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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is a true television marvel
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is a true television marvel

Of all the creative and genre-expanding shows to debut in the last few years, none have been quite so fascinating to watch as the wildly ambitious narrative experiment of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." The hype explosion that prefaced its debut last fall — Joss Whedon's return to the small screen! Possible cameos by "The Avengers" cast! — led to an underlying assumption that the show would either hit big or fail spectacularly. It has, in fact, done neither. Struggling to find big ratings and, during early episodes, a consistently compelling storyline, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ends its first season Tuesday having created...

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