Posted by Mark Bridge On September - 25 - 2013 0 Comment

So… We now live in a world where Marvel has a shared cinematic universe both on the small and big screen.  And you know what?  I freakin’ love it.  I know that wasn’t very professional but I had to get that out.  Was this the best hour of television?  I wouldn’t go that far.  But it sure was a damn great one.  What’s awesome about the show other that the wonderful cast which I will get to, is the possibilities the show has in introducing so many wonderful ideas, both from the comics or ones made for the show.  They managed to capture the thrill a minute ride of the Marvel films on a smaller scale.  Those familiar with the tone of the films will see them on full display here.

The show begins with a narration from Skye (Chloe Bennet), one of the show’s protagonists.  She lets the audience know that this is a world post The Avengers and their battle for New York.  We even get small glimpses of our heroes before seeing their toy counterparts.  This is where we get introduced to Michael (J. August Richards) and his son.  And for those still holding out hope that the hooded hero bursting out the burning building was Luke Cage, the premiere will put that hope to rest.  But you never know.  Cage may find himself in a future episode one day.  After the explosive opening sequence we get introduced to the rest of the crew that will be entertaining us for hopefully many entertaining season.  For the uninitiated, Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) acts as our window into SHIELD.  Through him we see all the players, including an appearance from Agent Maria Hill played by Colbie Smoulders from the film who hopefully will make it a full time thing after How I Met Your Mother ends.  The next thing we see is the return of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) who we thought bought the farm in Avengers.  It’s clear from this episode that there is more to his return to life, and it’s a mystery that will be present throughout the season or seasons.  Rounding out the rest of the team are Agents Fitz & Simmons (Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge respectively), and Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).


The episode sees the team united to find the “hooded hero” by tracking down Skye, a member of the Rising Tide who believes SHIELD are the bad guys and wants badly to expose them.  Coulson manages to win her over in what was one of the funniest scenes in the episode.  Just when you think Coulson was applying a sophisticated truth serum to Skye, he uses it on Ward to gain her trust.  Ward on the truth serum was hilarious.  The episode moved at a breakneck speed and kept my attention to the very end.  I didn’t want it to end, but unlike the films, I get to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe every week with a new story.

The pilot was written and directed by Joss Whedon, who also wrote and direct The Avengers, and you can see his finger prints all over it when it comes to the dialogue and the humor.  Although they were funny moments, Whedon still manages to get serious at all the right moments. If the show manages to strike that balance throughout its entire run, then we may have another Whedon classic TV show on our hands.

Not all was peachy about this episode however.  The dialogue like I mentioned before was high caliber, but there were moments when it was hard to follow what was being said.  For instance, the formula that created the so called super hero was a left over from the Extremis tech last seen in Iron man 3.  But they mentioned something about Captain America’s Super Soldier serum and Hulk’s gamma radiation and I didn’t know quite where that fit.  I also thought that Agent May was the least sold character in the episode.  A problem that I’m sure will be rectified in future episodes.

The season opener did a great job in setting the tone for what’s to come.  I can safely say that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is unlike any other show on television right now.  The show promises to end every episode with a bang.  This one certainly did with a flying car, which was introduced all the way back in Captain America: The First Avenger.  That scene alone shows that Marvel is ready and willing to take risks both on the silver and small screen.  Job well done, Marvel.

Rating: ★★★★☆ Great

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