Review: Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Series Premiere

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Review
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God, that’s a long name for a TV show. Oh, and before you read any further, the following review contains multiple spoiler alerts. Reader discretion is advised.

At first I thought this show would seem like a bad Marvel version of Torchwood*. And it’s definitely the Marvel version of Torchwood. Agent that came back from the dead under mysterious circumstances, team that all seems full of problems, saving the world from weird stuff the public shouldn’t be anywhere near. Heck, their character for diversity’s sake is a female Asian agent who doesn’t always do the field work in the ops! All you need is a dinosaur and two guys making out and BBC can sue.

That said, it’s not bad, and it’s certainly got a lot going for it. Each agent seems to be not just stereotypes (though Ward and May on the surface seem like it), but there is room for plenty of character development. The Marvel gadgets are in supply and there’s even some cool techy stuff near the end of the first episode. Plus just from this episode, we can see room for plenty of original stories that may or may not cross over into upcoming Marvel movies. And there’s plenty of self-referential humor and speculation on the various superheroes in this kooky show. There’s appropriate humor when it’s needed, a few enjoyable twists, and plenty of chemistry among this still-raw cast. I’d like to see where this show goes.

For the first episode, I give Agents of SHIELD a 3.9. I’ll watch a few more episodes to see if they impress me. Good luck, Mr. Whedon, Marvel and Disney. You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you, but if it ends in an awesome series, it’ll be worth the work.

Join me Saturday night (or Sunday morning) for the Saturday Night Live season 39 premiere. Tina Fey’s hosting, and my keyboard’s ready for reviewing.

*Torchwood is a Doctor Who spin-off that aired from 2006 to 2011, it’s first season airing after the second season of Doctor Who, which involved an alien attack on London (sound familiar?). Starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, and Gareth David-Lloyd, the show revolved around a team of government agents based in Cardiff, Wales that investigated alien activity in the UK and was led by a guy who had a habit of coming back from the dead (does it sound familiar now?). Officially it’s on hiatus, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up of another season, especially since Barrowman’s on Arrow these days (based on a DC comic, to boot! So much irony).

  1. I now I am reading this quite late, considering that you posted it in September, but I’ve just now watched all the episodes that are out thus far. I totally agree with you in terms of the show being a lot like Torchwood! That was actually my first thought during the first episode, but other than that I like it.
    I’ve heard many people complain that you still don’t know enough about the characters, but come on, there are only 6 episodes out. And I don’t need to watch any more to know that I absolutely adore Fitz and Simmons (especially Fitz)! Yesterday’s episode was one of the best in my opinion.

    • I’m glad you liked it. I haven’t really found much interest in watching beyond the first episode. It just doesn’t grip me like the movies do. By the way, so looking forward to Thor this weekend!

      • Oh yes! I can’t wait to watch it!
        And I understand why the show didn’t really keep you interested, I also like the movies more, but I am going to ship FitzSimmons all the way haha

      • Have fun with that. Which one is Fitz, by the way?

      • Okay, I got Simmons confused with Coulson for a second. Also, Fitz and Simmons are almost carbon copies of Eric and Nell from NCIS: Los Angeles. If they were on CBS instead of ABC, people would be crying foul over the copy.
        However, if they do get together, it probably won’t be for several seasons. Hope it works out for you FitzSimmons shippers, though.

      • I know they are similar to Eric and Nell, but I do like Fitz and Simmons more. Their conversations are even faster paced and more confusing and I simply love British accents, so, that’s another plus for them.
        I am not actually sure if I ship them as a couple though, because their relationship is rather sibling-like, but I do love all the scenes they have together. It was the last episode that got me thinking they could be a little more than just friends for the first time, but I don’t think that’s necessary for me to keep liking them.

      • I think it’s almost impossible for two characters of the opposite sex in a TV show to work closely together without there being romantic connotations. Unless it’s stated outright like in Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, or the 4th series of Doctor Who that the relationship is platonic. Otherwise people will expect romance.

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