Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1e1: Pilot

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) also serve as executive producers. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television. (ABC/Bob D’Amico) CHLOE BENNET, ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE, IAIN DE CAESTECKER, CLARK GREGG, MING-NA WEN, BRETT DALTON

Rating: 7.5/10

Agent Phil Coulson, who is no longer dead, is putting a team together in order to handle the weird and strange things in a post-superhero world. Thanks to an experiment called Centipede, a man with superpowers who believes himself to be a hero is really a ticking time bomb and SHIELD has to find him before it’s too late.

This was a decent episode for a Pilot. Though it’s sitting in the shadow of the MCU it seems to be doing it’s own thing and creating what could be a pretty good spy show taking place in a world with superpowers, magic, aliens, and a whole mess of other things. I’m excited to see where this show goes and what parts of the Marvel Universe we might see next.

Clark Gregg does a great job continuing as Phil Coulson from the Phase 1 Marvel movies. But everyone else feels a bit wooden in their respective roles. I’m hoping this is only because Coulson is an established figure and these characters are brand new, essentially, but I worry a few of these people may have been miscast. Who knows, they might all be recast by the next episode because pilots tend to be filmed several months, or even years, before they air and you never know who has scheduling conflicts at the very least.

SCORING:

+7.5: A decent start with a pretty good standalone story. Acting is a little lacking in points but being a pilot this is totally understandable as characters find themselves, so to speak.

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