There can be a distinction varying the underdog introductions of a vampire-slaying cheerleader, or a motley spacefaring crew of smugglers or even a musical comic book story from the villain’s point of view; all in comparison against the cranking voltaic anticipation cheering for a spinoff series to experience the similar breakaway success than its source film influenced.
“The Avengers” were able to spawn the greenlit approval for the support casting intel agents, and as of last week the pilot episode drew in 12.1 million viewers looking for some comic book style magic to diversify their weekly broadcast menus.
To answer that call, the supers jolt debut wasn’t all dark suit-and-ties. The Gifted came with fire and rescue, a hoodie figure’s bound and dynamic asphalt breaking landing, plus for Whedonesques a mixing reunion of past starring actors.
J. August Richards had the role of vampire-hunter Gunn on “Angel”, and gave a meta-human appeal within the opening “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” sequence playing Mike Peterson, father and everyday worker who becomes a centerpiece reason for a new S.H.I.E.L.D. department led by the reinstated and medically revived Coulson.
Coulson wasn’t a surprise appearance as much as Ron Glass from “Firefly” who goes from a ministering Shepherd to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Dr. Streiton. But Coulson actor Clark Gregg got a big assist in the pilot light by the cameo by Cobie Smulders playing Agent Maria Hill. With all the actors in telescript play, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” gave a toy showcase nod to “The Avengers” and set out on the launchpad of what the series can usher: new agents and their modus operandi taking a spy-fi slant along a superhero background within a novitiate season.
When Richard’s Hooded Hero rescues a woman from a bomb explosion’s resultant building fire, several watchers capture it on their mobile’s video. Enter Ming-Na Wen’s experienced Agent Melinda May, Brent Dalton’s fully engaged field agent Grant Ward and the seeming twins because they speak the same I.Q.’s state-of-art tech Iain De Caestaker’s Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Jemma Simmons.
Fact of the matter is, the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” debut will never hit any hype at its bulls-eye other than the pilot is off to a respectable start. The premeire was able to give an origin story on a now Marvel mainstream familiarity that has been the plot line glue linking the marquis lead hero movies into a Phase One and Phase Two Shared Universe.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a support component, a key one that brought the so far blockbuster’s to domino effect box office esteem. Television returns the on note Whedon banter to the forefront (intoning enough terseness to rate being a fed agency dialogue without missing a beat on the snappy punch line meters), finds a way to make spy-fi swag in a regular series, and even gives a dynamic reprieve from capes without the genre losing any of its power.
Character development that has made “Buffy” and “Serenity” aught-years significance strikes on to be the deciding factor on “AoS” future seasons just ahead of the (hopefully) engrossing episodic plots to come.
Second episode "0-8-4" airs Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central.