I’m happy to have my fellow writer, Joey, of the 6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention feature, to provide his own review of Episode 1. My own review follows.
Agents of SHIELD was my most anticipated show of the new TV season. The show that was promoted as the best thing since sliced bread. Was it? No. Did I have a good time? Yes, I did. I enjoyed how it tied into the Marvel Movieverse, and all the little hints of things to come. I even enjoyed all of the cast members, and seeing Phil Coulson again. However there were a few things that annoyed me about the scripting/pacing. The one that is most glaring is the forced humor. Not every character needs to be a comedian. Jokes should be spontaneous, not something happens in every single scene of the show. It killed the flow of things at times. There was also some great smaller CG work, however the bigger CG was pretty bad for a Network tv show. Seen better stuff on some of the better Syfy shows of the past. The show has me just because I am a big fan of the marvel universe, but Arrow on CW set the bar for me on how good a Super Hero Show can be on TV, It’s gonna take some work to get up to that level. I hope it does, It has promise.
…and now my take – Chris
I have to say I’ve been very excited for the premiere of Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD. I’ve been a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so is my son, Patrick. We sat down at 8p to watch it together and sure enough the mentions of Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of The Avengers and the films were in full force. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) with some added help from Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) assembles a team within the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division to take on problems before they become bigger threats. The big question on everyone’s mind is how Coulson returned after being killed off by Loki in Marvel’s The Avengers? We don’t get a full answer, but It seems that Agent Hill knows more then she’s letting on. LMD perhaps? We may never know.
Moving on to the plot itself, it reminded me of “the freak of the week” that Smallville was famous for in the early seasons. I hope that isn’t the case here, but if SHIELD is in the superhero hunting/gathering business, then we’ll have to live with it for the time being. One thing is for sure, Coulson & Crew are in the game to register these new “superheroes”, he said so himself. This sets up an interesting dynamic that was teased in the movies but even more so in the pages of the Marvel event, Civil War. It’s never to early to speculate that it could all lead to a major brew-ha-ha in Avengers 3. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, after all this is only episode 1.
Like any good espionage TV show, there is always a shadowy figure or organization. In Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD we get Rising Tide. It could be an arm of AIM – or even something greater like what is revealed in the pages of Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. What we do know is that Rising Tide was behind the “Centipede” device that transformed peaceful Mike Peterson into a super human. Super-Soldier Serum and Gamma radiation seems to be at the heart of the experiment, which indeed, is very troubling for SHIELD and will be an ongoing sub-plot throughout the season.
After this, first show, I’m all in. And so is my son. But I won’t rest until I see Nick Fury, himself, in his little red Corvette.