I believe ABC’s Marvel Agents of SHIELD is good and a work in progress at the same time. It’s 4 episodes in and we’re still getting hints of things to come. You really shouldn’t hold the series up to high standards just yet. A lot of great series take time to build. It’s definitely good and ABC has picked up the show for a full season. Its potential is so high you kinda want it to move along faster.
Agent Phil Coulson (fandom favorite Clark Gregg) is the most fleshed-out character, with a secret about his past no doubt linked to his death on The Avengers movie. Whether he’s going to turn out to be an LMD (Life Model Decoy – check your comics) or not we’ll have to see. I know with the cameo appearance of Fury in the show the idea that his death was staged is a given. How it was staged or whether Coulson is not actually himself is something that’s still in the wings. Every now and then we get hints that he’s not the same person he was before the “Battle of New York”. In the last episode, Eye Spy, we get that clue from someone who knew Coulson in the past, which lends more credence that something is just off.
Melinda May “The Cavalry” (Ming-Na Wen) is living up to her badass self, with some sweet fighting scenes. We just need her to go rogue in a few missions from time to time. I’m sure there’s an “old friend/nemesis/both” episode for her down the pipe where she tried to handle it herself and then ends up having to learn the importance of teamwork, yada yada.
Skye (Chloe Bennett) plays the troublemaker/rebel brought in although she was/is a part of a “hacktivist” group called Rising Tide with an online presence (a play on WikiLeaks? Anonymous?) that means to discredit SHIELD. She’s the show’s introduction character, the newcomer that brings the audience into SHIELD’s world. Skye has her own set of skills as a computer hacker. Besides dropping pop references, she often introduces the team to current trends like… using Instagram. She’s still working on her own agenda and might be a double-agent.
Grant Ward (Brent Dalton) plays the straight arrow super-trained agent with common sense and… he’s kinda dull. He needs to earn his stripes, go through the ringer, get kidnapped, lose his head, I don’t know – something that forces him out of his reverie. Yes, he’s the action guy but he lacks a bit of a personal. He does show a bit more of a personality in the last episode.
The resident geeks of Fitz and Simmons (Ian De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge) are a work in progress. They need more quipping. They definitely need to bicker more/better. They provide the much needed comedy relief / geek factor, although one would argue that Skye already fills that niche. I’m giving them time.
All in all, it’s a fun ride and I just want the episodes to mount as we get a glimpse of the big bad hiding behind it all. Hydra? A bit too obvious? Perhaps one of its numerous factions? I’m just hoping we soon get a villainous character that we can all start hating soon.
That will do for now.