Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tuesdays at 8/7 Central
For Houston Area shows on ABC 13
Joss Whedon is well known in geek fandom as a man who loves his fans and his characters greatly. And the debut of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proves just that. And it helps that he directed the Avengers movie that is treated as part of continuity rather than ignoring it.
This is probably this episodes greatest strength, is that it uses brief glimpses of and allusions to the prior movie series and use just enough to bring up to date audience members unaware of the Marvel cinematic universe to fill in some background, and not too much to lag the pace down for those who are in the know.
"After watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , I think it has some potential. A nice mixture of action and comedy. Colson is such a nice guy. Which kind of surprises me for such a high level federal agent. The foreshadowing has me curious about all the parties in play.", said Jason Griffin ,of Houston , TX.
Using part espionage/crime procedural and being aware that it is part of a comic book universe looks top be the shows biggest strengths. Also, although we have Whedon's trademarks of using previous series actors and creating his own unique vernacular, unlike previous series, this never becomes the hey look it's a Joss Whedon production.
Indeed, the broken souls of Firefly or Dollhouse, or the teen and romantic angst of Buffy/Angel aren't taking center stage here, and our characters from Agent Coulson to hacker-come-team member Skye to everyman hero Michael Peterson are shown as people first , quirks and issues second.
Our point of view character is Skye, who is part of an anarchist group called The Rising Tide, is set to expose the super spies and secrets of S.H.I.E.L.D. is found out by Agent Phil Coulson, reprised by the highly likable, Clark Gregg from the above mentioned movies, and is brought in. He considers her an asset due to her anonymity and her strength of character.
We get to see more of Coulson's aggressive side as well as a small lead in with Cobie Smulders reprises her role as Maria Hill, the assistant director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who bring in black ops agent Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton, into a new small mobile team that serves to investigate and protect from the weirdness in the Marvel universe.
The only draw backs to the pilot were the introduction of small mysteries that may lead to arc long backstories, and sometimes situations that are telegraphed to the viewer that there is a character's 'shining' moment is about to happen.
From a fan point of view, from the super-jet headquarters, to the comic book in-jokes to the flying car, this looks to be a series for nerd and action fan alike we get to be part of a unique TV series that will be part of the bigger picture in the Avengers cinematic universe.