As a fan of the Whedons (and Whedon-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen), I've happily been following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the get-go. While its reviews have so far have stayed mostly in the moderate-to-mediocre category, I have high hopes. I think it just needs to find its footing – it's steadily improved week by week, after all.
But the aspect of the show that bothers me most? All of the ships! Don't get me wrong; I love shipping: I'll take your Nick and Jess and raise you a Ross and Rachel. But keep in mind, this show has six series regulars, and all are neatly paired off. I mean, that would be like if Monica and Chandler flirted from episode one, and Phoebe ended up marrying Joey instead of Mike. It even has built in shipper names…from the pilot on, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons have collectively been called FitzSimmons. And Skye and Ward, or rather, "SkyeWard" – come on.
There was hope – when the series first started, Fitz and Simmons seemingly platonic, brotherly/sisterly relationship was intriguingly unique. And I was quite pleased to see Fitz (very awkwardly) try to put the moves on Skye (because if there's anything better than shipping, it's ill-fated love triangles). But Simmons' near-death experience in "F.Z.Z.T" made it clear that she and Fitz are in looove.
In fact, this week's episode, "The Hub," only sought to increase their couple-y-ness. She frets over him as he goes on his first dangerous mission – she even makes him a sandwich, fer cryin' out loud. And don't even get me started on Ward and Skye: from his truth-serum induced admissions of her hotness, to her clunky comparisons of Ward to her ex-boyfriend Miles, you might as well hit us over the head with a frying pan. All that's not even mentioning May and Coulson: if their flirty innuendos and one-liners are any indication, we're slated to see Coulson and May fall for each other too.
What's the fix? I suppose spending your days on a jet (no matter how big that jet may be) with the same group of people would lead to some incestuous-feeling relationships. Maybe they need some juicy guest stars to join the team and shake things up a bit before mating for life like metaphorical swans.
UPDATE: Today is a sad day for many CW fans, as two of its "on the bubble" shows were officially given the axe. It's time to say goodbye to Sarah Michelle Gellar's post-Buffy effort, Ringer, and The Vampire Diaries' Thursday night companion, The Secret Circle. Secret Circle was finally starting to pick up some steam, but CW had to make room for its five -- yes, five -- drama series pick-ups.
So, who will be joining The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Gossip Girl, Nikita, Supernatural, and Hart of Dixie next fall? Hollywood.com has all your details below:
The Carrie Diaries Starring AnnaSophia Robb
Have you ever wondered what Carrie Bradshaw was wearing back in 1984? If so, here's your chance to find out. Robb will star as New York's most popular fictional style-icon, who struggles with everyday teenage life in Connecticut -- until she meets her "first love", Manhattan. The show will also star Switched At Birth's Austin Butler and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's Ellen Wong. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Gossip Girl fame are set to executive produce, along with Len Goldstein and author Candace Bushnell.
Arrow Starring Stephen Amell
Fans of the dearly departed Smallville will now have another DC Comics superhero to root for. Amell stars as Oliver Queen, who is just your average, everyday billionaire playboy until he survives a violent shipwreck and re-emerges as The Green Arrow. The series will also star Katie Cassidy, who recently starred in The CW's failed Melrose Place reboot, and who is also known as that girl who dies in every horror movie.
Beauty And The Beast Starring Kristin Kreuck
Beauty and the Beast will be a contemporary reboot of the 1980s series, which starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. This time around, Smallville's Kreuck will star as Detective Catherine Chandler, and Jay Ryan will play Vincent -- a presumed-dead doctor who gets a little beastly when he's mad. It's a tale as old as time.
Cult Starring Matt Davis
Fans of The Vampire Diaries' very recently departed Alaric will be happy to know that he's coming back next season: As investigative reporter Jeff Sefton, on a completely different show. Jeff is a previously no-nonsense blogger who changes his tune when his brother goes missing. The likely culprit is somehow involved with the mysterious TV series "Cult", but the only one who believes him is one of the show's assistants, Skye (Jessica Lucas, also of Melrose-reboot fame). It would seem that fans of the show have become completely obsessed, and are re-creating its crimes in the real world. Digging into weird fan culture is always a good time, so we're looking forward to this one.
First Cut Starring Mamie Gummer
Gummer will star as Emily Barnes, a fresh out of med school intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. Barnes has stars in her eyes and hope in her heart, but she soon learns that hospital life is remarkably similar to high school -- where she was a certified nerd. Emily will have to navigate her way through the hospital's vicious cliques, while actual lives hang in the balance. Justin Hartley, who coincidentally played Green Arrow on Smallville, and Heroes' Jack Coleman also star.
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