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20 November 2014 @ 12:24 am
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D  
I've probably heard all the big spoilers attached to this show which might mean I won't feel the emotional payoffs like those who watched the series without knowing what was to come. The show very much reminds me of a Joss Whedon show. And that's not a very good thing for me. Having said that, though, I do like some of the characters. Agent May is pretty cool. And I find Coulson more interesting in this series than he was in the Marvel movies.

I've gone through about eight episodes now and if it wasn't for the fact that I've been promised certain things in season 2, I probably wouldn't keep going. Tim DeKay as the awful older brother of Ward? Appearances by Peggy Carter and a couple of Howling Commandos? You bet I'm going to keep at this show just to see that.
in_the_bottlein_the_bottle on November 20th, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
I was actually pretty Meh about it until halfway through s1, then things picked up and it was like "WHOA! Now we're talking!"

FitzSimmons was what kept me through most of the first half, they're just too adorable. :)

And yes, kick ass May...
aelfgyfu_mead: Melinda Mayaelfgyfu_mead on November 20th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
I was actually pretty Meh about it until halfway through s1, then things picked up and it was like "WHOA! Now we're talking!"
YES! I was thinking about quitting when suddenly things got interesting. It wasn't one plot twist that made everything better; things just really started to click.
in_the_bottlein_the_bottle on November 21st, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
Things just picked up. I didn't even watch the CA movies, but it all tied into it and everything expanded into something much more interesting. s2 has been really good too.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 21st, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
Everyone has kept telling me to persist with it and that it will pick up. Plus, it sounds like season 2 is really good so at least I've got that to look forward to.
in_the_bottlein_the_bottle on November 21st, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Also, I think you're only about 2-3 eps away from the good stuff! Can't give up now!!
aelfgyfu_mead: Melinda Mayaelfgyfu_mead on November 20th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're missing out on the big payoffs, because they were huge for me. But I think you're not at the point where I went from "I guess I'll keep watching now" to "I want the next episode NOW!" and "This is my show!" (along with Elementary—I can't tell you right now which I love more).

I love May and have loved her since early on—but she gets more interesting and complex (though she was always cool). I've been fond of Coulson since the movies. I neither liked Skye a lot nor hated her at the start (I know people who did), but she grew on me. And I'm very fond of Simmons. I also like some characters you haven't met yet.

Keep watching!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 21st, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
I sort of braced myself when I sat down to watch May as she's the first major character Whedon has written that's being played by an Asian American actress. And Whedon doesn't have the best track record for not completely appropriating Asian culture. I worried a little based on early descriptions of her but she's turned out to be pretty bad ass so that was nice.

Keep watching!

Will do!
aelfgyfu_mead: Melinda Mayaelfgyfu_mead on November 22nd, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
I have heard conflicting reports about Joss Whedon's involvement—both that he is seriously involved and that he is mostly lending his name to his brother's project. Jed Whedon is married to the third creator/writer, Maurissa Tancharoen, who I believe IS an Asian American.

I never got into Buffy and Angel. I did watch Firefly with ongoing reservations—cultural appropriation high among them, and a lot to do with Inara. I started watching Dollhouse but quit in disgust after an episode or two—it seemed like a prolonged rape fantasy! I watched the last few episodes because I did want to see the characters escape control, but then I wasn't happy with the ending.

Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part to think Joss isn't too much involved and that Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen want different things and are much more in control. I don't want to watch women being killed or victimized; I don't want to see any of my favorite characters die. But I feel like SHIELD is a lot different from Firefly and what I saw of Whedon's other shows.
X-parrotxparrot on November 21st, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
I have to say, while last year I was mostly watching AOS because I'm invested enough in the MCU to want to keep up with it, this year it's become one of my favorite shows, it used the shake-ups of last season to its best advantage.

At this point I like most of the cast, but to be honest, imho if one of your primary reasons for watching isn't Melinda May, you're doing it wrong :P
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 21st, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
I kept meaning to watch it when it first started airing but I caught a glimpse of an early episode and was just like, "NOPE." But then everyone started to say it drastically improved so I thought I'd give it another chance.

Plus, I really do want to see how it all relates to the MCU.
X-parrotxparrot on November 22nd, 2014 08:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, the pilot is okay but the first few eps after that are the worst the show has to offer. Pretty much all of my flist dropped it by ep 5 or 6, and I might've myself except it was one of the shows that the whole house watched together. And now I'm glad I did! (though like the comments above I'm rather hoping Whedon's influence is minimal...)
Gnine: All about the cuddlesgnine on November 21st, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else has been saying, keep with it! It was very 'meh' the first half of first season but it's just gotten better and better, the tie-ins to the movies have been fun and second season has no become one of my Look Forward to shows each week.

Also, MAY!

Also, also cause I saw you mentioning May being the first Asian American Joss has tackled (and it's so true he doesn't have the best of track records there :-p...which has always confused me since his brother's wife/co-writer IS Asian American...oh Joss :---p ), Skye's actress is actually half Chinese American (the character's meant to be mixed-race as well). At the beginning of the show, the way she's made up really plays that down, but it's made more clear later on.