The ratings haven't been that bad, but the buzz has. I know hardly anyone who admits to watching and liking "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Well, building a TV show around a beloved but essentially one-joke character and his army of men in black was never going to be easy. Agent Coulson has been a surprise standout of the Marvel movie series, but he'd always been effective in small doses. For this they had to figure out how to make him and S.H.I.E.L.D. into a full meal. Still, Clark Gregg is great, and Joss Whedon was involved -- so what went wrong?
Mostly, the writers of the ABC show did what you'd expect. They came up with some more character traits for Agent Coulson; gave him a cute supporting cast; tried to flesh out S.H.I.E.L.D. a bit without killing its mystique; and threw in an audience identification character to ground it all. But now that character's been revealed as so much more than that. … Read more