As the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winds down, Marvel legend Jim Steranko still hasn’t given up — but he has a few ideas for how to fix the fledgling series.
Though many fans would argue the series has improved over the past few episodes, Steranko dug deep into his tenure as one of the creators of the Nick Fury character to offer up a seven-point plan for how to turn the series into a bona fide hit.
Steranko hasn’t been terribly impressed with the first season, and his list of recommendations reflect that pretty clearly. Long story short: Steranko would make a completely different, better show. Fair enough, really.
Check out some excerpts below, via The Hollywood Reporter:
1. Terminate the plodding, Dickensesque relationships (which play on AOS as low-grade, touchy-feely soap opera) and transform the series into an action-fantasy opera, riddled with the kind of disarming plot twists and narrative tension that materialized in last week’s ep.
2. Import a new fight coordinator, action director and film cutter because short clips of lookalike actors decked out in dark outfits in shadowy environments is simply chaotic filmmaking. Either figure it out and show us the moves or cut the scene and look for another job.
3. Spotlight an array of jaw-dropping, high-tech, special FX gadgets and props to be used imaginatively (like Lola the Corvette in the previous ep) and often (another SHIELD trademark).
4. Generate complete, intriguing, satisfying adventures (stories with beginnings, middles, and authentic climaxes), yet still contribute to a greater developing drama.
5. Feature the Man with the Eyepatch in every segment: Briefly in person every six shows; on computer-screen and cell-phone transmission every other show; and with notes and messages ingeniously discovered by the cast on alternating eps. Samuel L. Jackson could shoot the works in a single afternoon -- and he’s desperately needed to set the tone and pace of the series!
6. Crash the Bus! At best, it’s a clunky prop with a cool quotient of about -10. It may have been somewhat interesting in 1942, but today, it’s a yawn with its conventional lines and banana-with-wings design. As it is, it personifies the series lack of imaginative imagery, one of the trademarks of SHIELD’s comicbook origin and the unforgettable Jack Kirby tradition. If it were my gig, I’d design a hybrid between a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber and a Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing (still visually irresistible, which is why, for example, Ron Cobb created a Nazi version of it for Raiders of the Lost Ark).
7. And finally, I’d purge the entire cast and replace them with tech-aces who actually look like they could handle themselves in “Clobberin’ Time” situations. FitzSimmons couldn’t begin to duke it out with the Cowardly Lion -- even with one paw tied behind its back and standing on one foot! Coulson’s about as tough as a Pez dispenser. And Skye’s as lethal as an online virus created by a couple of kindergarten hackers doing their impression of Ben Stiller!
Looking through the list, we agree with Steranko on more than a few of these notes. The series does need more action, and the plodding pace drove away quite a few viewers in the first half of the season.
What do you think? Does Steranko have the formula for future S.H.I.E.L.D. success?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)