I hate Maria Hill in Uncanny X-Men and I generally liked her character. Of course, Marvel has always done a good job of making government the bad guys, even Fury at times.Yeoman wrote:Hill got better in Fractions Iron Man run and afterwards. She's at least tolerable these days.Kreuzritter wrote:as I understand it, Hand was pretty much reasons 1 through 5 that Osborn's organization lasted as long as it did, with her doing the actual grunt work of Norm's administration
besides, she's STILL a better choice than Maria "You're under arrest for refusing to support a law that hasn't been passed yet, hold still while my stormtroopers shoot you" Hill
I liked Victoria Hand in the main Marvel U, actually. I agreed with whoever said that Cap was wise to get someone who knew the dirty side of things, and she did seem to have the best interest of the country at heart, even if she did crappy things.
I felt like Agents of SHIELD has been turning it around as of late, actually. They've set the stage for Graviton and Blizzard, in addition to adding Deathlok and getting some more crossover with the cinematic universe with Lorelei and Sif. And as stated before, they cannot have the budget it would take to make a lot of superhero stuff work on a weekly basis so they had to go a different direction. Take it from someone who lived through the Incredible Hulk, Flash and Spider-Man live action series in the 70's and Lois and Clark in the 90's, you don't want to go that route of depending on superheroic action.
Where they have faltered early on is not making the characters more likable. Watching the old Hulk in action now is pretty funny, and wasn't really that well done then (even though Ferrigno was a BEAST), but you rooted for Bill Bixby because he made Banner someone you could relate to. Dean Cain's flying as Superman is laughable now, but the show lasted because he and Terri Hatcher made Lois and Clark likable characters. Until Smallville jumped the shark, even when Tom Welling wasn't sneak superheroing, you could relate to him, too. Adam West and Burt Ward made Batman 66' fun as hell because they sold the camp.
Watching Skye and Ward interact is like watching paint dry. Fitz and Simmons have moved from really annoying to kinda OK IMHO. Clark Gregg was carrying the show and until they really started digging into Agent May a little more, she was just window dressing. I still like the show overall, but I wanted to love it and I don't and I won't, not even if they bring in Deadpool...well, OK, I would then...until they figure out a way to make me care about the team.