Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Gets a Full Season Order

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t quite the runaway success that Marvel Studios/ABC might’ve envisioned (it’s neither a critical smash nor a ratings monster), but the comic book-inspired TV series is nonetheless a standout in the crowd of new shows that’ve premiered on the airwaves in Fall 2013.

The third episode, titled “The Asset” (read our review), is generally regarded to be an improvement on the previous episode “0-8-4″, which failed to inspire much confidence in the show’s longevity (following after the original Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot’s mixed reception). Moreover, “The Asset” brought in around 7.7. million viewers when it aired this past Tuesday, which is only an 8% drop from the turnout for “0-8-4″; by comparison, the latter took a sizable dive in viewership from the pilot, dropping around 34%.

ABC has formally announced a full season pick-up order for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., meaning that the (not)-superhero team TV series – created by The Avengers director Joss Whedon, in collaboration with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse) – has now joined NBC’s The Blacklist and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on the list of new show additions that will at least survive until the end of one season (and beyond to season two, in the case of Sleepy Hollow).

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This ought to come as comforting news for longtime Whedon fans, who have grown accustomed to his shows either being too short-lived (Firefly) or always left on the chopping block, ready to be cancelled at the drop of a hat (Dollhouse). Moreover, the viewers who are still onboard with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but feel it needs more time to develop and evolve - before they can throw their full support behind the Marvel show – have more reason to believe that’s possible now.

Indeed, we here at Screen Rant have already outlined how to improve Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a whole, but there are a few episodes left until the showrunners can start to either a) implement feedback from the masses, b) ignore the viewer/TV critic complaints and proceed as planned, or c) (most likely) use some hybrid of the two approaches.

The series could arguably stand to benefit the most by following the example set by past Whedon shows. That would involve focusing on the most compelling players – in order to strengthen the character ensemble altogether – and exploring some meaningful over-arching story material. Not to mention, a little more diversity in multiple respects would be nice. (Clark Gregg’s charisma as Agent Phil Coulson and post-credit scenes will only tide viewers over for so long, before they become worn-out gimmicks.)

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‘Look, I’m good, but I’m no Tony Stark, okay?’

Fortunately, there are preliminary signs that the people running thing behind the scenes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are thinking along those same lines. Without spoiling anything for those who need to catch up, the latest episode hinted at some more interesting developments on the horizon (in terms of both the storyline and individual character development).

More importantly, on a fundamental (re: philosophical) level, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is admirable for its optimistic worldview and how it aims to treat the problems and dilemmas faced by ordinary people with respect (even in a world of superheroes). A show like that is worth supporting, even thought it has yet to find a clear voice or uphold the worthy standard to which it’s aspiring. Fortunately, we now know it has a whole season to hit its stride and become something great.

Are you happy to hear that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been picked up for a full season?


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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  1. I think this show is amazing yet again and anyone that thinks its not is sick in the head. Of course it wont have all the superheroes in it thats what the movies are for and do you really think they would make as much money on the movies if you could see the super guys on TV? And the title isn’t *Super Heroes of SHIELD* its *Agents of SHIELD* plus i think this show unlike others (Arrow, The Cape, Lost, Heroes) isn’t predictable the twists and turns keep it interesting and enjoyable. This said i cant wait for the season Finale to air and find out how they will tie the season up!

    P.S. Favorite character is Sky :)

  2. The name is SKYE. With an E.
    Learn English.

  3. S.H.I.E.L.D. wields the power to move us into the world beyond worlds depicted in the recently released Interstellar production. To say I’m hooked on the characters and the evolving human drama of alien hybridization is an understatement. Kurzweil should watch and comment since his quest for immortality and genius to tap into the future dimensions leading to his Singularity would a welcome boost to the series! I grew up reading Marvel comics series 65 +yrs ago and feel so blessed to see the evolution into the seasonal offerings shown today. My opinion? Don’t stop making seasons until you can explain the fifth dimension!!