Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Nerdversity Rants: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D


This isn't so much a rant, more a case of how I think Marvel and ABC could vastly improve the series. 

The first half of Agents season 1 is set after Item 47, a one shot which picks up directly after the first Avengers movie. In this one shot, in case people haven't seen it, 2 civilians find a chitauri weapon after the battle of New York and go on a bank robbing spree before being captured by SHIELD, the 2 criminals, Bennie and Claire, are captured by SHIELD and are then made into agents, and then we never see or hear from them again. Were they killed in the purge during Cap 2? we don;t know, noone even mentions them again in show,

The comes the season 1 episode The Well, in which we see the titular agents involved in a brief clean up scene post Thor: The Dark World and then introduced to Professor Elliot Randolph, played by Peter MacNicol, who has been on earth for millennia, Was he referenced in Thor? Thor 2? nope and double nope. This is the first the agents have heard of him, as well as the audience, so again, I doubt he'll even be referenced again in Thor 3: Ragnarok. The other loose Thor tie in comes in the form of the episodes Yes Men, in which Lorelei and Sif make an appearance post The Dark World, yet neither of them mention the events of the movie, the Dark Elves or anything like that, even Lorelei was never mentioned prior to the events in this episode. They also reference Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier in which Sitwell makes a passing reference to Nick Fury being killed.

The problem in my opinion is that the tie ins to the movies and other TV series are so loose, that they may as well not even be there, other than to hear the MCU fans grin and giggle when they hear Coulson mention Daredevil. 

Not that I'm actually hating on Agents, I think that the series has gone from strength to strength since day 1 and I really enjoy the series, can't wait for Season 3. However, the problems have started to lie in the fact that Marvel Movies and Marvel TV have broken off into their own separate divisions so to speak. Also in the fact that the movies are dictating in which direction the TV series must take.

My one hope is that one day, this ends and we get the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D that we've been wanting to see for years, have Stark make an appearance, or Widow or even Hawkeye.