CBTVB: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns Tonight — Will You Watch? | FanboysInc

CBTVB: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns Tonight — Will You Watch?

By Muuka Muyumba

The grand experiment that is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight with the promise of lessons-learned and renewed focus. However, how could a “successful” franchise-starting show have so much from which to learn?

Marvel’s TV head, Jeph Loeb recently spoke with ComicBook.com and stated that they “try to learn from every episode to make a better show, and hope most folks like it. Going back to the days of writing comics and television and movies, you just do the best you can, and hope people like it.”

Well people didn’t like the 1st season that much because of early problems began early that didn’t really stop all season until the game-changing Winter Soldier saga. The show relied on a hokey style that really never was gripping enough to compel you to watch real time. I did, but I think I was in the minority because so many people watch the show in a time-delay that Marvel/Disney could actually tout significantly higher numbers in viewership with the +7 data so many shows rely on these days.

Loeb noted that he felt like the show had succeeded in their goal, which he understood was making people care about this bunch of non-super-powered people in the end. He acknowledges that “[t]elevision is all about character, and making sure that your audience is invested in your people.”

As I described yesterday, the expectations I had for the show weren’t all that tangible for me, but Loeb statement may make mine more plain now. As I have said before, I came to care less about these characters toward the end of the season. Is that writing? Is that acting? I don’t know, but I know that if the show doesn’t improve both, it may be difficult to keep me interested (smacks himself in the face).

Prior to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there was Smallville and Arrow on the CW, but those shows had no connection to one another and no connection to a larger mythos like MOAS. The CW‘s fare has also seemed to relish in the young adult soap opera nature of some much of The CW’s other shows. There was something fun despite whatever cheesiness in the writing or acting there might have been.

What is clear from the previews of season 2 on MOAS is that there will be a lot more characters to invest in, including Lucy Lawless, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons, Adrianne PalickiReed Diamond, Kyle McLanahan, and Patton Oswalt (returning as a new character). We know that Coulson is tasked with bringing in Lawless, Blood, and Simmons with the rest of his crew to fend of variant forms of HYDRA and rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

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Loeb characterizes the show as a “big graphic novel” that fits the different points of view of the audience. In other words, he wants us to look at it as multiple chapters of a larger saga that being played out over season (and half seasons).

As we’ve seen from some of the recent promotion for the series ABC is asking us What Will They Become? This is a clever ploy that plays on Loeb’s assertion that the show should be approached like graphic novel material. Chloe Bennet‘s character Skye appears to be more of a pro this season, possibly in the wake of her reaction to the betrayal of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). Iain DeCastecker‘s Agent Fitz is back up and running after his near-death at the hands of Ward, but what will he do with his anger toward his former friend? Melinda May (Ming Na-Wen) is still a bad ass, but Coulson trusts her a little less these days. Agent Triplett (B.J. Britt) is working his way in the good graces of Coulson’s team, and is a possible love-interest for Elizbeth Henstridge’s Agent Simmons.

What we don’t know is how these adventures will be any different from what we saw last season. An item of the week is at play and Coulson’s team must procure the item for one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s various hiding spots. What we did learn from the HYDRA reveal is that many of those items collected like the Berserker staff, Loki’s Chitauri staff, and possibly the alien tech used to keep Coulson alive got into the hands of HYDRA, partly because places like S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Slingshot Site was a myth.

See I haven’t mentioned anything about something fun that has to do with the characters (outside of Agent May who is the best thing about this show).

That was what this show had a serious dearth of last season. The mystery overwhelmed any fun. Arrow can be dour, but you can’t say that there aren’t any fun elements to what is offered as a dark show. MOAS has tread on fun with pithy Whedonverse banter that carries little humor (for me). The clips that have recently come out haven’t shown me much difference, and some reviews echo my sentiment.

We are not going to see any Avengers in this show (so quit wishing for it), probably until the end of this season because they don’t know Coulson is alive (also, Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t come out until May 1, 2015 near the end of the season). I’m not sure how this stays hidden considering he’s going to be the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Whatever comes of the show, we know that we are going to have a full season to watch what happens, as well as a Marvel-filled hiatus filler with Agent Carter. So settle in for your Tuesday and let’s see whether the “mysteries” will be compelling enough to keep you coming back all season.

Will you watch?

See you around 9 PM tonight!