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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 1 – Pilot

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoTake the large than life Avengers and the Marvel movie universe and condense it down to fit the television screen and you have to wonder if it’ll work. Joss Whedon and his team have the mixed and difficult task of doing just that with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon has experience taking a movie and shrinking it down to fit television, he’s done it before with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a successful series that spawned a cult following.

Much like the film it spins out of the first episode of this series is all about gathering the team. It’s a motley crew of characters, each with a mysterious past and personalities that match the god like beings from the movie franchises. The first episode mostly follows up on plot threads from Iron Man 3 with extremis being used to power up individuals and creating ticking time bombs. The plot is ok, nothing particularly stood out to me about that. What the first episode was all about was the characters and personalities.

The quick comments, the sly statements, the situations they put each other in, that’s the draw of the show so far. There’s some great moments of the show, but that’s juxtaposed with action sequences or moments when they’re investigating which don’t quite hold up as much. It was great mixed with average.

But, for us fanboys and fangirls, there was a lot there. There’s hints as to Agent Coulson’s resurrection (I’m guessing life model decoy), the term “journey into mystery,” lots of references to the movies and then there’s the hover car. There’s a lot to geek on.

I think the show is summed up by the ending with the discussion as to how man is supposed to be important or succeed with gods walking among them. And that’s how I feel about the show. With the movies to compare to, the show has high hurdles. Much like man amongst gods, the show must find its own path and find its exceptionalism. There’s hints of it here, but it doesn’t quite nail it yet.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen Director: Joss Whedon
Overall Score: 7.75

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