As both the CW Arrow and ABCs Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. take their Winter breaks, it gives us time to reflect on the first half of their respective seasons and tally up the ‘score’ thus far.
ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I’ve spoken on the ‘missteps’ and ideas for improving Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before, both here and here and here! So my disappointment is clear but so is my desire to see this show get better and succeed. It has improved gradually throughout the season, and am confident it will continue to do so into the second half of the season.
The show still isn’t carrying the ratings, as they drop with each passing episode and although the fan-base seems to be split, it is clear from the rants and raves around the Web that the show needs to get better.
With Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulsen carrying the show on his shoulders, the wizards behind the scenes need to figure out how to give more distinction to the rest of cast, who are at worst ‘forgettable’ and in some cases annoying (i.e. Skye). The stories need to be better and there needs to be more tie-in to the Marvel universe in one way or another.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were ‘introduced’ to the mainstream audiences (of course comic book fans have known about S.H.I.E.L.D. for eons) through Marvel’s box office smashing films, and in order to keep this mainstream audience engaged and interested, this connection to the films and comic books must be maintained.
The CW Arrow
The CW Arrow started the 2nd season high on the hill, having finished the previous season strong. The show has been ‘solid’ from the onset, with an excellent cast, great story lines and great connections to the DC Comics universe with the following characters having made cameos or regular appearances and involvement:
- Felicity Smoak
- Walter Steele
- China White
- Constantine Drakon
- Black Canary
- The Huntress
This simple fact is one of the major differences between the two shows – having connections to the respective universes (Marvel and DC) that these shows originated from.
ABCs Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seeks to forge their own way, and break new ground in coming up with an original (for the most part) television series, whereas the CW Arrow, has figured out how to create more of a balance. Creating a modified version of the DC COMIC story lines while still being able to maintain that ‘connection to the DC Comic characters. A win-win situation for the CW Arrow, which has translated into a winning season over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
DC Comics Arrow – 1
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 0
The game continues after the Winter break!