Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is Like Star Wars, But Not In A Good Way

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Finally, the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ended. It was a painful journey, sticking with a horrendously dull fifteen episodes before the show really kicked into gear. I’ve complained ad nauseam about Marvel’s problem with telling us about Skye’s specialness instead of showing us and you all know how I feel about Agent Ward. On Conan, they described the show as something like “boring characters mentioning exciting superheroes” and that’s totally what it’s like. But, it’s also like something else. Something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Something that I enjoy, deep down in my nerdly bones. Something that keeps me coming back to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. even though I’m getting a repetitive stress injury in my shoulder from throwing things at the TV every episode. Something like… OH MY GOD IT’S STAR WARS.

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If only this was happening in space.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is like Star Wars, but not the nostalgic greatness of Episodes IV, V, and VI. It’s like the prequels. That’s why it hurts so bad! It’s a mixture of sweet, beautiful promise combined with the bile and rancid ichor of betrayal. After the Avengers movie, we waited with honest anticipation for a show about S.H.I.E.L.D., feeling just like Agent Coulson meeting Captain America for the first time. Our love was pure. And we got Episode I. That’s what this felt like. Shame on you, Marvel. Shame on you.

Don’t agree with me? Let me prove it to you.

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Agent Ward betrays his mentor and turns evil, returning to be second in command for a man who’s gone mad with power as he overthrows the organization that brought him all his power in the first place. Holy shit, Grant Ward is Anakin Skywalker.

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In the first season, we’ve just watched him become Darth Vader. That makes Garrett (Bill Paxton) the soon to be Emperor, Chancellor Palpatine.  It also means that Phil Coulson is Obi-Wan Kenobi. Right!?

 

It gets better.

This makes the problematic character, Skye, our Padmé Amidala. Makes sense. She’s a love interest who can take care of herself and always has great hair. Also, potentially Skye is an alien so don’t be surprised if next season we find out she’s from Naboo.

It gets even better.

Our team nerds are actually the droids. Fitz-Simmons are R2-D2 and C-3PO. I’m going to suggest that Fitz is the sweet and eternally optimistic R2, who is always called upon to break into complex computer systems and Simmons, bless her geek beauty, is 3PO, always showing off her extensive vocabulary and stiff posture. Also, they’re both Brits. See?

ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE, IAIN DE CAESTECKERdroids

 

Do you know what this means?

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Who says I don’t have a lightsaber?

HOLY SHIT GUYS, Samuel L. Jackson IS SAMUEL L. JACKSON. Yup, Nick Fury is Mace Windu. I feel like I should drop mic and peace out. Sure, Sam Jackson is in a lot of movies and portrays a lot of badass motherfuckers, but these two characters are TITANS. This is pretty cool.

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I say.

I got more.

Mike Peterson? General Grievous. They’re both mostly machine now.

Agent Victoria Hand? Aayla Secura, Twi’lek Jedi Knight, killed during the coup.

 

 

 

 

But wait, who is Agent Meldina May in our Star Wars analogy? May is a soldier and she’s often known by her nickname, “The Cavalry”, which she hates. She works closely with Coulson/Obi-Wan but might have allegiances elsewhere. Agent May is Commander Cody.

Who’s that?

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Unlike the Star Wars movies, this show has many awesome female characters. Go vaginas with lightsabers!

This is where I believe the comparison with Star Wars means Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has hope. It has the potential to be like Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Cody is a major character in that series, seemingly just another clone but he distinguishes himself to General Kenobi and completes several missions with him before the betrayal on Utapau. If you’re a fan of the expanded Star Wars universe, I might also see you making a case for May as Jedi Master Shaak Ti. Either way, pay attention Marvel, because that’s how you do a spin off with a complex mythology and movie franchise that dwarfs your show. You become your own, amazing thing. You don’t rely on name dropping and dragging out guest appearances. You write good characters in interesting, compelling situations unique to your own expanding universe.

 

Also, you cast Patton Oswalt, because every show needs a wise, clever, small guy back at the base, waiting to… FUCK YES, HE’S YODA. Maybe a series of clones too, but I guess we’ll find out next season.

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Have the answers, we do.

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I’m too high for this. Pass the cheetos.

– Roz Y.

A microbiologist turned screenwriter, she loves all things science. Roz enjoys video games (the cake is a lie!) and reading comic books, and arguing with other geeks about both. Inspired by screenwriters like Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, Fran Walsh, and Joss Whedon, her favourite genres are science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Roz is so cool she plays the French Horn and has a collection of fabulous head bands.

3 Comments

  • alejandro.pacheco.h@gmail.com'
    August 30, 2014

    Alejandro Pacheco

    Sorry it took me this long to answer but rarely I make my comments shortly before I read it or watch it, I let it sink and think in what am I going to say, so nothing slips on my mind, also try to make it a little softer, but I have been told that my comments are like a heavy blunt object so it feels hard even if I try to have some touch.

    I didn’t agree with you at the first statement and I agree less on your explanation so here I go. Also I give you a little bonus at the end 😛

    You say that Ward is some kind of Anakin betraying his mentor but his mentor was Garrett not Coulson, as matter of fact Coulson didn’t know that Ward existed until he was on board of the ship. Also Anakin betrays the Jedi council because he wants to save Padme’s life not because he turned evil, that was a byproduct of him wanting to get that power. Ward betrays S.H.I.E.L.D. because he was a pawn on a more larger plan, he was one of the millions of Hydra’s agents such as Garrett, the motivation of Ward was not to fail his mentor, which is Garrett how trained him since he was a teenager, no bigger plan, no bigger love. He follows Hydra and that’s it. If you want to compare Ward to any character on Star Wars Darth Maul would be the closest.

    Garrett being the emperor Palpatine, because he gets to power by betraying an organization that gave him the power, but Palpatine didn’t betray nobody, didn’t took by force the republic, he was elected democratically by de Senate, and turned into an empire with the applauses of almost everybody. On the other side Garrett is not the head of Hydra, a high ranking officer yes, but not the main head, and the organization that gave him the power was Hydra not S.H.I.E.L.D. because Hydra was running things from the shadows so the one that could be taken as the emperor would be the Dr. Arnim Zola he actually did a plan like Palpatine and Garrett could be taken as his Darth Vader also being part mechanical and all, but that would be the farthest this analogy could stretch because Garrett didn’t changed sides for love, he did it because of power.

    Coulson as an Obi Wan Kenobi doesn’t fit anywhere because Obi Wan is a mentor of a forgotten discipline to the new generation, and yes he has his crew of young people but he never mentor them in any way, the one that gets a little in that area is Skye who needs to learn about S.H.I.E.L.D. but that is a writer’s tool to deliver exposition to the public without being obvious. Coulson is the leader who takes the decisions and the blame, the plane and the crew are his responsibility. Things that Obi Wan only experiments on the animated series “Clone Wars”, and in a minor instance on Episode III.

    Skye turning into Padme? C’mon! You know that is a stretch of making it by association from the first one, that doesn’t make sense. Skye is the rouge character, the one that could even have been turn to Hydra with the right motivation. Someone against the system Padme was royalty, Skye an orphan that had to fight for herself, Skye is a mystery Padme just the Queen than then gets relegated, thanks to poor writing, to Anakin’s wife.

    I can see where you compare Fitz and Simmons to R2 and 3P0 because both couples are supporting characters and facilitators for technology, but Fitz the eternally optimistic? He is the most pessimistic of the bunch, he complains all the time about his job, assignments everything! Simmons as C-3P0 is again a stretch because she might use sciency words but she is not a relations expert or a diplomat, she is a biologist and 3P0 hates non urbanized places.

    Samuel L. Jackson being the same in both sounds even racist (Not really but I wanted to say it) yes both have a power sit in both stories, but on Star Wars he was one of the people who doubt of Anakin and has somewhere and active participation, in shield he is the boss, the one that they only talk about, he steps in a couple of minutes but that’s it, he never take a more active participation he has bigger problems than the plane. Also most directors call him to make the same character over and over. If you wanted to make him a character in Star Wars Nick Fury would be like Yoda.

    Peterson “Deathlok” is Grievous? Do you know the story behind General Grievous? Mike Peterson is force to work for Hydra, at the beginning he tries to be somebody but the experiment goes wrong and he turns crazy and SHIELD saves him then he is turned into Deathlok and force to do the dirty work because they threaten his life and his son’s too. General Grievous on the other side was the best warrior of his planet and the sith offered him to be part of the army but he refused, then Count Dooku manages to destroy almost all his planet making it look like it was the republic and the senate, so Grievous joins the war by his own convictions (based on lies)

    Victoria Hand is Aayla Secura? Why just because she is a woman and dies? Can you see beyond the gender of people? Victoria Hand is an integral part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and one of the highest rank officers, she only answers to Nick Fury so she could be in some way Mace Windu. Because both are strong more martial than diplomats but even so can behave on important matters and still look on place.

    Comparing Melinda May to Cody to me is an insult, because Cody is in charge of moving people and making strategies when Agent May she acts alone, she hates to lose people so she doesn’t like to put anyone at risk. Cody on his side he decides how many clones he needs to spend to take a position, he doesn’t care how many come back because he knows they are clones and they are meant to die in battle. A really big difference between power of numbers and the power of one. Then making her Master Shaak Ti I can only see that you don’t pay attention to Character traits, because Shaak Ti is a spiritual Jedi she is more a diplomat than a fighter when Agent May is a full on warrior tempered in the fire of battle so those two are again way different.

    Eric Koeing (Patton Oswald) being Yoda would be outrageous, I mean Yoda is the wise master but not because he stood reading, he is no nerd, Yoda has his knowledge because he has lived, he had fought wars, he had traveled met people and planets, everybody knows Yoda and his reputation as a warrior and a wise man when Eric is unknown to everybody, a man that can take care of a secret facility but has never leave the perimeter. Yoda is distrustful of things that look like work of the Dark side when Eric is distrustful about everybody, because those are his orders. Also Yoda don’t have orders, he is the head of the Jedi council, he is nobodies puppet.

    You went to really big stretches to get to this analogy, and I can see that there might be some similitudes in both stories but that is because both are origin stories, things are going to be similar specially if you have a big cast, but there is no way Star Wars I II and III are the same of this ones, as I said there are similar points but that’s because Star Wars uses the oldest and more basic format of storytelling.

    Why Episode I was a deception? Well it was because people already knew about the world and that created an instance of “hyperactive children on a movie syndrome”

    What am I saying with this? You may ask, is just that people got the mentality of “I already know all of this, pass to the war” so nobody cared for political problems or how Palpatine “House of Cards” his path to be emperor. That is quite the core problem and it is because George Lucas knew that and tried to make it also a war shooting and screaming, even sliding Darth Maul into the mix.

    The story should have been a story of political tension and instability and the shadow of the sith lurking in the back, but Lucas thought that it would be too dull for the audience (Same thought that made him make Episode IV instead of starting by 1)

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    • teamplotbunnies@gmail.com'
      September 14, 2014

      plotbunnies

      Season two is just around the corner!