At last we continue with Marvel May with one last entry in here and this is more going back to a show that I’ve done a first impression on in the Fall of last year and yes, folks, this is Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD.
For those that wanted to know my initial thoughts on the series, go back to (Hy)Lights #18 for more details and that pretty much covers the synopsis of the whole series or here’s the short version of it:
Agent Phil Coulson puts together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases. Each case will test the team in cooperation and ingenuity as they try to work together in trying to save the world from threatening, supernatural events on Earth.
Now, I will say that my fears of this show becoming another NCIS, CSI or Law & Order but with Marvel characters did somewhat happened as most of the show in the first half of the season did felt like that for a while, a bit too episodic leaving me a bit uninterested to even continue the series especially after the episode that had ties with Thor: The Dark World. However, I will say after those events, the story does start to pick up as the show went along.
Mostly the part being that how Agent Coulson managed to stay alive after the events from The Avengers and how S.H.I.E.L.D. is not the organization that we all thought it is and the show does have an excellent tie-in to Captain America: The Winter Soldier later on the series.
I think the problem with the show in the first season is this…….it really shouldn’t been 22 episodes, mainly because some of the extra episodes or material felt like filler that should’ve been cut from the final order. I felt like those episodes either should’ve been condensed into just side-missions either for little parts of the episode or just do some web-exclusives. I get that this is Marvel Studios’ first foray into television in a long time and while they made some mistakes, at least it didn’t turn out to be for the worse.
As for the characters, they were handled well with some little exceptions in here or there. Of course, Clark Gregg still delivers a great performance as Agent Coulson, especially on the episode during the whole reveal about being brought back to life. There isn’t really much standouts but the performances from the main cast are serviceable, mostly Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May. Skye, played by Chloe Bennet, didn’t grate on my nerves as most people thought but I did had some moments where she does have some “WHY DID YOU TO THAT?” moments. Fitz and Simmons (Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, respectively) aren’t exactly that attention-grabbing to me but I do like their dynamic between them and as for Ward……well, he was an alright character in the first half but in the second half……well, it’ll be best if I don’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it.
FINAL VERDICT: All-in-all, Agents of Shield did stumble in the first half of the season but fortunately, they achieved to find their ground in the second half. This is the action-packed series that many of us wanted it to be for Marvel and they delivered.
Therefore, I give Agents of Shield……
PLANET TYRO RATING: Low SOLID B.
Luckily, since they’ve been renewed for a second season, they’ll learn to lessen their episodes especially since ABC ordered another new Marvel series, Agent Carter, and that show is only going to be 8 episodes. Hopefully, Marvel learned their lesson on this and won’t be a repeat of what happened with SHIELD the first time around and with SHIELD succeeding, there’s going to be a plethora of comic-book shows coming soon in the fall like Gotham (on FOX), Constantine (on NBC)
& The Flash (on the CW) and of course Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders in development for Netflix.
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Marvel goodness in one format.
AGENTS OF SHIELD – courtesy of ABC Studios / Marvel Television / Mutant Enemy, Inc.