Roughly a year ago, everything changed in Agents of SHIELD. With the reveal of HYDRA having long term infiltrated SHIELD. The SHIELD that we previously knew that was light hearted and honestly not as good as it could have been went out the window. All of a sudden, Agents of SHIELD became a superior show. With the start of the second season, things didn’t just stay batter, but they also got darker. The entire palate of the sow changed to something to was a bit more friendly to one that didn’t shy away from death. The show shifted from being about a team handling various issues to a show about the people within the team.
The show has gone through so many changes, but the biggest thing is the change in the nature of the show that I mentioned previously. With the arrival of season two the creative team became unafraid to let the characters dive into material that wasn’t bright and cheery (literally the first season had a different range of colors). Everything is now blue, black, and grey. I still keep thinking back to how inane those early episodes were. They just didn’t have punch. However, now every episode fed into each other. They weren’t just advancing a single episode, they were advancing an entire storyline. Things got darker. Things grew to be more troublesome. Most importantly, the stories were cohesive.
As the season went on we saw a serial treatment rather than episodic. No doubt, ABC in the early days wanted an episodic show. Broadcast networks tend to favor episodic shows because they tend to hold higher rating for them. With an episodic show, you can tune in and not pay much attention to where they are in the story line. The individual episodes hit similar beats. There’s a case, there’s a problem. There’s a hitch. And then final there is the solving of the case. Every so often a particular case may get so big that it spreads over into a second episode, but that is rare. These episodic shows are easy to consume, but they don’t often hold the emotional depth that serial shows have.
Agents of SHIELD is entirely a serial show now. Week after week we are seeing the growth of our team. They are each dealing with problems and they aren’t tritely touched upon for a moment every few episodes. We really get to dig into the problems they are having and come to have an understanding. This creates a stronger relationship. In season 1, I found Fitz amusing. Then the latter part of the season I came to love Fitz. Now in season 2, I feel so connected to Fitz that any wrong done to him feels like a personal offense. Sure, over time I could have grown to feel that way if Agents of SHIELD remained episodic. However that was done quicker and with more character depth through the show’s serial nature.
Have you been enjoying the changes Agents of SHIELD have made in their second season?