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…

Friday FabOoolousness – Time to Avenge

I’m not going to lie – I’ve never been big on comic books or action heroes.  Even though I absolutely loved the Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk TV series growing up, it never really dawned on me that the characters were more than television personalities.

And then I started dating my guy…

Today is the day he’s been waiting for since first learning that his favorite superheros were coming to the big screen individually back in 2008.  Today they fight together as Marvel’s The Avengers hits theaters nationwide.

Four years ago, I accompanied my guy to Studio Movie Grill to watch Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr.  I wasn’t thrilled to go, but he was, so I put on a happy face and we were off.  He knew I wasn’t excited which is why we chose Studio Movie Grill as the theater – for those that don’t know, SMG has a full food and drink menu, including alcohol.  It was a win-win.

What I didn’t expect was falling absolutely in love with Iron Man.  The movie exceeded all expectations, and no – the martinis had nothing to do with it – but it was Robert Downey, Jr. and the non-stop action.  RDJ was back (I’m a big Less Than Zero fan) and I couldn’t have been happier.

Later that year, we saw The Incredible Hulk, starring another one of my favorites – Edward Norton (American History X, enough said).  Despite my love for Edward Norton, I was a tad annoyed that the movie universe reinvented the cinematic story after it had already been done once before (Hulk in 2003, starring Eric Bana).  Were we supposed to forget all about that one?

Anyway, as expected, I enjoyed The Incredible Hulk as well.  But then again, I’ve always loved the Hulk.  On a side note, I still remember vividly the first time I ever peeled as a result of a sunburn – I was a little girl watching the Hulk TV series when my skin started to lift and rub off.  At the time, I had no idea what was going on.  All I knew was that Bruce Banner turned into the Hulk and I was falling apart.  I ran outside, screaming to my mother who had to console me and reassure me that I wasn’t going to turn green anytime soon.  But, I digress…

In 2010, I was actually just as excited to see Iron Man 2 in theaters as my guy.  While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first, it was still a good movie.  I actually don’t think the movie necessary failed, but I was so caught off guard with how fun the original was in 2008, that it would have been difficult for anything to live up to the hype.

But still, at this point I remained in the dark about the complete cast of The Avengers.  Thor to me was a character in Adventures in Babysitting, not a popular comic book superhero.  Call me blonde, call me naïve, call me what you will – I was in the dark.

Anyone recognize this guy? Besides the fact that he’s playing Thor… I’ll give you a hint — think Law & Order…

So my guy finally gave me the cliff-notes version of the S.H.I.E.L.D.  (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) organization led by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).  I already knew Iron Man and the Hulk, and had figured out that Thor was more than Elisabeth Shue’s friend, but still needed to meet the rest of the team: Captain America.

Last year, we didn’t rush to the theaters to see Thor or Captain America: The First Avenger.  However, we did rent Captain America from our favorite vending machine (Redbox), starring Chris Evans.  Again, I’m being truthful today, I wasn’t impressed.  I thought the pace of the film was slow and the movie itself too long.  Please don’t hate me; I wasn’t the only one disappointed – my guy was too.

Perhaps it was this disappointment that we didn’t rush out, and still haven’t seen Thor (starring Chris Hemsworth).  Stop screaming; we fully intend to watch this.  To prepare for the The Avengers release, Redbox brought back all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and we will be sure and catch it this time.

Now, today, May 4, 2012, we have The Avengers in theaters – Iron Man, Hulk (played by another of my favorites, Mark Ruffalo), Thor, Captain America, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

What’s better than this star power?  The film is directed by the great, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse TV series).

I decided to treat my sweet and bought our tickets to The Avengers early.  The news thrilled him.  Score bonus points for me!  Anyway, I’ve got high expectations for this movie, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint…

Who plans to see The Avengers this weekend?  Which Marvel superhero is your favorite and why?  Which of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies is your favorite and why?  What’s your guess as to who played Thor in 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting?  I’d love to hear from you!

For those who haven’t been following Amber West’s blog, click on over today and see what good she’s doing.  In brief, a fellow blogger has been battling to save her twins (her water broke at 18 weeks), and sadly she lost her babies yesterday.  Amber, like she always does, is trying to help with a fundraiser.  Stop by and see if you’d be willing to share a few dollars…