superfictious wrote:The show isn't bad at all. It's absolutely above-average, even though the characters are cliches. But the entire concept confuses the hell out of me. You're going to put together a team to deal with a changing world full of super-people, by filling that team with not only non-super-people, but mostly non-field agents? The version of SHIELD on the show is completely unlike the version advertised in the movie, although the last ep was a step in the right direction.
But the version of SHIELD in the movies seemed to be comprised of a handful of relatively competent people (two of whom just said fuck it, and put on costumes) and a bunch of retards who would have been better served focusing on Galaga.
Our navigation system is down and the computer isn't telling me which way North is! Waaah!
We've got an unauthorized launch and somebody loaded nukes onto not one, but TWO entire planes, and there's nothing we can do about it! Waaaah!
Somebody is kicking our ass with nothing more than arrows! Waaah!
It's basically the sciencey, non-field agents who are SHIELD's only true ace-in-the-hole in this whole "higher form of war" business. There's no amount of punching or shooting a field agent can do to match the Hulk. But with science, you can synthesize a gamma-based pot substitute that will make the Hulk, like, totally chill and whatever, man. Or stuff.
AoS seems to take into account the idea that a team of combat-rated agents isn't going to get the job done anyways. Thinking outside the box. It's still not much against a radioactive communist or a madman that shits localized gravity fields. But science is pretty much the only useful weapon they have.