REVIEW: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

(ABC, Tuesday nights 8/7 CT)

Review by Galen Galen

The aftermath of The War of New York is upon us and the world is no longer the same. Humans are not alone. Aliens, superheroes, and even gods live amongst the once quiet planet of Earth. This is where Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D places us going into last night’s series premiere. Joss Whedon attempts once again to electrify the minds of Marvelites all over the planet in what he surely hopes will be a long running “Buffy-style” television series.

Without giving away to much information about what happened in the season premiere, I will say that it looks as though there will be many new characters introduced in each episode over the course of the season. Coulson’s team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will face many challenges and I believe that many different superheroes that we are familiar with and some that we aren’t will show up in the show’s grid.

(Warning – Limited Spoilers in this post)

So, what have we learned about the Marvel Cinematic World since the end of The Avengers and Ironman 3?

Agent Coulson is alive and we have known this for a while with the #CoulsonLives tweet campaigns that have been running for months, but more so we learned a little bit about what actually happened to him after his assumed death. Or, did we? The question is addressed in the episode, but is still left open ended with dialogue between Agent Maria Hill and some doctor dude at the beginning of the show. This will obviously be a main point of focus throughout the entire season that is sure to be drawn out over several episodes.

Super heroes aren’t just the dudes on the Avengers. This episode introduces us to Mike Peterson, the first “superhuman” type outside our movie heroes. We learn that he was just an ordinary man that gained superhuman powers after being injected with Extremis (tie to Ironman 3).

We also learn about a conspiracy group, known as the Rising Tide, that has sole intentions of exposing all the deep dark secrets of S.H.I.E.L.D. and one of their top hackers named Skye is on the radar of interested by Agent Coulson.

Most of episode one is spent assembling Coulson’s team and lacked the amount of action that might have been anticipated. That’s not a problem though because Whedon is a good writer. When you have skills, you use them. Don’t worry though because I would expect there to be plenty of action sequences to be included throughout the series.

Overall, I’d say that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was simply enjoyable. There wasn’t anything that blew me out of the water, but there wasn’t anything that made me cringe either. It looks like ABC has a pretty good series on their hands filled with great action, humor, and drama. I know that I’m really excited to see where this series is headed. If you missed the series premiere, you can see it on or Hulu Plus with any number of devices.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC – Tuesday nights (8/7 CT)

Check out scenes from next week’s episode.


Follow Galen Garner on Twitter:  @bamaredsox

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