I honestly don’t understand why this series was not cancelled, if this series did not have Marvel behind it and the need to show a 30 second intro from the events for the recently released Marvel Movies, ABC would have ended it but then again this is the network that renews series like America’s Funniest Home Videos (renewed through season 25). Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of Marvel and what they are trying to do by incorporating the actual movie story arch with the TV show, but showing 30 seconds of random footage of a broken pavement from the movie Thor: The Dark World and then switching to a TV show storyline which has absolutely nothing to do with the movie, the characters, or ties back to the ongoing movie spin offs or build up to Avengers 2 is not actually the fangasm I was expecting.
I tried to give it a fair chance expecting a slow build up and long term plan to take the series beyond just TV – I mean you expect a Marvel TV show based in the Avengers “movie-verse” to be a world over-populated with superheroes or villains – but they choose to focus on scientific phenomena that they find hard to explain, that or humans pumped up with serum. The big group of villains taking down S.H.I.E.L.D is not Hydra or AIM, it’s a lady in a summer dress and some metahuman centipedes.
The first episode pulled 12 million viewers; the series’ second episode didn’t fair as well. With a total audience of 8.4 million viewers, the show dropped 34%, which is a significant loss for any network or program, even those not tied to Marvel movies.
For those of you who haven’t watched and are eager to start an AOS marathon, let me sum up what I think this program is about.
>Agent Coulson tries to name drop in almost every episode that – wait for it – he worked with the Avengers. That’s like saying one of Black widow’s stilettos worked with the Avengers to save New York City from a Chituari invasion. Agent Coulson, there were hundreds of other agents there including the director of S.H.I.E.L.D – we never watched The Avengers movie for you!!!
Then this fool gets injured in the movie so naturally we have to hear him tell us in almost every episode how and by what he was injured. Well this piece of information is what the whole first season hinges on because it’s such a big twist of how this agent survives dying in New York and to what end. Well no spoilers here just that the final few plot twist reveals on this matter are underwhelming at best.
Agent Coulson and the Consultants of S.H.I.E.L.D, first of these are agents of espionage, who only reveal themselves to the public if needed but they flash their badges like cheesy FBI agents at every group scene…also half this team aren’t trained agents; they are consultants.
The Brains: Two genius 20 something’s with such interesting personalities that they had to give them heavy European British and Scottish/Welsh accents to pass as comedic sidekicks.
The Braun: This dude is so Bad-Ass, he gets beaten up during training. Not to mention he gets captured and beaten up in the field…a lot. A highly skilled agent who manages to get captured and tied up by Russian drunks in a bar.
The Beauty: There are two hot women holding Stan Lee in the train episode.
The Black Jet: The S.H.I.E.L.D. Globemaster formally known as the CXD 23 Airborne Mobile Command Station – Military death from above; able to carry an army and an arsenal; has been customized by Agent Coulson to carry just six people; a 3D projector; a few tasers and 2 vehicles, one of which can already fly and the other never leaves the aircraft. So am I understanding that he gets this as a kick back for his services during the struggle?
The Bad Ass: Female Kato, Asian Martial Arts Action star has the important job of flying the plane for long hours as well as rescuing the actual main characters when the baddies makes them scared…who also has a higher level security clearance than most members on the plane?
The audacity of Agent Coulson who constantly tells he to “fly the plane” and “I need you to fly the plane”.
Why do you need her to fly the plane? Is there a special “Pilots of S.H.I.E.L.D” or even just regular pilots?
So guess what, hard to believe but Agent Coulson actually turns the whole series into a buildup of Agent Coulson’s story, it has nothing to do with any other character, even the poor girl searching for her parents and origin gets side stepped to find out what happens to his memories. Well here’s a spoiler, we finally find out mid-season what S.H.I.E.L.D did to Agent Coulson: what is T.A.H.I.T.I, which does not matter because it’s N.O.N.S.E.N.S.E.
So as the series draws to a close in South Africa with the finale of Marvel’s Agents of Shield Finale airing last night on M-Net, I don’t know if season 2 will be any good but based on the last 30% which ramps it up to great heights, but why do we have to get through the majority of the series to actually see some good episodes. It’s been renewed for the next season but it was really hard trying to get through this series.
Fine, the show redeems itself but is this the era when fans have to painstakingly endure episodes of Comic book TV shows to enjoy watching series like Arrow, what next? Gotham and The Flash?
I suspect that the sudden change in pace in A.O.S was probably due to ABC threatening to cancel it so they needed to up the stakes to keep it going so that it would continue to follow the movieverse and not get Marvel all embarrassed.
Check out this series in 60 seconds it might save you some time before watching the entire first half of the series.
[SPOILERS: The above video contains spoilers from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’