The short answer is, “Awww, HELL no!!!!” To quote everyone’s favorite bad guy Vader, “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed.” That’s right Marvel, Disney..Darvel/Misney… whatever you are, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is becoming a big misstep in the otherwise perfect Marvel universe setup. I can not for the life of me, remembering a show which I had high hopes in September and is now a failure. Is it too soon to give up? Maybe, but then again, what is in it for me to come back to a show that fails to capture any sense of the word fun? I feel as fans we just got the FU end of things and were expected to take all the way up the pooper because that is what it feels like watching this show. You can not honestly tell me that watching this show is doing the Marvel universe any justice. Hell, Coulson’s four-minute movie a while back, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer“, did all the right things than the last four episode of this tv series. (The pilot is the only thing worth my time; barely.) The only reason now to watch Agents is to see the upcoming Thor and Captain America trailer but honestly, you don’t need the show for this. What is the goal for this show?
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a great adventure took place in the late 1970’s. Star Wars was not only a movie but an experience to be had over and over. Of course, if you’re my age, the only way to see this movie again and again was to go the theaters again and again. There were no dvds or even vcrs at that time. But I remembered, I wanted to see this movie again even when Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind was hitting the big screen. When Stars Wars over, what filled that void until the next movie; comic books.
Marvel was able to adapt the first movie into the giant comic book format. After they were done, the Star Wars series moved down to the smaller comic book format that we know and love today (also, there was a newspaper strip and the defunct Pizazz magazine). The key lesson to learn here was that the Star Wars comics continued the storyline with all the same characters for years until the next movie came out. While these were stand alone storylines which had nothing to do with the sequel, I was still engaged with that universe; I’m glad for those comics. As for SHIELD, this is what this series needs to be, to be like the Star Wars comics but they need to offer something a little more than filler for between the Marvel superhero movies.
We have Thor coming up and one would think that there would be some type of tie in or lead in to this movie. There was a reference to Thor’s hammer MeowMeow once but nothing more. (I so love you Kat!) Now imagine if they did this and how awesome this show would be and not flying off on the mission of the week which leaves me flat and unimpressed. Yes, many series suffer the initial season like Smallville’s first season freak of the week because of the fallen Kryptonite in the town or even the X-File’s featured the creature of the week. Until the true and larger story arc takes hold place, we won’t be engaged from week to week. on the same token, SHIELD has not even reached the basic level of telling decent stories. We have no momentum going forward with this show.
Now, if by miracle, this article claims that events from the series will lead into Captain America, fine, good, great, whatever. However the problem lies, if no one is watching the show, will the Captain America suffer as a result? There is a danger and could backfire very easily for Darvel/Minsey. Remember, the fifth season finale of X-Files lead events into the first X-Files movie. I think this was a great way to reward loyal fans who have watched the show from the beginning but as a stand alone movie, there was no way one could know all the intimate details as first glance. Serenity was probably the best type of movie to please both fans and non fans of Firefly because you got a good sense of these characters and the universe they were in and where they were going without the reliance of the tv series. Up to this moment, I still have no sense of where Agents is going or even care how Coulson came back. One would think that would be the draw for fans especially when we love this character tremendously. Honestly, we deserve better. Search your feelings. You know this to be true.
Now we know why Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS ) was so eager to order a full season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its ABC television network. The Marvel movie machine needs the marketing for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The timing is inescapable. When Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, Agents should be nearing its season finale. A tie-in seems inevitable and ComicBook.com says we’ll have one, citing a source that says the show will \”tease and set up the S.H.I.E.L.D. of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
What’s that mean?