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October 28 2013

A round-up of reviews for last week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. IGN said "Girl in the Flower Dress" was great, "SHIELD is beginning to build its story in an intriguing way". Digital Spy thought the episode was "a slow burn" and gave it 3 out of 5 as did SFX. Den of Geek liked it, "mostly, quite good". The Escapist thought the show had now found its groove. The Science Fiction reviewer was "was very into this dark, complex episode" and Big Shiny Robot said "the show is continuing to build momentum". Paste said the episode "hits a comfortable stride in character development, action and sheer geekery".

No new SHIELD this week btw.

Wow, I'm surprised by how nice those reviews are. I thought episode 5 was the weakest so far, I actually struggled to finish it, some of the dialogues were really bad. It really was a let down after the very solid episode 4.
So far the reviewers have been way kinder to the show than general audiences are.
eddy, the comments you may read on the internet are not necessarily representative as the general audience. From the ratings, it seems the general audience likes it just fine. I know I do.
Those who shout loudest will get heard the most. You will always get people complaining but by and large people seem to enjoy watching the show.
I would say the reviewers *and* the general audiences have been kinder to the show than hardcore Whedon fans like us, who were (and still are) expecting it to be something it probably isn't, and something it probably shouldn't be, from the perspective of its owners.

People who came into this show not hoping to see "Bangelflyhouse" seem to be pretty happy with what they're seeing.
Although if they were to do something called Bangelflyhouse I would be quite pleased, as it would involve many people on the internet typing the word Bangelflyhouse repeatedly.
Bangleflyhouse sounds like a house music group from Denmark that samples lryics from ABBA
AndrewCrossett, I totally agree. I admit that I had expectations of a Whedon hallmark in the making, but it's a show that will live on in passable mediocrity. And I sincerely don't mean to denigrate the show as a lot of shows live on for years as merely passable entertainment. I'm happy for those involved and for those who enjoy it. Also, Bangelflyhouse. Just yes.
You seem to be on form for running down the show and then patronise fans by wishing them good luck or words to that effect. Which I think I warned you about last time and now don't have to warn you about that again.
Bangelflyhouse. Friday nights at 8.

I like it!

Enjoying MAoS, too, but I prefer the slow burn style of storytelling. I'll expect more as the season develops, of course, but there's a lot of universe and character building that takes time.
Ironically, this site is the only place I've seen anything negative about the show since it started.
@Angel&Faith: Heh. You need to read the comment sections of articles about SHIELD. Reading it, you'd think the show was the worse thing on the network right now.

"I would say the reviewers *and* the general audiences have been kinder to the show than hardcore Whedon fans like us, who were (and still are) expecting it to be something it probably isn't, and something it probably shouldn't be, from the perspective of its owners."

Well, I'd say I'm a pretty hardcore Whedon fan myself, but I didn't come in expecting the next coming of Firefly. :D
I was with Whedon since the Buffy days, and I always remember his earlier seasons of his series were always his weakest, and it usually takes time to build upon. Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse all had pretty weak season 1 (Firefly was the exception, which made it's cancellation all the more painful), but they always got much better.

Long story short, this is one hardcore Whedon fan that's content to enjoy it for what is is now, and wait for the inevitable heartache and dread that is a Whedon show (but in a good way).
People also have to remember this isn't a full on Whedon show the way Buffy, Angel and Firefly were. This is more Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen controlling the day to day with Joss giving direction from afar. It's also not his property he has to conform to Marvels rules on what he can and can't do with this universe.

That said as the series progresses I'm liking it more and more, it's building, sometimes awkwardly, to something very good. I actually enjoyed episode 5 the most so far but maybe I'm in the minority.
Finally some signs of life in this show! Still not a good show, in my view, but we have a heart beat.

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