We're only 3 episodes in (well, in the UK at least) and already 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' appears to have won over fans as well as attract newcomers. Just look at the ratings that Channel 4 mustered; their figures affirmed the series as the channel's biggest launching show of 2013, with a staggering 3.1 million viewers, which was a significantly large percentage for the audience and time on a Friday night.
With the success of the Marvel series already apparent, ABC's President Paul Lee made the announcement that fans had been waiting for. Aside from the initial handful of episodes completed and scheduled to air by the end of this month in America (and just a few days after in the UK), Lee has confirmed that a total of 22 episodes have been snapped up to shape its debut season.
So far the aired episodes that have shown in the UK have been fairly solid; there have been no noticeably bad episodes, or even moments to mention. It has been, for me, rather consistent, and is great to see references to 'Iron Man 3's plot, as well as a continued acknowledgement of the attack on New York from 'Avengers Assemble'. Being set after the film means they can have plot points that directly link into past or even future events (show creator Whedon hasn't ruled out a 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' crossover).
What's more, the cameos and guest appearances seem to be enticing fans, as we've already witnessed Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill in the pilot and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in its follow-up.
Hopefully a lengthy season will mean that characters and subplots can develop over time. It also allows the chance for more intricate and long-running arching stories to be explored at pace without feeling the need to rush to a conclusion.
What do you think of the series so far?
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