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AGENTS OF SHIELD continues to disappoint. [Oct. 15th, 2013|09:21 pm]
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It isn't actively BAD, but the only reason I keep watching is out of some sort of sense of loyalty, to Marvel, or Whedon, or SOMETHING. Lis walked out halfway through this episode, realizing that she'd rather play cards on the computer than keep watching. Not like she was AGAINST watching it; it's just that there were more exciting things to do, like play online Rummikub.

There was ALMOST an interesting moment where it looked like Agent Ward was going to have to seduce a big, burly Belarusan guy, but they didn't go with it, so, meh. On the other hand, this was the first episode where there WASN'T a woman using her womanly wiles to control a man.

Also, yay black people as combination villain/victims! Not only are Black people dangerous criminals, but they don't even have agency, since they're just manipulated by more powerful white criminal organizations!
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[User Picture]From: snippy
2013-10-16 01:27 am (UTC)

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I am watching because AGENT COULSON. And that's it, so far.

I love it that all of fandom watched The Avengers and completely rejected Coulson's death. Do you know how rare fanfics that include his death as canon are? We just rejected the alien parasite of Coulson's death, AND WE GOT A TV SHOW AS A REWARD.
[User Picture]From: mcjulie
2013-10-16 02:15 pm (UTC)

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I wish I could argue with you, but I watched the first two episodes to prep for a Whedon panel... I was meh but defended it as "most shows take a while to get their act together." So I didn't think it was worse than Dollhouse at first, and I ended up really liking Dollhouse.

Then I realized that I just didn't care if I watched the next episode. By #3 I was already looking forward at least a little bit to the next Dollhouse, so obviously my subconscious mind has already decided that Agents of SHIELD isn't worth it.
[User Picture]From: xiphias
2013-10-16 06:25 pm (UTC)

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It's true that a lot of Whedon shows take a bit to get going, and this one may well turn around and become cool. After all, the first episode of FIREFLY aired was "The Train Job", which is one of the two weakest episodes (the other being "Heart of Gold).

Never seen DOLLHOUSE, but I understand that he took the first, like, half-dozen episodes to establish the tropes that he was going to avert later, which meant that, if you were the kind of person who wanted to see those tropes averted, you had to spend, like, a quarter of a season watching the tropes that you wanted to avoid.

The other thing that's happening is that we're comparing it to SLEEPY HOLLOW, which is just a total glorious insanity. Whedon's show is much more polished and sensible than SLEEPY HOLLOW, which basically started out off the rails, and is now happily bouncing down the mountainside doing crazy flips or some such metaphor. So we're seeing the difference between someone who's developed their style, which is, y'know, good and all, versus the absolutely crazy energy of just throwing everything into a blender and turning it on "high" without the lid on.

(SLEEPY HOLLOW just inspires metaphors.)

This season, Whedon is the safe, mainstream choice. Nothing wrong with that -- he's putting together a competent show. Just, not a very EXPERIMENTAL show. There are certain to be some sorts of twists down the road, like whether Coulson is a robot or something, and there's probably some stuff that I haven't predicted yet. But, in general, I think it feels familiar. There's no sense of excitement and discovery, because, y'know, we know Whedon, we've watched his stuff -- we LIKE his stuff, and this is certainly not bad, but it's more of the same. It's more of the same because we WANT more of the same, but still.

I have no idea what's going to happen in SLEEPY HOLLOW. I have little idea what's going to happen in ELEMENTARY. I have some sort of sense of what's going to happen in AGENTS OF SHIELD.
[User Picture]From: bercilakslady
2013-10-16 08:25 pm (UTC)

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I adore AoS. I'm also an unrepentant Coulson fangirl.
[User Picture]From: teddywolf
2013-10-17 01:38 pm (UTC)

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The show's OK. They keep dropping hints of things, like "What changed Coulson so much?"

There was also the British guy as a combination villain/victim, though one up the rung.

And there is the little seed that might be unnoticed: so she had the implant and they could see what she saw. And the British guy did too. Both were agents who dropped off the grid. Who was watching through the chain? And just how long a chain is it?
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2013-10-19 06:09 am (UTC)

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The big bad is probably Nick Fury's rogue left eye, which wound up working for AIM and is now MEDOK, with the enlargement to colossal size, the headband, the floating chair, and the rest of it. Tell me I'm wrong.