TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 1

marvel_shield_a_l_0 (1) We’ve been waiting all summer for this… and we’re rewarded with a sneak peek!

All hail the Whedon! The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division are a success!

Not that we ever doubted it would be, but seriously, I got a real lesson in not trying to second guess the Whedon! Everything I thought was coming, based on the trailers & sneak peaks was mis-direction and smoke & mirrors, and it makes me wonder if we’re all wasting our time trying to figure out was Age of Ultron will look like when it arrives.

In this first few paragraphs, I’m going to try to not give any spoilers away – after that, you’re on your own, so be warned. So, the show opens with a montage / monologue (as per the trailer) setting out the background – it’s post Avengers, and the world know knows there are aliens, superheroes, demi-gods and jolly green giants. To meet this brave new world, the US government has established Level 7 of S.H.I.E.LD., headed by Maria Hill & Phil Coulson (and yes, we get enough of a credible explanation of how he lived – the clues were kind of in The Avengers when you think about it); very quickly they start assembling a team (with a big budget and a lot of tech), with the express purpose of tracking down and containing (and that could mean anything from helping, to recruiting, to eliminating) super-beings and any off-world technology (Chitauri) that has found itself in the wrong hands… yes I started to think of Heroes, too. This opening episode, however, has them trying to track down a mysterious subversive terrorist group whilst seeking to bring in and unknown “super-hero” videoed rescuing someone from a burning building.

I can honestly say I can’t remember a more enjoyable 45 minutes! First of all, I must comment on the humour of the show – pitch perfect! The right amount in the right places without betraying its serious drama root. It has elements of Heroes, X-Files, Warehouse 13, all done Whedon-style. The characters are great: Agent Coulson, no longer in the shadow of the Avengers, has a great deal more depth, and Maria Hill also seems less antagonistic without Nick Fury upsetting her. The rest of the team will find their feet, but this initial outing indicated good chemistry to come. I genuinely am happy to say, I really couldn’t fault it in any way…

*SPOILER ALERT*: right from the off, they establish a background arc – something “happened” to Agent Coulson when he was convalescing in Tahiti after nearly being killed by Loki – and he doesn’t have any memory of it. Only Maria Hill and the S.H.I.E.L.D. lead doctor know. And from what we could deduce in this first episode, don’t expect Luke Cage based on what you saw in the trailer – that’s an internet red herring. We also understand that unknown individuals and organisations with their own agendas are trying to backwards-engineer Chitauri technology left behind after The Avengers, for their own ends… this will be a common thread throughout the series, I feel.

Oh, and finally – yes… Lola is THAT car!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with air on Channel 4 on the 27th Sept.

GS Rating: 5/5

Source: ABC

GS Reporter: SilverFox

 

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