SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the TV Show
If there's one thing Marvel does right, it's keeping their continuity. I love the fact that the TV shows go alongside the movies with timelines. It makes for a pretty epic universe to delve into with tons of movies and shows to watch. I try my hardest to stay on top of the continuity by watching everything that comes out, including Agents of Shield. However, when I first attempted to watch Agents of Shield I was bored with the first two episodes and did not continue. I stopped watching immediately and haven't looked back since. It wasn't until this year that I decided to give it another go. I don't recall what actually inspired me to give it another whirl. It may have been that my obsession with all things Marvel reignited after watching Captain America: Civil War. I had a choice between starting Agent Carter or Agents of Shield (AS), and elected to go for AS because that show wasn't cancelled. I wanted to be caught up for the new season in the Fall, if I liked the show. I still plan to watch Agent Carter sometime in the near future as well.
One of the main reasons that I originally couldn't get on board with Agents of Shield was the return of Phil Coulson. Agent Coulson was killed by Loki in the Avengers movie so how is he alive on the TV Show? However, Season 1 of AS does a great job of making it a mystery of how he came back to life and one of the main storylines of the season. They didn't hide the fact that he actually died and was dead for a few days. They didn't just glaze over this fact. They took the time to incorporate it into a major theme of the series. The method that they used to bring him back to life sets the series on the path of the InHumans.
The 2nd part of the show that made me originally dismiss it was Skye/Daisy Johnson's character. Her introduction on the first episode was anything but Shield. I wanted to watch a TV show that focused on strong Shield agents and cool missions, and their militant way of command and getting the job done. Instead, what I saw in the first episode was some random girl trying to hack Shield and the focus is on her. I wasn't impressed. I didn't want to watch an entire season of some girl trying to enlighten the world by taking down Shield. However, as the episodes progress Daisy joins Shield and things get more in line with what I imagine Shield to be like in my head.
I also liked the characters Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. They are another saving grace of the show. They remind me of Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter. You find yourself rooting for them to become a couple! AS slips a little bit with a little too much relationship drama: Grant/Skye, Grant/May, Mockingbird/Lance, Phil/Rosalind, Fitz/Simmons, Luke/Skye, but they get back on track. The introduction of more InHuman storylines and Hive in Season 3 brings the series back to being badass. I like how they explain the history of Hydra as well!
Overall I'm glad that I gave Agents of Shield a second chance! I can't wait for Season 4 to start up in the Fall!