TV - Second Chances of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of SHIELD

The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division proves to be a match for the pisky power of Romeo Kennedy (eventually)...

Sometimes it is worth giving something a second chance.

Unless it’s people. People are dreadful ...

Just kidding.

I found this out recently, with the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

When it first aired on Channel 4, I was very much looking forward to it but, soon after it began and a few episodes into it. I just didn’t connect with it any way. I love Joss and Jed Whedon’s work (although I haven’t yet seen Firefly) but those first few episodes of AoS.H.I.E.L.D season one, left me feeling like a superhero whose power was being able to make paint dry.

Yet I saw others enjoying it very much (S.H.I.E.LD not the Incredible Paint-drying man) and that was very cool that they were, and so I resigned myself to the fact that this show wasn’t for me, and stopped watching after the first half of season one.  Until recently where, in one of my many sleepless nights, over a nice hot cup of tea, I switched on that ol’ television contraption in the young hours of the morn and guess what was on? No, not endless re-runs of Jeremy Kyle but the re-runs of season one of S.H.I.E.L.D and something wonderful happened, my friends.

No, I didn’t find the meaning of life in the bottom of that cup of tea, but I did discover the wonders of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and now that I’am nearing the end of season two (that's right season two) I can quite easily say that I’am a bit of a fan.

On paper AoS.H.I.E.L.D ticks every box of the things that I like and enjoy so in theory I should have enjoyed it the first time round. Covert operations, and stopping the world from falling into the hands of the nefarious HYDRA, alien artefacts (spoilers), cameos from Nick Fury, and Lady Sif (who has nothing to do with a popular household cleaner) and overall it is very much a barrel of superheroish fun. And, looking back, I have tried to answer why it was I just didn’t connect with it the first time.

So this is very much the TV version of “It’s not you, It’s me”

And although I didn’t blast ‘Open Arms’ by Journey outside S.H.I.E.L.D’s window, and beg them to take me back, It did make me question if in the past we can all be a little unforgiving with our viewing, listening, reading etc?

And perhaps in part that is true.

A new television show that, on paper, appears to be everything we love and enjoy in abundance in our entertainment and yet, in practice, falls flat on its face. Is it because we get complacent with our viewing habits and apply a logic that because it has X then it must be good, whether that is in plot, storyline, character and even sometimes actor? Or perhaps it is in how these things are all shiny and new yet, when opened, we just want to play with the box. But it’s definitely made me change the way I approach visual, and non-visual entertainment mediums.

There are a few series that I gave up on halfway through, because I already had established the opinion that X wasn’t for me but maybe that second visit could change my mind? Could it be that my insomniac-brain is more open to things on the second watch? I honestly don’t know, and of course there are going to be a hell of lot that on the second watch my opinion will not change, or change for the worst.

Either way, I’m certainly looking forward to viewing season three of S.H.I.E.LD and all thanks to that second chance.

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