Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is clunking along on ABC. It doesn't appear to be in danger of cancellation (Disney owns both sides of the equation - ABC & Marvel Studios), so it can continue to bring us the entertainment we want. But, as I say, it's still a bit "clunky".
The stories are good. The feel still is not quite what it could be (they could go back to Captain America: The First Avenger and work back from that). And, some character development is still needed in order to maintain their hold on the fans. At least, those of us who are fans of the comic book characters to which this "world" is tenuously attached.
One of the issues that is constantly being pointed out is the lack of characters from the comic books. They have had Deathlok - and, that was awesome. He could have a bigger role in the series. Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man had a couple of episodes. Hydra is a constant, but they're more like Nazi Germany vs the U.S.A. than a villain - they're too non-specific.
They had Agent Garrett in the process of becoming a deathlok himself before getting his head blown off by Coulson. They have "The Doctor" - Skye's dad. Still don't know anything about his abilities, though, and that is a frustration. We need to see some abilities.
May's [Black Widow](movie:1070824) impressions can still be relegated to simple (although highly intense) training and not to anything "super". Same for Grant Ward. Same, even, for Phil Coulson himself (but, only really seen in that one-shot on the way to Thor's Hammer). We aren't getting our "superhero fix" we expect when we log on each week to watch our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yeah, ours. They gave it to us and now we want to see it fixed before it dies a Firefly death.
There's supposed to be a Mockingbird character. But, she isn't even Mockingbird in the series. At least, not referenced as such as yet. And, they haven't left themselves an opening to make her Mockingbird. She's Agent Bobbi Morse. How, from that point within S.H.I.E.L.D. - with the organization already knowing her capabilities and, by extension, knowing who Mockingbird would be should that character appear, does she become a genre character? What would be the purpose? The Government already knows who she is!
Plus, Bobbi's interactions with her ex-husband, Lance Hunter, appear to be more scripted than real. I wish they could create some real chemistry. I think, at this point, I'd rather keep him than her. I would like to see that "poisoning" that affected Isabelle Hartley ultimately restore her to life. The edge she brought in that first episode was tangible - you could taste it. Cross her (and that Lance Hunter who was with her) and you die.
This Lance Hunter? Not so much. He's kind of gotten wishy-washy with Agent Morse's introduction (or, maybe just with his transition to becoming a part of the team and no longer an outsider). Bring back that edge. Put him with Triplett more and let them spin off on their own show. The actor needs to stop having so much fun on the set and start working at his craft. Add in the fun as he goes, but that presence he had in the first two episodes has been lost.
I do like the way Triplett has interacted with Fitz, though. He still has his edge, but that caring side doesn't detract - at all.
Casting Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson may have worked in the movie ... I don't think it's working in the series. I keep seeing Old Christine's ex-husband. In spite of what some of the reviewers are saying, I think he lacks an edge for this type of series. Let Triplett take over as Director if Fury isn't coming back. Or Hunter. Or Hartley.
Maria Hill now works for Tony Stark. How would that be for a tie-in for S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Silver Screeners. Maybe Tony hisownself could stop by for a chat. At the very least, let us see some more Cobie Smulders!
One thing AoS (and, Marvel in general) has done very well is bring strong female characters to us. Skye failed that test in Season One, but is better in Season Two. I don't think her waffling in regards to her dad and her failing to follow orders Coulson gives her works, though. And, it reinforces the "soft" issue I have with Clark Gregg as Director.
For this series to really work, [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) needs some superheroes. And, some supervillains. We had one episode (plus a smidgeon in another) with the Absorbing Man. That was cool.
How about this: Marvel has a gazillion bazillion kazillion characters from which to draw. One of the fun things about Fox's X-Men was seeing other "mutants" outside of the X-Family. That scene where Magneto and Jean Gray slunk into the underbelly of society to seek out more mutants for their group was priceless. We got to see a convention of potential heroes and villains.
So? S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to encounter some of those characters - not the mutant ones, Fox has that tied up, but the others. That's its mission: To seek out extraordinary people, things, and events and to protect society from the dangers they present. Each week, Coulson and his team could bump into one (or several minor) character(s) such as Dazzler or Air-Walker or Ghost Rider - Punisher should be a recurring encounter! He'd be awesome. And, S.H.I.E.L.D. should be actively pursuing someone like him, anyway!
Blue Marvel, Tigra, Satana and Damon Hellstrom! We could get into some really weird episodes with those two and Blade or Ghost Rider. Just keep the edge an organization like S.H.I.E.L.D. needs for it to be able to operate. Don't get soft like the current offering has gotten.
Some supervillains should also grace the series: Boomerang (now that DD is back with the MCU) could be introduced in AoS then turned over to Daredevil when that show gets started. Once he becomes Murdock's problem, S.H.I.E.L.D. would bow out.
Chase down Luke Cage and show him what Power Man could do for society instead of holding a grudge against it. Hook him up with Iron Fist - a guy Coulson heard about from a contact in San Francisco? Something. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing need a way to be introduced...
A "Man out of Time" episode where S.H.I.E.L.D. helps the Rawhide Kid or somebody get back to his own time. A cowboy running around L.A. could be a hoot. Maybe 2 or 3!
This is a time for imagination to flow. This is a time to crawl out of the box and start slinging stuff on the wall to see what would stick.
This series has too much potential to just go down the drain and we need for Marvel to see this.
We need to have our S.H.I.E.L.D. and watch it, too.