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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: A New Kind Of Team

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm by Jess Hicks

It’s time to find out if Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D lives up to every fan’s expectations. Agents was a bold move in my opinion, bringing something as huge as this universe to the small screen without the major superheroes everyone knows and loves was a huge risk. Sure, people will check it out just to see it, but will they stick with it without Iron Man or Thor? Or will yet another TV show of Joss Whedon’s be canceled? So let’s jump in, and as always, there will be spoilers.

Are There More Heroes Among Us? 

S.H.I.E.L.D exists to find and contain potential heroes and villains, so we obviously know that the show will provide us with some sort of super human. The story starts with a bang in the form of a building explosion, spurring a seemingly normal guy, Micheal Peterson, to rush to the rescue. He’s able to climb the building with his super human strength and save the woman inside, but not without some risk. In a world where everyone has a camera phone, he’s recorded and seen online everywhere.

SHIELD Centipede

Having heroes in the world that aren’t billionaires or gods could be a potentially fun, yet repetitive, idea. We find out that Peterson wasn’t always “super;” he’s involved with “Project Centipede,” which converts normal humans into heroes. After seeing they exist, who wouldn’t want to be one? Unfortunately, this project is flawed: if not contained, a person can overheat and become a human bomb in the process. Sort of like The Hulk, but without the giant green monster effect. I hope that they find more new heroes who can be controlled or contained because I would like to see the evolution of a new set of heroes and villains. Although, Heroes already did that, didn’t they?

Agent Coulson Back From the Dead…Maybe? 

We all saw him die; it’s what made the Avengers stop acting like man-children and actually save the world. Except it was all a ruse! It was just a ploy by Nick Fury and Coulson to make everyone think he was dead. Really he was just hanging out in Tahiti…or was he? It’s made very clear that Coulson is not he Coulson we think he is. My guess is that he’s some sort of clone created by SHIELD to keep things running smoothly. I assume it will become an ongoing sub-plot that will eventually be brought to the forefront at a climactic moment.

SHIELD Coby Gregg

I’m alright with Coulson being a clone; it makes a lot more sense than sending him to an island for a few months. I’m not a big Coulson fan to begin with, but at least they’re making his story interesting. I know, I know! How can I not like Coulson? Well, I haven’t decided if it’s Coulson or if it’s Clark Gregg’s portrayal of him. Gregg is a fine actor, but something about his delivery of every line irks me. Nonetheless, the character is needed, and I can accept that.

The New Scooby Gang…

I say “new” because they all have qualities reminiscent of former Joss Whedon characters. They are witty and self referential, while also being intelligent, albeit a bit doofy at times. This is probably my only gripe with the show so far—I just don’t care about anyone yet. They’re all pretty bland and uninteresting, aside from the two adorable scientists. However, this is the first episode, so I can’t expect to love everyone instantly. I think that once we get a deeper look at who the characters are, they’ll become more engaging. At least I hope so anyway.


Does it Live Up to Expectations? 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is a slippery slope, and I worry that if these characters don’t become fully developed people soon, we’ll all lose interest. It’s hard to go from the big blockbuster movies to this show in one jump because they’re two separate entities. I went in thinking there wouldn’t be the superheroes I know and love, and that there would be new stories I’d like just as much. The writing is good, the acting is fine, and the potential overarching story has good qualities.

Viewers just need to go in with different expectations than they would the movies. If they can do that, then I think this can be a successful series. If not, well…it was a good idea. What did you guys think? Any character in particular you’d like to see show up? Leave a comment below!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, “Pilot” aired on ABC September 24th, 2013 8/7 c.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D “Pilot”: B

    • I liked the show… but I *hated* Fitz and Simmons. I couldn’t understand a goddamned word either of them said.

      And I have been saying this ever since they announced Coulson was coming back. He will end up being The Vision.

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