Friday, April 11, 2014
If you quit on Agents of Shield, Shame on You!
"Wow...it's gotten so much better"
"This is what I was expecting from day one"
"I gave up on it but I went back and I'm glad I did"
These are just a few of the things people are saying about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now. It seems that a lot of the people who left it for dead earlier in the season have rediscovered it now. Until a few weeks ago, this is all those people had to say:
"Man...this sucks. Arrow is so much better."
To which I said.....stop already, you're doing it wrong. Too many people were upset because the show wasn't not being graced with the presence of existing Marvel characters, and quit on it. Even though the show's creator Joss Whedon made it pretty clear from day one that the show was not going to be a drop-in spot for Thor, Iron Man, etc. and that he wasn't going to do the whole "Stark was just here, you missed him' routine, either. And even if he didn't say anything along those lines, did you really think Robert Downey, Jr. or Scarlett Johannson were going to make regular appearances on a weekly television show? The show serves as both a bridge between the Marvel movies and a standalone series of missions for its characters. It's connected to the film world in ways that Arrow is not. I love Arrow, but it's an entirely different animal.
Arrow is a standalone show with its own mythos, completely untethered to the movie universe that DC comics is trying to create, or the original source material. The show's creators don't have to worry about screwing up the film continuity, or anything else for that matter; they can do what they want. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has to stay on the same page with the movies, and they can't bring in any characters from the comics without being mindful about how their presence will affect future films. And of course, all you fanboys that gave up on the show held that against them. They spent the first half of the season introducing new characters and trying to establish their identities. Now they get to run with them. That's how all TV shows work, not just this one. Go back and watch the first dozen episodes of Arrow; they were nowhere as good as the second half of the season or anything from season two. If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't get a second season, I will blame all of you.
To all of you who have stuck with it and are feeling vindicated, feel free to take a victory lap. Whether we get a second season or not, you have every right to feel good for your perseverance.