Fans tuned in in record numbers, Tuesday, for the series premiere of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." The premiere drew a record number of viewers, the most for any new drama debut in four years, and managed to out perform CBS rival "NCIS" to secure the evening's time slot.
The episode focused heavily on exposition with the introduction of new characters and locations receiving highest precedence. Little information was shed on the logistics of Agent Coulson's (Clark Gregg) return except that, while he believed he spent his down time in Tahiti, something darker might have happened to him.
The bulk of the story revolved around the team's pursuit of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards,) a man imbued with super powers who rescued a young woman from a burning building. S.H.I.E.L.D was not the only entity interested in finding Mr. Peterson, though. A group referring to themselves as the Rising Tide approached the man in an attempt to get him to join their efforts.
It turns out, though, that Peterson just wants to be a regular guy. After losing his job at a local factory, Peterson agreed to be injected with a serum that led to his new super powers. The problem, however, was that, while the team did tell him the previous test subject didn't perform well, they didn't share all of their information with him. Peterson is a ticking time bomb and could blow at any minute.
With the help of Skye (Chloe Bennet,) the lone figure behind the Rising Tide movement, S.H.I.E.L.D. locates Peterson and manages to reverse the effects of the serum. After a brief recovery period, Peterson will be released to rejoin his family. Skye is offered a position on the S.H.I.E.L.D team, and Coulson flies off into the horizon in his favorite vehicle, Lola.
High points of the episode:
- While the episode is weighed down with exposition galore, Whedon's signature wit manages to shine through.
- Coulson's dramatic reveal.
- The sets for the series were impressive and gave the viewer a sense of watching a film rather than watching a television series.
- Ward's truth serum confessions.
Low points of the episode:
- Some of the special effects were less than spectacular.
- The focus on gadgets sometimes pulled the focus from the story. Particular scene of note: Fitz and Simmons onsite investigation at the scene of the explosion.
So what did you think of the episode? Were you impressed by the series? What was your favorite moment? Comment below with your thoughts.
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