I have. And maybe I’m getting old and grouchy, but overall, I’ve been disappointed. (Going in with high expectations from Avengers and the rest of the Marvel movie franchise probably didn’t help.)
In the first episodes, I didn’t know the characters, and I didn’t feel like I had any reason to care about them. The science twins felt like a single character, “The Science Geeks.” Then there was “Tough Guy” and “Tough Pilot with Mysterious Past.” Skye got a bit more personality and backstory, but even she felt a bit flat.
I like Coulson. I’m glad to see him back after Avengers. But he can’t carry the show single-handedly.
Recent episodes have gotten a bit better. There’s been some character development, and I find myself caring more about the stories. But I haven’t fallen in love with the show the way I wanted to. In part, it feels like they’re relying too much on mysteries. How long will they keep hinting about Tahiti before they tell us what actually happened? Or before we learn what actually happened to May in the past? I understand the desire to hold things back to make people keep watching (or reading), but I also think those secrets would help me care more about the characters.
It’s been interesting to see SHIELD as a more morally gray organization. In the movies, the lines felt a bit more clearcut. Good guys are good. Bad guys are Bad. (Including the directors who wanted to nuke New York - they were clearly Wrong and Bad, and Nick Fury was Right to defy them.) Whereas the show gives us the tension between “trusting the process” and going rogue to rescue your team, some uncomfortable hacking and surveillance and privacy issues, the “roster” of potential heroes, and more.
I also like seeing Coulson struggling with what seems like a form of PTSD after being killed by Loki. Even without the Tahiti stuff, I love that he’s still suffering. I appreciated seeing Tony Stark struggling with the aftermath of New York in Iron Man 3 as well.
And I think my favorite part of the most recent episode was the first few minutes, seeing their frustration at having to clean up Thor’s mess.
I’ll keep watching for now. But right now, it just feels a bit bland. I’m hoping that changes soon.
I think this is the kind of show tha can only get better as it goes on like Star Trek TNG season one they are still finding the characters and the plots that work and those that don’t work quite as much.