Possible spoilers ahead, read at your own risk!
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” premiered last night on the ABC network, and I can’t decide how I feel about it. The pilot episode takes place after the events of “The Avengers,” and I think “Iron Man 3” because they mention the Extremists at one point. In this episode, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson assembles a small team of agents to investigate a mysterious group called the Rising Tide. In doing so, they encounter a computer hacker named Skye, and Mike Peterson (played by J. August Richards), an ordinary man who has acquired superhuman powers.
The pilot episode featured a lot of stuff I really enjoyed, like Agent Coulson being back (sort of?), Skye, and the appearance of Maria Hill. The action was decent enough, but could be a bit better. The acting was surprisingly goof, although some of the supporting characters need better lines. The humor of the show was also pretty good. However, the pilot episode also had some stuff I didn’t care for, but I’ll get to that in a minute. For now, let’s meet the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D:
Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson: Everyone thinks Coulston is dead, unless of course you have Level 7 clearance. Coulston thinks he spent months recovering in Tahiti, but Maria Hill says he must never know the truth. My guess is he’s The vision, but we won’t find out until the Age of Ultron.
Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May: Agent May is an ace pilot and weapons expert.For soem reason she’s decided to take a desk job because of something that happened on a mission. Ming-Na Wen has been around forever, and its nice to finally see her in an action role.
Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward: I hope there’s a point to this character, because right now he’s just the pretty boy of the group, We know he can fight, and handle any weapon, but he’s really quite annoying.
Chloe Bennet as Skye: A civilian recruit and computer hacker, I liked her character, who I must say looks damn good for someone who lives in a van.
Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons: They’re scientists and they’re Brits, and maybe more than friends.
While I enjoyed several things about the show, there were a few I didn’t care for. Some of the special effects look very strange. Maybe its due to the budget, but with Disney making so much money from Marvel, I was hoping for better quality CGI. Some of the airplane shot, like the take off, looked weak.Then we have the production value, the indoor stuff looks good, but many of the city sets, look like sets. The show should look bigger, if you know what I mean.
Also, for an organization that’s supposed to be top-secret, S.H.I.E.L.D sure likes to slap their logo on their vehicles. One last thing: Just because they’re secret agents, doesn’t mean they each need a secret. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I don’t believe every secret agent had a dark past. Maybe some of them just like their jobs?
All my complaints are minor, and all can be improved upon. If this show succeeds, it will be due to Clark Gregg playing Agent Phil Coulson. Truth is, without Coulston this show wouldn’t work, he’s the glue here. And at the moment, Coulston is the best part of the show.
At times “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” felt like the kid friendly version of “Tocrchwood,” not that there’s anything wrong with that. This episode jusr reminded me of Torchwood’s early episodes. In the end, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” was good, but not great. However, I see a ton of potential here, and I will tune in again next week.