Originally Posted by oink
Been watching and have been enjoying.
The biggest problem facing this show is how NOT to become just another secret agent series.
The connection with the Avengers and the Marvel Universe must not be downplayed.
I'm with you. I don't think they are downplaying the connection at all and seem to be continually referencing the past movies and even being a platform for the creation of new villains.
I see this show as more of a typical Joss Whedon ensemble show where the characters are the main focus. Its a harder focus with the budget of the show which detracts from the more intimate settings Whedon's shows usually have.. I do like Whedon's self-examination of the nature of the roles (having characters who credibly believe and espouse the idea that SHIELD is essentially a fascist organization). .
There seems to be a slower process afoot. In this last show, definite referral to Coulson as a changed person and that he was harder on his agents in his previous incarnation. Not a lot of development of Ward this time. Skye seems to be a favorite but she is more a view point of an outsider so they must feel that Skye is the best character for the audience to view the operation from. I do enjoy the 3 members (Skye, Fitz and Simmons) lack of experience in the field and their mistakes.
I do get the feeling that the show will have to ramp up soon as much of what we are seeing is introductory and we are getting past that phase. I'm in for now.