Marvel’s got a new Team Supreme.
The Avengers movie was awesome. I still think it’s one of the best superhero films ever, and to have something in that vein- even a sliver of it, more often, would be great. I guess you can consider Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as something of this sort. Oh, and from here on, I will NOT be typing that title in full again, instead resorting to AoS to refer to the show. Periods.
Set sometime after the events in the Avengers movie, AoS throws us back into the game alongside Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as he investigates strange, superhuman-based cases for SHIELD with a rag-tag team of exceptional but quirky agents. You’ve got Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), a field agent and lone wolf who’s more at home with assassinations than assisting. Melinda May (Ming Na Wen) is the team’s designated pilot though she apparently has the skills rivaling the Black Widow. Agents Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are the resident eggheads. Finally there’s Skye (Chloe Bennet), who aside from being monstrously cute is an off-the-grid renegade hacker determined to ‘expose’ SHIELD to the world.
Oh, and you may ask as well- didn’t Coulson DIE in the Avengers movie? Well, he did… or did he? Or didn’t he? The answer to this is a bit murky at the start, even though to Phil himself it seems to be cut and dried- a near-death experience. But a short scene and ominous dialogue between Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and SHIELD physician Doctor Streiten (Ron Glass) point to there being much more to Coulson’s return than even he knows… perhaps something to ponder for the future. Suffice to say, the man’s back and hopefully whatever happens he’s here to stay.
The first episode does a quick and brisk job of introducing the cast, starting with Ward, throwing in Phil and then running through the rest as they race to get to a newly-discovered ‘superhuman’ (played by J. August Richards) before ‘other elements’ get to them. As you’d expect with a script by Joss Whedon, there are fast quips, nods to the film and other Marvel franchises, a healthy bit of sexual attraction and an issue’s worth of clever banter to keep you chuckling and going ‘ooh’ or ‘oh’ or ‘ah’ throughout.
Other than that, the production quality is very good for a TV series, with liberal special effects giving the SHIELD good guys a good bit of super-tech. Other nice things, girls will surely like stoic action man Ward, while Ming Na hardly looks like she has aged since the Streetfighter movie. Oh, and man is it cool to have not one but two people with English accents cutely bickering to fill the space? And did I say that Chloe Bennet is monstrously cute? Monster.
Anyway, the pilot is fast paced and very tight, and there is a red herring or two which surprised, even if the ending was a bit- well, comic book. Or was that intended?
Pilot was very much an enjoyable watch and a very promising start to a series that will be battling for the attention of fans of Marvel Comics, the movies and TV shows in general. Anyways, it’s good to see Phil back in action and the team is cute and cool as hell. Hope the scripts are always as snappy as this one, but from just this start, I’m keeping my seat on Lola and heading off with the gang for their next mission.