With the third episode comes the show's first origin story for a super villain and one that is comic book related. Maybe not one of the most known villains, but it is something of note. Yet, with the introduction of one villain, the inclusion of small moments of character interaction and some comedic banter that is always being thrown around. Are audiences still thrilled that this show exists?
Sadly my problems with this show have come too early. As it's already committing the cardinal sins of all procedural action shows and continues to have many elements that are far too cheesy to have on TV for the year 2013. I know this show is about a team of spies in a superhero world, but this show was meant for adults and its shown at night. Not on a Saturday morning after the Disney Club. I don't think Marvel has understood just yet what kind of show they wanted to make, to which market they were targeting at and to what end the show will end up to.
The first Marvel TV Show is already a hit with it's first episode viewership being over 11 million American viewers. The question on most people's minds will be was it good? Is it a good sidekick to the movie franchise, does it hold up on its own and can it go against other rival comic book TV shows? The answers are yes, yes and for now not even close.
It was about time somebody got closest to perfecting the formula. Finally we've reached the point that comic book shows don't have to be campy, that they don't have to follow TV procedural formulas of past and can accomplish the very notable feat of being faithful enough to its source material and at the same time actually enhance it further. This show isn't like "Smallville" and might not be as visceral as the "Dark Knight" trilogy. Yet it's the closest thing will get for now to superhero heaven on television.
Many shows kick the bucket prematurely and for good reason. Other shows are unlucky to live in a day and age where ratings calculation are bogus and the new paradigm of streaming and DVR hasn't been yet taken into account. For some this show was a rare chance for a high concept geopolitical show to be on the air with mystery, conspiracy and a story of a dictator in the making. It may not have turned out the way we all wanted and sadly was scheduled for cancellation. Showing once again that big networks don't know the meaning of risk, diversification and TV production value.