Steranko on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s latest ep: 'Does anyone care what happens to Skye?’

Though the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at least divvied out some answers and nice WTF twists, there are still some fundamental problems at the show’s core -- and legendary Marvel comics writer Jim Steranko is here to figure ‘em out.

The former Marvel mastermind, who wrote many of the early Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. comics on which the show is built, has been following along with season one as a guest reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter. He hasn’t been terribly impressed, and Tuesday night’s installment didn’t do much to improve things.

They’ve ramped up the action and craziness, which is good, but the character at the core of the series still hasn’t landed for a lot of viewers. Though Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the supporting cast are finally starting to grow — most people still don’t know much about, or really care about, Skye (Chloe Bennet):

“The offering was predicated on Skye’s imminent death, but as anyone with an IQ of 15 knows, Agent Coulson (too inefficient to get his boss on the damned phone) beat the Grim Reaper previously through SHIELD technology. So what’s to worry about? For that matter, does anyone over the IQ of 15 care what happens to Agent Skye anyway? (And haven’t any of the SHIELD thinktankers even realized she still has no last name?)”

He makes a good point, especially considering the fact that the writers intended to make her the lens through which an outsider sees the action. That’s a good idea, sure, but you have to make the character interesting — and we don’t just mean layering her with some big fat mysteries and super-cool hacker skills.

Though we thought Bill Paxton’s Agent Garrett was a nice addition to the proceedings, Steranko (rightfully) points out that he comes off as a throwback to the classic era Nick Fury, “doing his impression” of the badass super-spy. Fair enough.

What did you think? Did this week’s episode pique your interest?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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