doombug wrote:Ways to improve the actual show:
Have Wards parentage to be revealed to be connected to one of the Howling Commando's. It's obvious that someone he is related to is known in the movieverse from what was teased early on so that would make sense.
Skye's real name is Jessica Drew, would react why most men automatically treat her as if they want to protect or fall in love with her as well as just why Shield would want to keep her past a mystery.
DO NOT MAKE COULSON AN LMD - Because that above all else really doesn't serve anything other than fanboys going "I told you so"
Also in season 2, help prepare and tease the netflix shows to get people prepared. Have Murdock appear in a court room at one point, have Coulson mention Jones was originally a possible SHIELD recruit.
I'll play, too.
1) Look at shows with a similar setup (FRINGE, Torchwood, Alias, etc) and try to figure out what made them work. Then do it.
2) SHIELD is the MCU's IMF team (maybe with a little G.I.Joe thrown in). Lets give them missions that wouldn't go to the Avengers. Maybe they have to break a potential witness out of a Russian gulag (yes, like Arrow), investigate odd situations, steal/destroy prototypical weapons, etc. Yes, as I'm typing this, I'm realizing they're doing that.
3) Continue world-building. Maybe Luke Cage or Daredevil/Matt Murdock cameos before the Netflix series starts. Maybe Coulson alludes to other agents besides Romanoff & Barton. Maybe a Brood or some other alien is loose and taking over the crew.
4) Use what's already been built. We've seen a little of this with the alien artifacts after the Avengers movie. Keep on doing this. HYDRA was established in the Captain America movie. Several companies have been established in the Iron Man movies. Wakanda was shown in a map in the Hulk movie.
Maybe someone has found a HYDRA chemical weapon and plans to sell it to the highest bidder. Maybe Hammer Industries is attempting to weaponize the alien technology found after the invasion. Maybe an artifact is found (and later on we learn that it's an Infinity Gem) and SHIELD has to lock it up/do something with it. Or SHIELD has to protect a shipment of vibranium coming from Wakanda. I dunno.
5) Give some of them ties to established MU characters. Maybe Skye was born "Jessica Drew" or maybe Ward is the son/brother/something of Tony Masters (Taskmaster) or Nick Fury or something.
6) Give the villains a face. One of the great things behind Alias was the bad guys, Sloan & Sark. Buffy brought back recurring villains like Dru & Spike. Walternate and Fauxlivia were great baddies in FRINGE and Ben Linus was awesome as the leader of the Others. Maybe we're dealing with the Scientist Supreme of HYDRA, Madame Viper, Baron Strucker or Zemo. Or there's recurring threats to SHIELD/enemy agents, like the YB Black Widow, Ghost, Spymaster, Taskmaster, etc.
I'm NOT saying all of these characters. But one face for the big bad and one or two recurring enemy agents.
7) The status quo is not safe. Or (aside from Coulson, probably), no one should feel safe. We shouldn't be bored, knowing that everyone's going to make it out of every mission without a scratch. Maybe someone gets hurt and they're actually laid up and out of action for a few episodes. Or maybe someone breaks an arm and has their arm in a cast for awhile. Or maybe someone actually dies, gets pregnant, defects, gets left behind (for an episode or two), is a mole/traitor (NOT Skye, since we would all see it coming), gets possessed by an ancient entity, etc.
You remember the end of that TNG episode where Picard is turned into "Locutus of Borg"? Yeah, talk about unexpected! I don't want to watch an episode and "call" everything that's about to happen.
8) Characterization - Get us to care about and actually LIKE these guys (which, to be fair, these last 2 episodes made a lot of progress here). And to worry about them.
Yeah, I think that about it for me.