The show hasn't delighted me yet, but the discussions between Hall and Coulson, and between Skye and Quinn, about whether SHIELD were really the good guys and about the dangers of their desire for benevolent control did feel like Whedon to me. Those themes were part of Firefly too -- the Alliance wasn't the evil empire fans often assume, they genuinely meant well, but their regulation in the name of order entailed a compromise of individual liberty, as it always does, and that led people to disagree on where to draw the line. It's just that this time we're seeing that question examined from the side of the "Alliance," as it were -- except for Skye, who comes from the "Mal" side of the ideological debate. So while the show does feel a bit generic so far, I can see hints of things that make it a Whedon show, beyond just quippy dialogue. That makes me hopeful that it will go deeper and be more complicated as time goes on. The thing is, sometimes shows have to start out disguising themselves as generic and formulaic in order to win over network executives (who don't like to stray too far from their comfort zones since there's a lot of money at stake), and then later start doing the deeper, edgier, more innovative stuff they meant to do all along. Look at how Dollhouse started out as more of a "client of the week" show, almost an anthology-type series of the sort that was popular in the '60s, but then became a much richer, serialized show about the world-shattering consequences of a profound technological advance.