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Can Deathlok Save 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

By TK Burton | Industry | January 24, 2014 |

By TK Burton | Industry | January 24, 2014 |

Can An Asgardian Sorceress? Can Anyone?

My guess is: probably not.


But then, you probably already guessed some of this. Marvel’s painfully inconsistent, and often just plain disappointing ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, a show that I desperately wanted to like but simply am not able to, is rolling the dice and, for the first time, introducing another actual comic book character into the show as a potential series regular (others include adding Elena Satine as the Asgardian Lorelei and Bill Paxton as Agent John Garrett).

The show has been fading fast - I find myself forcing myself to watch out of some sort of perverse hope that they’ll eventually hit their stride, but… Outside of Fitz and Simmons, I’m finding less and less to enjoy each week. Even the wonderful Clark Gregg is getting boring, and if they don’t give Melinda May some emotion one of these days besides a tiny smirk, I’m going to start shouting.

So the solution is apparently throw in Asgardians and cyborgs. Deathlok — who not coincidentally is celebrating his 40th anniversary this year — will be coming to the small screen. There have been a few different people to inherit the title of Deathlok in the comics — it’s more based on the tech used to create him than the actual person — but it’s always a cyborg created out of a reanimated body. This time around, apparently Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) will become Deathlok, and one can only imagine this will somehow tie into the appearance of Paxton’s Agent Garrett, who is also a cyborg.

Of course, the problem is that ‘Agents’ isn’t suffering because it doesn’t have enough superheroes. It’s suffering because the writing is terrible, the acting is all over the place, and the pacing is often staggeringly slow. The big, dark, long-range storylines are often totally uninteresting, most recently demonstrated by the reveal of Coulsen’s “Tahiti” plotline which was essentially exactly what we expected it to be, and thus, completely unfulfilling.

But hey, cyborgs and Asgardian sorceresses. For those who don’t know, here’s what Elena Satine looks like. She’s quite pretty.


So, there’s that.

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