I never really found Agent Coulson a compelling character, so Agents of Shield (lacking actual superheroes) is a tougher sell. The CG and acting are shaky at times, and the storylines disappointingly formulaic, while overreaching what can be convincingly sold. Despite being set in a universe full of aliens and superhumans, Agents of Shield has immense difficulty providing meaningful stakes, or even more than a monster-of-the-week.
Joss Whedon isn’t directing, but the series exhibits his flaws: it’s very one-linery, goes for twists over plausibility, and pushes the too-quirky characters to the detriment of the storyline.
Nine episodes in, none of the characters have grown on me – each of them fulfills a 2-dimensional role and blurts quips; I don’t even care about their uniformly traumatic backstories. Chloe Wang/Bennet is very attractive, but her character doesn’t elicit an emotional reaction.