The highly anticipated, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., premiered on Tuesday night to many mixed feelings from critics and fans alike. The show was screened to an amazing 11.9 million television viewers, which isn’t surprising considering the massive amount of hype the show has garnered since The Avengers blew up box offices. Its director, Joss Whedon, has done nothing but gather attention toward this show, showing it off as a cool new television series to correspond the aftermath of the first Avengers movie, and introduce a new cast of heroes who handle the smaller stuff the big guys, like Hulk and Captain America, don’t.

Joss Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon, and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen, all worked together to craft a television show of minor spy action and X-Files type dilemmas. The show takes place in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, brings back Agent Colson, and is sure to gather even more momentum by its second episode. But overall, the pilot was just…okay.

AWESOME [+]

  • Clark Gregg is back as Agent Phil Coulson. It’s great to see an already known character of the Marvel universe bringing some familiarity to the new show.
  • The fighting, when it happened, was fun to watch. The gadgets included in the show were interesting. It’s a wondrous setup for a world of secret agent possibilities Whedon is prepping us up for.
  • As much as the show seemed like it would drag, it kept things amusing. Corny jokes included, I didn’t once think of turning off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • I mean, more live-action Marvel on a weekly basis. How cool is that!

NOT AWESOME [-]

  • This show feels totally 90’s. I feel like everyone is dismissing this with a “that’s just Joss Whedon, haven’t you seen Buffy?,” attitude, but I can’t accept that. Whedon in the 90’s is different from post-Avengers-with-a-billion-dollar-budget-Whedon.
  • Not as smart as it could have been. Corny jokes aside, the pilot was extremely simplistic and used words like “gamma,” “New York incident ” and “The Hulk,” to grab the attention of those wanting something bigger than what was presented. This is an extremely small-scale squad of government agents dealing with a world of superheroes. They won’t be dealing with Captain America and Thor every episode, and I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was absolutely always shown with Coulson’s character being pretty much resurrected after have dying in The Avengers film. There is no plausible reason why Coulson is back in the show and no in-depth answer was really given. It was kind of shunned. Hopefully it’s answered soon?

VERDICT

Truth is, this is more like the Bourne trilogy mixed with feelings of X-Files than it is anything related to Marvel’s Avengers film. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s also not what a huge chunk of the audience was expecting. There’s not much we can expect right now with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and as much as I’d love to watch S.H.I.E.L.D. agents try to recapture Spider-Man’s alien symbiote suit (wouldn’t happen due to license issues), or the agency attempting to stop a b-lister villain from killing innocent civilians (I’m pretty sure license issues are a key part to this show being not a total nerdgasm at the moment), I think the show is leaning toward original story arcs and characters if anything at all.

While the pilot wasn’t exactly the strongest, it’s also just a setup for each character involved and how things will run from here on out. Hopefully it pulls itself together by episode three so we can get a true feel for the show.

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