4 Reasons Why ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Deserves Its Season 2 Renewal

Published 7 months ago by , Updated May 17th, 2014 at 9:12 am,

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The freshman season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a high-profile experiment in multi-media synergy; it took Marvel’s increasingly popular cinematic universe, and gave it another avenue of expansion on the small screen. That venture into synergistic television has not been without trial and error; in fact, some would say the experience of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been one long trial, rife with error.

We here at Screen Rant took a fair amount of heat week-to-week for our critical evaluation of the show, but it’s a mistake to think we are simple “haters” or bull-headed fanboys of that OTHER popular comic book movie/TV show camp. We love the Marvel brand – which is why we want nothing but the best to come of it – and we are fully capable of admitting that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to finish out season 1 in a way that honored that brand in much better fashion than earlier episodes in the season.

We’ve already identified some lingering issues needing to be addressed in season 2 – and the showrunners have a lot of challenges to overcome – but in a rare bit of Internet optimism, let’s discuss 4 Reasons Why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still deserves to exist as part of the growing Marvel Universe.

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4. It Found a Way to Implement the Comics

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One of the biggest challenges facing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the very beginning was finding a way to implement the fantastical elements of Marvel Comics into a television show that a) had to be relatively grounded and believable, and b) centered on characters who are not (yet) endowed with any super powers. With the exceptions of Thor‘s otherworldly beings and the monster movie tropes of The Incredible Hulk, not even the MCU movies have (as of yet) provided enough foundation for a world where humans can fly, use psychic powers, fire energy blasts, etc….

Early on, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. flirted with the idea of opening the MCU up, but it never seemed to fully deliver on that promise. Recall the disappointment of that “Clairvoyant” red herring: many fans expected a psychic or advanced A.I. (like M.O.D.O.K. or Arnim Zola) to be the culprit, but we were eventually reminded that in this universe, the impossible is only slowly becoming possible. However, that hindrance didn’t stop Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from laying groundwork for a future of “miracles” and marvels – including true supervillains (Graviton), alien beings (The Kree) and other larger-than-life characters born of experiments gone wrong (Deathlok, Centipede, GH.325, etc.).

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Captain Marvel Coulson?

It’s ironic, but two of the most grounded properties in the MCU (Captain America and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) have actually been the most effective avenues for sowing seeds of a more fantastical comic book universe to  come (advanced tech and science, aliens, mysticism – the whole shebang). Where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. deserves credit is for finding the means to bring so many of these pulpy comic book elements to life in a grounded enough way – conceptually, if not visually (sorry Deathlok, your back story was okay – your armor was not).

Going forward into season 2 – and with new films like Guardians of the Galaxy opening some bigger doors – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is already poised to capitalize on some well-placed comic book potential. (In Mahr Vehl we trust!)

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3. It Cracked the Characters

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Personally, I was ready to cut the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  in half after the first string of episodes. I can admit now that that was presumptuous. Despite starting off with some cookie-cutter character types – led by the watered-down version of a fan-favorite (Coulson) -  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to get each member of the principal cast into a fully-earned and worthwhile place by the time the season 1 finale aired.

Ward (Brett Dalton) went from boring lone wolf to an insidious double-agent threat (with hints of a well-armored heart of gold). Skye (Choloe Bennet) went from snarky (read: annoying) blogger to a worthwhile fledgling agent. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) went from Zen mute to a more complexly-layered (and believable) woman warrior. Coulson got his groove back and proved he’s an honorary Avenger. Fitz and Simmons proved themselves the heart and mind of the squad, respectively. We even got an upgraded “specialist” in the more charismatic Agent Triplett (B.J. Britt), and a fun new administrator in Eric/Billy Koenig (Patton Oswalt).

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to pull one of the biggest (and unlikely) character turnarounds that I’ve ever seen – let alone with an entire ensemble cast. While there is no guarantee that the momentum at the end of season 1 can be used to propel these characters through another 22 episodes in season 2, the show at least deserves a shot at doing so.

….Just don’t expect the same benefit of the doubt if compelling character arcs aren’t established quickly. The same mistakes are rarely forgiven twice.

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2. It Managed to Justify Its Own Existence

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Our reviews of early Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes all hinged on a crucial question: Why does this show need to exist? At first coming across as an Avengers knock-off with non-superpowered (ergo, less interesting) characters, there was little incentive to make the show part of your larger Marvel Cinematic Universe experience. However, that changed during the course of season 1.

The pivotal turns of Captain America: The Winter Soldier no doubt saved this show’s bacon. Once that film hit theaters and brought the threat of HYDRA along with it, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had more reason than ever to exist; however, it was up to the showrunners to seize that narrative capital and turn it into a worthwhile investment – and they managed to do just that, despite the massive inconvenience of being told the major HYDRA reveal late in the game.

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By having HYDRA tear down everything they were, Coulson’s team (and subsequently the showrunners) were forced to firmly reassess who they are and what their purpose is in this world of superhumans, aliens, and bigger terrorist threats. The final answer? The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered why they are still heroes even if they don’t have powers (or resources or backup). More importantly, the showrunners managed to demonstrate the characters’ heroic status, and their proven value as clandestine peacekeepers committed to rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. into an organization ready to take on a world of Marvels.

How Coulson rebuilds the organization – and deals with some big lingering questions -  is now a point of importance within the entirety of the MCU. That’s all the reason Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs in order to justify its season 2 story arc. Which already helps to prove our final point:

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1. It’s a Successful Extension of the MCU

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Let’s be clear: when I say “success” I’m not talking about ratings or profits. What I am saying is this: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a bold experiment in synergistic universe building over television and movies. A large part of that experiment was answering the question of whether or not a universe split across multiple platforms would be better for the sum of its parts. After one season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it’s clear that – while the quality of the show itself might be in question – the model of multi-platform shared universes is one that essentially works.

How can I make this claim when the quality of AoS is so debated? Well, just look at recent steps this show has taken: The mysterious blue alien that was revealed in episode 14 (“T.A.H.I.T.I.”) could have MASSIVE ties to future of MCU properties like Guardians of the Galaxy or even Avengers 3. We also got a Graviton origin, met new Asgardians – and Maria Hill’s offhanded remark that Tony Stark is “privatizing world security” after S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse could be a huge plot-point of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. These developments didn’t come from a big-budget movie; they all came from this show (as did many other potential MCU developments).

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been fully utilized as an avenue by which to advance the MCU at a much more rapid and manageable pace than individual movies made by separate teams of people twice a year. And with the show getting a “cousin” in the Agent Carter TV series, the entire history (or herstory) of the MCU and S.H.I.E.L.D. can be further explored without Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, Captain America 3, or any other future properies having to spend screen time laying that groundwork and back story.

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In fact, both Marvel TV shows can lay a foundation that actually allows new film properties to be launched within the universe with greater ease. Agent Carter could introduce us to Ant-Man‘s golden era version of Hank Pym; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s alien DNA plot thread may help launch The Inhumans movie. The possibilities are wide.

Despite some early stumbles, Marvel has learned better interplay between television and films, which will help to make their universe ever-present, keep each segment relevant, and the universe as a whole always compelling for fans who want the complete experience.

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Conclusion

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Nobody is saying that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has reached its full potential yet; trust us, we sat through enough bad episodes in season 1 to KNOW that the show still needs work. However, that effort should definitely be made, because somewhere under all the wrinkles is not just a television show, but a milestone in synergistic media entertainment that has the potential to be something truly great for dedicated fans.

DC will have no less than five shows airing on television soon (read more about them HERE); however, only two of them will be linked (Arrow and The Flash) – and so far, NONE of them will have any ties to the Batman vs. Superman or Justice League movies. As far as true multi-platform superhero universes go, Marvel has the early lead on its competitor – and really, the industry as a whole (with the exception of Star Wars, perhaps).

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There’s always a price for being first out of the gate on a new venture, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 certainly paid its fair share in mistakes and ridicule. But things did get better (for what that’s worth, to you), and will perhaps continue to get better. So maybe let’s dust away the past and look to the future… Where we’ll likely be the first ones to call out Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 if it doesn’t deliver in timely fashion. icon wink 4 Reasons Why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Deserves Its Season 2 Renewal

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 will premiere on ABC in Fall 2014.

Agent Carter will premiere on ABC during the winter hiatus of AoS season 2.

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  1. Haven’t seen a single episode but i loved reading episod reviews and spoilers. I’m glad its been renewed.
    Ill catch season one on netflix.

  2. Let’s hope Marvel realized is mistakes by not properly utilizing AOS in the early part of the first season. Once the show had a thread of connection beyond the name Shield and Coulson it got much better. The Hydra revival from Winter Soldier definitely gave it a reason to exist and a shot of adrenalin.

  3. I’ll give you one reason why this show doesn’t deserve renewal: It sucked.

    • Thats a bit harsh dude, its a kids show. It was never going to be great.

      • Actually, several of you are a bit harsh. This show was actually pretty good, despite some bumps in the road. Alot of people approached it with the wrong idea: that it would be a big tent-pole event like the Iron Man, Cap, and Thor movies. Well, that was never it’s intent or purpose. It was meant to fill in the cracks, not be the main highway. To lend support to the bigger films, not to be a bigger film itself. Look, Marvel fans are like people going to a smorgasboard or banquet: the movies and shows represent the feast. Now you look on the buffet, and on board are delicious main courses front and center like Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey, etc., all well-prepared (ie: Cap, Thor,, Iron Man, Hulk, etc.). And they look wonderful. HOWEVER: that is not the only thing on the menu. You also have perhaps lesser but no less essential dishes: salads, potatoes, dressing, cheese plates, breads and rolls, sausages, veggies, fruits, desserts. These are what helps to make the meal in totality. Man does not live by meat alone. It would be a less than complete meal. You need these other things to complete the totality of a hearty and memorable repast. And this is what things like Agents Of Shield and perhaps later Agent Carter are/will be: not the main attraction in the Marvel Universe, but a gastronomical side-show (side dish?) that helps to complete the meal. Or think of Thanksgiving at dinnertime: yep, you have turkey (or ham or whatever), but hey, where are the rest of the favorite dishes? Sure would be lacking without them. Well, guess you need those other dishes as well, or else you might as well go to Slopper Queen for a Thanksgiving cheeseburger (ie: the other stations for a less super-hero-ish show). Hopefully you all get my point. Besides, I frankly enjoy this show alot, and plan to buy it on DVD when available. I don’t do that for just any old show. Sure, room for improvement, and I think the writers are making an honest effort to listen at least a little bit to the fans and improve things as time goes on. If one does not like it, fine, everyone has that option. Or go buy a library card instead of watch, or whatever. But as for me, warts and all on the show, I was there at the beginning, and will be there at the end. And right now, thinking about my comment, I’m gonna go raid the fridge, with no fear of indigestion at all!

  4. One of the first things they should tackle next season is fleshing out Triplett. He seems to be a good addition to the team, but at the moment we don’t know much about him, other than that he is the grandkid of one of the Howling Commandos. He needs to have more character instead of just “being there”. Well, I’m assuming that he is going to be a permanent part of the team and not just some red shirt walking around in the background until someone needs to get killed to heighten the drama.

    Having said that, Fitz and Simmons really grew on me over the course of the season. In the beginning they were nothing more than an annoying side show for freaky, geeky laughs, but in the last few episodes they turned into real characters that I actually care for.

  5. SPOILERS!!!!

    So glad Fitz finally told Simmons what’s up ;)
    Pretty sure Trip has a thing for her too
    So this is an excellent plot dilemma for season 2
    I love that Deathlok finally has got his s*** together so now he can help Coulson on missions which will be dope taking out villains like graviton
    Cant wait to start seeing some Guardians of the Galaxy references…
    HOLD UP

    Pretty sure Nick Fury said he was going ‘Knowhere’

  6. Well, it’s official. No one can ever say that Screenrant are AofS haters. Great article Kofi. I’m really excited about Guardians in august, Agents of Sheild S2 in the fall, Agent Carter over the winter, all leading to Age of Ultron in may 2015. It’s a great time for Marvel fans. Phase 2 got off to a rocky start, but it’s looking better since Cap 2 and the excellent Agents of Sheild finale.

  7. I’ve been a long time supporter of AoS and have been trying to say the same things about the character development, easter eggs and building of storylines.

    It’s not a superhero TV show, they said that from the beginning, but I like all the ties to the MCU and the little comic tidbits I find myself Googling for because of AoS.

    People can criticize the acting, the CGI, the low-budget look… but what were people expecting from a TV budget?

    Looking forward to Season 2.

    • No excuse for a Marvel/Disney production with all its resources to produce such a lackluster product. Disney/ABC has been doing TV for years.

      Most viewers were expecting something like 24, Blacklist, or Person of Interest with a TV budget and all.
      The writing, cgi, acting, and development are still so lackluster to similar spy-action shows on TV now.

      There’s no excuse. ABC better be glad AOS was moved to 9pm because if it had to go up against Gotham or Flash, the ratings were decrease even more.

      Seems like Screenrant has acquiesced to the Marvel drones by lessening the criticism. Screenrant was one of the few sites where I appreciated the honesty of the AOS reviews. Other sites seemed to be tentative when criticizing Disney/Marvel.
      So I understand the change of tone of the reviews

      Apparently, SR and 7 million other people were right abt the quality of the show and ceased watching it.

      • Your point other than praising shows that have nothing in common with this show? This show is the Saturday morning cartoon of “spy” shows, as it should be. You miss entirely what this show is and your comparisons show your true intention. DC=Good Marvel=Bad. Thanks for the info. no go wait for Ben Affleck to appear on Arrow

      • sorry everyone I just remembered this guy was a DC troll. Dont feed the trolls

  8. Would anyone care to give me advice which episodes I should watch? I have never seen AoS, and from what I can tell, it seems like TAHITI would be a good place to start. And that’s so late into the season.

    • I suggest watch from the start (which by no means is stellar) because you may miss some key points that play later on, though its not Fringe (which I haven’t watched completely coz I missed a few in-between episodes, and my mind started to explode watching the later episodes, trying to understand), but still, I like to watch them in order.

      I bet this was not helpful at all, with that said watch ‘Yes Men’ a really fun episode. :)

    • Yeah, watch it from the start. It continuously keeps getting better and the character build up is actually necessary for the last 10 episodes or so to have the proper impact.

    • I’ll give it a shot. The wiki has some interesting information, and I do dig for spoilers anyway. I care about the MCU, and I want to know what’s going on.

      Go go Captain Coulson. :p

    • I’d say episodes 16-22 are probably what you’re looking for.

    • Why would you even ask this. Watch it from the start. If it was a book would you start in chapter 5 because someone told you the beginning “wasn’t good”? It’s all the same book. If you want to be an idiot and cant form opinions for yourself. I suggest you start after the credits of the last episode of the season. You’ll be all caught up by your logic

  9. I have to disagree with all 4 of your points to be honest.

    Lets face it, the only reason it’s even getting a second season is because it has a decent enough sized fan base thanks to the show taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When you need to rely on cameo’s or name dropping to garner up interest or to make your finale slightly more entertaining, i.e throwing in Nick Fury for 3 minutes (which ends up being the most exciting thing), you know the show is in trouble.

    If this exact show did not take place in the MCU but followed the same characters as agents of some other secret organisation, same actors, same writers, same stories etc etc, it would of been cancelled after 5 episodes and we all know it. Never mind a second season.

    In my opinion the acting and particulary the writing/storytelling a sub-par. It improved slightly in the second half of the season true, but considering the low standards of the earlier episodes that’s not exactly much of an accomplishment. Something improving from awful to okay, is nothing to write home about.

    (I’ve watched the whole season and this is my opinion, if you disagree and thought the show was amazing then fair enough)

    • Don’t wanna argue with anything else you pointed out, coz everyone has their own opinions, but If the show did not take place in the MCU but followed the same characters as agents of some other secret organisation, same actors, same writers, same stories, which it could not since, well there is Extremis, Asgardians, Chitauri tech scattered throughout, and hello, there is the big, bad, HYDRA, and OK if you say that they could have the super serum (Extremis, Super Soldier Serum), Aliens and their techs (Asgardians, Chitauri, etc..), and some Nazi agency infiltrating the secret agency they work for from within (Hydra, duh) without explaining, all of this (which without MCU movies cannot be), that show (which never got made or thought of except by you and by me much weirdly) would never have been picked by any network.

      Sorry, i didn’t mean any disrespect (i.e, if you felt any), and I think I forgot the point I was trying to make, but hopefully have typed it, so this wont be a waste of a comment.

      • In other words, with this kind of absurd material, it would never have seen a pilot had it not been a part of the MCU. That’s what I gathered from your comment.

        So the show is so absurd that, by right of its shared universe, its mediocrity can be forgiven.

        Why would I watch? Honestly, I just want to dig through the show for information, particularly about characters in there like Deathlok, a potential Captain Marvel, a potential Ms. Marvel, an origin for Graviton… Yes, I want to know about those characters. I want to know what else is going on when there isn’t a huge movie coming out.

        I want to say that this should have just been a comic book of its own, but one apart from the MU and instead part of the MCU. However, that’s not what they’ve done, and that may have had problems of its own. Comic books and television shows are very different things, universe confusion would likely be a problem, and there’s a greater audience for television.

  10. Here is hoping that Season 2 is better, Agent Carter introduces Ant-Man, it all connects and look good, The Flash & Arrow gets the Justice League treatment, (Gotham be the origin of what becomes of Bruce Wayne in Batman vs Superman), X-Men TV series ties to the Fox X-verse, We get Cyclops & Jean back , Sinister Six gets done right, (Edward Norton gets to be the Other Guy in The Incredible Hulk 2), The New DCAU can exist, but the old one can come out of its ‘suspended animation’.

    Basically, I want every live-action or animated comic book work to succeed, big screen or small, Huh….

    • why do you make ANY assumptions about Agent Carter and/ or Ant-man – virtually NOTHING is known about either project and it’s fairly doubtful that Ant-man will be around in 1946 – and even more doubtful they’d introduce the character on tv in anyway – as that would make the big-screen debut and special effects (ie. miniaturization) that is likely to blow audiences away next year.

      also why do many of you seem convinced Ant-Man will be tied to SHIELD in some way ? just curious?

      you’re the 2nd person I’ve read in the last two days on this site who makes assumptions like this ? why?
      speculating is fine, but without any logic behind it just seems silly – if Hank Pym would be around in 1946 – timeline for Agent Carter – that would put him in his 90s or over 100 years old in present day (same as CAP & Peggy Carter) – not likely – cause then Michael Douglas would be in OLD-man make-up for most of his appearance in Ant-man. would that make any sense ??

      and no I don’t think they would cast Michael Douglas to to put him in even OLDER man make-up – he’s already pretty old
      and if Hank Pym is portrayed as a young man – my bet is they’ll cast a younger actor – …. Zach Ephron as young MD ? see the other SR article – discussing his possible consideration for a MCU role … look at this link of MD in his 20s
      https://www.google.com/search?q=streets+of+san+francisco,+young+michael+douglas&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=2mt1U4qsNY_qoAS6woLgBg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1353&bih=712

      now Michael Douglas – as he is now – late 60s or 70s – in present day – would make more sense and make Hank Pym the same age – and make him a young man in the 70s / 80s. — ie. when MD was starring in Streets of San Francisco
      look at the link above and just imagine Zac Ephron as young Michael Douglas – VERY feasible

  11. Agree with the last 2 paragraphs. Beside that, introducing lead cast who are new and not adapted from their comic characters, to then finally make audience care for them, is also a big accomplishment.

  12. I watched every single episode. I stuck around purely out of loyalty to the MCU. There were small moments that I loved. The overall direction of the series took a positive turn after Winter Soldier. But the show as a whole was disappointing. Even the “thrilling, spectacular, unbelievable” finale was not any of those things at all. There was way too much material that they had to pull from, to not have done so. And I’m not even talking about superheroes… just SHIELD-related stuff. Too many basic questions left unanswered. Too much mystery leading to too many let-downs.

    Having said all that… I’m still looking forward to Season 2. Not just out of loyalty to the MCU, but because I’m hoping to see a show that evolves, that grows, and that learns from mistakes.

  13. I think AoS is a great show. I’m glad that it got picked up for a second season. The show started of really slow and boring, but it got better as it progressed, becoming more entertaining and intriguing to me. I’m staying hopefull for the series future. :)

  14. the show is great. since second half ive just loved every ep and the twists were awsome. it was sooo easy for them to make ward good again and im so happy they never. he will be back but im glad everything happened the way it did.

    took a while to get going but that because they had to introduce characters and gice them a story. there are more characters than useual for a show and they are all main characters so it took the whole part 1 to lay the ground work. arrow was boring too in its first season remember but look at it now.

  15. You guys have set the standard for me on what I look for in a review of something I personally love. You give honest critique but also give credit what it is due. Thank you for that.

  16. Lots of shows are unwatchable their first season. A lot of shows I love, and think are some of the best ever have abysmal first seasons. I notice they tend to stick to a formula, and move at sort of this slow, plotting pace. A lot of time they are given sh***y budgets to work with, or they have a lot of logistical issues. Sort of like starting a business. Then they’ll hit their stride second season, and maybe learn from some mistakes. This show started to show signs of life late. I think if it was cancelled people would wonder how good it could’ve gotten.

  17. 1. Bland characters
    2. Piss poor writing
    3. It’s a complete cash in
    4. Marvel studio apologists are always coming up with excuses to justify its existence

    • thank you i could not have said it better myself, kofi outlaw failed to point out that
      the winter soldiers tie-in had some of worst ratings of season and also failed to point
      out that a comparable fantasy like lost kept its audience for a while.

      • They already pointed out that the Winter Soldier tie-in had low ratings. Listen to the Rants and Raves portion of the Game of Thrones: The Purple Wedding Podcast, they talk about the ratings in full detail.

      • The winter soldier tie-in episode had the worst rating of the season for what reason?

        Any guesses?

        Maybe, and I’m just throwing this out there to see if it sticks, it was because people didn’t want to spoil the movie that was just released, that they were going to see later that week..?

        Do you think that might have played a role in the ratings?

        • No, the ratings have been within the same range for awhile now. The show just hit it’s audience level, and the network is satisfied with it.

          • Well don’t forget that it as up against number 1 scripted show in the US (NCIS).
            the only time it wasn’t against them they got 3M more views.
            Plus everybody forgetting that the show is syndicated in everypossible market outside the US (155 countries) and have one of the biggest DVR viewing (about 3M on avarge).

            Next year they will be against NCIS New orleans that will never have the same ratings as the original and four not that big comedy shows. I believe that as long they won’t drop the ball they will have better ratings next year. (around the 8M)

        • that had to be it. I loved the entire show but if you never saw Cap 2 youd most likely would of been spoiled.

  18. This show really picked up steam once The Winter Soldier came out, and it’s so much better now for it. It’s almost a completely different show now, one with actual ties to the Marvel Universe beyond Coulson.

    Plus, they KILLED IT with the last episode, nobody who watched all of season one can say that the final episode didn’t make you want a second season. Garret exploding alone gives me so much more hope for the future of this series and every series after that. In my opinion that was basically Agents of SHIELD’s signature moment. Hilarious, cool and it shows that they’re not afraid to make fun of tired comic book tropes or change up the Marvel lore.

    • He does what?

      Hold on.

      *jots in notebook*

      “BILL PAX… BILL PULLMA-… BILL PLAXTON EXPLODES”

      Cool. Now I have something to look forward to.

  19. Great points Kofi. The show was complete trash at the start and recovered enough to get a second season, I agree.

    At the start it was a 4/10 and at the end it was a 6.5 with potential. I have to say I do like the characters now.

    *Spoilers*

    Too bad they blew up Paxton, he was great as a villain on this show.

  20. first half of the show wasnt good but once they got their s*** together it really picked up and they ended the season nicely.

    Next season will be rebuilding Shield, who is Skye’s father, Ward is still alive and will likely be broken out of jail. What happens to Fitz.

    • In the Comics Raina is a Saurian from the Savage Lands, so Skye’s Father is most likely a Saurian.

  21. I don’t get the hate for this show. I watched it from the beginning and watched it get progressively better during the season. Mid-season it kicked it into gear after The Winter Soldier and became one of my favorite shows to watch. It was an enjoyable show to watch for fans of the MCU and I expect season 2 to be killer.

    • it’s my feeling that expectation hurt the show in the beginning.

      I can remember the posts regarding the trailer for the pilot and everyone was banding round the intro of Luke Cage for Richards character then he ended up being just some bloke and you could just feel a lot of the early viewers going WTF!!!

      From the outset everyone was expecting a bigger tie in with the Marvel Universe as a whole not just the MCU. The comics have such a rich list of characters, even B,C & D list characters that it didn’t make much sense not to have them permeate the show….. like they did with Gravaton.

      The SHEILD we got in that first half of the season was not the SHEILD we had been exposed too in the comics nor the MCU.

      You can discuss the limitation of a TV budget but that doesn’t fly as that should of been taken into account during it’s inception, plus Disney/Marvel could of bunged £100m at it without noticing it on their P&L.

      I honestly think that a lot of the “intensity” of the backlash against AoS was born not just from the poor quality of the first half of the series but just how far away it was from peoples expectations going in.

      It could of and should of been brilliant from minute one.

      AoS needs to do an Arrow – average 1st half season one, strong finish to season 1, generally awesome season 2.

      No excuses second time up to bat

  22. MOS left fans equally divided, but I guess it deserves another shot as well…

    Too bad they decided to go with another sequel to Batman instead.

  23. The Movie tie in was great television, but on its own the show sucked. It would be wise to focus on the Hydra threat. Focusing on Skye’s parents, Fitz’s injuries, Ward’s brother or Coulson’s GH 325 could be this shows down fall.

    However, if the show ties into AoU and Ant-Man AoS could be an awesome show for a long time.

  24. In my mind, the biggest shortcoming of the first half or so of this season was that it was far too procedural. Sure, they SLOWLY started to flesh out the characters and milked the mystery about Coulson’s death for months, but aside from that each episode was almost entirely separate from each other. They started out with the Extremis/Centipede thing, which could’ve been super cool if they’d devoted a several episode plot arc to it, but they seemed to just forget about it. Likewise, they had an episode that was basically an origin story for Graviton, but we’ve yet to see that really come back.

    In contrast, after the HYDRA takeover (and Coulson’s TAHITI revelation), the show seemed to set its single-episode plots aside for a more developed plot arc that actually concludes the broader plot of The Winter Soldier (i.e., beyond Project Insight), which is what made me excited to watch it, rather than just as a force of habit.

    Hopefully, in season 2, they’ll continue this trend, and move away from the procedural storytelling that (in my mind) plagued the first half of this one. And, if they can manage it, they’d be in a perfect position to set up the government/political landscape when Ultron comes out to play: what the structure of the agency formerly known as SHIELD looks like, what Maria Hill and Stark are up to, etc. If they do it right, they can make the TV show make the movies better, rather than only the other way around.

    • did you miss that everything you say picked up the second part were objects and technology from the first half of the season. those interesting bad guys were trying to steal all of the random technology from the first half of the season the centipede soldiers and technology was used by Garrett. dislike head always been a program Gary it was running and these newer technologies and serums and supersoldier crap were something his faction of Hydra wanted to get

  25. The second half of the show has been leaps and bounds better then the first…anyone whos dismissed it has missed out on some quality, B level, Marvel action…show IMO without a doubt deserved a season 2 at the minimum…its good and has potential to be great

  26. Even an Army/Navy/Airforce, etc. has not just tanks, planes, and battleships, but support troops as well. That helps them advance and win battles. Even Marvel’s big heroes, such as Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, etc. needs support troops such as Shield. Glad this show got another season, and hope it gets a third after that. I trust you all see my point.

  27. I’m wondering where will 2nd season heading? is it going to be like Agent Carter One-Shot plus office setting? Like NCIS, only replace military stuff with superhero stuff?

    Maybe i’m lacking imagination or something, but once i heard Fury appointing Coulson as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., I keep thinking about Coulson being like Gibbs, with Fitz-Simmons are going to be gender inverted Abby and Ducky with a touch of romantic drama. And Skye is female McGee, May is practically Ziva, and Tripplett is black DiNozzo.

    I just realize that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are somehow NCIS version of MCU, and i’m torn apart. In one hand, NCIS is a good show and i’m interested in how the story turn out. In other hand, i’m really worried if they going to turn AoS into MCU version of cop procedural, a potential threat is found -> they investigate -> at the end of the episode they have eliminate the threat -> screen goes black. I’m sincerely hoping they develop a solid story that’s not only goes hand-in-hand with MCU big screen, but also stand on their own ground and showing us the bigger world of MCU that exist outside the big screen.

  28. All the reviews, all the chatter and all the haters. One simple, logical reason why AoS is getting renewed & why Agent Carter is getting a chance…. DISNEY owns Marvel comics & DISNEY owns ABC broadcasting. These shows could have the worst ratings EVER & they’d still get renewed/picked up.

    • Well that seems obvious, kind of like Warner using variations on their DC properties to create shows. Disney has already been doing it with the Public Domain fairy tale characters on ABC and I if they have not already announced some Star Wars project for broadcast I am sure they will.

  29. Skye and Coulson are the only decent characters in the series. The silly teens the most awful.

    Even if the series did improve it is still not a tv quality show, it just started with such a low benchmark that some improvement could not have been that hard.

    If we are talking quality then it does not deserve a second series but if people are viewing then obviously it’s a business and that will and should effect the decision to renew.