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Old May 11 2013, 07:23 PM   #391
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I guess the black ex-cop who grew up in the hood and the misunderstood ex-con will become regulars in mid-season.
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Old May 11 2013, 07:47 PM   #392
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^You know, there's an inherent contradiction in trying to criticize stereotypes by assuming the worst about a show you haven't seen yet.
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Old May 11 2013, 08:03 PM   #393
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Yeah, from a visual standpoint, this team looks pretty damn boring. A bunch of generic, pretty-faced, vanilla tv people. But I remain confident that Whedon and his writing staff can make them interesting anyway.
My thoughts as well.
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Old May 11 2013, 08:20 PM   #394
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Here's some more info on the characters, including their SHIELD ID cards. (Sadly, Coulson's card doesn't have slight foxing around the edges. Or bloodstains.)

Melinda May is now being described as "a pilot, weapons expert, and soldier" with "crazy skills when it comes to weapons." Nothing specifically about martial arts, although of course a lot of martial arts involve weapons. However, her ID card says "Administrator," which suggests a desk job.

Interestingly, Skye (last name unknown) is represented by a surveillance photo that calls her a "possible Rising Tide collaborator." Story-arc hint?

A "first look" will be airing during Once Upon a Time tomorrow night, and will be on ABC's website afterward.
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Old May 11 2013, 08:29 PM   #395
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"Pretty-faced" is kind of commonplace in the industry, isn't it? I mean, you just don't see a lot of ugly people in anything. Unless you need someone to play Wormtongue, of course, but I'm mainly thinking of protagonists here. They even made Velma hot.
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Old May 11 2013, 08:55 PM   #396
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^You know, there's an inherent contradiction in trying to criticize stereotypes by assuming the worst about a show you haven't seen yet.
Sorry, is this thread about me or about SHIELD?
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Old May 11 2013, 10:18 PM   #397
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It's also worth pointing out that one of the showrunners for this series, Maurissa Tancharoen, is herself Asian-American, which makes it unlikely that the show will traffic in Asian stereotypes. A little research might've alleviated any concerns on that point.
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Old May 11 2013, 11:02 PM   #398
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It's also worth pointing out that one of the showrunners for this series, Maurissa Tancharoen, is herself Asian-American, which makes it unlikely that the show will traffic in Asian stereotypes.
Well now that's a giant case of begging the question. Unless you actually know anything about this writer, instead of wild speculation, let's wait and see, shall we? And that goes for all of us.

Reaction to the cast photo seems to be a mix of hesitancy and gradations of negativity. Of course appearances can be deceiving, but first impressions do matter.
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It's also worth pointing out that one of the showrunners for this series, Maurissa Tancharoen, is herself Asian-American, which makes it unlikely that the show will traffic in Asian stereotypes.
Well now that's a giant case of begging the question. Unless you actually know anything about this writer, instead of wild speculation, let's wait and see, shall we? And that goes for all of us.

Reaction to the cast photo seems to be a mix of hesitancy and gradations of negativity. Of course appearances can be deceiving, but first impressions do matter.
You might be familiar with her from:



I think it is safe to say she isn't in a hurry to propagate the stereotypes.
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Old May 11 2013, 11:53 PM   #400
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You might be familiar with her from:



I think it is safe to say she isn't in a hurry to propagate the stereotypes.
Which is exactly my point. Thank you for the backup.

I don't do "wild speculation." I do research. It's not that hard.
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Old May 12 2013, 12:02 AM   #401
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Yeah, from a visual standpoint, this team looks pretty damn boring. A bunch of generic, pretty-faced, vanilla tv people. But I remain confident that Whedon and his writing staff can make them interesting anyway.
Did you honestly expect them to cast ugly actors for the show?
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Old May 12 2013, 12:13 AM   #402
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Did you honestly expect them to cast ugly actors for the show?
I would have applauded them if they did. At the very least they could have cast someone with different coloured hair.
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Old May 12 2013, 12:51 AM   #403
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Yeah, from a visual standpoint, this team looks pretty damn boring. A bunch of generic, pretty-faced, vanilla tv people. But I remain confident that Whedon and his writing staff can make them interesting anyway.
Did you honestly expect them to cast ugly actors for the show?
Not to mention that any cast is likely to look "generic" to us before we've gotten to know their faces and their distinctive personalities.
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Old May 12 2013, 01:16 AM   #404
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Yeah, from a visual standpoint, this team looks pretty damn boring. A bunch of generic, pretty-faced, vanilla tv people. But I remain confident that Whedon and his writing staff can make them interesting anyway.
Did you honestly expect them to cast ugly actors for the show?
Not to mention that any cast is likely to look "generic" to us before we've gotten to know their faces and their distinctive personalities.
Well, yeah, I'm sure they're going to become much more interesting once we get to know their characters, but I think it is worth noting that they all seem to have the same hair and skin color and the same body type. Age-wise, there are some differences, but whoever photoshopped that image did their best to conceal that...
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Old May 12 2013, 01:18 AM   #405
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I'm glad there is more than one female main character on this show. No one token female characters here!
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