In case you missed this little article with Joss Whedon, here is where he talks about how the upcoming ABC show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. somewhat follows the storytelling model the beloved TV classic, The X-Files.
“It’s a little bit like the “X-Files” model,” Whedon said about the show’s self-contained stories. “You can come each week and see [that episode] and not have seen everything, but if you have, it’s a richer experience. And as we move forward, those things will start to weave together more and more. But we do want to always have every episode have its own beginning, middle and end, and feel like its own [thing].”
“We definitely don’t want anybody ever to watch an episode and have to have watched all the others. That’s definitely a goal of ours. But we think there’s a way to do that, [similarly to] the way that they’ve done it with [Marvel films] where it’s just a better experience if you have been keeping track. And also we’re pretty sure that we will be asking enough interesting questions that people will want to hear the answers. At least that’s our goal.”
That’s very much part of the reason why The X-Files was so successful. Of course, the other major part of it’s success was the chemistry between the actors, but we won’t see that until the first episode. So, for now, at least it sounds like the show is going in the right direction.