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Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Has a Bumpy Start But Ends on a High Note
on June 5, 2014
The show's first season was very inconsistent quality-wise. The pilot does a good job of introducing the audience to the world of the show, but after that the show struggles to find it's footing. The episodes are typically case of the week episodes up until about episode 16, though I believe that episodes 11 and 12 are a two part TAHITI arc, that explain how Coulson is alive. After that, things get a little more serialized, and it is highly recommended that the viewer watches Captain America: The Winter Soldier, before watching "Turn, Turn, Turn". The first 14 episodes are really hit or miss, with more misses than hits, but episode 15 (the one with the "disappearing" train) signals a strong change in quality. It is recommended that you don't skip any episodes in the first two-thirds of the season because they introduce things that are used later on in the season.
Dialogue is a little too quippy at times, and undercuts how serious some situations are. It also feels interchangeable at times, and sometimes comes off as out of character. The characters are hard to get attached too at first but by the end of the season, you'll find yourself rooting for them.
Overall, the first season is okay, and after a bumpy start, the show begins to show promise. If you're a diehard fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you should look into this show as decent supplement to the films.