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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: 3 Reasons it Isn't 'Marvelous' Anymore

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At the end of last year, I expressed some hope that Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) /ABC's Marvel's Agents of SHIELD could be redeemed. The mid-season finale, while being far from perfect, at least tied together some loose ends so that the story could finally move forward.

Unfortunately, I spoke too soon. When the show returned on Jan. 7, all of its flaws resurfaced with a vengeance as it drifted farther away from the Marvel Universe and closer toward becoming a second-rate version of Fox's (NASDAQ: FOX  ) X-Files and Fringe.

(Source: author's screenshot)

SHIELD's Tuesday episode attracted 6.6 million viewers -- slightly higher than the 6.1 million viewers who watched the mid-season finale, but still leaving it completely crushed by CBS' (NYSE: CBS  ) NCIS, which attracted 20.8 million viewers.

Let's take a look at three big reasons I think Agents of SHIELD simply isn't being as "marvelous" as it could be.

1. Agents of LOST

When ABC's Lost concluded in 2010, a new generation of shows immediately tried to replicate the show's wildly successful formula of introducing new mysteries to keep audiences hooked and guessing.

Most of them -- FlashForward, The Event, Alcatraz, and Joss Whedon's own Dollhouse -- failed because they started off with an interesting premise but had no idea how to expand it into a full series. Instead, these shows made the same mistake Lost did -- piling on more and more mysteries until nothing could be resolved.

Agents of SHIELD has reached that point now.

The big "revelation" that Coulson was actually dead for days, not minutes, just opened the door to even more questions -- is Coulson actually a clone, part machine, or something else entirely?

Coulson's big reveal. (Source: author's screenshot)

Meanwhile, other questions remain unanswered. Is Melinda actually Skye's mother? What happened to Graviton? Who is the Clairvoyant, and why does he or she have the power to kill people remotely through a smartphone? By the way, is there an app for that?

While SHIELD's writers clearly intend for these various plot lines to hook viewers, they pale in comparison to the mysterious hatch in Lost or the parallel dimension in Fringe. SHIELD's writers simply a threw a bunch of random questions at viewers to keep them guessing.

2. The show looks cheaper than Once Upon a Time

One thing that continues to baffle me about this show is how cheap everything looks.

I generally don't think CGI makes a great show or film, but the computer-generated plane, the explosions, and the badly choreographed fight scenes in SHIELD constantly remind me of campy shows from the 1990s. By comparison, Fox's Almost Human, another new sci-fi show, looks much more like a show made in 2013.

Perhaps we've been spoiled by the costly CGI effects of AMC's (NASDAQ: AMCX  ) The Walking Dead or the incredible cinematography of FX's American Horror Story, but these days audiences expect their shows to look more polished.

Then again, this could also be ABC's fault -- viewers of Once Upon a Time have been continuously subjected to hordes of unconvincing CGI fairies, dragons, and giants. Unfortunately, SHIELD looks even cheaper than Once Upon a Time.

Although the current budget per episode of Agents of SHIELD is unknown, the pilot cost a whopping $14 million to make. However, that costly pilot didn't look that much better than the subsequent episodes, in my opinion.

3. What does any of this have to do with Marvel?

Last but not least, the show's writers seem to have the idea that a limited budget means that superpowered heroes or villains don't belong in the world of SHIELD.

While it's true that TV comic book heroes might not match up to their cinematic counterparts, adding known comic book characters into the mix reminds viewers that they are still actually in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far, the only indications that this show even takes place in the Marvel Universe are:

  • The existence of Coulson and brief cameos by Maria Hill, Nick Fury, and Graviton.

  • Mentioning the Avengers every now and then.

  • Storylines that tie into the Extremis storyline from Iron Man 3 and the Tesseract storyline from Thor and Captain America.

In other words, the writers are intentionally grounding the show in reality -- letting Skye's hacking skills, Agents Fitz and Simmons' science skills, and Agents Ward and May's brawn replace the supernatural aspects of the Marvel Universe.

Unfortunately, that's simply the wrong approach -- people love Marvel films because they are over-the-top, bombastic affairs filled with recognizable heroes and villains.

What SHIELD means for ABC and Disney

If Agents of SHIELD continues to lag for these reasons, ABC, which accounts for the bulk of Disney's broadcast division, might cancel the show before the second season. Here's why:

  • Last quarter, Disney's broadcasting revenue (which accounts for 28% of the Media Networks segment's top line) only inched up 1%.

  • Meanwhile, broadcasting operating income (which accounts for 11% of the Media Network segment's bottom line) plunged 18%.

  • ABC's lackluster lineup of shows, which includes Agents of SHIELD, Scandal, Revenge, Grey's AnatomyOnce Upon a Time, and Pretty Little Liars, causes the network to be considered less significant than Disney's cable networks (ESPN, the Disney Channels, and A&E) -- which together account for 31% of the company's total revenue.

Yet Disney desperately needs Agents of SHIELD to stay alive, since the majority of its ABC shows are mainly geared toward female viewers. The network also desperately needs a solid contender on Tuesday nights to deal with NCIS, which obviously remains the more popular choice among 18 to 49 year old males.

The bottom line

Despite my complaints about Agents of SHIELD, I'll still keep watching in hopes that it improves. Besides, Stan Lee will reportedly play a major role in an upcoming episode.

There's just so much untapped potential for this show to serve as the glue to hold the Marvel Cinematic Universe together, and it's a shame that the writers aren't making this show as "marvelous" as it could be.

What do you think, dear readers? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 12:56 PM, msorrentino wrote:

    I don't get what people's problems are with this show? It is what Marvel and Joss Whedon said it would be, a show about heroes that have no powers. The mysterious fit with the theme of the show SHEILD has always been a top secret and mysterious organization in the comics. The mysterious presented in the show are exploring that side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the questions and mysterious will be answered when their answered and they may not necessarily be answered on the show, the Clairvoyant for example. They have said that the show sets up SHEILD as we will see it in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the implication being that the Clairvoyant is the villain behind the events of that movie, who is most likely going to be the Red Skull or Arnim Zola.

    As for the superheroes part, the show is called Agents of SHEILD, with exception to low level heroes and villains there should be no expectation of anything more. Iron Man, Thor, Cap., Hulk, they aren't going to show up and more importantly they shouldn't this show is not about them. The show is about the ordinary living in the world of the extraordinary.

    Now, as far as the special effects go they are on par with those presented in the BBC's Doctor Who series, which is the longest running sci-fi series to date. In addition, there are structural similarities between Agents of SHEILD and Doctor Who's 5th - 7th seasons. Throughout the past three seasons of Doctor Who, mysterious and questions were presented that in some cases were not wrapped up until the very last episode of season 7, which also marked the last episode with Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, the reason for this is because the writer Steven Moffat knew he wanted to tell a long form story that would take time to piece together.

    Basically, my point with Agents of SHEILD is that all the questions and mysterious will be resolved but it might not be for awhile, and that is a sign of a well thought out story. Take the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien could have just had Gandalf call his giant eagle friends to fly him and Frodo to Mordor to drop the ring into Mt. Doom, but that would have been an incredibly boring story. Instead, Tolkien crafted one of the most beloved fantasy epics of all time.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 1:22 PM, jrcdupree wrote:

    Peoples "Problem" is the show is not very good. There is a reason why the web is littered with article from various media re-iterating this notion. I tried to watch the show. I even forced myself to endure 3 or 4 episodes past where I stopped being interested merely for the sake of giving it a chance.

    The show is ridiculously 2 dimensional and the comparisons to the cheesiest of 90's action shows it about as spot on as I can get. Joss Whedon has indeed a penchant for long, slow character development and taking what seem like simple archetypal characters and making them appealing, but that is simply not the case with this show. I hated essentially every cast member from day one and had no reason to be invested in the show. Skye may be one of the worst most derivative characters of the last few years. The main agent guy (whose name i cannot even remember, which just shows you how little appeal the show has) just seems like a vanilla, action clone that could be played by anyone and probably better portrayed by another actor. Ming Na's character is just another standard female cliche` brooding needlessly. And fitz & simmons seem like characters pulled out of pretty much every BBC-esque show I have seen over the last decade.

    The stories are flat. And the so called mysteries are just frustrating.

    While I understand budgetary concerns and the like affecting the introduction of certain characters there are numerous ways to give nods to the greater universe without completely abandoning its source references.

    That is great that you enjoy the show, but just because you enjoy it does not mean it is well done. I know the difference between something I simply do not enjoy and something that is not particularly well done.

    This show suffers from a great many failings and that is peoples' 'problem' with it.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 1:23 PM, jrcdupree wrote:

    And taking along time to develop a story is not indicative of good writing. Crafting a story that engages people throughout is however...

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 1:31 PM, TracyToltien wrote:

    First of all.. Losing to NCIS week after week. Big deal, every show in that time slot is. #1 Show for a reason. You cant take a show in its first season and expect it to beat a show that has been king of the hill for over a decade.

    2nd They said before the airing of the first episode that this is the Agent side of shield, the regular guys, no super powers, no really cool abilities, just trained to do a job. And that is exactly what they are doing. Well trained people doing a dangerous job in a world of super heroes/villians.

    3rd Everyone talks about a storyline with a lot of questions, what part of life doesn't have that? Geez real world issues take months and years to solve, and yet people think they should be able to solve everything in an hour? Back to NCIS, they have storylines that run an entire season, sometimes longer than that. Just think back to the Ari Aswari (if I spelled it right) storyline. Besides, if the jobs were taking longer than expected don't you think Fury would be on Coulson's butt every episode? Of course he would.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 1:34 PM, gabby wrote:

    I so agree with the points you've raised, in the article....I too will be watching the show regardless

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 1:35 PM, Dafadcariad wrote:

    It truly is irritating that it seems as of late that most Motley Fool articles are either inept at fact checking or either blatantly dishonest and/or half-arsed in their reporting.

    I apologise for calling you out for your poor article Mr Sun but you easily quote numbers stating that NCIS received a 3.0 rating consisting of 20.84 million viewers however you conveniently leave out the fact that's only part of the equation. I say this since the number refers to the 18-49 demo where NCIS did indeed come out ahead however if you delve deeper into the numbers and add DVR figures then S.H.I.E.L.D. comes out on top for the evening with a 4.8 rating in adults 18-49 compared to NCIS with 4.2.

    I say all this because in no way are the numbers anywhere near as disappointing as you would like us to believe and that is something that should be spot-on since your incomplete data is at the very least inept journalism. Ohhhh, and as for your opinion that the show isn't Marvel enough due to a lack of Superheroes and Villains maybe you should come to the realisation that Whedon is notorious for taking time in the maturisation or story arcs and character development so us viewers are already seeing the origins of potential superheroes and villians. Just take the other nights' episode where the ending gave us a BIG POTENTIAL HINT as to which hero Peterson is becoming.

    Anyhoos, here's to hoping that in the future if you do decide to revisit this topic maybe you'll invest in doing a proper amount of due diligence in researching the show and the numbers instead of this poor attempt. Cheers

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 1:47 PM, TMFSunLion wrote:

    DVR numbers don't matter as much as live numbers.

    The reason is simple -- ad skipping = lost revenue for the network.

    Sure, they may inflate a show's numbers, but in the end, the live numbers matter much more to a network.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 2:00 PM, hectoruno wrote:

    Who do you think Peterson is going to be? Now that he lost his legs, I am thinking Paladin. Maybe they will turn him into MODOK.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 2:12 PM, hthrun wrote:

    I think a problem might be the mysteries aren't as mysterious because the show is taking place in a known universe. With X-Files, we didn't know what could be out there. With SHIELD, we have a good idea based on the comics.

    I mainly agree with the idea that the show looks cheap. I know it can't look as good as the movies, but I think it needs to look a lot better for me to be able to relate them in the same universe.

    I don't think we necessarily need more super powered people, but it would be fun to have more characters from the comics. Are any of the main cast from any of the comics? I think Coulson might have started getting in them after his appearances in the movies...

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 2:36 PM, Kenyon150 wrote:

    How isn't it marvelous it is the #1 show for Males 18-40. Regularly has high viewer ratings only losing to NCIS for all shows in that time slot. People complain about the show because it doesn't have super heroes. But, those people are idiots shield doesn't have superheroes working for them with the exception of a few. It is about a SPY organization and the people that work for it. SHIELD only asks for help from heroes when they are desperate and don't have any course of action left.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 2:40 PM, Domeyrock wrote:

    Keep your pants on. Breaking Bad and Walking Dead weren't big hits their first season either. GOOD tv isn't what it used to be where you could watch any episode of All In The Family or Married With Children where each episode is just another story. The story line IS developing and it is getting better. Real comic book fans appreciate it. It's slowly developing shows like this that creates binge watching on Netflix.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 2:49 PM, 2Smoove4U wrote:

    Agents of Shield could def take a took at Arrow. The CW has some of the cheapest effects and sets but it works! I am a huge fan of Marvel and DC as well and yes I will compare the two especially since they are both based on Comics

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 3:30 PM, aniken wrote:

    I for one love the show. I do have an issue with the last show. Mainly with Petereson. SHIELD was still on scene when the explosion happened. One of the things SHIELD does is clear the scene looking for clues. Especially with Colson being taken they are gonna comb the whole area for clues. So, how does Centerpied acquire Peterson. Yes, it's a nice twist, but they should have done that part better on how they acquired him.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 3:41 PM, R0ckhead wrote:

    If you're going to include Maria Hill and Nick Fury you gotta include Victoria Hand. She's part of the Marvel Mainstream (616) universe. Created by Brian Michael Bendis.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 4:02 PM, saphirantcross wrote:

    Remember the day when Motley Fool reported on business and stocks?

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 4:30 PM, jimbronaugh wrote:

    In the last three seasons of Buffy, Joss(may his name be praised) was obsessed with fornication. Places to fornicate, ways to fornicate, times to fornicate, number of people with whom to fornicate, all levels of fornication. He basically fornicated the show to the point of being unwatchable. It wasn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was, as one wit pointed out, Buffy the Fornicater. This obsession with working out ones own sexual, personal, familial issues one the screen once a week is becoming tiresome. There is much more going on in that world than just Coulson's death, but no one in the entire world has any other thought on their mind. My children, my neighbors, the shop keeper down the street, the President and Congress, the rulers of all countries in every part of the world, the rich to the starving, all have only one thing on their minds. "How long was Coulson dead"? NOT. I know that Joss(may his name be praised) is getting older and death is by now a reality to him, but it is something I want to spend an hour a week thinking about. Maybe Joss(by grace kindness let him be praised) has a terminal illness and is working out the rage and fear. All I can say is that enough already.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 5:09 PM, vollbarry wrote:

    I'm glad to see the criticism of the show. Maybe they will make it even better. I enjoy watching it and will continue to look forward to Shield on Tuesday nights.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 5:44 PM, ReasonDisciple wrote:

    "Despite my complaints about Agents of SHIELD, I'll still keep watching in hopes that it improves." So far this also is my stance. But they need to come up with something ASAP!

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 6:13 PM, Restless wrote:

    Huge Marvel fan since the mid 80's and this assessment is spot-on accurate down to the I'll keep watching sentiment. Please Stan Lee save us!

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 6:24 PM, Melchizedek wrote:

    For me it's about believeability. Haven't agents just barely out of their teens running around with experience beyond their years doesn't work for me....

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 6:30 PM, Firesnap wrote:

    DC Comics seems to have done a good job with low budget tv series, Joss is great. Money should not be a problem with the financial backing of Disney, point is it is hard to to have a blockbuster and try to come with a tv show afterwards, if anyone can name 1 in phase 2 of a planned movie franchise? It seems all Marvel tv shows have done horrible, A weekly Steve Rodgers show would make more sense with S.H.I.E.L.D. as a silent partner, as they are, just my opinion

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 6:31 PM, AdeleF wrote:

    So move the program to another time slot. They do this with every other program out there. I think it is a good show but I like NCIS too. No need to keep complaining just move the darn show and see what transpires.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 6:56 PM, tlrobinson2k8 wrote:

    The show is very weak. It's slow and the writers killing Marvel. I know Shield is a secret organization and all. But they did hire Supers and they did handle super villains and police them as well as everything else. This show is not the Shield I know and love. Oh where is AIM and Hydra?

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 7:00 PM, ablackfox wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE Agents of Shield.... I am a huge fan of all the "superhero" movies from Joss Whedon, Stan Lee and the whole Marvel universe. As I have seen stated before, Agents of Shield was never purposed to have the superhero and other worldly phenomenon that goes on in the movies. I t is about Coulson and his elite team of normal people, with special gifts of their own. The show is interesting to me and I am sure that the answers to all these questions they have put out there will come to light in due time..... surely that is the purpose of them raising those questions.. I mean this is Stan Lee and Joss Whedon here, they know what they are doing. I hope that the show continues for many, many seasons because I think it is awesome!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 7:02 PM, Ripplingers wrote:

    Agents of Shield is much like The Black List... Very well done. Too bad it's future is riding on Disney.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 7:05 PM, mac2j wrote:

    I agree with you on the 1st half of the show - but honestly I felt like the last episode was a huge step in the right direction. The major plot lines moved and actually got interesting in a more serialized fashion and some of the characters are starting to gel and feel better developed. Most other reviews I've seen also gave this last episode which you're trashing the highest rating of the season.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 8:11 PM, WarriorDL wrote:

    Surprised no one has brought up those "visions' Coulson had on the operating table. Specifically, the "space" scene. It should look familiar, and maybe give a hint as to how he ended up surviving- It sure looked like something from Thor, didn't it?

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 2:40 AM, DeaconBlues117 wrote:

    Seems to me that if "Star Trek: the Next Generation" had been this closely watched and critiqued for its flaws, it never would have seen a second season. (Come on - that first season *was* pretty doggone weak.)

    I'm giving it some time because I *have* seen improvement so far. Skye started off pretty much a Mary Sue, but has since been grounded a bit (now she's only excellent with computers). Fitz/Simmons aren't so much doing the "one brain using two bodies" routine. Ward's people problems are actually being shown, not just told to us. And May is finally on board with the whole "ragtag outsider group" thing. Coulson's only growth has been that he figured out there was something fishy about his resurrection, then found out what it was, but you can't win 'em all...

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 7:51 AM, NYER12 wrote:

    And yet I find NCIS boring and do not watch it.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 8:37 AM, sniperboy wrote:

    The acting is terrible in this show. Could they be any stiffer? They need a new director on this show. Step up the acting and let the characters have some chemistry. Make it intense something on the level of Fox's 24. Give them a rival groups like A.I.M. and Hydra which would be just as well organized. Bring in more Marvel superhero's there are tons of characters probably not X-Men or Spider-Man connected. Bring in villains like the Yellow Claw and the Zodiac.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 8:42 AM, Wiste wrote:

    With today's technology, old ways of measuring audience are no longer viable. I watch BOTH "Agents of Shield" AND "NCIS" - but since I'm human, I record both and watch them at my leisure. Or I record neither and watch them on the web when I have time.

    DeaconBules117 also brings up a good point. Why all the bashing of this series when there are countless others who found their stride a little later in the game? Yes, some shows are hits right from the pilot, but others move slower, take their time to unveil the characters and plot lines. In this world of instant gratification, it's pleasant to step back and watch something unveil slowly.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 9:08 AM, TMFSunLion wrote:

    @sniperboy: Yes, the bad acting really hurts the show. I have no idea why Brett Dalton was cast as Agent Ward -- he's not convincing in any scene.

    Good directors can really demand better performances from even mediocre actors -- that's what this show needs.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 12:11 PM, TYPEONEGATIVE wrote:

    "Most of them -- FlashForward, The Event, Alcatraz, and Joss Whedon's own Dollhouse -- failed because they started off with an interesting premise but had no idea how to expand it into a full series. Instead, these shows made the same mistake Lost did -- piling on more and more mysteries until nothing could be resolved."

    They should follow 'Burn Notice', and tie up one storyline before starting the next.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 12:11 PM, TYPEONEGATIVE wrote:

    "Most of them -- FlashForward, The Event, Alcatraz, and Joss Whedon's own Dollhouse -- failed because they started off with an interesting premise but had no idea how to expand it into a full series. Instead, these shows made the same mistake Lost did -- piling on more and more mysteries until nothing could be resolved."

    They should follow 'Burn Notice', and tie up one storyline before starting the next.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 1:07 PM, trueLuminus wrote:

    The device the Clairvoyant used to kill that guy is the same device Obadiah Stane used on the terrorist leader in the desert and on Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie.

    To the person asking who Peterson might become, I suspect it's Deathlok.

    In any case, I agree with everything the article writer said.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 6:21 PM, thorlo6 wrote:

    I am truly sorry to hear so much ranting and raving about what is wrong with Agents of SHIELD. I was reading SHIELD comic books back in the mid 60's before most you bright boys were even conceived! Some of SHIELD's fan's have made very astute comments. Case in point: STNG! Talk about a lackluster show it's first season! It was so pitiful that first year, I was almost embarrassed to watch it. However, if you will look carefully at what is happening with, not only the characters, but the overall show, it is making more sense. Example, in the latest episode, Agent May, made what looked like a bad call. However, after you realized why she did what she did, it not only made sense, it helped jell the entire program. When I was reading SHIELD comics in the 60's, not every one had slam bang action. Some just brought out something funny, but still made you think. So, let's not get our panties in a wad and just keep watching, they aren't doing this just for fun. To quote the Thing: 'Nuff said!

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 11:08 PM, pickingrinnin wrote:

    It all gets down to this:

    1) It doesn't have enough ties to the Marvel Universe to be of much interest to many comics fans. S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics interacts more with superheroes than they do in this show

    2) It isn't a good enough show on it's own to be of interest to most non-comics fans.

    3) With the possible exception of Coulson, all of the characters are predictable stereotypes.

    4) The writing isn't good, the effects are subpar, the storylines are weak, and the villains are boring.

    LOST was a good show that went bad. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never been a good show. I gave it a season to see if it would pick up, but it hasn't. If it takes a couple of seasons to get interesting, it's not worth my time. There are far more interesting and well-written shows out there.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 11:09 PM, pickingrinnin wrote:

    >I was reading SHIELD comic books

    >back in the mid 60's before most you

    >bright boys were even conceived

    So was I. This still isn't a very good show.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 11:14 PM, pickingrinnin wrote:

    >To the person asking who Peterson

    >might become, I suspect it's Deathlok.

    I think that's where they're going with it, too.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 11:15 PM, msorrentino wrote:

    I wonder if perhaps the name "Clairvoyant" is in fact a play on words, after stumbling across this

    Apparently there was a character named "Claire Voyant" back when Marvel Comics was Timely Comics.


  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 1:36 AM, anth1225 wrote:

    I liked the Star Trek next gen analogy; it was awful the 1st year but after that it turned out to be a great series.

    I like the show but it needs an overhaul.

    The criticisms are real. However for looking cheap and whatnot, all shows have the problem, but what fixes it is cast chemistry.

    Speaking of Star Trek next gen: great chem; Chuck, Big Bang theory, ect it's great writing but the characters interacting in such a way of believability and where you actually care for them.

    That might be the intangible you can't fake or manufacture. It just has to happen.

    I also dvr almost all the shows I like except live sports. Contrary to Leo's statement, the recordings do matter even though they might feel their losing revenue, which isn't true because you still see the adds as you fast forward.

    This is the 21st century we're no longer chained to our TV by time restrictions.

    They do look at dvr recordings as part of the big picture.

    Overall I'll keep watching probably cause I'm just a big Marvel fan

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 6:16 AM, dsgneric wrote:

    I get that Agents of SHIELD is supposed to focus on non-superpowered heroes, but what about Black Widow and Hawkeye? I for one would love to see how their storyline can be explored, what better way to do that and boost the ratings for this ailing (needlessly so) and increasingly uninteresting TV show?

    What's the show's excuse for not developing more into that direction? Neither Black Widow nor Hawkeye have superpowers, both of them are key "agents of Shield", both have worked with Colson, both have interesting backstories that can breathe some life into the storyline.

    If it's because Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner are movie stars, that's also non-sense. Plenty of higher paid and/or bigger name film actors are doing tv nowadays (Kevin Spacey, Kiefer Sutherland, Robin Williams, James Spader, Zooey Deschanel, Ashley Judd, and Glenn Close anyone?)

    It's sad to see this show leaving great potentials to waste. I doubt anyone who's watching this show haven't seen any of the Avengers movies already, so they're probably already interested and connected with Hawkeye and Black Widow anyway. Why not explore that further?

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 8:36 AM, elic wrote:

    Spoiled by The Walking Dead's costly cgi effects? That's a joke, right?!? TWD is one of the cheapest shows there is! It's no secret how AMC has been slashing their budget season after season. Seriously, this one statement makes this author completely full of it. Can't remember one computer effect on the show that looked believable.

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 10:20 AM, TMFSunLion wrote:

    At $3 million per episode, TWD has an average budget (hardly CHEAP), but the effects look better than SHIELD by far.

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 10:26 AM, sweetTee wrote:


  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 11:37 AM, PsiKick wrote:

    First, you have to understand their point of view, they are morons. They are more interested in profit than delivering a good product.

    I think they are up against the Star Trek (old series) movie dilemma. If you take 2 Star Trek TV episodes with a continued story, you have a Star Trek movie. Why spend money to see essentially 2 episodes at a theater? Disney may not want super heroes on the TV show for fear no one will have a reason to go see them in a movie.

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 11:52 AM, jrock1252 wrote:

    just not a good show

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 12:25 PM, msorrentino wrote:

    dsgneric, the reason Black Widow and Hawkeye will not be on the show is that Nick Fury doesn't want them finding out that Coulson is alive, because then they'll want to find out how Coulson's alive when he is supposed to be dead. That would mean more of Fury's secrets being uncovered which he doesn't want. Remember, we only got to see a glimpse at one of several operations performed on Coulson.

  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2014, at 1:00 PM, jroberts3456 wrote:

    um, the clairvoyant doesn't kill people through smartphones...his operatives have an implant in their brains that he can detonate when the need arises.

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