As a general rule, I’m a little bit leery of comic book adaptations, having been burned more than once by the likes of Reb Brown’s Captain America and the (admittedly awesome but completely source-unfaithful) Japanese Spider-Man.  Still, I’ve been keeping up with ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ each week to see if things ever pick up to the levels of Steranko greatness, or even the revamped late-80s version of Nick’s title.  Having just watched Episode #17, where all heck breaks loose (in as non-spoilery a manner as possible) in the wake of the second Captain America film has picked up the pace and knocked the wind out of the endless discussions that have held the show back, putting the narrative in strange new territory and our characters in jeopardy for perhaps the first time, which leads to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wonders whether they’ll do the Scorpio storyline, something that would probably make me squee like a teenage girl, asking: Are you more interested in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ after the quasi-crossover with ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’?

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  1. April 10, 2014 at 11:46 am — Reply


    I caught up with the show to follow the tie-in with Winter Soldier, and found that the characters finally seemed to really have something at stake. Before, I just never bought into any threat or jeopardy, and felt like they couldn’t do anything that might mess with the larger ‘movie universe’.

    Now I feel like the show is finally part of that larger continuity, and that Coulson and Company have something to really fight for. Their resources will no longer be essentially limitless, and they will have to scramble in the face of any threats. They won’t be SURE who they can trust or what tech or superbaddies are now off the leash. It took everything going to hell for me to finally care about them as characters. For the first time since Episode 3, I’ll be watching week to week instead of in 3-4 ep chunks.

    Here’s hoping they can keep it up.

  2. Russ Catt
    April 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    I’m very close to giving up on Agents of SHIELD after this tie-in episode.
    I was very turned of by “Character A” punking (to use the wrestling parlance) “Character B” to illustrate a heel-turn.
    Killing off “Character B” really closed off a lot of potential plotlines and could really hurt the show a little down the line.

  3. April 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    For me, I think they finally hit their stride around the TAHITI episode. I think it’s pretty cool to do a sort-of crossover between a movie and a TV show like they did here. As someone already said, it does make it feel more like it’s really a part of the Marvel universe.

  4. April 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    I’ve watched the show from the beginning, desperately trying to like it.
    I love that they did a crossover. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was as poor an episode as ever.

  5. April 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm — Reply


    I dislike the show’s score, and I want Agent Ward to due yesterday, but last episode was great.

  6. Frank
    April 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    My wife (the non-comic reader) and I have watching the show from day one. While some of the writing has not been engaging, we have been enjoying it.
    Because of the tie-in to Shield, my wife dragged me to see Winter Soldier on opening weekend so we could see Shield without out feeling lost.

    Now that there is a sleeper on the Bus and SHIELD is dead/dying, we are more interested than ever.

  7. Matt
    April 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm — Reply

    I gave up on Agents of SHIELD after about the first five episodes, but I gave it another chance and watched the latest episode based on the fact that I loved Captain America. I thought it was a good episode, but I’m still very skeptical that they will be able to turn the whole series around. I will probably watch the next episode, it is on them to keep me watching after that.

  8. April 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    Not really. I’ve somewhat enjoyed the show from the start, enjoying some episodes over others, but I don’t like it any more or less because of this one tie-in episode. I still think the show has potential it isn’t living up to, and I’m really hoping that changes soon.

  9. BigJim
    April 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm — Reply

    I like the show… But I’m still waiting for a cameo by the Hoff to be perfect :-)

  10. April 11, 2014 at 9:24 am — Reply

    I couldn’t stand the twist. Not because I liked that particular character but because I’m so tired of the drama. I don’t want a soap opera. I want action spy adventure! It has gotten to the point where any points the show makes in an episode is erased by the stupid end of show gotcha ending. Plus the Clairvoyant’s identity was so predictable. It would have been more of a twist if it wasn’t the case.

    No sorry Uprising put this show on my do not watch list until I hear that drastic changes have been made in the writing and direction.

  11. April 14, 2014 at 10:09 am — Reply

    I like Agents of Shield and I want to love it, but so far I just love Ming-Na, like Sky, and hold my breath for Coulson to return to his bad ass movie self. This episode may provide the fuel for that last part, but Coulson is at his best when standing toe to toe with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and not blinking.

    I liked the episode, but unfortunately watched it before the movie and I didn’t like that it spoilered the movie without any real warning. I would have waited til this weekend to watch, had I known.

    I like the movie tie-ins and crossovers, but this particular one was not favorable to the television show. Essentially, Captain America did spy thriller way better than Agents of SHIELD. The movie also did SHIELD better, and did better on the turn than the show that has building to it for most of the season.

    All that said, I am still hoping. They have an amazing set up now for the tv show, tons of potential and nowhere to go but up….

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