I know, right? I had preeeeetty much zero interest in this show for a long time, never really bothered watching it on purpose and when I accidentally saw it on TV I couldn't really be bothered. The Adventures of Some Losers Who Say 'Thor' Every Now And Then, yaknow? I caught a bit of that one episode with the Asgardian staff, and later a snippet from that one where they visit the SHIELD academy and there's a sullen guy who gets frozen in the middle of a lecture, and after that I was feeling pretty confident about my decision not to watch this show.
But then Captain America 2 happened, and that movie did such a number on me that I'm still riding a wave of euphoria and Marvel-fanboyness (which has never happened before! I honestly thought I was a DC guy all these years). Gaaaawd it was so good! Did you see that part where Chris Evans was the best? It started right after the Marvel logo and continued until the credits. Anyway, yeah, that movie had such huge implications for the Marvel movie-verse that I just needed something to occupy that part of my brain that loves obsessing over dumb things like this. I watched The Avengers again, but it obviously couldn't scratch the specific itch that Cap 2's revelations brought on (I do like that movie a lot more than I used to, though, so there's that). Eventually I remembered that dumb show that I'd already mentally written off without watching more than 15 minutes of it, and I thought I'd give it a second chance.
OK, so before we get to how it is now, I just want to briefly waffle about pre-Cap-2 Agents of SHIELD: I kinda liked it. Shaky start, no doubt, not to mention an awful lot of tired character stereotypes. Not one but two each of the hard-nosed military badass and the awkward say-it-again-in-English nerdy scientist! That guy who's Dethlok now (Gunn from Angel) is just the worst on this show, and there was so much pointless time-wasting with dumb villains-of-the-week that never showed up again. Remember Scorch? Ugh. But I feel like they hit their stride... well, reasonably quickly. The obvious comparison is the other comicbook TV show that started out rough and got better, Arrow, and I honestly think Agents of SHIELD pulled itself together quicker than Arrow did. I mean, Arrow still has a lot of the Bold and the Beautiful pointless drama going on, but it got awesome by throwing plot twists all over the place and having awesome DC cameos every week, whereas I think AoS actually made good on its characters and started telling some interesting stories. And now that AoS is throwing the plot twists too I think it's probably my favourite of the two shows.
So, yeah, Agents of SHIELD went from OKish to incredible practically overnight, huh? Are we spoilerising? I guess we should spoilerise: