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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Jellin' like a Felon

Sometimes  things work well right from the start. Then there is agent Coulson's team. Such a squabbling, contentious, and poorly jelled team hasn't been seen since, well, Congress.

Unlike Congress, however, this team eventually starts to get things done. Sure, it took the hijacking of their plane, but if a common enemy is the only way to lay aside ego and rivalry, then so be it. Even the Colonies needed a common enemy to realize they were better off working together.

Still, Coulson's team has a ways to go. Skye is still not fully committed to the team. The scientists are raw. Ward has the experience but struggles to relate to the others. And Coulson seems off, like he isn't sharp after his time in Tahiti (it's a magical place, or so I'm told).

Like Coulson's team, this show is still a work in progress. There were cheesy lines and canned deliveries. I am starting to wonder if Clark Gregg (Coulson) can carry a show as the lead actor. The scene telling us the moral of the episode (everyone has something they contribute to solving the puzzle) came across as overly preachy.

I'm not gonna give up on this show yet, but improvement is needed. Hopefully, this show, like Coulson's team, can continue to jell into a cohesive unit.