ABC’s highly anticipated new series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” kicked off in true Joss Whedon fashion with explosions, twists, and quirky scenes. Agent Coulson is back from the “dead” and ready to lead Level 7 agents into a new world of teamwork and action. As you can tell from the previews, Agent Coulson brings in well-respected (despite an apparent lack of tactfulness and interesting family history) Agent Ward to assist him with S.H.I.E.L.D. in investigating individuals with superpowers. Skye, initially assumed to be a part of an anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. movement called the “Rising Tide”, turns out to be working with S.H.I.E.L.D. after all. The main goal of the pilot, as with any pilot, is to first and foremost introduce the main characters of the season. Agent Coulson, Agent Ward, Melinda May, Skye, Fitz, and Simmons (and Lola) were all at the forefront as well as introducing the first seemingly superpowered individual of the series: Mike. Mike is married with a young son and also happens to be hooked up on some serious juice circa technology attached to his arm. Unfortunately, while he uses his strength for good, it eventually makes him a ticking time bomb and it’s up to none other than S.H.I.E.L.D. to find him and save him before he loses his sanity and his life.
The integration of the storyline from Avengers to the show is what makes it so unique. The world is now privy to superheroes and “in on the action”. The writers and producers really show how they plan to also integrate the comics into the show, especially with the Extremis plot. I was prepared for this to be either an epic disaster or just plain epic, and thankfully the fans of Marvel were treated to the latter. The chemistry between the actors is already apparent in the pilot which can only mean great things for the rest of the season. Joss Whedon gave us explosions and fights that we’ve all come to love out of his media and the tension-relieving humor just put the icing on the cake. If you’re reading this and you’re unsure about whether or not to give it a shot, DO IT. You won’t be disappointed by the product that ABC and Marvel have unraveled for us all. Some things are very evident from the pilot: Never assume you know what’s happening, never say there’s no way out, and NEVER EVER touch Lola. The excitement level for a show of this level has increased tenfold and hopefully Whedon, the writers, producers, cast, and everyone involved does the series justice for the rest of the season.
What were your favorite moments from the pilot? What are you most looking forward to in the new series? Make sure to let Three If By Space know by commenting or tweeting us @ThreeIfBySpace. Until next week!