Hail Hydra

ABC has officially renewed Agents of SHIELD for a second season, as well as giving a series order to Agent Carter. Carter will be run by former Reaper runners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, working from a script by Winter Solider writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The series has been designed as a limited run show, to hone and direct the story telling, and cut out unnecessary filler. No word on if there will be any behind the scenes changes in store for SHIELD.

Frankly, there should be. Where the blame can be laid for SHIELD's failures as a product are unclear. But the fact of the matter is, the producers are expected to foster an environment that produces the best (or profitable; hopefully both) show they can, and it is the writer's obligation to actually create that product. And they simply haven't done so. ABC had no obligation, or even reasonable argument for renewal, considering the negative critical reaction and poor rating performance. Any other network, faced with the same response, would have cancelled the show after the first ten episodes. Which means this second season is little more than charity. A hope that the slight up-tick in quality that the show has experienced in these last six episodes can carry over into next year.

Next week at this time, after the finale has aired and we know exactly what footing we'll be on going into next year, I'll take a closer look at what the show needs to do to improve itself. As for Agent Carter, I'm excited. As excited as I was this time last year for Agents of SHIELD. And aggressively excited that Marvel has dug their heads out of their asses and moved forward on a female-lead project, which is long overdue.

Now if they would just announce a Captain Marvel film, all would be right in the world. Or, the MCU, at least.

Via Collider.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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