I was one of the rare defenders of this show during the first half of the first season, when everyone panned it because it wasn’t “super-heroic” enough. But I never wanted it to be that way, I wanted it to be about the normal men and women who worked behind the scenes with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the shadows of the super-powered world.
But that’s not what we got and that’s not really what I want and frankly, I’m getting tired of the whole thing.
After Agent Daisy Johnson goes rogue, the terrorist group Watchdogs rises and S.H.I.E.L.D. has to protect the rising Inhuman population. Holden Radcliffe and Leo Fitz create Aida, the first truly humanoid robot to help in their research, but things go truly sideways as Aida takes over and plunges the whole team into a cybernetic fantasy world called Framework, designed to keep them under control while she and her robotic creations work to take over the world.
To be honest, I didn’t care for the direction of this whole season, especially when they got to the Framework. It was just retreading old ground. I’m tired of Hydra. I don’t give a damn about the Matrix rehash and I hate Grant Ward with a burning passion. I didn’t want to see any of it. I didn’t care what happened and I want it all gone.
What I really wanted to see with S.H.I.E.L.D., and it’s something that fell apart early on, was the promise of seeing humans in the Marvel Cinematic (and televised) Universe. That’s what we were promised and it died a quick death. We were supposed to see the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D. operating beneath the radar of Marvel’s super-powered heroes. Instead, they realized that the viewing audience, by and large, didn’t care about humans, they just wanted more superheroes, so all of that promise was squandered.
So mostly, it’s all about Inhumans, which I have zero interest in, with the regular humans along for the ride. I’m still a fan of Coulson, but otherwise, especially this season, I don’t care about any of them. This is rapidly becoming a show that is falling to the bottom of my “to-see” pile. And that’s a shame because it could have been great. I want it to become great again. But to do that, they need to be able to tie into the movies and they need to stop being something they were never intended to be. Daisy never needed to be an Inhuman. There was no reason to have Ghost Rider on the show, especially the new dude with a car instead of a motorcycle. And for the love of Pete, get rid of Hydra and never, ever, ever, under any circumstances, allow Grant Ward on the show again. Do that and I might tune in again next season. Maybe.