There’s an evolution to everything. Some things evolve quickly over short periods of time while other things evolve very slowly over years or even centuries. Take blogging for example. My first blogs allowed me to share my thoughts on the Marvel Universe; mostly about where I saw it going and little bit about how they were going to get there. I never had much interest in giving play by play recaps, though that’s kind of how I started out, because it does a work of art no justice to summarize it so readers can gain a minute level of entertainment from a rehashing. It’s like that look on your friend’s face when you tell them about a movie that they don’t really want to see. They ask you about it so they can pretend like they have an opinion when the subject comes up again later, but honestly, they don’t really care. My blogging was a quicker evolution than, say, the development of the Marvel Universe which continues to change shape and direction after 76 years.
Heck, it took me forever to talk about these episodes because I was so upset with episodes 14 and 15.Anyway, what does this have to do with episodes 15 and 16 of Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (MAoS)? A few things.
One, it’s hard to blog about inconsistency. How can I advocate for a show that sometimes disappoints and sometimes delivers. If I was trying to date AoS, it would be a rocky relationship. I mean, I’m dedicating my time and effort into you. I’m telling people to watch your show. I’m hyping you up. What more do you want from me? You tease me every week with your spoilers and your trailers. You get me all worked up and then you give me nothing. I’m looking for something serious I can commit to! Okay… maybe I’m getting carried away. Maybe I’m asking for too much… I’ve lost track now – sorry. Was I talking about dating or MAoS?
Two. Episode 15 was pretty boring. They delivered on a decent amount of action, but it almost felt like filler. They needed to transition from where they were to where they’re going. I feel like they went in to their brainstorming session, put a list up on the board and said we need to get these 10 elements into the next episode. Go! There wasn’t much creativity. No emotion. A bunch of middle school level relationships full of finger pointing. Fitz and Gemma still need counseling. Nothing “never before seen” in terms of action sequences (minus Skye’s bit with “The Real Shield”). By the end of the episode, all you could do was wait a week for the next one – or throw something at the TV. Fortunately my TV is still intact.
Three. Episode 16 felt like a step in the right direction. I even feel like the Marvel creators gave me a shout out by having scenes take place in South Carolina (not really though). It allowed me to look past the fact that Coulson looked at footage of what happened the night before based on a camera that had been destroyed, but there was no footage of that camera being destroyed. I guess I didn’t look past it… The Shangri-La type base seemed cool. Who doesn’t want a house in the hills. My problem is that everyone always has this realm of solitude that no one seems to know about. Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, X-Men, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow. Maybe I’m the only one that gets hung up on something like that, and maybe these people would have somewhere to hide after being on Earth and needing to hide for thousands of years, thanks to their Nightcrawler-esque teleporter. But this is their evolution. On one hand, they can evolve ten thousand years over night, and as a community they’ve evolved over the centuries.
Now what about our evolution? Has mankind really evolved over the last 5000 years. I’m not counting technology. In some eyes, we may be devolving…