Just finished watching the premier of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after months and months of eager anticipation. What did I walk away with? Plenty!
Like most new shows that are extensively hyped, they almost never meet those lofty expectations when they finally air and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is no different. However, there are some good elements of the show that can keep us, the audience engaged and interested.
Agent Coulson’s dramatic entrance on the show was not only fantastic but mysterious (per the whispered comments between the doctor and an agent), and every scene he was in, was lifting. Clark Gregg as Agent Coulsen IS for all intensive purposes the face of S.H.I.E.L.D., even more-so than Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury, in my opinion. He is smart, witty and without him, I am not sure the show could survive. The IMdb website has Clark Gregg engaged with the show for just 3 episodes, meaning that they’re going to have to work hard to get us latched onto this new cast and crew. My hope is that these agents can carry the show, but my fear is that they will fail. My advice, keep Coulson around. The show has potential, but we may never see it unless it gets a chance to run.
One of the strengths of being Marvel, and everything that it is, is the ability to tie all of its movies, comics and other properties together. We see this on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with constant references to the ‘New York Incident’, the Helicarrier and Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. This to me is so cool that they are ale to use the show to keep us involved full-time within the Marvel universe. We may even learn future Marvel plans revealed to us in conversations throughout the series, as evidenced by the brief discussion on Agents Coulson so-called ‘return’ to duty.
Lola, Agent Coulson’s personal transportation which he seems to pack with him wherever he is deployed around the world, is more than meets the eye (as we see at the end of the show). It epitomizes the kind of style and tech that we will undoubtedly grow accustomed to as the series progresses.
If you are familiar with S.H.I.E.L.D. within the pages of Marvel comics or even from watching them in action in The Avengers, you will appreciate the tech, the gadgets and the story lines and even if you’re not, it still makes for a relatively interesting show. I just don’t know if there’s enough there to see through to season 2.