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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Worth All the Hype?

marvels agents of shield TV showTonight, ABC unveils their most-anticipated new show of the fall season, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Is it worthy of all they hype and expectations? Is it worth watching?

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is based on the super-secret spy organization from Marvel comic books and Marvel superhero movies like The Avengers. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) pulls together a small team of agents to handle unusual new cases. The rest of the cast includes Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.

It certainly sounds like a hit. Here’s what some critics are saying:

Variety: “There’s certainly no shortage of action and fabulous gizmos, as well as some sly comic-book references (Spider-Man’s ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ line gets a bit of a rewrite) thrown in for the faithful. Cut through the slick packaging, though, and this is yet another twist on a procedural, albeit with a few mythological elements to sweeten the experience.”

SF Gate: “The plot summary doesn’t begin to do justice to why the show is so appealing. For one thing, you have to experience the dry humor that enlivens the dialogue and keeps it from tumbling over into the pseudo-pompous pronouncement style of lesser fantasy shows. And then there’s Clark Gregg. Yes, all the performances are terrific, but Gregg is perfect in the central role because he looks even less like a superhero than Robert Downey Jr.”

Washington Post:Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. launches with a plucky, adventuresome and remarkably non-pretentious pilot episode, but if you haven’t been reading Marvel Comics lately (or at all — Stan Lee first dreamed up a S.H.I.E.L.D. story line in 1965), then the show can feel somewhat exclusionary and, frankly, a little too cornball and cutesy about its own geekiness.”

NY Times: “The first week’s adventure feels perfunctory, though, even given the constraint of introducing characters and back story, and most of the team members are still strictly two-dimensional. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t need to emulate the Marvel movies, but it will need to show pretty quickly that it has at least as much wit and style as its TV comparables: shows like Heroes (the first season) and Alphas, on the superhero side, or Alias and Covert Affairs, on the spy side.”

Newsday: “The pilot, which can be a thicket in places, indicates dumbing down will not be an option. And if you didn’t like The Avengers, or don’t know who the Fantastic Four are (none of whom appear here), or superheroes put you in a deep snooze, then move along: S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t for you. But if the success of the Iron Man/Avengers movie franchises is any indication, it should be for plenty of others.”

NY Post: “There are a lot of actors and actresses that have something special that came from nowhere. Why couldn’t Whedon and crew find one of them? Given the stakes behind this show, it is likely to be given a long leash by ABC. And given the pedigree of the producers, there’s a fair chance of improvement. There’s plenty of room for that.”

What do you think? Did you watch Agents of SHIELD? Did it live up to the hype? Would you recommend it?


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Helen September 27, 2013 at 2:14 am

Honestly I think this show is confused, overworked and not very well edited, for example showing one actor on screen when another is actually speaking. I will give watching it a little more time but I can’t say I’m much impressed.


Anonymous September 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

GREAT Show, my whole family loves it. We have all the Marvel comic books back 40 years.


Grandizer September 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

I watched it on Tivo and thought it was a pretty good show. A few things I was not impressed with though.

1) the male agent that they drugged. Sorry, he doesn’t seem to fit in all that well.
2) Ming Na, well so people on the plane know her from somewhere, or something else she did. Ok, I guess they want us to wait a few episodes to see what she did in the past?
3) Who didn’t know that Lola was going to do a Back to the Future DeLorean move and fly away?
4) a plane means airports they need to land at. A lot. How is that going to get worked into the show as they travel from location to location and need to take their vehicles in and out all the time?

But I will watch it. :)


Rick Brawley September 25, 2013 at 8:41 am

Very good show, I enjoyed very much. Clark Gregg is the glue that makes this work.


Christine Sammarco September 25, 2013 at 5:21 am

Loved it! I enjoy all Marvel movies now a awesome TV show it’s about time. However, they could have casted some bigger names for actors.


beveri8469 September 25, 2013 at 3:06 am

ill 2nd u on that. i agree. it can only get better.


Kat September 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

S.H.I.E.L.D.! S.H.I.E.L.D.! S.H.I.E.L.D.! …Sorry, I mean I watched it and I loved it. ;) It’s great that I can still be genuinely thrown for a curveball while watching a Whedon show, given that I’ve been watching them since Episode 1 of Buffy first aired. Definitely worth the hype for me, but I’m looking forward to seeing where they take this. My thoughts are that it can only get better from here on out.


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