I was reminded of one of the reasons I gave up watching Agents of Shield tonight too. With Maslany, she's attractive, but she's written so well that it almost does come across as empowering (And Orange is the New Black had this too) for woman in the lead role, something TV needs more of. With AOS, I was distracted by Sky, as she was attractive but the actress wasn't all that great in the first place (And I stopped after the 3rd episode so I don't know if it got better).
Forget the writing, it is Mazlany's towering perfomances that have made this show.
Comparing Tatiana's performances with Chloe Bennett's on AoS is really unfair to Bennett. She is not even close to the acting ballpark in which Mazlany plays. Bennett is not even in the parking lot. And as snarky as that may sound, it's not really a knock on Chloe. That is how much I think of Mazlany as an actor.
Imagine if Tatiana had been cast as the female lead in Dollhouse instead of Eliza Dushku. But then we might not be seeing her in Orphan because Dollhouse might have gotten a full 7 season run. So, things do happen for a reason I guess.