Friday, October 4, 2013

Round Two: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episode 2 “0-8-4” (B-)

I really want to like this show, because it’s exactly the kind of fare that I’m supposed to like, comic book action with some comedy mixed in and a new supernatural or superpowered plotline every week. Yet this show just doesn’t quite cut it, as its heroes jet off to Peru at the first sign of something extraordinary and instead find a mysterious device that’s less compelling than the treacherous Peruvians and rebels waiting to take them down. Though he knew and had presumably bedded Camilla, it was still unwise and awfully ill-advised to have her and her entire come aboard the supposedly secure ship that this S.H.I.E.L.D. team calls home. It also feels as if the Battle of New York is constantly referenced, and that this show wants so badly to live in the Marvel universe despite not having the same appeal. Samuel L. Jackson making an appearance as Nick Fury so early in the show’s run is telling of how hard the show is trying, and his portrayal feels, like this show, all too casual. Skye’s ulterior motives are far from surprising, and she’s definitely going to get herself into trouble because her double agent status won’t come as a shock to anyone. I did enjoy the music playing when all of the action aboard the plane started, and I feel compelled not to give up on this show so easily since it seems like it could still be relatively entertaining, even if it doesn’t get any more serious or exciting.

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