Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 - Episode 1 "Pilot" Review

channel: ABC

creators:  Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen

starring:  Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge

genre: Action | Comics | Spy

first aired: September 24, 2013

based on the Marvel Movie Universe

The first Marvel TV Show is already a hit with it's first episode viewership being over 11 million American viewers. The question on most people's minds will be was it good? Is it a good sidekick to the movie franchise, does it hold up on its own and can it go against other rival comic book TV shows? The answers are yes, yes and for now not even close.

story:

Set in the Marvel Movie Universe. The biggest superheroes may not being saving the planet on a daily basis. S.H.I.E.L.D. though is there to handle the less cataclysmic threats. Assembled is a new team within S.H.I.E.L.D. and led by Agent Coulson. Ready to move on new possible heroes or villains that may pop up. While at the same time hunting for the bad guys that have diabolical plans that they will want to set into motion.

thoughts:

It could have been a lot worse. Ever since the first comic book show came out. Most comic related TV shows have been of a cheesy, cheap and procedural type nature.  S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of follows in that same vein, but still manages to have enough charm, humor and action to balance it out.

Whenever action is present in the first episode its psychical, violent and very well choreographed. Something I didn't expect, but enjoyed. Most of cast do a decent job and handle the humor and action well. Almost all of them being newcomers to the scene of TV and fame. Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson is a sight to see and without him the show would have been pointless to make.

The score is very reminiscent of the Avengers film, but also quite cheesy at times. Also the effects aren't the showcase of the show. However they are decent enough and surpass previous superheroes shows like Heroes by a great margin.

In general the show is fun. It builds up the team and the chemistry between them. But it never does the same with its plot. Leaving many questions if it will follow a continuous serialized plot such as "Arrow" does with a mix of villain of the week or even be more straightforward for a wider audience to be able to enjoy it. We shall see..

verdict: 

While it may leave a few hints to possible character paths and to a secret organization with a scheme. It's important to note that the episode felt like a procedural. It's easy to get into and to forget. Not leaving too many threads open for the next episode, not having a cliffhanger or a big surprise for fans. It was pretty much a pilot for the team and the chemistry between them. Does that mean the show will be bad or not get any better? Of course not. But if it does continue to be very geeky with its tech duo, super gadgety, kind of cheesy at times with it's music and character interactions and finally be very light on plot and serialized storytelling. I might not end up being the shows biggest supporter.

Personal Rating: 

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review by Paul Katsaros

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