Appreciating Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D's Groundbreaking 1st Season

Appreciating Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D's Groundbreaking 1st Season

Comic Book inspired TV shows are clearly at an all time high, and this past television season Marvel brought the world a groundbreaking series that cohesively tied into one of the biggest film franchises of all time. Hit the jump for a look at just why AOS was the kind of risk the genre needed.

I'm writing this article to take some time to acknowledge what an accomplishment AGENTS OF S.H.E.I.L.D has been in just one season on television. Once again several spoilers are discussed, so if for whatever reason you aren't caught up with the entire Marvel Studios Universe thus far don't read any further. First I'd like to start off by saying I'm not here to debate wether AOS is a better or worse show than the impressive DC television series ARROW, just detailing the impressive job Marvel has done by connecting all of PHASE 2 up till this point. 

With the recent worldwide release of Captain America: TWS we are well past the half way point of Phase Two, and TWS completely shook up the world marvel built by drastically turning the worlds greatest defense organization into a longstanding cloaked HYDRA hellbent on the earths suffering. Some of you may have only seen the pilot episode of AOS or barely watched the first few episodes after only to give up on the series entirely, and although that's understandable I assure you the 22 episodes for this season has proven to be the right amount of time to prove this groundbreaking concept. Marvel has put in the time to take the risk that this show was, and now following TWS and how it directly effected the AOS world I feel it's safe to call this "risk" a success. Wether linking the extremis serum from IRON MAN 3 with project centipede,

the events of THOR: TDW and rogue Asgardians, all the way to Captain America: TWS this series will forever be a true companion to the whole of Phase Two.

Now lets look at life out in the cosmos, from the Chitauri of THE AVENGERS all the way to the likely Kree kept on earth for project T.A.H.I.T.I linking this summers forthcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. 

We even got to see Nick Fury return for the big season finale in two and his second in command, agent Maria Hill a few weeks earlier. For the second time this season. 

With Marvel Studios now responsible for as profitable a film franchise ever, to expand that universe even further with a high profile television series in a landmark in media. Knowing looking back in retrospect at HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.E.I.L.D and how it shaped the series makes re watching older episodes more meaningful because Marvel was playing the long game, all the while fully aware how dramatic and exciting AOS would end up becoming. 

I'm an overall fan of comic books in general and happy that AOS will return for another season but hope that DC will be able to expand more on there cinematic universe by utilizing either ARROW or THE FLASH in the future. What Marvel has done shouldn't be a rarity, because as a fan being able to not only have multiple films each year but also a great connected TV show, makes nearly a full year of comic book bliss. On a closing note I want to state that as an American I think that 22 episodes is not as effective as say 6,8 or even 10 because when your limited in how many hours you have the plot tends to be more focused and impactful (see the first 2 seasons if the UK series MISFITS for a perfect example). If you took the second half of AOS and that was all anyone saw you'd certainly have more fans of this show. I feel overall though with the 22 episodes every episode built a stronger Marvel Studios Universe while (hopefully) paving the way for all comic book live action universes in the future. 
What do you guys think of how ambitious the current Marvel Studios Universe is? Sound off in the comments below. 
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thewonderer - 5/15/2014, 2:21 PM
This show is not groundbreaking.
SuperiorMrGod - 5/15/2014, 2:22 PM
Not sure if groundbreaking is the word I'd use...
LIO - 5/15/2014, 2:22 PM
Whos the blue alien?
grif - 5/15/2014, 2:22 PM
groundbreaking season? lmfao
SuperiorMrGod - 5/15/2014, 2:22 PM
It got better towards the end of the season, but this show is still horse shit.
SuperiorMrGod - 5/15/2014, 2:23 PM
Honestly, this show is pathetic.
McNyagano - 5/15/2014, 2:25 PM
It has a slow burn and the pay off was great imo! Great article man.

MrLoki - 5/15/2014, 2:25 PM
The show was amazing! There were some meh episodes around 4-7, but most of the weeks it was actually incredible!
Can't wait for season 2 and Agent Carter!
merrillmind - 5/15/2014, 2:26 PM
Love or hate the show, that doesn't change that this series was groundbreaking by connecting the entire Marvel
Cinematic Universe to a TV show that further expanded upon that already existing universe.
McNyagano - 5/15/2014, 2:26 PM

Then why were you still watching it?lol
LIO - 5/15/2014, 2:28 PM
This show is awesome.
ruadh - 5/15/2014, 2:30 PM
Omega is correct on why it's "groundbreaking".

I have stated my feelings on other articles but I watched the first half or so just enjoying it as a kinda dumb, simple, predictable show with plenty of cheese. After TWS I felt the show took itself too seriously and tried to pretend it wasn't predictable. I also thought Paxton was a ridiculous villain. So my feelings seem to be the exact opposite of the vocal viewers.

The finale made up for it some but we'll see.
merrillmind - 5/15/2014, 2:30 PM
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blackandyellow - 5/15/2014, 2:31 PM
Somebody should do episode recaps of all the different comic book shows next season. I'm interested in what happened to Coulson since he was in the MCU but I'm not going to watch the show.
Nomis - 5/15/2014, 2:35 PM
It's a good show, certainly got better as the season went on (the finale not so good)...but Groundbreaking.... NO !
merrillmind - 5/15/2014, 2:35 PM
@0megaDaGod my point exactly, personal opinion concerning your feelings towards the series characters, plot etc. doesn't take away that plain and simple what this series did was groundbreaking. If DC had done this first then I would've made the same article about how ARROW took place in the same world as Snyder's MOS but fact remains Marvel/Disney took this risk not DC or any other comic book company/film studio.
ruadh - 5/15/2014, 2:35 PM
Blackandyellow, you mean like the AOS wiki?
yossarian - 5/15/2014, 2:36 PM
Let's also appreciate B&Y for being "Ground Shaking."
DanteSparda - 5/15/2014, 2:36 PM
I think the season as a whole was great, the special effects and the character development for most was great at every moment and the sci-fi elements of the stories were cool and original, those made the season good.

But what I feel made the season great was how the cheesiness and light hearted comedy of the first half of the season goes straight to hell towards the dramatic and sorrowful plot-twist filled second half, it really paid off watching the series from the beginning.
Ignition - 5/15/2014, 2:36 PM
The finale was poor.
LIO - 5/15/2014, 2:38 PM

ruadh - 5/15/2014, 2:41 PM
One thing I wonder is...Phase 1 had the connective thing with the movies, Phase 2 included a TV show which was a big deal for a franchise as well. Phase 3 will include another show but are the Netflix series to be the next big new thing the studio is breaking ground on?
blackandyellow - 5/15/2014, 2:41 PM
I've been working on my fitness. I think I have a chance with one of the Browns cheerleaders now.

blackandyellow - 5/15/2014, 2:42 PM
There's an Agents of SHIELD wiki? That sounds like a lot of internet work to find. I'd rather just have someone post recaps here.
Hulksta - 5/15/2014, 2:43 PM
It was not groundbreaking.

Compare Arrow to Agents of SHIELD all you guys want. It's like comparing my shit from last night with my shit from this morning, it's still all shit.

Why don't we compare Agents of SHIELD to Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones, or The Wire? Shows that were actually groundbreaking.

Just because Samuel L Jackson shows up for half an episode, or Sif show up, or having Deathlok doesn't make this show groundbreaking. It just makes it mildly entertaining.
yossarian - 5/15/2014, 2:44 PM
That was a bit uncalled for.
FirstAvenger - 5/15/2014, 2:45 PM
@Hulksta that avatar is cracking me up.
soforizo - 5/15/2014, 2:46 PM

So some of you folks are going to ignore the obvious just to take one more cheap shot at AOS?

It IS groundbreaking. Like it or not AOS broke new ground, no other TV project has coordinated itself with movies like this before.
sameoldthing - 5/15/2014, 2:48 PM
The show gained speed & became much better due to the CA:TWS tie in.
The series started decent..dragged a bit..but finished strong.
Needs more Marvel characters & better designs for the ones they do use,DEATHLOK looked bad,not the actors fault.
Desrow - 5/15/2014, 2:50 PM

RextheKing - 5/15/2014, 2:50 PM
@sofo exactly!
yossarian - 5/15/2014, 2:52 PM
soforizo - 5/15/2014, 2:58 PM
The new split season format will help the show coordinate its plot even better with Spring and Fall movies.
blackandyellow - 5/15/2014, 3:04 PM
At least you have still Josh Gordon ... oh wait ... nevermind

Nubase - 5/15/2014, 3:09 PM
ground breaking!!!?? Please!

Arrow is the true ground breaking comic book tv show and by the look of the flash trailer that will be ground breaking

AOS is living off the avengers movies, Arrow came from nowwhere.
ruadh - 5/15/2014, 3:10 PM
Splitting a season isn't new.
TheAstoundingMan - 5/15/2014, 3:16 PM
I love how most of the people commenting here are the usual suspects nitpicking the use of a particular word, just so they can remind everyone that they didn't like a television show.

What makes it even better is that you all seem to be confusing 'Groundbreaking' with 'Good'.

ruadh - 5/15/2014, 3:20 PM
Solid use of Mr Montoya.
TheAstoundingMan - 5/15/2014, 3:22 PM

Exactly. The prolonged gap may hurt their ratings, but if it helps the story, and the show continues to improve (season finale aside), I'm sure they will find that they will have a bigger (and much more forgiving) fan base.

It should also prevent those ridiculous inter-season gaps that were so damn off-putting. It took NZ five months to play the first episode, and they are still only airing TRACKS this Sunday. Needless to say, I got impatient.
ruadh - 5/15/2014, 3:32 PM
Most shows have midseason breaks, but sounds like this one is just longer, assuming Carter will wrap up before AOS comes back. I'd rather a fat mid season break over all the stutter stops they had every other episode for that period though.
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