Episode Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Pilot” (season 1, episode 1)
I will try really really hard not to mention Avengers, but it might not work out, we’ll see. First, let me tell you guys how excited I am to be a level 7 agent—it makes me feel special. So, the shows start out all action and secret spies. It also manages to recap very nicely the events of New York and The Avengers (damn it!), and to give us new secrets within the secret organization we have learned to love and know through the movies.
Yes, Agent Coulson is back, but there is something that even he doesn’t know and can never know, and a new threat called the “Rising Tide” is making a wave around the world and generally rubbing our good guys the wrong way. Then we meet Sky (Rising Tide) and the hooded hero, aka Gunn, aka J. August Richards, aka Michael Peterson. We know S.H.I.E.L.D. is after Michael, and Sky is after Mike before S.H.I.E.L.D. gets to him, and Coulson is assembling a crack team like he always does or playing games, only Coulson knows. Point is that Coulson gets Sky, and then figures out that she’s not the threat, rather “Centipede” is (gotta love the code names to things).
Bam! I have to point out how impress I am with the dialogue/writing. Maybe it’s cause I’ve watched everything Joss Whedon has ever done (call me obsessed) but in the end that’s where Whedon’s strength has always been, his writing. The guy manages to keep his writing, quippy and snappy, but more importantly relevant. Oh and the characters. Agent Ward starts out totally how we would expect a by-the-book secret agent to be, and instead of drawing out that whole routine, right in the first episode the guy gets a truth serum in him then we have Agent Ward, the secret agent who does kind of feel bad for killing a few people and loves his grandma.
So who is our crack (not actual) team: Melinda May (the driver/bad-ass super agent), Fitz and Simmons (the brains/cuties), Agent Ward (by-the-book agent/needs to loosen up a bit), Coulson (Agent Phil Coulson), and then Sky (who isn’t trained in this secret agent stuff, but she is really good with computers). Then at the core of the show there is the elephant in the room, the actual conflict. How do we normal people fit into a world where there are super heroes and gods? How can we be more?
Also, where Agent Coulson is going, he’s not going to need any roads.