As of this writing, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has aired half of its first season. I'm a relative newcomer to the prime time drama community, but I expected a lot more out of it by the half way point. Maybe that's being unfair, but when you want something to succeed you have to hold it to a higher standard.
has a good premise. Agent Coulson leads a team of his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents as the world adapts to super beings after the Battle of New York. We're introduced to Agents Ward, Fitz, Simmons and May relatively quickly while wild card Skye is brought in as the audience surrogate, the newcomer to the shadowy para-government deal. I don't have a problem with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s logo being everywhere, if they have their hand in every pie then its stands to reason they can't be that
secretive. I like it's portrayal as a higher-than-high government division.
What I don't like is Skye (Which has been strongly hinted to not even be her real name. How mysterious). Before, Coulson brought a lot of dry, spot-on humor to the films. Now, everyone gets in on the lighthearted joking action, leaving Coulson's quips a lot less indicative of his character, and no character is more guilty of this than Skye. I can't shake the feeling that she's meant for all the uninitiated female viewers to project onto. That's not bad in and of itself, but the most cliche stories were drawn up for her. She's quirky, motormouthed, unrivaled with networking and computer stuff, able to get in and out of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top secret databases and flirts shamelessly with Ward. If those two don't end up together in the most drawn out, agonizingly melodramatic way, I'll be honestly surprised.
Skye aside, the show also suffers from a lot of slow episodes and redundancy. So far, Ward and May do the exact same stuff, fight really well, except May is better at it and Ward has a Tragic Childhood. Fitz and Simmons hide away in the lab and got a grand total of one defining moment each while Skye and Ward smolder at each other. And Coulson delivers his quips sandwiched between two comedic scenes.
All told, I do like Coulson's team. Ten episodes might be a little unfair, and I do see the show blossoming beautifully as Skye moves out of focus, but for right now, blowing up a minor character and kidnapping a team member just don't have me gripping the edge of my seat.