Thursday, September 26, 2013

TV Review: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

It was inevitable, after all.

Given the billions Marvel's Avengers movies (The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk--so far) have earned, it was only a matter of time before they decided a TV series would be a good idea. Tuesday, the same day Iron Man 3 was released on DVD, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered, starring Clark Gregg as the unflappable Agent Phil Coulson.



Wait a minute. Wasn't Agent Coulson killed by Thor's psychologically-damaged adopted brother Loki in The Avengers?

Well, yes...and no. Coulson was dead, very briefly--for a matter of seconds. But this is the Marvel universe--in the Marvel universe, as in soap operas, being dead isn't as final as it is in real life. Marvel characters get do-overs, and in this case, I consider it a good thing. Coulson is one of my favorite characters. He rarely even raises his voice. He's like the eerily calm eye at the center of a superhero hurricane.

In the aftermath of the events of The Avengers (in the series known as The Battle of New York), Coulson and SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) supervise a team of young agents who investigate strange occurrences. Though their cases are new, fans of the movies will recognize a lot of familiar elements: the supersoldier formula (Captain America), gods (Thor), the big green monster (The Incredible Hulk), Tony Stark, Extremis (Iron Man), Chitauri (The Avengers). My personal favorite: Coulson's reference to Loki as "the Asgardian Mussolini."



Like the Avengers, most of Coulson's team (Ming-Na Wen,Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain DeCaestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge really don't want to be on the team. But his calm persistence always wins, in the end--after all, how can you have an argument with someone who won't argue? His approach to recruiting one new agent is original, effective--and downright funny.

Can the show's writers come up with new ideas for each episode that maintain the quality of the first episode? That remains to be seen. But I'm willing to bet they can.

Have you seen it? Do you agree or disagree with me? I'd love to hear your take on it!

*****

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12 comments:

  1. There's plenty of material for them to mine in the Marvel Universe!

    Who'd have thought Phil Coulson could headline a series?

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    1. Being the Marvel expert you are, I expected more of an opinion from you!

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  2. And I did get a kick out of Loki as the Asgardian Mussollini... not to mention Phil's car!

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    1. The car made me think of Howard Stark's demo at the Stark Expo in the beginning of Captain America!

      There's supposedly going to be something special like that at the end of each episode--the TV version of those great end-credits scenes in the movies, I think.

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    2. It does work that way, given that TV networks tend to reduce credits to one eighth of the screen at hyperspeed just so they can air commercials of whatever dreck is coming up later in the week.

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    3. I hate that! I also hate the way they add those distracting little ads for upcoming shows at the bottom of the screen during programs....

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  3. Well it is about time.... I have been waiting for this review !

    I wasn't able to watch it but I DVD it. I was very excited to hear about this show.
    I like all the SYFI stuff (lot of Japanese SYFI) but for some reason I passed on the Avengers... although Thor is really super cute. So I haven't watches all the movies leading up to The Agents of SHIELD.
    Do I need to know all the back story ? or can I just jump in ?
    Plus Clark Greg is a super cutie ! Love the car !

    Big question, did Sheldon like it ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Yes...it's a stand-alone series. But for me, it was more enjoyable because I'd seen all of the movies.

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  4. Haven't seen it but I love that angry parnsip has been waiting for a review. I like old movies and reality shows.

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    1. I love the old movies, too--but the only reality show I watch is Total Divas. Can't stand the others.

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  5. Interesting. Not sure I could stay tuned to an actual series, but ya never can tell!

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