Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

maosFirst off, I refuse to refer to this show as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s too much to type there anyway, and I hate that whole format. (It’s not Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s just Dracula.)

Anyway, this show is designed to tell some of the smaller stories of the Marvelverse that aren’t quite big enough (or star-studded enough) to make for a motion picture. There’s no Captain America, no Nick Fury, no Hulk. There’s Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), mysteriously returned from the dead after his dramatic exit in The Avengers. There’s Agent May (Ming-Na Wen), who is apparently some big deal at SHIELD, but that’s another mystery for another day. There are also… other characters. A hacker who was okay, a gruff mimbo who might have some promise, and a techie guy/girl team that was perhaps a little too long on cute and short on characterization.

But these are nitpicks. The show started off pretty great, as the team starts by tracking down a super-guy who has a bag of odd powers, and eventually uncover evidence of a sinister organization. So that’s pretty cool.

Also, the show looked super expensive, with great special effects, cool sets, and a full-size SHIELD branded plane!

Somewhat heavy-handed were the references to just about every other Marvelverse property. I expected some of that. In fact, I welcome it. But inside of a single hour, it felt less like making use of the texture of the universe, and more like a roll call. I suspect that will downshift in subsequent episodes. Or, at least, I hope it will. Because I’ll be watching.


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