Specifically this comment: “If you slap the name of MARVEL on something you just HAVE TO add some of the characters from the MARVEL UNIVERSE on this show. Granted I know you cant use the bigger names because of licensing but some of those characters like a Misty Knight or Iron Fist would have been a perfect addition. Names like them aren’t big enough for a film but they would have fit in perfectly in this show; they would have been great as they are already action heroes and the show wouldn’t have to create new characters because the fans would have already known who they were instead of the soap stars with no chemistry that they are trying to push down our throats now. Just a thought.”
Also the general tone of the opinion piece and the comments below it.
You do realize there are Marvel Universe characters on the show, right? Like, 2 of the 6 main cast members? Melinda May was supposedly part of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalry_%28comics%29, and Coulson is from the movie universe (As is Hill, but I’ll get to her later). As far as the superheroes you mention… 1: The entire marketing campaign around this show has been that you will not see superheroes every week, thus the tagline, “Not all heroes are super.” Or did everyone miss that? 2: You are assuming the fact that characters like the ones you listed won’t be in later episodes. In the first episode the precedent was set that they will encounter heroes, whether they are emerging ones you don’t know yet, or ones that are already established.
Maybe everyone should calm down and let the show define what it is before jumping to conclusions and saying it’s horrible after two episodes.
This show has phenomenal numbers for a broadcast show, even after the drop. You know what that means? People are still tuning in. 8.4 million of them. A number three spot with a 10 share is pretty darn good for a second episode on a new show. The idea these numbers are in some way horrifyingly bad underlines what is wrong currently in this entire industry.
Also, this is an opinion piece, and the writer is entitled to their opinion… However, I feel from reading this piece that this particular author wouldn’t like this show no matter what. The fact they say, “Yes, Clark Gregg is oodles of fun as Agent Coulson, even if it’s still a little irritating not knowing why Loki didn’t actually kill him in ‘The Avengers.’” proves they don’t want over-arcing story lines and in fact want the serialized format they say the show is providing. (Though I totally disagree with that statement for reasons others have already pointed out in the comments.) If you don’t want over-arcing story lines, don’t put the show down for what you view as not having them. There is no logic to that argument. If you want immediately for each episode to tie up all plot lines, you can’t complain it isn’t doing that in your next sentence/paragraph.
I’m just saying, there is a lot of potential in this show. I’m really enjoying it. As the author of this piece is entitled to their opinion (as is the commenter this responds to), so am I. I happen to think this show is fun, and will only get better as it goes. There is potential for a lot more of Agent Maria Hill after this season, as How I Met Your Mother is in it’s final one. That means the actress could easily transition to S.H.I.E.L.D. if she wants to. There is a lot of potential for character development that has already begun (though not in the normal least common denominator way that most shows do, in the Whedon way of building up to it). While the actors are still finding their footing, I think that is common to many shows, and to say that they are wooden and bad at their job after a short period of time is a bit non-sensical. Do you immediately have chemistry with your new co-workers and know every detail of your position when you start a new job at a new company? If so, you should teach those social skills to me, I would LOVE them.
So basically, I disagree with a lot of people on this site. Obviously.
And long live S.H.I.E.L.D.