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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a full season order at ABC

Oct. 10, 2013by:

This seemed like a foregone conclusion, but we now have official word that MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. has received a full season order which will bring it to 22 episodes. After three outings and good ratings, ABC knows it would be foolish to not pick up the series. It is only a matter of time before we hear about a second season renewal for the superhero-less comic book show.

Ratings have gone down for the second and third episodes as compared to the pilot but AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. still ranks as the top new television show of the season and the third to get either a second season or full season commitment (FOX's SLEEPY HOLLOW and NBC's THE BLACKLIST are the others). The show has already been polarizing for fans as evident in the talkbacks for my weekly recap column. The majority of comments are positive but detractors are complaining that the show has a generic feel and sloppy writing. As someone who typically is not a Joss Whedon fan, I like the show. It is very reminiscent of shows like ALIAS and DOLLHOUSE with a nice undercurrent of comedy. Plus, Clark Gregg is great as Coulson.

I will continue to give AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. a shot but I would also think they are going to need to amp up the comic book connections, something I am sure they are saving for whenever a new Marvel feature film is released. For now, you can check out AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. every Tuesday on ABC.

Source: Deadline

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3:41PM on 10/10/2013

Saw that coming

This news isn't unexpected, at all, given that it's a Marvel show on ABC's channel. I've yet to get caught up on the 3rd episode, but episode 2 was even worse than the pilot. Very cheesy and cliche' at every possible opportunity, terrible dialogue, bad acting...the only redeeming quality so far has been Coulson, and I don't even like the fact that he's somehow alive again (be it Life Model Decoy, or any other explanation) as I feel it cheapens The Avengers. And don't get me started on the
This news isn't unexpected, at all, given that it's a Marvel show on ABC's channel. I've yet to get caught up on the 3rd episode, but episode 2 was even worse than the pilot. Very cheesy and cliche' at every possible opportunity, terrible dialogue, bad acting...the only redeeming quality so far has been Coulson, and I don't even like the fact that he's somehow alive again (be it Life Model Decoy, or any other explanation) as I feel it cheapens The Avengers. And don't get me started on the Fitz-Simmons characters. Terrible, annoying, and a waste of time. Skye isn't much better. Hopefully this series can turn in around in a hurry, otherwise I don't see myself checking out the rest of the season.
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3:49PM on 10/10/2013
I could not agree more.
I could not agree more.
3:55PM on 10/10/2013

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7:42PM on 10/10/2013
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3:57PM on 10/10/2013

Staying hopeful for now...

After watching the season 2 premiere of Arrow last night and seeing that its more than possible to have a good, modern take of the Super Hero genre on television (on basic cable anyway...), I am still hoping SHIELD can gain some momentum. So far I am not impressed, bad writing, worse acting and annoying characters do not give me reason to tune in week after week... I want to see a recognizable villain in the mix, maybe that will help re-new my interest.
After watching the season 2 premiere of Arrow last night and seeing that its more than possible to have a good, modern take of the Super Hero genre on television (on basic cable anyway...), I am still hoping SHIELD can gain some momentum. So far I am not impressed, bad writing, worse acting and annoying characters do not give me reason to tune in week after week... I want to see a recognizable villain in the mix, maybe that will help re-new my interest.
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4:05PM on 10/10/2013
level of people who are disappointed by this: everyone.
level of people who are disappointed by this: everyone.
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4:59PM on 10/10/2013
Haven't been overly impressed so far, although this weeks episode was an improvement. Hopefully that trend will continue and the show becomes stronger.
Now that they got a full season order I hope they take a look at what's working, Coulson and May, witty one liners, the Marvelverse references and the practical effects. But especially what's not working, Fitz and Simmons, cheesy cgi and the rest of the cast. I think a few character re-writes could save them though, even Fitz and Simmons.
Haven't been overly impressed so far, although this weeks episode was an improvement. Hopefully that trend will continue and the show becomes stronger.
Now that they got a full season order I hope they take a look at what's working, Coulson and May, witty one liners, the Marvelverse references and the practical effects. But especially what's not working, Fitz and Simmons, cheesy cgi and the rest of the cast. I think a few character re-writes could save them though, even Fitz and Simmons.
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4:59PM on 10/10/2013
The show is okay. As it stands right now, I say it needs more superpowers (that's the point of the Marvelverse, right?) and a main villain. I really don't want this to turn into a freak-of-the-week show like the first couple seasons of Smallville and Supernatural were.
The show is okay. As it stands right now, I say it needs more superpowers (that's the point of the Marvelverse, right?) and a main villain. I really don't want this to turn into a freak-of-the-week show like the first couple seasons of Smallville and Supernatural were.
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5:46PM on 10/10/2013

wasted potential

this isnt awful but to me its not nearly living up to its potential. actually its not even living up to Torchwood's legacy. this cant be low budget XFiles fare. they have to have some balls here. i also like the suggestion of adding a villain. doesnt have to be Galactus but at least toss in AIM or the Power Broker or something!
this isnt awful but to me its not nearly living up to its potential. actually its not even living up to Torchwood's legacy. this cant be low budget XFiles fare. they have to have some balls here. i also like the suggestion of adding a villain. doesnt have to be Galactus but at least toss in AIM or the Power Broker or something!
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5:54PM on 10/10/2013

Other than Coulson, I can't take anyone or anything seriously.

What I liked about Whedon's past shows (Firefly, Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse) is that every cast member had fit their role perfectly to the point where their characters were believable and that they were people we could immediately identify with or aspire to be (I'm a leaf in the wind! Watch me soar motha fucka!!). I don't buy the brooding, stoic and perfectionist agent, the maniac pixie computer whiz, the mysterious pilot or the bumbling socially awkward scientists because, honestly, everyone
What I liked about Whedon's past shows (Firefly, Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse) is that every cast member had fit their role perfectly to the point where their characters were believable and that they were people we could immediately identify with or aspire to be (I'm a leaf in the wind! Watch me soar motha fucka!!). I don't buy the brooding, stoic and perfectionist agent, the maniac pixie computer whiz, the mysterious pilot or the bumbling socially awkward scientists because, honestly, everyone is an abercrombie and fitch model. The show tries to implement some "Whedon dialogue" within the generic script but it only comes off as forced and cringe worthy because the characters are cliche, have no depth (that can change, I know) and the dialogue is being spewed out by actors and actresses that look like they've been clipped right out of Seventeen Magazine. Now I'm not saying that the characters shouldn't be attractive, I just saying I shouldn't feel as if I'm watching a show on the CW.

That's all I have to say. XOXO, Gossip Girl.
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7:34PM on 10/10/2013
I read this hoping to find something to disagree with but alas...you are correct sir! Right on the money actually. The main girl is some nice eye candy but I do want more out of my Marvel...
I read this hoping to find something to disagree with but alas...you are correct sir! Right on the money actually. The main girl is some nice eye candy but I do want more out of my Marvel...
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6:31PM on 10/10/2013
Coulson is great, but other than that it's generic prettyboy (and girl) characters, with more generic storylines and poor writing. It doesn't feel anything like a Joss Whedon show at all. There is no depth to the characters, there is little to no humour either and what is there falls flat most of the time. What they need is main cast additions with some actual personality. Coulson can't carry the show alone. (Admitedly, the Cavalry character has some potential too, it's the two "leads"
Coulson is great, but other than that it's generic prettyboy (and girl) characters, with more generic storylines and poor writing. It doesn't feel anything like a Joss Whedon show at all. There is no depth to the characters, there is little to no humour either and what is there falls flat most of the time. What they need is main cast additions with some actual personality. Coulson can't carry the show alone. (Admitedly, the Cavalry character has some potential too, it's the two "leads" that are horrid).
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7:37PM on 10/10/2013
I know they're not going in this direction but...bring in Superheroes/villains!!! For the love of all that is good do not make this the random-power-fiery hand-telekinetic whatever character of the week no one cares about type show. The MCU has access to over 5000 characters! Use them!
I know they're not going in this direction but...bring in Superheroes/villains!!! For the love of all that is good do not make this the random-power-fiery hand-telekinetic whatever character of the week no one cares about type show. The MCU has access to over 5000 characters! Use them!
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7:41PM on 10/10/2013

Gets worse with each episode

It is sooo boring. Too much focus on the obvious build up to the relationship between retarded hacker girl who is only there to flaunt her boobs and not-captain america.

Coulson is cool but thats it. This show SUCKS.
It is sooo boring. Too much focus on the obvious build up to the relationship between retarded hacker girl who is only there to flaunt her boobs and not-captain america.

Coulson is cool but thats it. This show SUCKS.
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7:44PM on 10/10/2013
Why? It's an awful show.
Why? It's an awful show.
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8:53PM on 10/10/2013
Why all the dislike for this series? I think it's pretty fun. I wasn't too keen on the idea when it was announced, but I do like the show so far. It certainly isn't groundbreaking in any sense, but it's got a sense of continuity with the established Marvel cinematic universe, a good lead in the form of Clark Gregg, the requisite eye candy quotient, good visual effects work, and seems to be starting to introduce characters from the comics, with Graviton in the most recent episode. I guess there
Why all the dislike for this series? I think it's pretty fun. I wasn't too keen on the idea when it was announced, but I do like the show so far. It certainly isn't groundbreaking in any sense, but it's got a sense of continuity with the established Marvel cinematic universe, a good lead in the form of Clark Gregg, the requisite eye candy quotient, good visual effects work, and seems to be starting to introduce characters from the comics, with Graviton in the most recent episode. I guess there are places to go.
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10:02PM on 10/10/2013

Ya I'm in

I think its slowly getting better, I like that they hinted at Graviton, the Rising Tide part is eh, I was hoping for Hyrda or AIM with MODOK....still holding out hope thats what the Rising Tide ends up becoming, would love to see Hank Pym pop up next season before AntMan comes out (or later this season)
I think its slowly getting better, I like that they hinted at Graviton, the Rising Tide part is eh, I was hoping for Hyrda or AIM with MODOK....still holding out hope thats what the Rising Tide ends up becoming, would love to see Hank Pym pop up next season before AntMan comes out (or later this season)
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10:03PM on 10/10/2013

Cue the fanboi butthurt

It's a decent concept - regular humans dealing with a world of superheroes - and there's more good than bad in it. I enjoyed the 3 episodes I've seen so far. They're definitely setting up some cool stuff for later (Gravitron, for instance). Clark Gregg's an excellent lead and Ming-Na Wen is great. The other characters need some work but they're starting to develop.

I think people should lay off the whine and give this show a chance to find its legs.

It's a decent concept - regular humans dealing with a world of superheroes - and there's more good than bad in it. I enjoyed the 3 episodes I've seen so far. They're definitely setting up some cool stuff for later (Gravitron, for instance). Clark Gregg's an excellent lead and Ming-Na Wen is great. The other characters need some work but they're starting to develop.

I think people should lay off the whine and give this show a chance to find its legs.

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5:23AM on 10/11/2013
The show badly need better writing. The punchbag conversations in the last episode were stiff and horrible, characters are stale. Coulson was great as a supporting role in the movies but the character can't carry a show. Great production values alone can't make a show entertaining. So far SHIELD feels like a 90s action show. A more expensive Relic Hunter
The show badly need better writing. The punchbag conversations in the last episode were stiff and horrible, characters are stale. Coulson was great as a supporting role in the movies but the character can't carry a show. Great production values alone can't make a show entertaining. So far SHIELD feels like a 90s action show. A more expensive Relic Hunter
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6:52AM on 10/11/2013

full of crap

Anyone who really thinks this show is good is kidding themselves. over 200 million was spent on an anvengers movie and this series seems like a dvd rental. marvel universe is full of real awesome characters but the writer and director has no damn clue. I hope the ratings continue to fall so they can re-amp this garbage or get a director who knows what the hell he is doing...
Anyone who really thinks this show is good is kidding themselves. over 200 million was spent on an anvengers movie and this series seems like a dvd rental. marvel universe is full of real awesome characters but the writer and director has no damn clue. I hope the ratings continue to fall so they can re-amp this garbage or get a director who knows what the hell he is doing...
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12:19PM on 10/11/2013
Perhaps you should read what the show's actually about before spouting off on it. FYI, here's what Joss Whedon said about the show: ""It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to The Avengers]... What does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me."

He
Perhaps you should read what the show's actually about before spouting off on it. FYI, here's what Joss Whedon said about the show: ""It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to The Avengers]... What does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me."

He also said that while the show would involve people with powers and the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, it would focus on "the peripheral people ... the people on the edges of the grand adventures."

Now I'll give you 20 minutes to get your foot out of your mouth.
8:19AM on 10/11/2013
Yeah, right. They should pay Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans a million dollars an episode so Iron Man or Captain America can show up every week and satisfy the need for actual Marvel characters appearing. Or not. Actually, we have had Maria Hill, Nick Fury and Dr. Franklin Hall in Episodes 1, 2 and 3 and they are all Marvel characters. I think we will see one Marvel character appearing every week and it won't always be characters from the movies because that would eat up their entire
Yeah, right. They should pay Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans a million dollars an episode so Iron Man or Captain America can show up every week and satisfy the need for actual Marvel characters appearing. Or not. Actually, we have had Maria Hill, Nick Fury and Dr. Franklin Hall in Episodes 1, 2 and 3 and they are all Marvel characters. I think we will see one Marvel character appearing every week and it won't always be characters from the movies because that would eat up their entire budget. I do think it would be good to see these agents cleaning up after an Avengers battle that doesn't get shown in the movies: they don't have to show the actors because they can use CGI flashbacks like on CSI. Eventually they will tie into the movies as they come out. We will probably get to see cameos like we did with Nick Fury in the second episode. Something like Captain America sending them a message thanking them for everything they did. The Avengers can't appear in the actual episodes because they still think Coulson is dead.
8:44AM on 10/11/2013
I'm trying to like this show but so far it's very.......blah. I highly doubt Whedon has much to do with it because we all know he can do way better than this. He's probably busy with the films and can't devote too much time to it. Arrow is way better and a lot more exciting, especially the fight scenes. Arrow has some of the best right now. I guess it feels like Arrow is actually trying to do something great and Agents of Shield is simply riding on the Avengers wave for viewers. I do hope it
I'm trying to like this show but so far it's very.......blah. I highly doubt Whedon has much to do with it because we all know he can do way better than this. He's probably busy with the films and can't devote too much time to it. Arrow is way better and a lot more exciting, especially the fight scenes. Arrow has some of the best right now. I guess it feels like Arrow is actually trying to do something great and Agents of Shield is simply riding on the Avengers wave for viewers. I do hope it gets better but I'll probably only give it a few more episodes.
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11:42PM on 10/11/2013
The first episodes of Buffy were more than just "blah," they were downright bad. It stayed bad for about half the first season (and had some seriously bad episodes in the next one). It returned to bad after she came back from the dead.

Whedon is great, but he's hardly infallible.
The first episodes of Buffy were more than just "blah," they were downright bad. It stayed bad for about half the first season (and had some seriously bad episodes in the next one). It returned to bad after she came back from the dead.

Whedon is great, but he's hardly infallible.
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11:40PM on 10/11/2013

3rd Episode was much better.....

The first two episodes were shaky, but I didn't feel like I wasted my time. The third was a lot closer to being a good show. It gave us a good villain, a backstory for a super-villain, and did a better job of developing the characters in an interesting way. Still shaky because they're doing too many things at once, but it's worth the full season.
The first two episodes were shaky, but I didn't feel like I wasted my time. The third was a lot closer to being a good show. It gave us a good villain, a backstory for a super-villain, and did a better job of developing the characters in an interesting way. Still shaky because they're doing too many things at once, but it's worth the full season.
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