Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Television Review


Agent Phil Coulson of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is alive and has been tasked with putting together a small taskforce to handle the strange new cases that are popping up throughout the globe in the wake of the attack on New York.  As their team grows, they begin to catch the ire of several different groups from the Rising Tide to Project Centipede.  It is their job to assess, fix and report on the anomalies that are occurring throughout the world…and fight the forces that oppose them when needed.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Spy and Espionage

-Creator: created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 7 Seasons, 136 total episodes, 41-45 minutes each

-Rating: TV-14 (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medications and modifications to physical bodies treated as drugs, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Jeff Ward, Cobie Smolders

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so this is one of the few shows that kind of happened during the beginning of things so its going to be a little different in the review than the stuff that I’ve done before.  The current series have about 6 hours of content.  The ones before those were standalones.  This one…this one was changed by the movies.  So, it seems best to try and review the series in chunks between the movies and several of the shows.

Season 1, Episodes 1-7:

I’m so glad that Coulson is ok…no matter how he is ok.  I’m not sure about Ward.  Melinda May is awesome…not sure how she is just the pilot.  Fitz and Simmons are adorable.  They are super enthusiastic about all of the scientific stuff that is going on around them.

Skye is going to be an interesting character.  I love that Coulson captures her.  Not sure if she is the head of Rising Tide…or just helping out with things.  If I remember from when I watched the first bit of this originally, she ends up on the team.

Hmmm…I’m not sure how all of this is going to play out with Mike.  He’s dangerous and the technology to create his powers are unstable.

This is a decent start to the series but I’m not super impressed like I usually am with shows that Joss Whedon (for all of his faults and major issues) has created.  I hope that it gets better from here on out.

The second episode was a little better.  I liked the side characters that were brought in… it was cool to see people that know Coulson before everything with S.H.I.E.L.D.  and it was nice to see the team work together for the first time.  Though May is super scary.

So obviously Skye isn’t in charge of Rising Tide. But she was a big part of what was going on.  It’s interesting to see all the moving parts that are going on in the show.  Are we finally getting to see part of Project Centipede?

I appreciate that Skye sticks to her convictions.  I don’t like Miles. 

The stories seem to be getting a little better as the episodes go on.  We are just starting to see what some of the characters are capable of.

I’m interested to see how some of what I know happens plays out.  Its just a really slow to start show.  I’m glad I didn’t really watch it when it was on.  I’m not sure I would have kept coming back for the episodes week after week.

It would not have been cool to lose Jemma this early.  She is one of the characters that I keep coming back to the show for.

Episode 7 was actually really intriguing.  It was really the first time that we see all of them work together for one common goal.  They’ve done assignments yes, but out of their own loyalty….there hasn’t been a lot of that yet.


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