Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD just completed its fourth episode in a 22 episode season. The show seems to be settling into a groove, but it has its detractors, and this is why I’m writing this article today.
My fellow Marvel fans, step away from the ledge. The Sycorax aren’t controlling you with a blood spell.
I feel like a broken record because I’ve said this so many times, but Agents of SHIELD will be just fine. It seems some of us are expecting greatness in a show that’s finally comfortable wearing underwear instead of PullUps. Granted, some of that falls at the feet of Marvel themselves, as they have given us a Cinematic Universe that is so groundbreaking and beloved, their rivals at Warner Bros./DC are trying the same thing at an accelerated rate. So, the show has the expectations of a god in the early stages.
I think people are expecting existing Marvel characters to make appearances. They want to tune in and see Tony Stark or Steve Rogers show up and crack wise with Agent Coulson. This is a TV show, folks; you’re not gonna see Robert Downey, Jr or Chris Hemsworth pop in. We got Samuel L. Jackson to do a cameo, but I think he just likes to work. Remember, this show isn’t about the Avengers; it’s about SHIELD proper. We got to see Maria Hill (any chance to see Cobie Smulders in the SHIELD uniform works for me), but even that was a cameo. I suspect we may see her more, but I’m not holding my breath on that.
If you need a better example of how much a bit of patience helps, allow me to present Arrow. The DC property showed up on the The CW, and it’s first three or four episodes were – to put it mildly – horrible. The acting was wooden, the stories were convoluted and all over the place, and I was half expecting it to not come back from the winter hiatus. But, it did, and it was spectacular. In fact, the season finale was one of the most riveting things I saw on network TV last season and the second season promises to be a thrill ride.
The important thing is to have patience. I have faith in what Joss Whedon is doing, and I believe the show will be just fine. Look at what’s going on now as a long game; setting bits and pieces here and there with the expectation of a finale that will knock you off your feet.
When it does, I promise not to say “I told you so”… too loudly.