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Published on September 28th, 2013 | by Sharp-O

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Exposed – “Pilot”

There are things in this weird, wild world that will always be constant. Birds fly, fish swim, Simon Cowell wears his trousers too high and Joss Whedon makes the best television shows. With three hit tv shows under his belt and a mutli-billion dollar movie, Joss Whedon knows how to write and direct for an ensemble cast but how will his newest work out? Let’s find out as we enter Level 7

Right out of the gate, we’re introduced to the downtrodden, out of work father of one, Mike Peterson (played by Angel Alumni, J. August Richards) as he’s witness to an apartment explosion and wastes no time in jumping in to rescue a woman. His heroic efforts catch the eye of a young hacker and, eventually, the attention of SHIELD as Coulson and Maria Hill gather a new team together in an effort to recruit new heroes as they appear and put a stop to foreseeable threats.

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Being the pilot for a new show, we’re hit with a lot of information very fast but none of it feels especially rushed. We spend a little more time with Maria Hill and learn that she actually has a sense of humour, as well being conspiratorial with SHIELD physician, Dr. Streiten, played by Firefly Alumni Ron Glass. If more and more actors from Whedon’s past projects show up, I’ll be a happy camper. Who wouldn’t want to see the likes of Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite and Adam Baldwin in this show?

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Now, to the subject of speculation: Phil “Agent” Coulson. We all saw the Son of Coul die in New York but why is he here now? According the man himself, Fury faked his death and sent him on vacation to Tahiti but Hill and Dr. Streiten seem to know more. Is he a clone? A Life Model Decoy? Hell, is he even human? This will no doubt be an underlying subplot throughtout the season but my personal take is this: He is Coulson. Doesn’t matter what he is, he’s still Coulson and that’s good enough for me. For now.

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The rest of the team is assembled and is a surprisingly diverse bunch. Ward is a specialist, conflict resolution, that kind of deal, but he admits to being scared of women and that he loves his Grandma. Admittedly, he said that after being nailed with truth serum by Coulson but still. Melinda May is Mulan the pilot and obviously has a mysterious reputation as a field agent. Fitz and Simmons are the adorable techies who have a really fun brother/sister bond and Skye is the hacker I mentioned earlier. They don’t get much development but you get a good sense of each character and we’ll be seeing more of them throughout the season so it’s a good introduction.

One thing I love in my entertainment is continuity and references so this show will be perfect for me. All the little nods to the cinematic universe and to a larger Marvel Universe made me smile. Mentions of Puente Antiguo, Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and freakin’ Longshot all had me sitting there saying:

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The pilot episode was quick, to the point and highly entertaining. I can see so much potential for this show being the springboard for concepts later seen in the movies and vice-versa. We could have all-new heroes and villains to deal with and, budget be willing, maybe even some A-list guest stars (The A stand for Avenger). I’m looking forward to what wonders and woes this series will bring us and I hope you’ll be following along with his here on The Website of Doom! See you next weeeeeeeeeek!

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Exposed – “Pilot” Sharp-O
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Summary: Not the strongest start but a fun romp through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

7.8


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  • https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=861255190 Dawfydd Kelly

    Certainly not perfect, and perhaps not what people might have expected of a Whedon production in places, I want to say that Agents of SHIELD probably has a bit more Dollhouse in it’s DNA than it does Buffy, Angel or Firefly.
    Should be fun seeing which where the story goes from here and Whedon alumni appear in later episodes though. I’ll admit to be holding out for either a Hydra comeback or A.I.M. showing up in the beekeeper suits :)

    • Sharp-O

      I’d love to see the Beekeeper AIM suits, even if it is only on some scientists lol

  • John

    Was very entertaining. The thing with this show is, ratings drop, introduce a superhero. Have a new film coming up, tie-in with it. Want to test out a character for bigger things, throw ’em in the mix!

    Marvel potentially have a very fun show in the palms of their web-slinging hands.

    • Sharp-O

      No web-slinging! Fox owns the rights haha Probably why they skirted around that very famous line. But yeah, they could have all sorts of cool heroes and villains in here.

      I’m wondering if Hank Pym/Scott Lang or even Ultron will show up here first as an intro to the next Avengers movie and to Ant-Man.

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