So Marvel's "Agents of SHIELD" is on hiatus until the second half of the season starts up in January. We've been promised a more "Marvel" feel for the remaining half, but here's some other tips they may want to pick up.
1. Fix the characters.
The main problem with the show isn't that it doesn't have a ton of super powers, it's just boring. Every episode revolves around some random supernatural occurrence or spy intrigue, but the characters lack personality and purpose. So who cares if Simmons jumps out of a plane, or if Fitz likes sandwiches? Make us care first.
Easiest thing is to bring back Mike. We saw him go from a down on his luck warehouse worker to a powered agent just wanting to do the right thing and make up for his mistakes. Which makes him a unique character with a clear motivation, which is sort of the point. So let's get on this, please.
2. Involve Agent Coulson more.
He's a fan favorite and (presumably) the lead character, but the show is mostly focused on Skye. Are the producers afraid to have a show focused on a man in a suit in his 50's? Because if Coulson is mostly just a version of Charlie who follows his Angels around, he can literally phone it in. Don't minimize what is arguably your show's biggest draw. He got his own show after appearing in four blockbuster movies for a reason. We love him!
3. Less "supernatural" and more spy.
The episodes where the team hasn't been dealing with evil spy organizations are arguably the weakest. Usually something odd happens that looks like powers or magic, then someone says it's impossible. Someone mentions Thor or The Avengers, and we find out it's a crazy science accident, specifically the Chitauri electric explosion virus or a particle accelerator explosion sending you to another dimension. Yes, it emphasizes the fact that a post-"Iron Man" world is wackier now, but the other episodes have a more unique, interesting angle; trust. In the first few episodes, we weren't sure if we could trust SHIELD or Skye, and we for sure couldn't trust Centipede. Coulson not completely trusting the organization's explanation of what happened to him gives him a purpose on the show beyond just being a good guy. This gets back to Point #1, but an external threat is one of the oldest story-telling tricks in the book. Why not make the team members potential threats?
This comes with the caveat to make the intrigue more interesting. I was expecting the storyline of Skye's "infiltration" to be drawn out longer, but then it turns out her entire reason for being is to find her parents. Please please please don't drop the ball with the inevitable "Coulson Lives!" reveal. You don't have to reveal everything, it can be a box of secrets. Just please don't let it be based in completely random super-science, this isn't "Venture Bros."
Of course, I'm just a random blogger, so do what thou wilt. The show comes back January 7th next year.