Charlie Andrews is granted Level 7 access to review Marvel’s new TV show ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’
With Marvel’s Avengers Assemble! standing as the third highest grossing film of all time and every frequent release being another smash hit, the company has undoubtedly mastered the art of box office success. But now they have turned their attention to the small screen with a desire to rival the dominance of competitors DC. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is shaping up to be an explosive, character driven thrill-ride.
The pilot episode opens with the introduction of the male protagonist, Agent Ward (Brett Dalton), in a scene that acts as a stereotypical spy scenario that, naturally, escalates into violence, yet still has the element of humour which has been evident in Avengers Assemble! and the Iron Man trilogy. Shortly after the confrontation, special-guest star Cobie Smulders (reprising her role as Agent Maria Hill) is revealed questioning Ward about “what S.H.I.E.L.D stands for”. After Ward extends the acronym Hill asks what it means for him; typically Joss Whedon (director of Avenger’s Assemble! and guest director of the show’s pilot episode) utilises this moment for a classic piece of satirical humour with Ward replying “that somebody really wanted our initials to spell out shield”. This is not the first cheap one-liner and, although most are witty and clever, there are some recurring jokes that are annoying and get old really, really quickly: namely Fitz and Simmons.
Iain De Caestecker as Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Simmons
As with Avenger’s Assemble!, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D offers a team dynamic in the form of “Level 7”; a group of specially selected agents chosen by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg; the walking, talking, dead agent killed by Loki in Avengers) who are on the hunt for a man with superhuman abilities, as Coulson believes other interested parties will be looking for him as well. Coulson’s team consists of young, inexperienced, scientific specialists Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), – who, based on their irritating collaborations, may as well be the same character – Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) – who has a mysterious past of her own – and Skye (Chloe Bennet) – whose fascination of superheroes and suspicion of S.H.I.E.L.D leads to her recruitment by the end of the episode. These characters are immediately established as a mismatched grouping but it will be interesting to see how they work together and ultimately form a team. Skye seems to be “a risk” but there is no reason to doubt Whedon’s character development.
Quench Verdict: 4/5
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