Slice takes on it’s next great debate… Is Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” TV series living up to it’s comic book roots? Or has Joss Whedon lost his midas touch when it comes to TV screen programming. Mike and Sam have kept up with the series while Meghan and Tim have had limited exposure thus far to AoS… which really keeps the conversation grounded and on-track ~ or does it??
If you expected witty, fast-paced writing, a cast with chemistry, great acting and direction, nifty plots, and an overarching, twisty plotline — in other words, if you expected Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly or a movie anything like The Avengers — there are a lot of other shows out there that can fulfill this need, including the original NCIS which has all of those things. AoS has none of them, however.
After setting such a high standard with its creative output, we all knew at some point that Marvel Studios would give us a dud.
Up to this point, the biggest creative misstep has been Iron Man 2, but even that one had things to recommend about it. It looks like the second Iron Man has some company in the creative misstep column with the debut of Thor: The Dark World.
Personally I found it refreshing, and frankly somewhat of a relief, how fully this Thor movie was willing to be something of an exercise in high fantasy. I was impressed by just how much of the film took place in Asgard and the nine realms, and how much of the story’s focus was on the gods and their challenges as opposed to the focus being primarily on humanity.
Audiences who attended the recently concluded San Diego Comic Con and the Television Critics’ Association summer meetings got a look at the pilot. But ABC and Marvel have decided not to send out screeners for the pilot episode of the series to anyone else.
Loeb says that part of the reason is to re-create the idea of “appointment TV.”