Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last night and I loved it. For those who don’t know, it’s a spin off TV show set in the Marvel universe shortly after the events of the Avengers movie. The premiere delivered everything I could have asked for, which is no surprise for something with Joss Whedon’s direct influence. Still, pilot episodes are often lame and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Aside from jumping right into the action and some mid-episode plot twists, here are some more reasons I enjoyed it so much:
Making fun of themselves
Very early on in the episode, one agent is being interviewed by Maria Hill. She asks him what S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for, which he answers and then she follow up by asking him what that means to him. His answer: “That someone really wanted our initials to spell shield”. Pretty insignificant scene as far as the story goes, but that acronym always bugged me and it was nice to see that the “cool kids” are still poking fun at it.
No one should have Romanoff’s scores
I understand that pilot episodes have to build up characters in a hurry. I respect that the tactical leader of the group has to be established as a badass. That being said, saying that he had the same combat scores as Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow, is impressive, but I don’t like it. The opening fight scene already proved that he’s skilled and his scores could have been just short of hers and still be impressive. Ok, maybe I’m just being protective of Black Widow. I’ll admit, it did establish Ward as a pretty badass operative…
In true Whedon fashion, the characters’ roles on the team were well established, but not necessarily their backgrounds. Who was Sky before she wiped out her identity? Why was Ward’s last name some kind of indicator that he doesn’t get along well with others? Why was Melinda MAy so adamant about not returning into combat? These are the type of open-ended questions that keep me interested and make me like those characters more!
And, of course, the obvious attraction to the show is Agent Coulson. Keeping his presence a mystery is a must for at least the whole first season. I enjoyed how they seemingly throw you the answer early on, only to have you doubt it completely later. The rumors are entertaining as well. My favorite is that he’s now a robot and this will be the origin story of him becoming the Vision, who worked with the Avengers for a long time. No matter what the story is, I’m sure it’s going to be good.
Another bonus was Lola, Coulson’s shiny red vintage car. As soon as he rolled up in it I yelled “that car is going to fly!”. Not a really impressive prediction in this kind of show, but I recognized it from Avengers comics from the 70s and 80s. During those times, Nick Fury flew around in a flying red car and it was nice to see it in the show. It was impressive to my non-comic book friends in the room ok? Just let me pat myself on the back…