Okay, I’m calling it:
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is basically Joss Whedon’s crack at Firefly 2.0.
He just took the characters, shook them up a bit to scramble the elements, and sent them on new missions.
Coulson / Mal – basically the same guy. Kind of a goofy leader. Only Whedon stripped the “River” medical mystery off of River and stuck it on Coulson.
Ward / Jayne – not a big leap here. Ward is slightly smarter, I guess. But he still kinda likes just punching stuff.
Kaylee / Sky – super competent technical female.
Fitz / Simone – super-smart science guy with a little of Wash’s goofball charm.
Simmons / Inara – Only, you know, it’s Disney-owned, so “companions” are RIGHT OUT.
Zoey / May – with a little of River’s fighting skill mixed in. Follows “the boss” even though she doesn’t like it much at times.
I realize this leaves us with no Book equivalent, but then again, they actually stuck that actor on the show. Plus, in a world where Thor exists, perhaps religious ponderings are a little too heady.
Firefly / Giant Plane.
Each week, they go on new adventures.
It’s all there, people.