TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 2 – 0-8-4

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoI enjoyed the first episode of Marvel‘s latest foray into television, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While the debut episode wasn’t perfect, it was entertaining and gave me some hopes as to what might expect. That first episode was great in the character interaction, a strength of brainchild Joss Whedon, but weak when it came to the action. The second episode took all of those weaknesses and multiplied them in a disappointing second episode.

The episode revolves around a macguffin the new team must investigate quickly figuring out it’s a weapon. After an attack by rebels, the team takes the weapon and escapes to their plane with some local military in tow. One of those individuals is Coulson’s old flame. This is the excuse that’s given why another military faction is allowed on board this supposed high level org’s plane. It’s a pretty flimsy plot point, along with the macguffin. Of course, those good guys turn out to be bad guys and fighting over the weapon ensues.

The point of the episode was to bring the team together. How do I know? Because it was stated over and over. Whedon tends to have a solid record when it comes to these types of interactions, but with this episode so centered on action, it falls apart. Action is Whedon’s weak point in my eyes, and bad sequences combined with piss poor action just sunk the episode for me. It also took my enthusiasm for what comes next and deflates it. The episode came off as a cheap episode of JJ Abram’s Alias.

The show also showed its struggles to compete with the bigger movies it spun out of. The second episode in and we already have seen a cameo from a certain person, teased leading up to the episode, as if this was the only reason to tune in. There is some good. The show has tied itself even more so into the Marvel movie U with mentions of Hydra, the Tesseract and more. That’s good.

Overall, the show isn’t horrible, it’s just showing that taking big movie blockbusters and shrinking them down to the small screen is much harder than it all looks. Here’s crossing my fingers for the third episode.

Director: David Straiton Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Overall Score: 5.5