While we are only 5 episodes in to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., many fans have jumped ship and it seems to be the cool thing to do these days to hammer the show. Having learned my lesson last year with Arrow, I'm willing to wait a while longer to judge. I'm of the opinion that the show is leading to some pretty big reveals and that, before long, some people will be making some big connections, given the fact that we know the show will be dealing directly with the events of Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Taking that stance on the show, I was encouraged today when I read Marvel Studios' TV guru Jeph Loeb's interview with Ain't It Cool News.
In the interview, Loeb called tonight's episode, "FZZT", the series' best yet and seems to back-up my notion that the show is slowly building itself up. Loeb told AICN, "The most important thing is that the shows keep getting better and better and that our actors are really finding their roles. I think that when people see episode six, and by all estimations it's the best one yet. It's an extremely tense, frightening episode and even though some of us fans are grown men...you might get a little moist around the eyes."
When asked just what happens in the episode that makes it so compelling, Loeb answered, "Unfortunately that's a Level 7 classified question and my answer is somewhat bound. I can tell you that, at least with episode 6, there is a mysterious killer out there and no one is safe. That's as far as I can take it but it is rather devastating if you are invested in the show." Devastating in what why? A lot of fans are speculating we will see a death in tonight's episode. Given Whedon's involvement, I wouldn't be surprised; however, only a few characters' deaths would be emotionally impactful: Skye, Fitz and Simmons. Of those 3, I'd put a small chunk of change on Skye "dying" because I do believe Skye is a pre-existing comic book character and that at some point soon we're all going to find out which one.
Loeb goes on to talk about furthering the connections to the MCU and some other TV projects in the works for Marvel, including AKA Jessica Jones, which is VERY exciting. If that show gets made it would lead to the introduction of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, among others and could be a wonderful pathway to the Marvel Knights. The takeaway is this: Marvel seems to have a BIG plan and aren't too worried about the fans who left this show early. They are going to build it their way and hope that fans come back when it gets bigger. From there they plan to build a TV universe. All sounds AWESOME to me.
What do you guys think? Who is gonna kick the bucket tonight, if anyone?