lived up to its potential hype. Going off of TVguide.com’s editorial by Sadie Gennis television viewers can agree Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not as good as it was intended to be. The show was perhaps the most highly anticipated new show for the Fall 2013-14 television season, but ratings dropped after each episode. Maybe most television viewer set the bar too high?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its job expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and references many of the movies produced from Marvel Studios, specifically Iron Man 3 playing a pivotal role to the show’s plot line. However, the conflicts and characters for this show are not interesting enough as compared to other superhero related television shows. Warner Bros. looks to be doing fine as the CW’s Arrow seems to be gaining more popularity following the performance of Man of Steel and inclusion/spin-off of the Flash.
Personally, I am not a fan of the “Rising Tide.” S.H.I.E.L.D.’s biggest enemies in the comics and the cartoons are the terrorist organizations: Hydra and A.I.M., both of which exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Therefore, one would expect Hydra and A.I.M to be the main villains in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., instead television viewers are treated to forgettable villains of the week, and an unknown enemy that is trying to perfect the extremis serum from Iron Man 3. The producers need to revise to show’s episodic adventures, and if ABC really wants to make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a big hit, then incorporate characters people can get attached to or better yet be familiar with.
My biggest complaint about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. boils down to one character, Skye, the computer hacker whose mysterious agenda for joining S.H.I.E.L.D. was finally revealed in the last episode. Her character is downright annoying and is unlikeable compared to the rest of the cast. The two scientist Leo and Jemma add humor and sci-fi knowledge to the show, while agents Grant and May provide the necessary action. Skye’s character provides some of these traits, but her character development progressed too slowly to improve her popularity. The writers either need to revamp Skye’s character or write her off.
One more annoying element about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Phil Coulson’s fate after the Avengers. Almost all fans of the show and comic book readers have accepted the fact that Coulson is most likely a Life Model Decoy, an android, and if he is not fans do not seem to mind if Coulson was cloned or healed by magic. Bottom line, no one really cares anymore. The whole mystery with Coulson’s revival is not really a mystery if viewers can already figure it out. It would have been better if the show flat out explained how Coulson is alive from the very first episode.
Overall, the tvguide.com article regarding the show’s disappointment is nothing to argue against. There is still time to improve Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As of now, the show is good enough to last two seasons, beyond that is too soon to tell. Marketing wise Marvel primarily uses Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to advertise their next big movies. During an episode’s commercial viewers can expect to see debut tv spots or Blu-Ray release advertisements for Thor and Ironman, and in the Spring expect to see marketing for Captain America: the Winter Soldier while watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.