outsider wrote:The title of the show is factually correct but does not convey the concept. It's like a mobile more-field-active X-Files.
It's funny because I had mentioned NCIS earlier, but the show feels to me like "NCIS in the Marvel Universe".
I get that vibe more than an X-Files vibe, because unlike Mulder and Scully, these investigators aren't outsiders, which, despite being members of the FBI, they totally were. Mulder's bosses were frequently reluctant to even acknowledge or validate the shit he and Scully uncovered.
With SHIELD, it might have been more of an X-Files vibe if the Chitauri incident had never happened, but now, everything is out in the full light of day. Nobody in upper management thinks these agents are crazy for believing the shit they investigate, so you don't really get that sense of isolation which was so vital to the mood and themes of the X-Files. Ziva David could easily walk right onto the SHIELD plane and fall into the same rhythm she had in NCIS. Conversely, Agent Coulson could walk into the NCIS offices without missing a beat and pretty much do the same job.