Bullet Points – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

I’m gonna make this quick and easy. So strap in lest you fall out a plane or something…

  • All the momentum of Episode 1 is lost. Since Whedon isn’t at the helm of this one, it felt a little flat.
  • Do you really think S.H.I.E.L.D. would get rid of tesaract technology, after the way Nick Fury held onto it for so long?
  • So why do we have Skye again? She seems like a waste of character. We need to see why she belongs here.
  • Also, Rising Tide seems so vague. Please let this be a front for something much more sinister.
  • Not liking Skye or Ward. Character development please.
  • In fact all of the characters could use some more fleshing out in all directions. The only one that is holding up, aside from Coulson, is Melinda May but that’s only because (a) she falls into the role of the classic Whedon female badass, and (b) Ming-Na Wen is a strong enough actress that she can fill in the shading that is missing from her character. I’m intrigued by her story but we need a little more than battle-scarred survivor to hang our hats on as viewers.

I know I’m ranting, but here’s the thing; all of the performances (with the exceptions of Ms. Wen and Clark Gregg) all feel like the actors don’t know the backstory to their own characters, and that’s concerning to me. That’s a sign that the creators don’t know where they’re going with the characters or have any sense of what they want the characters to be.

And while it’s always a pleasure to see Director Fury, I was shocked that it would happen in the second episode.

Photo Credit: ABC

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