I just came back to the series and finally picked up where I left off. A lot of people I trust told me that it gets better but you have to give it time.
This is very true. Around episode 16 the show starts tying into the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier where Hydra has infiltrated Shield and basically destroys Shield from within.
Before this, the characters started growing on me, but the plot was basically worthless. It was super boring. But, once Hydra makes their move and starts destroying Shield from within the plot picks up a lot. Not to mention that you never know which one of the characters might be a sleeper agent.
I still wish it were paced better. The first half of the season isn't that great and the second half of the season could pick up the pace of the plot faster.
But now that I've finished season 1 I'm really interested to see what happens in season 2. The end of the season sees our main characters tasked with rebuilding Shield from scratch. It's a really good premise, I just wonder how it will be executed.
At this point it's looking like this show is almost a side plot to the Avengers movies, which is really cool.
Thankfully, Agents of Shield is in it's third season right now which means all of season 2 is sitting in Netflix ready to watch.