When it comes to Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” on ABC, I guess I’m still on the fence. Of course, that is a sad place to be nearly halfway through the inaugural season. The characters are okay, the stories are somewhere between average and slightly interesting, which would be forgivable until you get to my main issue with the show: it seems to be all over the map.
If you take a look at other shows on television that have really managed to take off, one character was central to the story and others were gently added to series as it grew in range and popularity. “Agents of SHIELD” basically jumped right in and asked you to care about all the characters on equal footing from day one. That would be fine, except this show is an hour long, which does not really allow viewers to get up close and personal with anyone for any extended period of time.
Even Agent Coulson appeared sporadically at best in a number of Marvel movies, how much did viewers really know about him before the series? Other than the fact that Loki “killed” him in the “Avengers” movie, most people probably can’t come up with more than that. Essentially, a supporting character was thrust into the spotlight with orders to carry one of the more anticipated television series of the year. That’s just a bit unfair, Coulson is cool, but he is not Tony Stark or Iron Man.
According to previews and ComingSoon.net, Episode 10 “The Bridge,” which will air December 10, will bring back Gunn, err, J. August Richards who last popped up in Episode 1. I’m all for reaching back to bring something forward and this could do the trick, but this is a show that needs to turn the corner quickly with a major event. Perhaps this two-part episode is the answer that I’ve been looking for.
I don’t need a “Walking Dead” blood bath (because that show is on cable), but maybe something to shake things up a bit. If not, I expect to see members of the Avengers, X-Men, and whatever other cameo they can grab worked into the show, instead of references to the characters in every few lines of dialogue.
In short, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to stick around before I decide to hit “cancel all recordings” on the DVR, but I know it won’t be that much longer.