I've been bashing Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while now and really the reason I am is not because I hate it; it's because I feel betrayed by it. Since first hearing about the show, I was super excited to see Marvel's Cinematic Universe branching out into television after dominating the box office. It seemed like a natural progression and, given that Joss Whedon was acting as executive producer for the series, seemed like it would be perfect.
Well, in all honesty, it's been anything but perfect. Ten episodes have aired since the September 24th premiere. Of those ten, only about three have been what I would consider "good". About five others were tolerable, if not entirely forgettable, and the final two were just downright ridiculous. Like, face-palmingly ridiculous. Plug a hole in an airplane with an inflatable raft ridiculous.
But despite treating the show like a cartoon, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it had just become a knock-off of another show: NCIS. Examples here:
Don't get me wrong. I like NCIS. I have for years. Every time USA shows a marathon, I get sucked into it. The problem that I have is that it prevents Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from having its own identity. While these characters could have had all of their own personalities, they instead mimic the personalities of other popular characters, making them seem second rate and boring.
Now some would argue that any characterization could be attributed to some other television show, and I would agree. However, when all of the characters on this show match almost perfectly to all of the characters from another show, it's just a little too much.
I want to see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. get better. I want to like the show. But I don't see that happening if it just continues to shadow another popular television show. There's so much that the writers can do with it. They just need to get their heads out of their asses and listen to their fans a little bit. We're not always right, but we know what we want.