eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
I thought this episode was quite thought-provoking.

Spoilers, as usual. )
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Episode thoughts, spoilery! This may well have been the episode that sold me on the show for good.

hearts in my eyes. IN MY EYES. )

I suspect one reason why the show's not quite hitting the right notes for some members of MCU/Avengers fandom is that it's really not within the mold of the SHIELD we expect. We're used to the spy agency which exists in fanfic to provide missions for some combination of Natasha, Clint and Steve, or to provide a new challenge for Darcy Lewis to be awesome at.

And the SHIELD we see on the show isn't that agency; this is a team of monster-hunters, not operatives of a politically-active intelligence agency. I'm sure the fandom vision of SHIELD exists in parallel, really, because that's a place where people like Melinda May and Grant Ward would feel at home. But the show's lens on SHIELD doesn't feel like the agency that fanworks have primed us to expect, which isn't the show's fault, but is probably causing some cognitive dissonance. I know it did for me until I came to grips with it.

I like this SHIELD, though. I think I would like the covert spy agency version more, because I love spies and have many feelings about them (SPY DADDY ♥), but now that I have adjusted my expectations accordingly, I am pretty much okay with what we have. I can always get that other SHIELD from fanfic anyway. :)
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
spoilery, as always )

Although this ep's storyline pushed a couple of my DNW buttons for specific reasons (which wasn't the show's fault), I can tell it's growing on me by my disappointment that there's no new episode next week. :)

Oh god, the neighbour is steel drumming again. Kill me now.
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Spoilers. )

Not a great episode, but definitely an improvement over what came before. This bodes well, I think.
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Spoilers, as usual. )

Apart from a couple of moments of stupidity, that seemed a lot better than the two previous. Or am I just becoming desensitised?
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Episode two, thoughts. (And on the show in general.)

spoilers, natch )

I want to like Agents of SHIELD, but there are bad decisions and lazy writing - allowing stuff that just doesn't make sense to stand because it sets up the narrative they need - massively holding it back. I hope that improves; I'd expected better of a Mutant Enemy production.

Oh dear.

Sep. 28th, 2013 12:31 pm
eleanorjane: Natasha Romanoff, looking intent. (natasha)
A massive SHIELD plot hole just occurred to me this morning.

spoilers for pilot ep )

So, yeah. I still enjoyed it - I rewatched it a couple of nights ago so Chris could see it, and I actually enjoyed it more on second viewing - but that sort of lazy writing is not what I expect from the Mutant Enemy team.

On the up side, at least I have a Natasha icon now!

SHIELD!

Sep. 25th, 2013 12:21 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
watch-along reactions; spoilers ahoy )

In conclusion, why don't I have any MCU icons? I must fix that.

Also in conclusion: based on this, I don't love Agents of SHIELD for its own sake, but I look forward to the worldbuilding it contributes, and the extra MCU fic it's no doubt going to inspire. (Given that Thor spawned a massive fandom for two characters who never even meet, and one of whom only has two lines, i.e. Clint/Darcy, I have great hopes for the AoS/MCU crossovers.)
eleanorjane: Tony Stark in Afghanistan (war)
...but with lots of squee (hmm, does that count as a comment?)

The Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer.

*flail*

I think today I will go on an MCU icon spree.

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