Hey Everybody Rick here with a new weekly thing. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the brainchild of Joss
Whedon continuing what was set up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Iron Man in 2008. Very much in keeping with what I did with Doctor Who, I will try to steer away from spoilers as much as I can. I will however, delve into them should there be a major link to the movies. As Joss Whedon has been quoted to say, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the ground level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe meaning that basically, the sky is the limit when it comes to characters who may or may not be a part of the movies in a big way. Over the past five years, pretty much since this scene happened here....
I made it my mission to find every single thread that ties everything together. I was pretty successful too with my finding the links to everything so far. This article here will help in setting everything up thus far. I will be writing an article where I bring up everything that happens in Avengers and how it changed EVERYTHING in the MCU pretty soon. To that end, another Marvel Mini made its debut in the DVD/Blu Ray for Iron Man 3 which is the beginning of Phase 2 in the MCU. It was called Agent Carter and it is basically the beginnings of S.H.I.E.L.D. Great stuff and I recommend strongly that you seek it out. Or just watch it right here....
With that bit of set up out of the way, here is the look at the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Title of the Episode: PILOT
Who Wrote it?: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen
Any Guest Stars, Super Heroes, etc?: If you are referring to the possibility of Capes appearing in this episode, think again. Everyone from the movies is mentioned quite a bit though. We also get a nice and welcome visit from Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and (SPOILERS) the virus from Iron Man 3 Extremis rears its ugly head and begins to tie things together with the movies in a HUGE way.
What's it about?: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes the rather controversial choice to bring back Agent Coulson who as we remember (SPOILERS if you have not seen AVENGERS) was allegedly killed by Loki prior to the Battle of New York. He has formed a team of agents to track down and recruit any new superheroes in addition to tracking the remaining left over Chitauri tech from the battle in Avengers. Someone with superpowers has emerged and Coulson's team begins their investigation.
Do I Need to See the Movies to Enjoy the Show?: No but it certainly won't hurt you to do so. Mainly because there are so many layers at work here that seeing the movies can only enhance your viewing experience of the show.
What did Rick think?: I thought it was a great way to set up what is to come in this season. The characters are all a lot of fun and engaging. The script is smartly written and clever. Whedon and Company's wry sense of humor shines throughout the proceedings. And that final shot of the first episode? Too spoil that would be one of the big Holy Crap moments of the episode. It's a fun way to kick off what is promising to be a fun show.
Final Verdict: A-
Next Up: 0-8-4