Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, and Chloe Bennet in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
With the release of Marvel’s Iron man 3 on Blu-ray and DVD, comes yet another product from its universe. This time in televised form. However, this isn’t the first time that S.H.I.E.L.D has found its way onto broadcast television. Few may remember Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. staring David Hasselhoff, but for those that do, would probably wish such a film were never made in the first place. The 1998 film saw Nick Fury come out of retirement to battle HYDRA, but it would never become anything more than attempt at a job, that rightfully was fit in the hands of Captain America in the first place. Hasselhoff says he would like another stab at the role, but it doesn’t look like anything really will become of it. Not with tonight’s premier of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. anyways. Joss Whedon’s latest show is in fact; far better and far more entertaining than any new show you will probably see this year. Although I’m holding my breath for The Crazy Ones, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t appear to be going anywhere if it can manage to keep up with its incredibly fast moving storyline that is.
Part of phase two in Marvel’s cinematic universe, Agents, takes place after the horrific events of the Chitauri attack in New York. The times and people have changed as well, S.H.I.E.L.D. is no longer a Government secret, but in fact is treated like a police for people with abilities like the Hulk, or maybe Thor. It’s a parallel that is clearly meant to be a post 9/11 Environment, but gives it off a very familiar atmosphere seen on Syfy’s cancelled series Alphas with a hint of Fringe thrown in.
Agents opens with a man running up a building in the most unconvential of ways, but also very similar to that of Spiderman. He digs his hands into brick wall to climb and begins picking up speed with each time he breaks brick. Eventually he reaches the top of the building and once inside saves a woman and leaps to streets below. Its in broad daylight so this event doesn’t go unnoticed. A shady, but beautiful woman by the name of Skye (Chloe Bennet) tracks him down and claims she can help him with his “power”. This doesn’t go without doing everything, but actually referencing the aforementioned web crawler in question. This man, later to be identified as Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), is reluctant to follow her and has a kid to watch out for as well. He only has one thing in mind, provide for him.
Meanwhile, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) whom was believed to have been killed in The Avengers, claims his death was faked to motivate the superheroes while showing the new kid Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. Here he is given the grand tour and interviewed by Maria Hill (Guest Star Cobie Smulders). This all going on while Leo Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) and Jenna Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are tracking down Mike Peterson. Coulson refers to this man and woman team as “Fitzsimmons”. Fitz would rather search a room with automated drones, while Simmons doesn’t mind throwing on gloves and getting dirty to find any helpful clues that could lead them to Peterson. All-the-While Melinda May (Ming Na Wen), a veteran agent with a dark past, is given orders to aid the search for Peterson, and Skye the only one in contact with him wishes to find this person of interest as well.
It’s a fun, friendly show, but if you blink an eye you could miss something important and everything just mentioned takes place within the first ten minutes of the show. Agents features a fantastic score by Bear McCeary (Battlestar Galactica) and excellent cinematography from David Boyd (Men of a Certain Age). Hopefully this series doesn’t get too lost in it’s mile-a-minute storytelling that practically rams plot down your throat. One can take this is a good sign, which could mean that Marvel’s phase two is back on track. Otherwise its nothing if not far better than the show originally looked and surpasses any past attempts at a full blown comic show. That is week-to-week like the original medium from which it draws its origin.