Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Welcome back to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

Today I’m reviewing the first of the new fall 2013 television programs.  I’ve been busy watching the freshman series for the past month, taking notes and waiting through a few episodes before casting any rave reviews or throwing stones, whichever might be applicable to the particular show.

So why not jump in with one of the most anticipated shows of the season—Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

ABC Summary: Agent Phil Coulson gathers a highly select team of agents from around the world to be a part of the law enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect the world’s ordinary population by investigating the extraordinary. 

S.H.I.E.L.D.

Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division.

We’ve all seen Iron Man by now, right?  Thor? The Avengers?  Let’s just assume we’re all familiar with S.H.I.E.L.D. by now.

Agent Coulson

Only now, we get to meet the agents behind S.H.I.E.L.D. that Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, The New Adventures of Old Christine) has handpicked.  We all might recognize Agent Coulson from the movies mentioned above (Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, etc.); but did we know that after he was killed in action, he was brought back to put together the perfect team to investigate new threats?  Now we do… and he is the glue that holds the organization together.

Let’s meet his team:

First, we have Agent Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge)—or FitzSimmons as they are referred to on the show—Fitz is the gadget man and Simmons is the biochemist.  Together they love their jobs, are thrilled to be a part of the team, and are pretty much unstoppable.

Next, we have Agent Ward (Brett Dalton)—he’s the black ops specialist, an expert in reconnaissance with mad military skills… but he’s not so great with people.

Agent May doing what she does…

Then we have Agent May (Ming-Na Wen, ER)—she’s a former field agent now confined to the office, but why?  We don’t know… but we do know she’s mysterious, quiet, a top-notch fighter in hand-to-hand combat, and she chooses to be confined to the office.

And last but not least, we have Skye (Chloe Bennet, Nashville)—she’s the tech expert, a computer hacker who finds herself as a member of the team after she cracks the wrong code.  Whoopsie.  And while she may have initially joined to get the inside scoop on S.H.I.E.L.D., she learns to love the organization and her co-workers.

Simmons, Fitz, and Skye

There we have it.  The humans behind the superheroes.  The normal people dealing with the superhero world.

The new series promises action, a sense of humor, and great characters.  And why not?  Joss Whedon is the creator, director, and executive producer.  I mean, c’mon… Whedonites unite.

Agent Ward

And it couldn’t really be a “superhero” television series without some great special effects and high-tech gadgets, now could it?  Because S.H.I.E.L.D. has all that too…

In case someone hasn’t watched an episode, here are some terms that might come in handy to know:

“The Bus” is actually a massive, state-of-the-art aircraft that serves as the agents’ mobile command station that was a gift of goodwill from Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) after Coulson was “killed” before the Battle of New York (from the Avengers movie).

“084” is an object of unknown origin that the team investigates to determine whether or not it is useful or a threat to the human species.

All-in-all, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does not disappoint and ABC has already given it a full season order.  I honestly believe it’s great television for all ages, something that is very rare in today’s market.  And it’s for this reason that I must award it with the MacTV rating.  After all, adults and children alike enjoy Mac-N-Cheese, right?

What do you think—have you watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?  I’d love to hear from you!

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…

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9 Responses to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  1. I’ve seen a couple of episodes…the rest are on the DVR. So far I’ve liked it. What I’ve seen so far hasn’t lived up to Whedon’s usual snappy lines, but I do like the show. And I’m hoping other episodes will get…um…”snappier”. LOL

    • Your comment reminded me of something I should have included in my review, Lauralynn… about how the rest of the episodes are on the DVR… my guy definitely likes S.H.I.E.L.D. more than I do. If it were up to me, I’d be stockpiling the episodes on the DVR as well. But he likes to watch ’em as soon as they air. So we do. 🙂

  2. Amber West says:

    I really like it! I do feel like this one was created with a little more humor than most action-filled superhero type, which I happen to love. And I love that the series seems to be giving us more of what happened to Coulson after his fate in Avengers. 🙂

    • I’m actually curious to learn MORE about Coulson after his fate in Avengers… the way he constantly repeats the same thing over and over when he’s asked about “dying,” almost like he’s programmed… hmmmmm? 🙂

  3. I like the show, I just wish they would have kept J August Richards’ character around – he was fantastic.

  4. We’re enjoying this one a lot. I like the small references to the Avengers comics (it was nice to see “Graviton’s origin, for example), and the growing character relationships have been fun to watch. I’m partial to Ward — he’s about as good with people as I am. ;D

    Lib and I are looking forward to the long haul with this one. Great article, Tiffany!

  5. I think I could agree with your Mac and Cheese TV rating. It’s a decent show – I’ve been tuning in every week (or at least DVRing and watching shortly after every week). It’s a little bit boring at times, and when the scientists start talking and someone says “in English please” I have a tendency to glare at the TV, but so far I’m sticking with it. I think it could be *really* good if they tweaked a few things. The stakes aren’t really doing it for me quite yet.

    I’ve been watching Hello Ladies as well, and it’s still just as awkward as that first episode. The MC’s a likeable douchbag, if only because many of the other characters are so much douchy-er 😛

  6. While it’s not up there with my favs,I have been enjoying it. I like the humor, and as you said, it’s very refreshing to have a family friendly show.

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