Now, I don't know if you guys have noticed, but the geek community can be a little critical sometimes. [insert hearty, sarcastic laugh here] And all that criticism floating around online has kept me from giving Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a try. Given all the sniping, I expected it to be about the quality of Arrow, which I do like, but just barely. (I keep giving up on season 2, because ug.)
So imagine my shock and delight when I discovered Agents is friggin' FANTASTIC.
Not anymore, A.C. NOT ANYMORE.
(Don't worry, this'll be spoiler-free.)
The pilot hooked us immediately with its mix of action and laughs - classic Whedon, really - so John and I just knew it was going to go bad at some point. And I'll be honest, in the last half of season one things do get a little rocky. (If you've seen Winter Soldier in theaters, you can probably guess why.) However, stick it out, because the last few episodes pull it back together brilliantly, and will reward you with a finale that quite literally left us cheering.
Best of all, Agents kept surprising me with clever plot twists and turns. Several times John and I would "call" something: "Oh, THAT's the bad guy" - or - "Well now THIS is going to happen, obviously" - and we were almost always wrong. It's so refreshing to watch an unpredictable show! And the writing never once insulted our intelligence with inept agents, easily avoidable problems, nonsensical plot holes, etc, etc.
If I seem like I'm fangirling, it's because I'm totally fangirling. I like the Avengers, and I've liked just about all the movies in the franchise, but I LOVE this show. I love that it's an ensemble cast of non-super-powered humans... who are still super heroes.
I guess I prefer my heroes a little less super, and a lot more Coulson:
What's more, I love the women in this show, who are eminently badass (Thank you, Joss!):
She's the cavalry - but don't call her that.
I love that Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye, could act circles around most of the cast of Arrow.
(Sorry to go after Arrow, btw, but it seems the most appropriate comparison, and I'm still kinda bitter about all the spoiled potential over there.)
Well, him and Lola, of course:
While Coulson could carry the show on his own, I'm glad he doesn't have to. Because amid all the action and laughs, there's a lot of heart to these characters' relationships, with layers of past pains and tantalizing mysteries that kept me guessing 'til the end.
Oh, and no spoilers in the comments, please, since John and I are about to dive in to season 2. Awww yeaaah. :)