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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has received so much hype over the last few months that it really seemed like there was no way it could live up to all of it. When we sat down to watch the series premiere tonight, we were curious to see just how close the show came to meeting our expectations. They were met and, if possible, exceeded.
We were not devout followers of every single bit of information that was released about S.H.I.E.L.D. We took in the sneak previews all at once every month or so. We didn’t have the character biographies memorized. Really, knowing the main characters’ names was the extent of our knowledge. We knew the important parts: Coulson was back, Maria Hill would be a part of the pilot, and Ron Glass and J. August Richards would play parts in the series. So when the episode started, we had a proverbial blank slate. The pilot wasted no time in filling those empty pages.
Placing this show under the umbrella of “Whedonverse” gave it several possible pitfalls. The “Whedon Formula” of unbelievable situations and endless wit from every character in the show worked well in Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, but with a show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that formula may have been a little over the top. Luckily, the writers anticipated this potential problem and skipped over it completely. The show has plenty of that classic Joss wit, but it is clearly set apart from his other shows.
The “Instant Success” ingredients were all there, though. The group of half-a-dozen main characters with a wide range of personalities. Just enough Whedon alumni to excite veteran Whedonites. Not only that, but people new to the Whedonverse can find enough classic TV gold to gently introduce them to it.
The pilot did an excellent job of giving us just enough information about each character to make us want to see more of them while still getting us invested in them early on. To top everything off, almost everything that we learned, from Coulson’s return to Michael’s alignment, has been given a layer of mystery.
The only problem that we could find with this premiere is that it aired a whole week before the next episode.
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