Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – “0-8-4”
After just two weeks, it’s a bit concerning that the most interesting aspects of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD have been the two cameos by characters from the Marvel movie universe. I was far more intrigued to see Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo as Nick Fury in the waning moment of “0-8-4” than I was much of the hour that led up to it.
Part of that is that I don’t have any kind of investment in the main characters just yet – and the show hasn’t really made any steps to make me want to invest in the characters. Last week was about assembling the team together and this week is all about showing this group of people they can be more than the sum of their parts. Which should work as a character arc if I were a bit more invested in these characters.
I am intrigued by Fitz and Simmons and I already like Coulson. The rest of the team has yet to develop into something more, despite the show’s attempt at a twist with Skye apparently working for the bad guys. Yeah, like no one is going to notice her secretly texting in the background and maybe not wonder what’s up. I hope that this is kind of plan that Coulson has to flush out the bad guys and won’t just be another attempt at a mole who eventually sees the error of her ways and becomes a part of the team.
I am still on with the show, but I honestly found myself wondering if it wasn’t a show by Whedon if I’d be less intrigued than I am. Not every episode can be a home run, but I’m still waiting for one that hooks me into the show like I want to be.
One good thing about fracturing your toe and having to rest – it frees up a lot of time for catching up on reading and TV viewing. With the pain killers, it’s been leaning more heavily toward TV viewing than reading, which is good since it’s the start of the season and the promos all make the new shows look really good.
I’m not sure yet if the Blacklist is a good series or not. It’s certainly intriguing enough to get me to watch the first two installments in a relatively short order. A lot of that is curiosity about Reddington’s agenda than it is the actual “case of the week” aspect of the show. Why he’s decided to turn himself in and why he will only work with Keen intrigue me as do the questions surrounding her husband and if and how he is tied to any of this.