Re: Marvel Cinematic Universe by Slider_Quinn21
But seriously, I do like some goofy shows. I just think that I have to feel some amount of care when I'm watching it. To me, when I watched Agents of SHIELD for the 3.4 (or whatever) seasons, I just saw people getting a paycheck. I saw billboards for whatever movie was coming out, or whichever phase of the MCU plan was about to kick in.
I agree with this sentiment as far as the first couple seasons went. Every episode there was a name-drop or a wink or a reference. Nick Fury would show up. Or lesser characters from the movies (Sif from Thor, for example). And whenever a movie would come out, they'd scramble to change for it or have an "event" episode in the aftermath. There was a big, complicated story arc on AoS where they explained how they obtained a Helicarrier for Nick Fury to use. It's a big part of Age of Ultron, but the show isn't mentioned at all (or even a wink to the show - he just has it).
Since they did the Inhumans arc, the show's sorta done its own thing. And, this season, magic has been at the forefront, but they aren't tying it to Dr. Strange. In season 2, the whole season would be about helping Strange and there'd be a cameo from Wang or something. Instead, they're focusing on other aspects of magic, and (as far as I know), Strange hasn't been mentioned. No references at all.
And, yeah, there's not Emmy-level performances or really deep characters, but I feel like they've grown a lot more. It used to be a show that I just watched, but now I look forward to it. It's fun.