Howdy ladies and gents, time for my first review of a new TV since the days when I used to review Ultimate Spider-Man TV Series. Today I’m going to give you my thoughts on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the TV show that attempts to connect itself with the Marvel Cinematic Universe by jumping to the smaller screen and focusing on the adventures of the organization S.H.I.E.L.D. with fan favourite, Agent Coulson in the front seat. So how does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fare? Read on to find out.
This review will be done a little different from the usual structure, I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep moving.
Set after the events of The Avengers, the secret organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. puts together a special team, lead by Agent Phil Coulson, to track down a mysterious man with special abilities and the young computer hacker that’s encouraging him to reveal himself to the world.
What I Liked
The plot was good, it had a nice pace to it and there was plenty of things to appreciate. I loved the reintroduction of Coulson and how he goes about forming his team, it was so casual and done regardless of what others say.
Anyone who has been watching the trailers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will recognize a lot of the scenes and some plot points from this episode, but it is nice to finally uncover some of the mysteries that the show’s been making fans speculate about. As for people wondering how the show would tie into the MCU there are loads of verbal and visual references, some nice expected ones and some unexpected. I won’t ruin any of the surprises but some of the references to Marvel’s other films is right cool!
The cast was all really good and I got to like them fairly quickly. I loved seeing Clark Gregg again as Phil Coulson, he’s still as awesome as ever, his personality is still cool, calm and collected, but very stern and serious when he needs to be. Brett Dalton as Grant Ward is this black ops specialist who is a bit of stiff and isn’t too sociable with people, but he’s good at what he does and I think he’s fun. Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May is probably my favourite outside of Coulson, she can kick ass in terms of martial arts. She also has history that I think we’ll discover the mysteries behind her character over the course of the series.
Chloe Bennet as Skye was good too, while she’s a smart hacker, she’s a bit silly and some of her personality traits and actions are used to comedic effect. Another set of good performances come from Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, one is a weapons specialist and the other is works in sciences, they’re a pair and they’re quite good together. And then there’s J. August Richards plays Mike Peterson, I thought he was great. I was wondering how he would tie into the grand scheme of things, but I liked the way his character was used. Also was nice to have Cobie Smulders reprise her role as Maria Hill for the sake of continuity. Oh and lastly I was SO happy to see Ron Glass make an appearance as Dr. Streiten.
And like most good shows that Joss Whedon is attached to, it has his style sprinkled all over the place. You know the There is witty banter and good comedic timing between characters and the plot is not completely straightforward with there being twists and turns and a little bit of foreshadowing which I appreciated.
What I Disliked
The only things I didn’t like were I nitpicks at best. Firstly I have to say I was expecting a bit more epicness, I mean it is only the first episode but I dunno my hyped up feeling for show were proper high. Also I might have wanted a bit more action. And lastly it does kind of feel like unless you’re one of the small minority that haven’t seen Marvel’s Phase 1 films then you’ll be a little in dark about what’s going on which isn’t too good for newcomers.
In conclusion “Pilot” is a good episode, it basically takes all of us Marvel fans from The Avengers to this TV show in a very nice and interesting transition. While the episode lacks any proper high levels of action, “Pilot” does have enough Marvel references and Joss Whedon touches of magic to keep most fans engaged. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks like it has potential to become more, I just hope it’ll find a way to cater to both fans and casual audiences, let’s the show continues to get better so hope word of mouth expands this show’s ratings and reception.
Rating: 7.5/10 (A good start for Marvel’s cinematic universe on the small screen)
So now I wanna hear from you lot out there, How do you think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fared in its first ever episode? Did it live up to your expectations, were you disappointed or did you expect more? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya again next week for episode 2! 😀