Though ABC has yet to make it official, most experts believe the grand experiment that is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely get another year to find its feet. So, what have the producers learned this season?
Producers Jed Whedon and Jeph Loeb chatted with Zap2it about the series and teased a lot more Marvel-y goodness moving forward. Both Whedon and Loeb noted that it's taken some time for the series to find its groove, as they took the first half of the season to introduce the characters and establish the world.
Whedon noted that the serialized elements are finally starting to pay off, with arcs like Deathlok and the mysterious blue alien taking center stage for the remainder of season one:
"Any new show has a big learning curve, just in terms of making sure everybody's making the same show. Every different department, every actor, every director, the music, the costumes -- just making sure we're all sort of heading in the same direction, because getting everyone on the same page, even though we knew the show we wanted to make, just finding the tone, that always takes a little while.
As we progressed -- and we started a little more standalone, planting seeds -- and then we started bringing it together. Seeing how the audience has responded to that is, for us, very rewarding, and I think it makes us not afraid to lean into the Marvel side of it. And the mythology and the serialized elements are really paying off. We're glad to see the reaction is that positive.”
Loeb said they made a decision to spend the first half of the season trying to get fans to “fall in love” with these new characters, and now they’re digging into the Marvel vaults to sprinkle in some storylines and goodies fans should recognize:
“One of the big challenges of our show is, when we came out of the gate, the only person that anybody knew was Coulson. So we wanted to get them to know and fall in love with Ward and Skye and everybody else in our show, FitzSimmons and the lovely Melinda May. Now it's time to have fun, and that's why we've had Lady Sif come by, Jaimie Alexander was so great. You know we just announced that Patton Oswalt is joining us as Eric. My friend from 'Heroes,' Adrian Pasdar, coming on as Col. Glenn Talbot. When Bill Paxton came in. It's just been a lot of fun. It was always our intention to do that, we just needed to sort of get to a certain place.”
Sure, the series isn’t high art by any means, but it seems to have at least figured out what it wants to be now. But the question remains — is that something people actually want to watch?